Making Moves: Dorsey Alston recruits, tech firms grab real estate CEOs and more



Austin Landers joins Dorsey Alston Realtors

Austin Landers has joined Dorsey Alston Realtors. Austin got his start in real estate as an intern for a brokerage team in 2013. An Atlanta Realtors Association Top Producers Club members, Landers has completed more than 200 transactions over the last six years. “Many firms in town are growing at exponential rates, but Dorsey Alston is growing in a much more strategic way,” Landers said in a press release from the brokerage. “The result is efficient operations, greater brokerage support and a more intimate, family setting.” Dorsey Alston CEO Michael Rogers commented, “Dorsey Alston is thrilled to welcome Austin to our growing family. By adding the next generation of agents to our core of experienced experts, we are building a team that not only knows the Atlanta markets better than most but also has the ability to use the latest technology to help both sellers and buyers.”

Former eXp leader joins San Francisco brokerage

Vikki Bartholomae, who up until recently served as president at eXp Realty, joined San Francisco-based Side as chief of agent success. In a press release accompanying the announcement, Bartholomae said the equity model and technological offerings of the company are what drew her in. “The model, combined with the technology and platform, is truly disruptive,” she said. “The problem is that the technology in real estate today is designed to get between the agent and the client, and what makes Side revolutionary is that our tech works behind the agent.”

Former KW CEO joins AI company

Chris Heller, former CEO of Keller Williams announced last week he’ll be joining artificial intelligence company OJO Labs as the company’s chief real estate officer. The hire is part of an effort by the Austin-based technology company to capture the attention of “consumers navigating their home journey” and “reinvent the home buying and selling experience.” 

In a press release detailing the move, Heller noted that he’d been following the company’s progress for years. “OJO was the first company to come into the real estate industry and drive the innovation of an AI assistant for the benefit of consumers and agents alike,” Heller said. “The foundation is assembled for us to continue building one of the more significant companies in the real estate industry.”

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