Mike Barnett, CRS, e-PRO GRI
Mike Barnett is an internationally known speaker, educator and senior technology consultant. His personal appearances number in the thousands, from engagements with many local and State Realtor associations and at numerous NAR Expos. In 1997, Mike was named NAR Educator of the Year in 1997 (honorable mention). Mike has also served as Director for Scottsdale, Phoenix and the Arizona Association of Realtors.
Mike’s technology background started in the 1970’s when he was the founder and President of Muscle Shoals Sound Records, where they forged digital recordings with artists like Bob Seger and Bob Dylan. Those who know Mike well will tell you of the two years he spent traveling the world with Cheech and Chong.
For the past 15 years, Mike served as VP Technology and CTO of InternetCrusade and RealTown.com. Most recently, he served as the CTO of RISMedia, launching the new RISMedia.com website and the Top5 Network.
Mike is a 4th generation broker, first licensed in New Jersey in 1965, and is a pioneer in Real Estate technology. In 1995, Mike was named to the America Online Real Estate Board of Advisors, where he hosted online chats weekly every Tuesday night. Later that same year, RealTown.com was launched on a server in Barnett’s office in Scottsdale which hosted RealTalk – which is still the oldest, largest, and most respected online Real Estate social networking site on the Internet.
Under Mike’s leadership, InternetCrusade was the first to offer online purchases of 63 character domains and the first secure, ICANN approved, online domain ‘transfer’ system, as well as InternetCrusade’s secure online voting system.
Barnett is one of the 3 creators and producers of e-PRO, the National Association of REALTORS® only Online Technology Certification Program.