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Cathy Holefelder Named To CMLS Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Salt Lake City, Utah – The late Cathy Holefelder was inducted into the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) Hall of Fame at the CMLS conference (CMLS2019) in Salt Lake City on Oct. 17. The honor is a means of recognizing and acknowledging a lifetime of leadership, energy, and intellect that improves and elevates the multiple listing services industry.

"Cathy Holefelder was the epitome of an MLS executive with conviction. I think I speak for all of us in thanking her for the lessons learned," said Chris Carrillo, CEO of Metro MLS and Chair of CMLS. "She helped move us forward, and I know her work will inspire many future MLS leaders as it inspired me."

Holefelder, who was senior vice president of Heartland MLS where she was a leader for over 30 years, passed away last Feb. 19. She was 60.

She originally began her career in the mid 1980s at Metro Kansas City MLS. In 1993, she became a system administrator for the newly regionalized Heartland MLS. Later, Holefelder was promoted to research and development director, which empowered her to provide better technology for brokers and agents. She was an early adopter of an Internet-based MLS system by Terradatum, then the Matrix MLS system by Tarasoft, and eventually an in-house system.

During her time at the MLS, Holefelder also led the industry by serving on numerous committees and task forces for the Real Estate Standards Organization, and the National Association of REALTORS’ MLS and Emerging Technology committees. At CMLS, she served for several years as a director and officer, including in the capacity of treasurer, vice president, and president of the association. Following her presidency, Holefelder led Heartland MLS as the host of CMLS2015.

Holefelder was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, graduating from Shawnee Mission South High School in 1975 and receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1979. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and a cheerleader for the Jayhawks.

Holefelder’s induction into the CMLS Hall of Fame was preceded by Jack Johnson in 2017, Ann Bailey in 2016, Brian Larson in 2015, Pat Bybee in 2013, Jeannette Biddle in 2012, and Peter Shuttleworth in 2011. The honor recognizes the contributions of the inductee to CMLS and the MLS industry at the close or culmination of the inductee’s career in the MLS industry. Although inductees are recognized at the annual CMLS conference, inductions do not take place annually.