As a real estate consultant and/or broker to many companies, Mr. Ross has been involved with asset management, renovations, and sales disposition of commercial and residential ground, hotels, multi-family apartment buildings, shopping centers, and office buildings. His activities have also included negotiations with lenders, limited partners, developers, and investors; preparation of property budgets; contract negotiations; and working with franchise companies, tenants and other related parties in various capacities. He has been in the real estate business for 35 years.
In 1994, he co-founded the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS) and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer for seven years. In 1985, Mr. Ross served as President of the Montgomery County Association of REALTORS® (Maryland). Four years later, he became the youngest member to be elected President of the Maryland Association of REALTORS®, which served more than 30,000 REALTOR® members in the state of Maryland. In 2001, Mr. Ross became a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Housing Foundation, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization funded with seed money from the Maryland Association of REALTORS®. He was President of the Partnership from 2004-2008, and remains on the Board of Directors today. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the real estate community, in 2001, he was awarded Maryland Association of REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2009, NAR formed Realtor Property Resources, LLC to develop and operate a real estate property-centric database for its members, which has become one of the largest national databases in the country. Mr. Ross was selected to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of this new venture.