Bob Hale has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) since 1988. Through Bob's leadership, HAR has grown to become the largest trade association in Houston and the second largest local REALTOR® association in the country, with more than 24,000 members. Thanks to his vision and drive, HAR.com is a household brand in the greater Houston area and the most frequently visited website for Houston real estate.
Inman News honored Bob with its 2008 Innovator of the Year Award, considered one of the most prestigious and coveted recognitions in the real estate industry. He has also earned recognition from the National Association of REALTORS®'s (NAR) REALTOR® Magazine, as one of the 25 Most Influential People in the American real estate industry in both 2003 and 2006 (the last two times the list has been published). REALTOR® Magazine stated, "Our influencers aren't just those with the latest gizmo or hot idea; they're also thought leaders who are reshaping how the real estate industry functions. Each has a profound impact on the present and future of real estate." According to REALTOR® Magazine, "Hale is widely regarded as a visionary and a leader who puts his members' business needs first."