President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer of MLSListings, Dave is responsible for collaborating with the Board of Directors to establish the company’s aggressive strategic plan and leading the organization in its execution.
David is a veteran Silicon Valley software and technology executive. Prior to joining the MLSListings leadership team, David made his mark with companies such as IBM, Siemens, and Cisco Systems, in positions spanning Product Management, Marketing, Software Architecture, and Software Development.
David began his career in software development, quickly expanding to managing large engineering teams across three different countries. Leveraging the increased exposure to customers and their business plans, he then moved into technical marketing, where he made great strides in helping sales teams close business faster. During his tenure at Cisco, David held many senior roles, including managing Engineering, Architecture, Marketing, and Product Management teams. In one of his positions, he was responsible for implementing the Cloud architecture and software that was used to deliver Cisco services to customers globally.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. Most recently, David added the prestigious CMLX3 (Certified Multiple Listings Expert) designation, which is the most comprehensive MLS industry leadership program ever offered and is reserved for those ready to make a lasting contribution to the marketplace.
Vice President of Operations
Leann Connell is the Vice President of Operations for MLSListings. Leann brings more than two decades of credentialed experience in the areas of U.S. and International benefits plans, compensation plan development, employee relations, merger and acquisition integration, compliance and training to MLSListings.
During her career, Leann has implemented new salary structures, state of the art payroll software integrations, and developed HR policies and procedures for Compass Components, a systems, designs and engineering service company, a partner to the Fortune 500.
Leann has also served as the Director of HR for an international start up leading employee policy and compliance efforts. She has designed training programs to support and enhance staff professional development, and is an experienced guide in leading organizational cultural change and employee engagement. Leann has authored and launched policies and training for employee compliance in Harassment and Workplace Violence mitigation.
Leann handled all worldwide contractor compliance, sourcing, recruiting and on-boarding for Chordiant Software company. She has also built training programs in the technology, county government and the healthcare fields.
Leann most recently served as the head of HR for MDC, a world leader in Vacuum and Ceramic Seal Solutions and leading manufacturer of engineered process solutions in HV & UHV Vacuum, ceramic-to-metal bonding and gas delivery. While at MDC, Leann was responsible for all HR functions for three U.S. sites and an international site in England. She also developed a corporate succession plan, created their SOP for HRIS systems and built their compensation plan.
An experienced HR team leader and investigator, Leann is also Myers Briggs Certified.
Leann holds a B.S. in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University
She is also certified Senior Professional Human Resources, a Senior Certified Professional, Society of Human Resources Management and a Certified Executive Coach.
Vice President of Communications and Technology
Larry Knapp provides strategic leadership for the MLSListings data collaboration and access efforts from the perspective of brokerages and other end-users. His focus is on creating a single set of data for brokers and agents, and a single point of entry – an old conversation with new relevance.
One of California’s most renowned industry leaders, Larry has managed four of the largest residential brokerage firms in the nation and has served in leadership positions in local, state, and national associations of REALTORS.
Larry has successfully orchestrated the merger of more than a dozen large and mid-sized brokerage firms to existing Coldwell Banker operations over a three-year period in an incredibly chaotic environment. He is the former President of Coldwell Banker Northern California, and former Senior Vice President of the Western Region for the new parent company, NRT, Inc.
In addition, Larry helped direct the acquisition and merger of many of California’s most successful real estate companies, including Fox & Carskadon, Del Monte Properties, Contempo Real Estate, Seville Properties, Cornish and Carey, Prudential Jon Douglas and Fred Sands. In that role, Larry managed residential real estate companies with $60 billion in sales volume, and $1.2 billion in revenues in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.
Furthermore, Larry stabilized Lyon Real Estate during a time of deteriorating public confidence, bringing in a new leadership team and laying the foundation for future success within 15 months. And as President of Alain Pinel REALTORS from 2003 – 2009, he expanded the footprint of that firm during a difficult economic period.
In 2007 and 2008, Larry served as founding Chairman of the newly-created MLSListings Board of Directors.