Several months ago I posted about FBS’s growth and how we were looking to enhance our Board of Directors. I’m now very excited to announce that we’ve added the following new Board members:
Greg Kilwein — Greg is FBS’s Chief Software Architect and will bring a strong presence to the FBS Board with his nearly ten years of experience designing and building the flexmls Web system. Greg also will bring an important employee-owner perspective to the Board given our 100% ownership by our employer stock ownership plan (ESOP). Greg came to FBS directly from the Master’s Degree program at North Dakota State University in 1999, and took over management of FBS’s programming department in 2001. In addition to being on FBS’s management team, Greg also has participated on FBS’s Steering Committee and Software Development Group.
Dan Woolley — Dan is a co-founder of Woolley|Robertson Group, and a superstar in the real estate software space. Prior to forming Woolley|Robertson with Greg Robertson, Dan was the Senior VP of Technology at eNeighborhoods, where, among other major projects, he led the development of the national RE/MAX search portal, which was the first site to aggregate IDX data on a national scale. Prior to eNeighborhoods, Dan was the VP of Technology at Realigent and Homeseekers, which had purchased IRIS, LLC, the first company Dan and Greg co-founded. At IRIS, Dan created the very popular Lightning MLS access and CMA software, propelling IRIS to #192 on the Inc. 500 list in 2000. Dan also serves with me on the Board of the Real Estate Standards Organization. Dan hales from southern California, though he is currently living in Florida.
Matt Lavallee — Matt is the Director of Technology for MLSPIN in Massachussetts, one of the largest MLSs in the country. Prior to joining MLSPIN, Matt was the Web Services Manager at Professional Mortgage Partners and VP/Web Services at PMP/Technology, Inc., in Chicago, where he lead the development effort of VOW sites utilizing RETS data streams from MLSNI. I got to know Matt through the RETS development process, including our work together on the Schema Workgroup. Matt also has chaired the Query Workgroup and has been a leader in developing and promoting AtomRED for syndication in the real estate industry.
Greg, Dan and Matt will be joining me and Paul Wurzer, FBS’s founder, on the Board. I’m excited to start working with this well-rounded group as I think we all bring a lot of value to the effort and it will be interesting to see where we take the company in the coming years.