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2010-04-06 18:23:28

Tim G. Smith Appointed CEO at Inman News

Inman News, a leader in independent real estate news, information and technology, has appointed Tim G. Smith as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Tim G. Smith, who has decades of senior management experience, primarily in the media and events industries, steps in today as CEO. He will report to Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman.

Smith brings more than 20 years of senior management background to Inman, having run global, multi-million dollar business units primarily in the media and events industries. He has held executive management positions at Future US Inc. and 1105 Media, and served as president for Upside Events. Smith also served as director of global events and programs for Oracle Corp.

“Inman News has earned its place as one of the industry’s most respected, reliable sources for real estate news and information, and I’m tremendously enthusiastic about joining such a dynamic organization at a very pivotal time in the real estate industry,” Smith said. “I’m anxious to begin working alongside an incredibly smart, creative group of real estate industry insiders, and look forward to driving new programs, technologies, content and events that will further position Inman at the forefront of the industry.”

Smith added that putting the latest technologies and social media tools to use to help real estate professionals better serve their clients will be among his initial priorities, along with growing revenues by creating new, executive-level events. or (510) 658-9252, ext. 120.

"The company is making a major commitment with investments in editorial content, sales, marketing and our event offerings. A seasoned executive with a proven track record, Tim will lead the push for new services and company-wide growth," said Inman News publisher Brad Inman. Tim can be reached at

Additionally, Inman News has added five employees.

Volker Heistermann, former vice president of sales in the media department for Rutberg & Co., a boutique investment bank, has joined Inman News as vice president of conference sales. His primary focus will be to bring in sponsors for the Real Estate Connect events.

Heistermann previously managed online advertising sales at AT&T; performed technical analysis for Google; and served as manager of market intelligence for IDG. Prior to his move to the United States Heisterman founded a consulting company to assist joint ventures for German and Chinese companies.

Nikki Baldwin, based in Flagstaff, Ariz., joins Inman News as group sales manager. In this role she will be developing relationships with groups such as Real Estate Associations, MLSs and Real Estate Brokerages. Ms. Baldwin comes to Inman with a many years of industry experience. She previously served as regional sales account manager for Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions/LPS; as special events coordinator for Clareity Consulting, a real estate consulting firm, and as regional support representative and Western team field operations leader for Fidelity National Information Services/FNRES.

Jason Lasky, has been brought on as Inman News’ advertising sales director. Jason has over 18 years of sales and business development experience; working at companies spanning from early stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. While at UUNET Technologies, Jason helped the sales organization grow from a $4 million in revenues to over $5 Billion, and was responsible for building the Western Sales Organization. More recently, Jason has held senior sales roles at a number on Online Marketing companies, including SearchRev, QuinStreet, and DidIt Search Marketing.

All three sales people report to Alice Myerhoff, Senior Vice President of Inman News.

Raymond E. Mok, who has been hired as Inman News controller, has previous experience as a controller for MarketTools Inc. and Consultants Inc. He also served as vice president of finance for Dish Planet and accounting manager for Keri Systems Inc.

Fanny Seto has been hired as marketing assistant. She reports to Katie Lance, Inman News marketing manager, who came to the company late last year after serving as marketing manager for Empire Realty Associates Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area real estate brokerage company. Fanny has over three years of blogging experience; including writing content, promoting, and managing two blogs on a regularly basis. She has over four years of SEO experience, with two years at a search marketing firm managing campaigns within Google, MSN, and Yahoo. In addition, she brings experience in email marketing, developing collateral, social media, and trade shows.

About Inman News

Inman News ( is the leading source of independent real estate news, information, advice, research, technology, opinion and commentary for industry professionals and consumers alike. Inman's unbiased and hard-hitting stories are known throughout the real estate industry. Agents and brokers globally trust Inman News as their first source of accurate, innovative and timely daily news.

In addition, Inman produces Real Estate Connect, a semi-annual conference, which unites the most influential executives and experts from real estate, mortgage and technology into an active forum for discussion and debate. Real Estate Connect SF 2010 takes place July 13-15, 2010 at the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square. Learn more at

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