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Executive Search Solutions

Washington REALTORS® CEO Position

A CEO opening like no other! Steve Francks, long-time Washington REALTORS® CEO, is retiring in July to hit the hiking trails and other great adventures. Washington REALTORS® is
headquartered in Olympia, WA in a beautiful, newer building close to the Capitol and serves
22,000 members in the state.


WR’s Search Team will be looking for a new CEO to build upon the many successes achieved by
Washington REALTORS®

The new CEO:

* will demonstrate all expected association management skills and related experience
expected from a successful executive,
* will manage a professional staff of twenty, giving clear expectations, and providing
ongoing communication and caring empowerment to assist in their professional growth,
* will lead the effective implementation of the strategic plan with sound business
implementation and measurement,
* will understand the real estate industry and the trends that impact the state,
* will know that sound relationships with local associations, other state associations, and
NAR are vital,
* will bring strong skills in financial management, overseeing a $6.5 million dollar budget
and deep reserves,
* will oversee a powerful advocacy program with a considerable bipartisan presence in
Olympia and across Washington State at the local level.
* will understand valued member services, including a robust risk management program,
education, and an effective communications program,
* will be a proven team-builder, a thoughtful listener, a big picture thinker, and innovator
who brings enthusiasm and excitement to what is possible.


The next CEO will demonstrate that members are the priority, understand the importance of
collaborating with local associations, and can work effectively with external groups and other
key stakeholders.


The successful candidate will have several years of management experience and hold an
undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience). General association management experience
is preferred and REALTOR® association management experience is strongly preferred. An RCE
and/or a CAE are bonuses.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to MartinandDowns@gmail.

More information will follow.

Whether it’s to help you with the entire executive search or parts of it, Martin & Downs can assist your association with finding the ideal candidate to help lead your association into the future. We'll work with you to determine what skills and experience you’re looking for and will help you match the successful candidate with the culture of your group. Professionalism and confidentiality are key factors in a search and both will be assured with this service.


We will offer you the best search facilitation you've ever imagined!


Does your association have a CEO opening or expecting one soon?

Let us help find you someone to fill that empty chair!

See what a few of your peers say about our work in Executive Search Solutions

"It is critical to have the right search firm in place when hiring your next CEO, and I can without hesitation recommend Martin and Downs. I had heard rave reviews from many that I respect in the industry, prior to our decision to hire Martin and Downs, but I know, no two searches are the same, and no two search committees are the same. I can now speak based on first-hand experience. From our search inception to final CEO contract and terms negotiation, M&D provided professional, discreet, and organized guidance. Communication was exceptional and each step followed the detailed outline they provided prior to commencement.  You owe it to your board, search committee, and members to interview Martin and Downs. I wish you the same level of success we experienced. Our council's future is bright and we thank Martin and Downs for their part in the process."

- Holli Woodward, 2022 RRC National President

“It is my great pleasure to recommend the firm of Martin & Downs Consulting for your consideration. Over the years I have worked with both Alice Martin and Ginger Downs and have observed their work with others. In 2019, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® engaged their firm to support the search for a new Chief Executive Officer. As Chair of the Selection Task Force I saw firsthand how their ability to understand the needs of multiple stakeholders and to articulate clearly the needs of their clients were impressive. Additionally, their ability to leverage their considerable networking skills leads to a smooth and successful process.  We could not be more pleased with their efforts, insights, and skills. If you have a chance to work with Alice and Ginger, seize the opportunity"

-David Peretti, Chair for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Selection Task Force

It was such a pleasure to work with Alice and Ginger recently as they represented Spokane Association of REALTORS in their search for a new Chief Executive Officer.  Martin and Downs ensured this was a seamless process.  As a CEO/AE, there are parts of the search process that must be present: confidentiality, feedback, open dialogue, expectations, timelines, and timely communication. Alice and Ginger handled each aspect of the process with the utmost care and were respectful of my time and the search committee's time.  I was particularly pleased with their expedited responses and the nature to which I received their feedback both by email and phone.  As such, it was an honor to be selected by the search committee and we are most gracious for the services provided by Alice and Ginger and highly recommend them for other associations doing executive searches.

With gratitude,

-Tiffany Claxton, CEO Spokane Association of Realtors

Our organization had the pleasure of working with Martin and Downs in our search to replace a retiring CEO. I was very impressed with their professionalism, attention to detail, and their deep understanding of our industry. The team at Martin and Downs had a thorough process that was personalized to meet our needs and timeline. They took the time to understand our desire to make the most of this opportunity and guided us through every step. I highly recommend their services and wouldn't hesitate to use them again in the future.

- Emily Green, 2023 President MN Realtors

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