Richard W. “Rick” Davidson was appointed president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate in February 2010. In his role, Davidson leads the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization of approximately 7,000 independently owned and operated franchised brokerage offices and more than 100,000 sales associates in 73 countries and territories worldwide. Davidson has served in franchise senior executive roles since 2006, and prior to that he was a franchise owner of a Realogy brand.
Prior to his current post, Davidson served in a dual capacity as chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and as president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates. In this role, Davidson was responsible for overseeing the Coldwell Banker residential franchise operations on a global basis after having led the brand’s commercial operations since May 2006. Specifically, he was responsible for directing the operations, field services, education and mortgage services programs across this global residential real estate network.
With more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, Davidson is a licensed real estate broker in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and earned the SIOR, Executive Management Specialist designation in 2009. Previously, Davidson was the founding principal and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Capitol Realty Services, an independently owned and operated company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan market.
Before establishing Coldwell Banker Commercial Capitol Realty Services in 2003, Davidson spent nine years as managing director of CB Richard Ellis in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan market and three years with Insignia/ESG as executive vice president. During his tenure with CBRE, Davidson received several national awards, including Manager of the Year in 1994 and 1996, and the J. Frank Mahoney and James Didion Chairman’s Leadership Award for Real Estate Excellence in 1997, 1998 and 2000.
Davidson currently serves on the international board of directors for Easter Seals. He is also active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a number of other local and national charities.
He is an honors graduate of National Louis University in Chicago.