""Zillow, Inc."":www.zillow.com/, has named a new vice president of partner relations, with the announcement that Robert D. Bemis has been appointed to the leadership role. In his new position for the online real estate company, Bemis will be responsible for creating new partnerships with real estate brokers and agents, as well as multiple listing services (MLS) around the nation.[IMAGE]
Industry veteran Bemis has more than two decades of experience in the housing industry, and most recently, he was the CEO of ""Arizona MLS, Inc."":www.armls.com/ (ARMLS). Prior to serving ARMLS, Bemis acted as vice president of customer care for ""Metropolitan Regional Information Systems"":mris.com/, and he has also previously worked for the ""Chicago Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service"":www.chicagorealtor.com/.
In adding Bemis to the Zillow team, the company hopes to further capitalize on the acquisition of ""Diverse Solutions"":www.diversesolutions.com/, which took place in November 2011. The purchase of Diverse Solutions also targeted Zillow's goal of enhancing its relationships with real estate agents seeking to grow their markets and businesses through the popular website.
Weighing in on Zillow's decision to hire Bemis, the company's CEO, Spencer Rascoff, said, ""We are honored to have one of the most esteemed and well respected executives in the real estate industry join our team. Bob's deep industry knowledge will help Zillow engage with brokerages and MLSs in a mutually beneficial way. Bob's role will benefit the entire industry by bringing better communication and cooperation as well as help improve Zillow's product development initiatives.""
Bemis commented on his new vice presidency, noting, ""I am looking forward to the challenge of building bridges to Zillow's current and potential partners in the industry, including MLSs, associations of realtors, brokers, agents, appraisers, title companies, mortgage lenders and other service providers. I intend to foster a spirit of cooperation that has sometimes been missing in the dialog between licensed practitioners, their support organizations and the rest of the industry. This is a very exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the continuing success of an industry that I have been a part of for nearly 25 years.""