Emily Chenevert is the new chief executive officer of the Austin Board of Realtors.
Chenevert, who has been the group’s interim CEO since Jan. 1, will assume the new post effective immediately, the board said in a prepared statement Thursday. She is the group’s first female CEO.
The announcement follows a unanimous vote by the group’s 15-member board of directors at its April 4 meeting.
“Emily’s passion and deep knowledge of the real estate industry, coupled with her already successful tenure at ABoR, undoubtedly makes her the right choice for CEO,” said Steve Crorey, president of the Austin Board of Realtors.
As CEO, Chenevert will preside over a 13,000-member organization with a $15 million annual budget. She will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the three Austin Board of Realtors’ locations, the Austin/Central Texas Multiple Listing Service and manage a staff of more than 50 employees.
Chenevert previously served as the Austin Board of Realtors’ director of public and government affairs, where she managed campaigns for housing affordability and advocated for private property rights of homeowners.
Chenevert succeeds Paul Hilgers, who had been CEO since 2013 and retired Dec. 31. Hilgers stepped down after a year of controversy between the organization and some of its members that led to a shakeup on the board in which seven new board members were elected.