Columbus REALTORS® is proud to announce the selection of John Geha as the new Chief Executive Officer for the organization beginning Jan. 2, 2020. He succeeds current CEO Stan Collins who will be retiring at the end of this year.
“The CEO search process started this summer and included stakeholder engagement, a nationwide search, and review of hundreds of organizations and leadership profiles,” said Andy Mills, 2020 President of Columbus REALTORS®. “We were looking for an individual who offered visionary leadership when it comes to organizational effectiveness, financial responsibility, advocacy outreach, external relations, sustainability and board engagement. We’ve found all of these qualities in John Geha.”
As the CEO of one of the largest real estate associations in Canada, Geha created a regional collaborative relationship with federal, provincial and municipal leadership, spearheaded a new joint education and training initiative with a local college and has been actively & directly engaged with the development and governance of a merger of 22 real estate boards/associations into a regional MLS data platform.
Prior to his association leadership, Geha was Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth for Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership, President of Canadian Operations for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and Director of National Accounts, Franchise Development for Prudential Real Estate Affiliates.
A forward-thinking strategist, Geha has also consulted with universities, city governments, the largest global corporate owned real estate brokerage and 20 of the largest privately held brokers in the U.S. and Canada.
“We are very pleased to welcome John Geha as the next CEO of Columbus REALTORS®,” said John Myers, 2019 President of Columbus REALTORS®. “An innovative and experienced executive leader known throughout North America, John is bringing over 35 years of valuable industry experience to our central Ohio REALTOR® association.”
"I want to thank the Board of Directors with the opportunity presented to lead the Columbus REALTORS® into the future," said John Geha. "I must say, the entire process was thorough and detailed, handled in an extremely professional manner. They did their due diligence and research as did I."
"Columbus REALTORS® has a very strong reputation that goes well beyond the borders of Ohio and the U.S., known as one of the leading real estate organizations in North America, led by a very skilled and dedicated team committed to the livelihood of its members."
"Stan Collins, along with the Board of Directors, has created a platform that will continue to lead the association into the future giving us the foundation to address the changes known and unknown."
"I have had the opportunity to meet the entire team coming away very impressed and ready to go. My wife, Susan and I are very excited to get back to our Buckeye roots.”