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RealtyTrac has announced it has appointed Rob Barber as CEO for its rapidly expanding data file licensing business to continue building on the company’s double-digit revenue growth cultivated over the last three and a half years. Barber will begin August 17 and will supplement the already impressive staff of industry leaders the company has been assembling for its management team.
Barber, former CEO at Environmental Data Resources (EDR), as Jamie Moyle will be moving to chair of the Innovation Committee of the Board of Directors.
“We’ve been on a roll this past year,” Moyle said. “We’ve signed 75 Big Data Deals, grew traffic on Homefacts.com by 500 percent, and hired Brian Mushaney, Jon Cohn and Mike Sawtell. Ron Barber will make an amazing addition to the team and will build on the success and momentum that RealtyTrac has going into 2016. Three-and-half years ago, this company was collecting data for a single purpose. We have successfully leveraged that capability to expand our scope and empower other businesses to achieve their goals. 2016 will be an exciting year of data expansion and product innovation.”
Barber is a veteran of the real estate information services industry. During his tenure at EDR, he was responsible for doubling the company’s share in the engineering market, expanding successfully into multiple high growth adjacent markets, and innovating new platform solutions that deliver both content and workflow value to the property due diligence industry. He was also a past board member at BuildFax, Landmark Information Group and the Content Division of the Software and Information Industry Association.
“RealtyTrac is a dream come true for me and I’m thrilled to be joining the company at such an important time. I have the opportunity at RealtyTrac to bring my experience in leading a high growth real estate information services company to an organization with a fantastic heritage, great content foundation, huge growth ambitions and a stellar team. RealtyTrac is unique in that the company has an opportunity to leverage a strong consumer brand and a rapidly growing B2B division to create new sources of value and insights for customers in both arenas. I’ve also been a big admirer, and customer, of Homefacts for several years and believe the upside for home due diligence solutions is massive and still largely untapped.”
Barber will join RealtyTrac’s current management team, including the recent additions of Mike Sawtell, EVP/GM of Consumer Solutions hired in April 2015; Jon Cohn, SVP of Data Products hired in January 2015; and Brian Mushaney, hired as EVP of Data Solutions, to launch the company’s new data file licensing business in March 2014.
RealtyTrac launched its data file licensing through an agreement brokered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in which RealtyTrac was empowered to license a nationwide footprint of tax, deed and mortgage data, becoming the first new entrant in more than a decade and one of just three competitors in the space. In addition to the tax, deed and mortgage data, RealtyTrac also licenses its proprietary foreclosure and pre-foreclosure data along with neighborhood and environmental data that it obtained through its acquisition of Homefacts in April 2012. Moyle founded Homefacts and was named CEO of RealtyTrac in August 2012. RealtyTrac was acquired by Renovo Capital LLC in November 2011.