Press Release: Josh McFall Named Minnesota Realtors® CEO

By MNR News posted 02-01-2023 08:54

MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 31, 2023) — Minnesota Realtors® announces that Josh McFall, CAE, RCE will take over as CEO on March 1, as longtime leader Chris Galler retires. 

McFall comes from Huntsville, AL, where he served as CEO of the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors and since 2015. During that time, McFall strengthened, earning it national industry recognition for its excellence.   

“I look forward to leading this new chapter for Minnesota Realtors,” McFall said. “My first priorities as CEO are to engage with the leadership team, executive committee, board of directors, staff, local associations, and other key stakeholders to focus on creating a united and inclusive culture that puts our 22,000 Realtor members in a position to succeed in the Minnesota real estate industry.”   

“Josh has long time connections with the National Association of Realtors which will help him transition seamlessly into this role,” said Len Sarvela, a Realtor based in Duluth, MN, and the chair of the nationwide search committee. “His high energy and vision for the future is impressive, and we look forward to his long tenure as he implements his member-driven strategies into this organization.”  

According to Sarvela, McFall’s strong business development skills at the state and local level, his leadership experience, as well as his industry relationships made him the perfect fit for MNR. 

“Josh has an impressive record of providing vision and direction for Realtor organizations and will help guide us to the next level,” said Emily Green, MNR president. “His experience with the current challenges in our industry—along with his deep understanding of the methods and technologies available for meeting our goals—is exactly what we were hoping to find. He is a great communicator and will be an excellent representative for our Minnesota Realtors.”  

Originally from Florence, AL, McFall started his real estate career at Alabama Realtors and served as Vice President of Strategic Development. Before that, he held the role of Communication Instructor at Auburn University where he taught public speaking and fundamentals. Earlier, he served at Bridge Builders, a nonprofit leadership development organization for teens. 

McFall holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication from the University of North Alabama in Florence and a master’s degree in Communication from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. McFall has been married for 13 years to his husband Tim. He loves to cook, travel, and is an avid sports fan.  

McFall takes over as Minnesota Realtors® CEO on March 1, 2023.  


Media contact: Erin Mathe for MNR:, (952) 261-8148. 

About Minnesota Realtors® 

Minnesota Realtors® (MNR) is the membership organization supporting all 22,000 Realtors in the state of Minnesota. MNR is dedicated to helping Realtors succeed in providing comprehensive and informed guidance to their customers seeking to buy or sell a home. MNR provides Realtors with a code of ethics, continuing education, real estate transaction forms, legal services, and dispute resolution, as well as lobbying and advocating for homeownership rights and the real estate industry. MNR works in partnership with the National Association of Realtors, as well as more than 15 affiliate regional associations within Minnesota. MNR is a non-profit organization founded in 1919, with headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and a branch office in St. Paul, Minnesota. Find us at  www.mnrealtor.comand follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.