Corporate Profiles

The Century 21 Real Estate LLC corporate officer's page includes biographies for the Chief Executive Officer and other members of the leadership team.

Richard W. Davidson, SIOR, RPA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Century 21 Real Estate LLC

Richard W. “Rick” Davidson was appointed president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC in February 2010. In his role, Davidson leads the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization of approximately 6,900 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 75 countries and territories worldwide with more than 102,000 sales professionals. Davidson has served in franchise senior executive roles since 2006, and prior to that he was a franchise owner of a Realogy brand. In 2013, Davidson was recognized in The Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders and the Swanepoel Power 200 list of the most powerful people in residential real estate.

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.

With more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, Davidson has held real estate broker licenses in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and earned the SIOR 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 2002, 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 as Chairman, Easter Seals International Board of Directors. He is also actively a Big Brother in in Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and serves as a Base Committee Member of the BSA Northern Tier High Adventure Base. 

Davidson is an honors graduate of the College of Management and Business at National-Louis University.


Greg Sexton

Chief Operating Officer

Century 21 Real Estate LLC

Greg Sexton was named Chief Operating Officer for Century 21 Real Estate LLC in January 2013.

Sexton, formerly held the post of senior vice president - CENTURY 21 field services, a role he assumed in 2010. As COO, he leads field services, strategic development and measurement, international operations, and System learning.

Sexton has spent over a decade with CENTURY 21 Real Estate's parent company, Realogy Group LLC. Earlier in his career, he served in a number of roles for Realogy Corporation (formerly Cendant Corporation), including franchise sales director and regional vice president, where he was responsible for the sale of real estate franchises and supported the growth of existing franchisees through the merger and acquisition of unaffiliated real estate companies.

Sexton received numerous awards in his leadership roles at Realogy, including The Chairman's Award for Franchise Sales in 2001 and 2002 and, Regional Vice President of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University.


Bev Thorne

Chief Marketing Officer

Century 21 Real Estate LLC

Bev Thorne leads the planning and execution of all marketing for the largest real estate franchise organization in the world. As the Chief Marketing Officer for CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC, she leads the strategy and execution of all consumer, broker and agent programs. With a heavy focus on strengthening the consistency of the brand across the globe, as well as on consumer preference for the brand’s attributes, she leads a team that spans the full breadth of digital and traditional market advertising, and that provides marketing events and tools for the CENTURY 21 System’s independently owned and operated companies.  Recent accolades include three digital marketing awards for a SimCity Social Facebook campaign: AVA Digital Awards; Platinum Winner in the Digital Marketing/Social Campaign category, Platinum Award from the Hermes Creative Award and PRSA Bronze Anvil Award.  Bev has been recognized for two years as one of Inman’s 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate, and has been awarded a Stevie Award for Marketing Leadership. 

Thorne earned her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has worked extensively in the areas of marketing, sales, branding and event management for both B2B and B2C. She has a wealth of experience working with organizations modeled like the CENTURY 21 System, helping them to achieve growth and profitability.  Bev previously led the marketing efforts at the Home Finance unit of JPMorgan Chase.  Prior to that, she worked for two decades at AT&T in a series of increasingly senior roles in both sales and marketing.  She and her husband have three children, and reside on a Christmas tree farm in Central New Jersey.