After 17 years at IRES, it is time for me to say so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye! In 2018, instead of being your IRES Product Manager, I will be cruising off into the sunset on our 42 foot Nordic Tug boat. Our plan is to travel up the East Coast and into the Great Lakes. From there, destination unknown.
I’ve known some of you for a long time. I was hired as a contract employee in 2001 to create the online Help for a brand new MLS system: IRESis.com. We converted to IRESis that year with sluggish dial up connections and a buggy IE 6. But IRES CEO Lauren Hansen had a vision for what IRESis could be, so we pushed through the pain.
In 2002 we added a new Showings system. Many of you still use it today and over the years we’ve added SentriLock integration, a Message Center, customized Feedback questions, and online showing requests.
The IRESis Contracts was added back in 2003 and still has a huge adoption rate today. Since then we’ve added templates, office clauses, Dates & Deadlines exports, and deep DocuSign integration.
In response to broker needs, CCM (Colorado Cooperative MLS) was forged in 2003 so we could share listings with then Metrolist (now REcolorado) and Pikes Peak MLS’s. Here at IRES we worked very hard to fully integrate their listing information into IRESis to make your life easier. And, of course, we are working toward new opportunities in that area now.
Over the years we implemented more features that I can name, such as Biz Opps, Open Houses, Carts, MySite Site Activity Reports, 1004MC, Instant prospect searches, Mobile sites, plus screen design updates and branding. We also integrated many outside products like CloudCMA, ListTrac, CSS, New Home Source, eProperty Watch, and CTMe Contracts. And we expanded ColoProperty.com™ to include listings throughout the state from CREN, Grand Junction and Vail MLS’s.
We had a good time!
As I take my leave, let me introduce your new Product Manager: JP Pleitner. JP is a executive project manager with 18 years’ experience leading projects and supporting within various IT fields. In 2004, she transitioned into the real estate industry. This began a career in MLS governance for the past 13 years. I have full confidence that JP will lead IRESis and ColoProperty.com™ on the right road in the years ahead.
Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors!