The MLS Industry's Leading Think-Tank

MLS Roundtable

The objective of the MLS Roundtable is to discuss issues and when appropriate, foster dialogue or issue an opinion. Its sole purpose is to advance the broker’s business and, by extension, that of all participants. It is intended to add to the good work being done by other stakeholders.


To encourage substantive debate around important MLS issues and continuously explore meaningful innovations.


To research and gather better data of the MLS industry and to educate the industry with quality information.

Best Practices

To share ideas and best practices, to collaborate and where appropriate support other meaningful industry initiatives.


To facilitate dialogue with all parties interested to improve the MLS, and to enhance the relationships between MLSs and brokers and agents. 


To create a stronger voice for the MLS industry by regularly advocating for a better industry and leading by example. 

Art Carter

CEO of CRMLS and chairman of the Real Estate Standards Organization. Awarded the 2017 Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence.

Brian Donnellan

CEO of Bright MLS. Board member of the Real Estate Standards Organization.

Merri Jo Cowen

CEO of Stellar MLS. Current chair of the MLS Domains Association’s board of directors, past president of the CMLS and former member of NAR’s Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee.

John DiMichele

CEO of Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Joined TREB as chief information officer in 2002 and became CEO in 2014.

Tom Hurdelbrink

President and CEO of Northwest MLS and former vice president of the California Association of Realtors.

AnneMarie DeCatsye

CEO of Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and CanopyMLS. Former Deputy Executive Director of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition.

Stuart White

CEO of RealTracs. Serves on the board of the MLS Grid. Formerly executive vice president of the Nashville Board of Realtors.

Stefan Swanepoel

Executive Chairman of management consultancy, T3 Sixty, and New York Times best-selling author of over 45 books and reports including Swanepoel Trends Report, SP200, Mega 1000 and the DANGER Report.
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Roundtable Studies

MLS 2020 Agenda

Publication date: September 7, 2017

Change does not occur because anyone wants it. It occurs as a basic fact of life according to a variety of interwoven factors. It is loyal to no one.

This study attempted to determine the most significant issues facing the MLS industry over the next two-to-three years by interviewing 30 of the most influential companies and executives in the MLS space. In the end, the study delivered the top three undeniable issues that needed to be addressed by 2020.

MLS 2022 Agenda

Publication date: September 30, 2019

This study outlines what did or did not happen since the MLS2020 Agenda. It reinforces why the MLS is in distress and why brokers should care.

Brokers are challenged to become more involved in the MLS. The study ends with eight recommended strategies and steps to take.

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