HOUSTON — The A-list of American realty showed up at the Houston Country Club recently to honor Bob Hale, president and CEO of the Houston Association of Realtors. The Realtors were celebrating 25 years of Hale’s leadership at HAR, which is the second largest realty association in the country with over 25,000 members, slightly behind only the Long Island Board of Realtors.
With a passed microphone Bob and his wife, Susie Hale, were toasted and roasted by many, including Curt Beardsley of Realtor.com, Amy Bernstein of Bernstein Realty, Rob Cook of Berkshire Hathaway Anderson Properties, Shad Bogany of Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene, Bill Jones of Heritage Texas Properties, Malcolm Morris of Stewart Title, Kelley Parker of Cushman and Wakefield, Wayne Stroman of Stroman Realty and other real estate people from around the nation.
In the 1990s, under Hale’s leadership, HAR was the first major real estate organization in the nation to post online the listings of homes for sale. The practice is now an industry standard in most places, but at the time it was innovative and controversial. Hale has announced no plans to ever retire from HAR and the huge crowd at the gala seemed pretty happy with the way things are
An impressive roster of CEOs and founders of the world’s biggest realty organizations sent along video congrats, including Mark Willis of Keller Williams International, Errol Samuelson of Move Inc., Dale Stinson of the National Association of Realtors, Dave Liniger of RE/MAX, Alex Perriello of Realogy, Peter Flint of Trulia and Spencer Rascoff of Zillow.
Dana Kervin, HAR’s director of governmental affairs, had Hale’s gala well in hand. U.S. Congressman Gene Green was in from Washington, D.C. and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett headed the local delegation. On the big ballroom screen, sending along congrats messages to Hale via video were Senator John Cornyn, Gov. Rick Perry, State Senator John Whitmire, Mayor Annise Parker and others.