People on the Move
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People on the move: Promotions, appointments and new hires 

See who’s taking on new executive leadership roles across the real estate industry.

October 26, 2022
5 minutes

Editor's note: As an industry with millions of agents and over 100,000 brokerage companies, new leaders rise to the top every day. Here we highlight executives and other notable leaders who've recently taken on roles that influence the residential real estate landscape. 

Grady Ligon named CIO of RE/MAX Holdings 

Grady Ligon was named chief information officer for RE/MAX Holdings and its subsidiaries in early October. He brings more than two decades of executive leadership in real estate technology to his new position.

"Grady is a proven, highly effective professional who fits right in with the leadership teams of our two industry-leading brands," said Steve Joyce, CEO at RE/MAX Holdings. "His vast experience and track record make him the ideal leader to continue the technology evolution happening within our brands."

Ligon previously served as CIO at Fathom Realty, a national cloud-based real estate brokerage, and at IntelliAgent, which oversees a proprietary platform for managing transactions and operations for Fathom Realty. 

His background also includes roles as CIO at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Prudential Real Estate Services and Real Estate Relocation, and as vice president for investment bank technology at J.P. Morgan.

Tony Kueh named Anywhere's chief product officer

Kueh joined Anywhere as the company's first chief product officer in September. He will work alongside COO Melissa McSherry and other members of the executive team. 

In an Oct. 21 announcement on LinkedIn, Anywhere stated: "​​With strong artificial intelligence, machine learning, and innovation experience, Kueh will help Anywhere further simplify the home buying and selling transaction for consumers."

Kueh began his career at Microsoft and later held leadership positions at tech companies including SAP, Neustar and most recently VMWare, where he served as VP of Products. He is also an investor and advisor for several tech startups. 

Robert Burns named president of Coldwell Banker Bain

Burns was tapped for the role of president in late September. Coldwell Banker Bain, which was acquired by Anywhere earlier this year, has been among the largest brokerage and real estate firms in the Pacific Northwest and was ranked 27th on the T3 Sixty Mega 1000 list of top brokerages in the U.S. 

Burns began his career with Coldwell Banker over 20 years ago and has held multiple roles in training and education. Most recently, he was regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty Chicagoland, where he oversaw sales operations and growth strategies for the Northwest Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin regions. Previously, he served as president of Iowa-based Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group

In a news release, Coldwell Banker EVP Greg Macres said "Coldwell Banker Bain has cemented itself as a leading sales organization with a deep and experienced leadership bench. Robert's impressive track record of success, both as an affiliate president and company-owned brokerage leader, well position the company for continued growth as a leading company in the Pacific Northwest."

Shawna Gilbert becomes SVP of Global Development at RE/MAX

Shawna Gilbert was promoted from vice president to senior vice president of global development, RE/MAX announced on Oct. 21. Gilbert originally joined RE/MAX in 2010 as a region development consultant. Prior to joining RE/MAX, she spent 10 years as an associate at wealth management firm Morgan Stanley.

Gilbert will continue to serve RE/MAX global region owners and will begin overseeing RE/MAX Commercial, which has grown in global markets. 

"The global RE/MAX network has grown into a massive presence, but it truly feels like we're just getting started — as though even bigger things are still to come. The team and I are committed to fostering that same environment with RE/MAX Commercial," said Gilbert in a statement.

Priscilla Almodovar named CEO of Fannie Mae

Priscilla Almondovar will become CEO of Fannie Mae on Dec. 5.

Almondovar was appointed to the position at the end of September. She has more than 30 years experience in finance, real estate and community development. Since 2019 she has served as president and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, a national organization focused on increasing the supply of affordable housing and advancing racial equity.

Almodovar will succeed David C. Benson, who has served as interim CEO since May 2022. After her arrival, Benson will continue in his role as president.

Prior to leading Enterprise Community Partners, Almodovar worked for nearly a decade at JPMorgan Chase and led two of the firm's national real estate businesses.

Almodovar is a Board member of Realty Income and has been named to Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Latinas" and Hispanic Business' "100 Most Influential Hispanics."

Frank Gay appointed CEO of Home Pros Real Estate Group

Home Pros founders Penny and Ted Moore announced on Oct. 10 that they had entered into a strategic ownership partnership with 25-year industry veteran Frank Gay III and his wife Lauren Gay. The partnership encompasses Home Pros Real Estate Group, Streamline Home Loans and Clear Title of El Paso.

Gay now serves as CEO of the parent company, the Home Pros Family of Companies, and founders Penny and Ted Moore will continue to serve in strategic leadership roles across the organization. 

Previously, Gay served as CEO of The Simply Group, which helps real estate brokerage owners vertically integrate their businesses with mortgage, title and insurance services. He was also the CEO of Dallas-based JP and Associates Realtors and national vice president of sales for Realogy (now Anywhere). 

Jim Dye appointed to Alabama Real Estate Commission

Jim Dye, RealtySouth general manager, was appointed to the Alabama Real Estate Commission.

Appointed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Dye's term as a representative of the Sixth Congressional District in Alabama will run through September 2026.

Dye has been in the real estate industry for more than 40 years and is from Birmingham.

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