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A New Chapter: Houston Association of Realtors CEO Bob Hale Announces Retirement

After an impressive 52-year tenure at the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), including 37 years as President and CEO, Bob Hale has announced his plans to retire in 2026. The real estate industry is abuzz with this news, as it marks the end of an era for HAR and the beginning of a new chapter for the organization.

A Legacy of Leadership

Bob Hale’s career at HAR has been marked by innovation, growth, and dedication to the real estate community. Under his leadership, the organization has become one of the largest and most successful real estate associations in the country, serving over 40,000 members and playing a pivotal role in the growth of the Houston real estate market.

Hale has been a driving force behind many groundbreaking initiatives, including the development of, one of the most visited real estate websites in the nation. His visionary leadership has also led to the creation of numerous educational and training programs for real estate professionals, helping to shape the careers of countless real estate agents in the Houston area.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Hale has been recognized with numerous awards and honors throughout his career. Among them are the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) William R. Magel Award for Outstanding Association Executive, the Inman Innovator Award, and the Swanepoel Power 200 list, which recognizes the most influential leaders in the real estate industry.

Looking to the Future: René Galvan Takes the Helm

With Bob Hale’s retirement on the horizon, the HAR board of directors has unanimously voted to elect René Galvan, currently the organization’s executive vice president, as the next President and CEO. Galvan has been with HAR for over 20 years and has played a significant role in the organization’s success.

Galvan’s experience and leadership within HAR make him the ideal candidate to succeed Hale and continue the organization’s legacy of innovation and growth. As the next President and CEO, Galvan will be tasked with guiding HAR into the future, navigating the ever-changing landscape of the real estate industry, and ensuring that HAR remains a leading force within the profession.

Reflecting on a Storied Career and Looking Ahead

As Bob Hale prepares to pass the torch to René Galvan, it is important to reflect on the incredible impact he has had on the real estate industry in Houston and beyond. His dedication to HAR and its members has been unwavering, and his innovative spirit has helped to shape the way real estate is conducted in the 21st century.

While the news of Hale’s retirement may be bittersweet for many in the real estate community, it is also an opportunity to celebrate his achievements and look forward to the exciting new chapter that lies ahead for the Houston Association of Realtors.

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