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Brian Donnellan

President & CEO
Bright MLS
Professional Bio
Brian Donnellan is President and CEO of Bright MLS, the Mid-Atlantic multiple listing service that spans 40,000 square miles throughout Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Bright MLS’s approximately 104,000 real estate professionals serve more than 20 million consumers and completed approximately $121B in residential real estate transactions during 2022. As President & CEO, Brian provides leadership for Bright’s technology, product, customer support, and financial organizations as well as management of the company’s strategic growth strategy. He is a 16-year real estate industry veteran with extensive strategic management experience, including previously serving as Chief Operating Officer of MRIS, Inc. He holds leadership positions with several industry organizations, including the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and as a Board Member of the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS). Brian was named to RIS Media’s 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers and Housing Wire’s 2020, 2021, and 2022 Tech Trendsetters lists. In 2023, he was included in the inaugural class of Inman’s “Power Players” list. In 2021, he was honored with the CMLS annual Peter Shuttleworth Executive of the Year Award. After earning a BS in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Strategic Management and Public Policy from George Washington University, he held positions of increasing responsibility in finance in several organizations. An avid musician and sports fan, Brian resides in Annapolis, Maryland.
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