2023 HW Vanguard: Rene Galicia

Rene Galicia

Rene Galicia has a unique and varied industry background, which enables him to effectively collaborate across sectors of the entire real estate industry, benefiting consumers and the industry alike. A trained attorney, his expertise uniquely positions him in the industry at the intersection of policy, product integration and implementation throughout his varied career, Galicia has displayed exemplary leadership, an unwavering commitment to the real estate industry, and an unmistakable impact on the industry at-large. Galicia’s journey in the real estate sector has been marked by transformative contributions, with his most recent role as executive vice president of customer advocacy at Bright MLS, further solidifying his reputation as a visionary thinker and collaborator. In this role, Galicia oversees the customer advocacy group and his team has thrived, providing unmatched support and service to countless real estate professionals.

Galicia’s role as the leader of Bright’s policy organization has established the company as a leader in the industry while it seeks to support policies that benefit millions of consumers throughout the mid-Atlantic U.S. Many in the industry look to Bright for leadership in this area, a role that Galicia embraces on behalf of Bright. Before his time at Bright MLS, Galicia held a key position as the director of MLS engagement at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), where he played a pivotal role in managing relationships between NAR and nearly 600 MLSs across the country. His efforts were instrumental in fostering collaboration and unity within the real estate community, leading to advancements in technology, standards and policies that benefited professionals nationwide.

What’s the secret to your success?

Constant action and a “never done” attitude. Taking information, processing it and making a decision to move forward while adjusting on the fly as needed based on new information or changing conditions has allowed me to always find ways to move a project, idea or goal forward. The work is never done and can always be perfected.


Rene Galicia


Executive Vice President of Customer Advocacy

Company Name:

Bright MLS

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