By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine
Dale Stinton, NAR CEO
Congratulations to NAR CEO Dale Stinton, who was named today as 2010 Inman Innovator of the Year. The announcement came during the real estate technology conference, Real Estate Connect.
Dale was recognized for leading the charge on the Realtors Property ResourceTM, a database—currently in beta testing—that promises to put deep knowledge and insight on every U.S. residential and commercial property into the hands of NAR members.
Also cited was the association’s Game Changers Challenge, a program in which NAR affiliates and state and local associations were invited to propose game-changing ideas for their organization. In all, 200 ideas were submitted; in May 2010, NAR announced it was funding and providing coaching for 14 projects (plus, it partially funded several more proposals). The cool idea behind the Game Changers Challenge is that, theoretically, it will help associations around the country replicate successful programs that their peers are developing.
Houston Association of REALTORS® CEO Bob Hale also won an Inman Innovator Award today for best web service. His association’s REALTOR® Match, an open source application that helps consumers find a REALTOR®, was a winner in the Game Changers Challenge.
Sharing the Inman Innovator of the Year spotlight with Dale was Better Homes & Garden CEO Sherry Chris. We interviewed Chris in 2008 after she was selected by Realogy to restart the BH&G franchise. Chris has made a big splash in social media circles and her company has grown to 125 offices and 5,000 sales associates, operating in 16 states.
The Inman Innovator Awards were named for Inman News Founder and Publisher Bradley Inman, who also started Real Estate Connect.
Stacey is vice president of business-to-business communications for the National Association of REALTORS®, overseeing the association's key communications with NAR members and REALTOR® association executives.