People on the Move at ERA, Anywhere, OAR and MetroTex
Frank Malpica to lead franchise development at ERA; Joseph Lenz joins Anywhere board; Bryan Hutchinson takes on CEO role at OAR; Justin Landon to helm MetroTex.
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, or stepped away from, roles that influence the residential real estate landscape.
ERA names new SVP of franchise development
ERA Real Estate, part of the Anywhere family of brands, has appointed Frank Malpica as its new SVP of Franchise Development, Mergers & Acquisitions.
Malpica will play a crucial role in ERA's growth strategy and expansion into new markets, as well as helping achieve revenue goals, the company said in a news release.
Malpica comes over from Anywhere Franchise Brands, where he served as SVP for Global Growth & Operations. In that role, Malpica was involved in shaping the company's recruitment strategy, deployment of new products and lead generation best practices.
"Frank's extensive industry experience and knowledge of ERA Real Estate, coupled with his proven track record as an innovator, makes him a valuable asset in driving our strategic growth, sales and marketing initiatives," ERA President Alex Vidal said in the announcement.
Vidal also highlighted Malpica's strong relationships with franchisees: "Frank has deep roots with the ERA network's broker/owners, who have relied on his strategic counsel on how to leverage the ERA brand to help fuel growth for their local companies."
Anywhere adds investment firm director to its board
Anywhere has announced the appointment of Joseph Z. Lenz to its board of directors.
Lenz is currently a managing director at TPG Angelo Gordon, a global asset manager that specializes in research and real estate investing. Lenz's appointment, which begins February 13, marks a shift from 12 directors to 13 for Anywhere's board.
TPG Angelo Gordon is also a top Anywhere stockholder, which will enable Lenz to "bring an important shareholder perspective" to the board, said Anywhere CEO Ryan Schneider.
Lenz has served on boards or committees with other major public companies, including Northern Oil & Gas and SECURE Energy, and has been with TPG Angelo Gordon since 2012. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Along with Lenz's appointment, Anywhere "entered into a cooperation agreement with TPG Angelo Gordon and funds managed by that firm," the company disclosed.
Oklahoma Association of Realtors appoints new CEO
Bryan Hutchinson is the new CEO of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors (OAR), effective Feb. 12.
Hutchinson brings a history of executive experience to the new role, the association noted. He previously served as the CEO of Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors and MORE MLS in New Jersey, and as CEO of the Williamson County Association of Realtors in Texas.
His industry leadership experience and "dedication to an association with Realtor members at the forefront" made Hutchinson "the ideal leader to guide OAR into the future," said Renee Hoover-Payton, the association's president.
In addition to his executive roles, Hutchinson has worked in several other areas of real estate as a business owner, broker and home builder — all following a career in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant.
Hutchinson's appointment marks a new chapter for OAR, building upon its established foundation of leadership, the organization said. OAR serves more than 14,000 members across the state of Oklahoma.
Justin Landon to lead MetroTex
The MetroTex Association of Realtors, based in Irving, Texas, has named Justin Landon as its new CEO. MetroTex is the largest Realtor association in North Texas with nearly 25,000 members.
Landon comes to MetroTex from Bluegrass Realtors in Lexington, Kentucky, where he's been CEO for the past six years. Previously, he served as the VP of government affairs for the San Antonio Board of Realtors, and also worked as a legislative aid and director for two California representatives in the United States House of Representatives for nearly a decade.
"My family and I are overjoyed to be coming back home to Texas and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to connect with the MetroTex Realtor community," Landon said in the announcement.
Ashley Gentry, president of MetroTex, said Landon "brings a unique set of skills that we were looking for to lead MetroTex to the next level," highlighting his past association experience and public sector work.
Landon, who will officially take the helm on March 4, steps into the role previously held by Janet Kane, who was named interim CEO at Cape Fear Realtors in North Carolina last month.