Tech Visionary Andy Rapattoni Dies at 75

John Jordan | April 2015

THOUSAND OAKS, CA— Rapattoni Corporation announced that its CEO and Chairman of the Board Andy Rapattoni died April 8, 2015, at the age of 75 at Los Robles Hospital here after complications following lower back surgery.

Rapattoni headed Rapattoni Corp., a national software firm located in Simi Valley, CA, and was an industry icon in the world of organized real estate in the 45 years he led the company.

In 1970, Andy and his wife, Niki, founded Rapattoni Corp. to provide cutting-edge technologies to the real estate industry. Beginning with just the two of them in Westwood, CA, near UCLA, the company currently employs more than 100 employees and services Realtors throughout the country.

Rapattoni Corp. has continued to provide software products and services to customers throughout the United States for 45 years. Its Rapattoni MLS software is used by more than 200,000 real estate professionals, and its association management software customers represent more than 80% of the nation’s Realtors. Richard Haggerty, Chief Executive Officer of The Hudson Gateway MLS Association of Realtors related that the association has used the firm’s association management software system—Rapattoni Magic—for more than 20 years.

“Words like pioneer, visionary, and innovator are used too often and easily today, but they fit Andy Rapattoni like a glove,” said HGAR’s Haggerty. “He was a true gentleman and a class act and he will be missed.”

Rapattoni received recognition for his contributions to the industry and for being a visionary. In 2009, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by Inman News. Other Inman honorees have included Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.org and Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In 2010, he was selected as the Chaffey High School Alumni Tiger of the Year for his contributions and achievements, and gave the baccalaureate address to the graduating seniors. He was also named one of the “200 most powerful people in residential real estate” for 2013 and 2014 by Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200), a research service that analyzes more than1,000 industry leaders in residential real estate every year.

He was born in 1939 and grew up in Ontario, CA. He met Niki Brown in high school in 1956; they became sweethearts and married in 1960. He attended Chaffey College, Los Angeles City College, California State University LA, and UCLA, where he majored in engineering and minored in business.

Rapattoni began working in the real estate industry in 1965 as a commercial real estate broker. In 1968, he joined Realtron Corp. of Detroit, MI, the first computerized real estate multiple listing service vendor in the world.

Ralph Hoover, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Rapattoni Corporation, said, “Andy has been a mentor and father figure to so many of us over the years. His passion, drive, and positive energy will be sorely missed. He has worked tirelessly to foster these qualities in our leadership team so that we may serve our customers the way he would have wanted, and continue to set the standard in the real estate industry.”

John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth