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About Kirk

With over 15 years experience helping people use technology to make their life better, Kirk Lattner leads the MRIS product management group. With a BA in Economics from the University of Iowa, Kirk’s most recent experience was as a product manager with Metavante, Inc., a large banking technology company. Prior to Metavante, Inc., he worked for Marshall and Swift / Boech as Director of Product Management for building valuation products. When not immersing himself in the real estate market, he enjoys travelling, photography, and sailing. Until now, Kirk has spent his entire life in the Midwest where he enjoys winters that are only slightly above 8 degrees.

What three things could Kirk not live without? Family, places to explore, and problems to solve. What is Kirk’s favorite saying or quotation? “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Let’s Talk Product Innovation

May 22, 2012  |  by Kirk

Often, when I tell people I’m a product manager, I’m welcomed by an oh-so-familiar blank stare and a polite smile.  It’s been said that the best way to gain understanding with someone is to relate the topic to something they already understand. And in relation to what real estate professionals do, the closest comparison is the work done when learning... Continue Reading

Bright Ideas: Customer-Driven Product Development

April 12, 2012  |  by Kirk

When MRIS creates products, we strive to make sure it’s all about you, the customer. Everything starts with your requests. When deciding on where to focus our efforts, we use the feedback you’ve given us through the surveys you fill out, the feedback emails you submit, and the discussions you have with MRIS staff members. From there, the MRIS product... Continue Reading

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Integration, Now That’s What I’m Talking About

May 11, 2011  |  by Kirk

Three weeks ago, I purchased a new MacBook Pro laptop and ended a 17-year drought as a Mac user. Sure, I’ve remained connected with Apple over the years with my iPod and my iPad, but I’ve strictly been a PC (Windows) user since the early 90’s. I’m amazed at all of the little things on the Mac that add up... Continue Reading

Suggestions From Customers and MRIS Employees are welcome – and on our MRIS Roadmap!

March 24, 2011  |  by Kirk

At MRIS, we love feedback. From you, our customers, and from our internal Customer Support Representatives, who are your first “go-to” contacts for MRIS questions and help,  we’re always interested in suggestions on how we can better improve your MRIS customer experience. We thought you’d like to hear about the results of an “Internal Innovation Contest” for MRIS Support Center Representatives.... Continue Reading

Suggestions, Suggestions – What happens next?

February 10, 2011  |  by Kirk

Did you know that MRIS receives thousands of suggestions every year?  As  a Senior Product Manager here at MRIS, I am often asked what happens to those suggestions. First of all, let me say how grateful we are to get feedback from you!  Whether you submit your ideas and suggestions on our social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, via... Continue Reading

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