Frank Major, Trailblazer Who Carved Path As Bright MLS’s First CTO, Dies

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Frank Main, chief expertise officer for the nation’s second-largest a number of itemizing service, died unexpectedly on April 27, forsaking a shocked actual property neighborhood in mourning. He was 52.

Brian Donnellan, CEO of Vivid MLS introduced Main’s passing on LinkedIn Monday afternoon.

Frank Main

“It’s with nice disappointment that I share some sudden information with the actual property neighborhood relating to the lack of one in every of our beloved colleagues,” Donnellan wrote.

“This previous Thursday, Vivid MLS Chief Know-how Officer Frank Main handed away instantly. Our hearts are together with his spouse Aisha, their youngsters, and their prolonged household. Please preserve them in your ideas.”

Main joined Vivid MLS, with greater than 98,000 subscribers throughout six states and Washington, D.C., within the Mid-Atlantic area, in October 2018 as its first CTO, based on his LinkedIn profile.

Main labored at Freddie Mac for seven years beginning in 1997, adopted by almost 10 years at USAA, after which shorter stints at Capital One, PenFed Credit score Union and Amazon-as-a-Service platform supplier Amify earlier than going to Vivid.

“Frank was deeply influential in the actual property trade due to his many contributions, large experience, and professionalism, however above all else we are going to bear in mind his kindness, integrity and dedication,” Donnellan mentioned.

Frank Main 1985 yearbook picture | Supply: Ancestry

“Fairly merely, he was one in every of our most admired and treasured colleagues and his loss is felt by each member of Vivid’s group. Like many people, I’ll drastically miss his friendship.”

Frank Kyle Main Sr. was born September 12, 1970, in Christian, Kentucky. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia, the place he attended West Springfield Excessive Faculty. He’s survived by his spouse Aisha Williams and 6 youngsters.

Brian Donnellan

Requested for his reason behind dying, Donnellan advised Inman, “We perceive that Frank awoke on Thursday feeling ailing and handed away shortly thereafter.”

“Frank will first be remembered as a buddy and treasured colleague,” Donnellan mentioned.

“Frank achieved so many issues in his storied profession – holder of 5 patents, he was actually a superb man. However past the skilled accomplishments, an important factor we should always all bear in mind Frank for is Frank the individual. Form, compassionate, caring – he was all of these issues, and he set a sterling instance for us all.”

“[We] all miss Frank terribly, he was one in every of a sort,” Donnellan added.

Requested whether or not another person will step into Main’s sneakers as CTO both briefly or completely, Donnellan mentioned the corporate’s main consideration in the mean time was to make sure Main’s household has the assist and care they want.

“With that mentioned, we did need to reassure people that Vivid has succession and contingency plans to make sure continuity of initiatives and operations — plans that Frank and the management group beforehand put in place,” Donnellan mentioned.

“We’ll proceed to ship high-quality work that advantages our subscribers, shareholders, brokers and companions like we’ve got at all times endeavored to do — to us, that’s one of the best ways we are able to honor Frank’s reminiscence and legacy.”

Donnellan’s publish prompted an outpouring of grief from greater than 5 dozen of Main’s colleagues within the trade.

Frank Chimento

Frank Chimento

“Wow! Shocked and saddened to study this,” wrote Frank Chimento, co-founder and co-CEO of HomeLendia Mortgage. “Actually liked my engagements with Frank through the years. [A] very sensible and type man.”

Caitlin McCrory | LinkedIn

Caitlin McCrory, vp of trade relations at Anyplace, wrote, “I’m devastated by this information, and my coronary heart goes out to his household and family members. Frank was a very modern chief and I liked his contributions to the RESO Board of Administrators.”

Invoice Spies, product proprietor at IPT Associates, echoed the ideas of many when he wrote, “That is extremely unhappy. Frank was probably the most gracious, clever, educated and supportive managers I ever labored with. His calm demeanor and enduring smile can be remembered.”

Jon Coile

Jon Coile, vp of MLS and trade relations at HomeServices of America and a member of Vivid’s Government Committee, reminisced about Main’s first assembly with Vivid’s board of administrators.

“I bear in mind Frank’s first assembly with the Vivid board, explaining some actually difficult expertise challenge that was means, means over our heads with an analogy about an outdated pickup truck leaking oil or one thing loopy like that,” Coile wrote.

“It was truly a fantastic analogy that made all of it make sense however rattling it, I can’t bear in mind the main points. I’m so mad as a result of I can’t simply choose up the telephone and ask Frank what the main points have been of that silly pickup truck that I can’t bear in mind. In reality I’m simply so unhappy that we misplaced a fantastic soul, a vibrant mind, and a relaxed and peaceable chief. Frank could also be gone however he has left a giant mark on our future.”

In June 2020, Main despatched a message to staffers amid unrest surrounding the dying of George Floyd, which Inman subsequently revealed. He urged the actual property trade to work towards “attaining protected, inclusive neighborhoods that thrive with equitable alternatives for everybody no matter race, shade or creed.”

“In actual property, we’ve got extra energy than most different sectors to create communities and alternatives for ourselves and our neighbors to have discussions, ‘stroll the speak,’ and be the constructive change that results in togetherness and overcomes divisiveness,” he wrote.

Nearly precisely a yr in the past, The Washington Publish profiled Main and Williams’ McLean, Virginia, ranch house, which the couple had customized constructed for his or her household of 9, together with six youngsters who then ranged in age from 3 to 23, and Main’s mother-in-law. The household moved into the 6,133-square-foot house in 2018 and the information outlet wrote that one in every of Main’s favourite points of the house was the sunshine all through the rooms.

“I really like to sit down within the solar, and I even work exterior after I can,” Main advised WaPo. “Within the night, we are able to put the fuel fire exterior on and the panorama lighting is gorgeous. It appears like a retreat with out having to depart.”

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