REinventing MLS

Russ Bergeron ~ Quick Biography

Russ Bergeron has recently joined Midwest Real Estate Data as its new CEO.

Prior to coming to the Chicagoland Russ was at the helm of Southern California Multiple Listing Service since its formation in 1993. As head of the largest MLS in the state of California and second largest in the nation, he is known for his leadership in bringing technological advances to the multiple listing industry. In recognition of his leadership and innovation, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate for 2009 by Inman News.

Under Russ’ leadership, SoCalMLS membership grew from 7,500 to nearly 56,000 real estate practitioners and enjoys a nationwide reputation of excellence.   He is recognized as a pioneer in the movement to place real estate listings on the Internet for which he won the Inman Innovator Award in 1998.

Russ’s most recent accomplishment was spearheading and leading the birth and growth of CARETS into the preeminent MLS data repository serving over 106,000 real estate practitioners throughout Southern California while positioning CARETS to become the statewide solution for MLS data throughout the state of California.

Russ is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marywood College where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  He proudly served his country for four years as a member of the United States Air Force stationed both at home and in Pakistan.

He is living in Naperville with his wife of 35 years.  They have one daughter who, upon completion of graduate school at the University of California, joined the MLS service industry.

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