Dave Garland, an industry consultant and investor, has joined Second Century Ventures (SCV), the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors.
Garland will work on the technology accelerator program, REach, for the company's venture capital fund. He will evaluate investment opportunities to improve the global residential and commercial real estate industries.
"Partnering with a real estate executive who has practical brokerage, development and technology experience is a true win for NAR and the industry as a whole," NAR Chief Executive Officer Dale Stinton said. "This is by far the strongest team we've ever put together at SCV and REach. Combined with the Realtor brand, SCV continues to be the number one incubator of ideas and technologies in the real estate space."
Garland will work from his office in Silicon Valley and report to SCV Managing Director Mark Birschbach.
"As a mentor for REach, Dave has already been playing an active role in the success of our companies, and behind the scenes, he has driven many of the industry's biggest deals. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team," Birschbach said.
"Dave is an accomplished professional. He knows our industry from the street up to the very highest levels," Mike Ryan, RE/MAX executive vice president, said. "He is a seasoned, knowledgeable broker with a stellar track record for identifying promising technologies and startups with a real future."