OneKey™ MLS CEO Jim Speer and President and Chief Strategic Growth Officer Richard Haggerty, who is also CEO of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, have been named to RISMedia’s Class of 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers—more than 300 trailblazers in the real estate industry who are being recognized as thought leaders, crusaders, achievers, and more.
“They fight for causes in their communities and around the globe,” RISMedia notes about this year’s class of honorees. “They dedicate their careers to creating a better real estate process. They work tirelessly for consumers and the greater good of homeownership. They achieve great honors, raising the standards of industry professionalism, thereby elevating us all. They innovate, inspire, and lead us into the future.”
Speer and Haggerty earned recognition on this year’s list for their collaboration in spearheading the creation of OneKey™ MLS, the New York metro area’s first regional multiple listing service.
The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) and Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) merged to form the new MLS and announced the OneKey™ brand in October 2019. The 44,000-member MLS is positioned to be the most trusted source of real estate listings and data available to the entire New York metropolitan area.
“We are the one regional MLS that covers more territory with more listings, providing subscribers more ways to achieve success.” said Speer, who was named in the “Futurist” category, for forward thinking.
Before OneKey™ was created, Manhattan real estate professionals were frustrated by the lack of one source that could provide up-to-date listing information. Manhattan had several independent systems, which meant that brokers often had inaccurate data and had to search multiple platforms to get a sense of the overall real estate landscape.
Named to the “Trailblazers” category as an agent of change, Haggerty, said “Maintaining the status quo is a sure recipe for disaster. We cannot afford to simply react to change—we have to anticipate change and creatively drive change in a way that benefits the brokerage community and the consumer.”
Through OneKey™, members have the ease to access accurate data that covers the entire region, from the Hamptons through Manhattan and the boroughs into the Hudson Valley.
RISMedia will honor its Class of 2020 Newsmakers at an event during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., in May. To view the full list of this year’s honorees, visit RISMedia.