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National Association of Realtors Announces Strategic Restructuring to Better Serve Members, Enhance Member Experience
Changes better align NAR with current environment in DC, enhance member experience and position NAR as leading voice in real estate technology innovation. WASHINGTON (December 11, 2018) - The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced today staffing changes in the organization's advocacy, marketing communications, member experience and technology groups that will strengthen NAR's ability to serve as the leading voice for Realtors® on key legislative policies while fostering technological innovation on behalf of its members and enhancing the member experience. "These changes represent the next phase in our ongoing efforts to advance the real estate business and industry and put members' interests first, from representing Realtors® and property owners in Washington to driving development of new technology in Silicon Valley," said Bob Goldberg, CEO of NAR. "We are executing on the vision set forth earlier this year to achieve more for our members and succeed in a period of upheaval and generational changes." A modernized approach to advocacy NAR's new organizational structure bolsters its advocacy efforts by realigning its lobbying resources to interact more effectively on key issues with members of Congress and key committees most relevant to the real estate industry. It also continues and enhances NAR's commitment to a 21st century public advocacy operation, striking a balance between building on its existing internal resources and the selective retention of outside firms that will extend its reach and members' voices in the nation's capital. "Our new, streamlined approach provides more flexibility to work with outside firms as we develop public policy campaigns on issues identified in our federal issue survey," said Shannon McGahn, senior vice president of government affairs. "Using well-connected, outside experts in these areas deepens our bench and amplifies our voice in Congress while giving our internal team more flexibility and time to focus on relationships across the executive and legislative branches of government." Integrating marketing, communications for better member experience Building on the integration of marketing and communications into one group, recently appointed chief marketing and communications officer Victoria Gillespie has developed four teams, including a new digital strategy group with data and analytics capabilities to drive more advanced marketing and communication strategies along with meetings/events/sales, content and creative, and media/public relations/advocacy/operations. Integrating skillsets across these teams enables NAR to improve efficiency and coordination, allowing for more timely, transparent, direct and relevant member communications. "Integrating our marketing and communications teams ensures we will have greater alignment in our messaging and brand presentation across all of our communication channels, while encouraging collaboration and creativity throughout the marketing and communications team," said Gillespie. The member experience team also has been reorganized into two teams, each focused on a target audience - members and organizations that serve our members, including Realtor® associations, affiliates, MLSs and global partners - and each having subject matter experts for association leadership, governance, commercial and global. "The reorganization of this area is intended to create a more holistic approach to serving our stakeholders," said Katie Johnson, general counsel and chief member experience officer of NAR. Technology with Realtors® in mind Following the creation of the strategic business, innovation & technology group (SBIT) earlier this year, NAR is forming an emerging technology team. This team will identify and evaluate emerging technologies and analyze their potential impact on real estate. It will also build relationships with corporations, governments and academic institutions that are researching and developing emerging technologies. The emerging technologies team will be part of a larger strategy and innovation group that replaces the Center for Realtor® Technology and will be led by a new vice president of strategy and innovation, who NAR expects to hire in early 2019. "I am excited to announce these new initiatives for the SBIT group," said Mark Birschbach, senior vice president of strategic business, innovation and technology. "These changes will drive additional efficiencies within SBIT and expand its efforts to drive innovation in real estate both globally and domestically as well as provide additional benefits to members." The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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National Association of Realtors Installs 2019 Leadership
BOSTON (November 5, 2018) — John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota, was installed today as 2019 president of the National Association of Realtors® during the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Smaby was NAR's 2018 president-elect and 2017 first vice president. He has been in the industry for nearly 40 years and is a broker at Edina Realty where he specializes in residential real estate. He has held numerous positions nationally and with Minnesota REALTORS®, where he served as president in 2015 and treasurer in 2013. In 2013, Smaby received Minnesota's Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award, and in 2014, he was named their REALTOR® of the Year. Vince Malta is 2019 NAR president-elect. He is a third-generation Realtor® and CEO and broker of Malta & Co. Inc. in San Francisco. Malta has been in real estate for nearly 40 years and has served in countless roles. On the national level, he has testified before Congress multiple times on behalf of NAR, served on the Board of Directors since 2002, and was the 2011 vice president of government affairs. In 2002, Malta became a California Association of REALTORS® honorary member for life, in 2006 he served as CAR president, and in 2007 he was awarded the state's REALTOR® of the Year. Charlie Oppler is 2019 first vice president. He has been a Realtor® for more than 30 years and is the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty in Tenafly, specializing in residential brokerage. He holds the At Home with Diversity certification from NAR. Oppler has served on NAR's Board of Directors since 2003. He has chaired the REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee twice and the RPAC Trustees Committee. He has served on four of NAR's Presidential Advisory Groups. In 2005, Oppler was NAR's Vice President for Region 2, representing New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He was president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® in 2004. John Flor is 2019 treasurer. Flor has been a Realtor® for more than 20 years and is the Managing Broker of Six Lakes Realty, specializing in waterfront and recreational properties. At the national level, Flor has served on several committees, a presidential advisory group and the NAR Board of Directors. The Wisconsin REALTORS® Association elected Flor their Chairman of the Board for 2010. His local association, REALTORS® Association of Northwest Wisconsin, elected him their President in 2009. Brian Copeland is the 2019 vice president, association affairs. He was the 2017 President of Tennessee REALTORS®. Copeland is the founder of Doorbell Real Estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Copeland was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year. Copeland has served as the NAR's chair for the Data Strategies, Young Professionals Network, and RPAC Participation Council committees. He founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, attracting more than 1,500 real estate professionals from more than 30 states. Tracy Kasper is 2019 vice president, advocacy. She has been in real estate for more than 24 years and is the broker owner at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Silverhawk Realty. Kasper has experience in several areas of real estate with an emphasis in new construction and REO/Short Sale properties. She has served as 2016 President of the Idaho Association of REALTORS®. Kasper has chaired the IAR RPAC Committee twice in her career, the State Convention Committee and has served on those and other state and local committees over the years. Elizabeth Mendenhall is 2019 immediate past president. She has been a Realtor® for more than 20 years and is CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia, Missouri. Mendenhall is a sixth-generation Realtor® and holds numerous real estate designations. On the national level, Mendenhall served as NAR's 2018 president, 2017 president-elect and 2016 first vice president. She currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She chaired NAR's Strategic Planning Committee in 2012, served as vice president of committees in 2011 and was the NAR liaison to association leadership in 2008. In 2010, Mendenhall served as president of the Missouri Association of REALTORS®, and in 2003, she served as president of the Columbia Board of REALTORS® and was named their REALTOR® of the Year. NAR's 2019 Regional Vice Presidents are: Alan DeStephano, Bristol, New Hampshire, Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; Guy Matteo, Newton Square, Pennsylvania, Region 2: New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; Carole Maclure, Olney, Maryland, Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia; Tony Smith, Charlotte, North Carolina, Region 4: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; Maria S. Wells, Stuart, Florida, Region 5: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; Carol Griffith, Brighton, Michigan, Region 6: Michigan and Ohio; Mike Drews, Aurora, Illinois, Region 7: Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin; Rod Helm, Edina, Minnesota, Region 8: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota; Chris Rost, Salina, Kansas, Region 9: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma; Beth Cristina, Metairie, Louisiana, Region 10: Louisiana and Texas; Paula Monthofer, Flagstaff, Arizona, Region 11: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; Mark Kitabayashi, Puyallup, Washington, Region 12: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington; and Don Faught, Pleasanton, California, Region 13: California, Hawaii and Guam. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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National Association of Realtors Announces Restructuring, Senior Management Team
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National Association of Realtors Installs 2018 Leadership
CHICAGO, Nov. 6, 2017 -- Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri was installed today as 2018 president of the National Association of Realtors® during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. Mendenhall was NAR's 2017 president-elect and 2016 first vice president. She has been a Realtor® for 20 years and is CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty. On the national level, Mendenhall currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She holds numerous designations and chaired NAR's Strategic Planning Committee in 2012, served as vice president of committees in 2011 and was the NAR liaison to association leadership in 2008. In 2010, Mendenhall served as president of Missouri Realtors®, and in 2003 she was elected president of the Columbia Board of Realtors® and was named their Realtor® of the Year. John Smaby is 2018 NAR president-elect. Smaby is a second-generation Realtor® and has been in the industry for 38 years; he is a broker at Edina Realty in Edina, Minnesota, where he specializes in residential real estate. Smaby has held numerous positions nationally and with Minnesota Realtors®, where he served as president in 2015 and treasurer in 2013. In 2013, Smaby received Minnesota's Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award, and in 2014, he was named their Realtor® of the Year. Vince Malta is 2018 first vice president. He is a third-generation Realtor® and CEO and broker of Malta & Co. Inc. in San Francisco. Malta has been in real estate for nearly 40 years and has served in countless roles. On the national level, he has testified before Congress multiple times on behalf of NAR, served on the Board of Directors since 2002, and was the 2011 vice president of government affairs. In 2002, Malta became a California Association of Realtors® honorary member for life, in 2006 he served as CAR president, and in 2007 he was awarded the state's Realtor® of the Year. Thomas Riley, a Realtor® from Bedford, New Hampshire is the 2018 NAR treasurer. He has been a Realtor® for more than 36 years and is president of Riley Enterprises Inc., specializing in residential and commercial real estate and property management. Riley was NAR treasurer in 2017 and chaired both the Finance Committee and the Reserve Investment Advisory Board. In 2015, he was NAR vice president for Region 1, serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Riley served as president of New Hampshire Realtors® in 2011 and president of the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors® in 1998. Colleen Badagliacco from Morgan Hill, California is 2018 NAR vice president, association affairs. She has been a Realtor® for nearly 40 years, and is the broker/associate for Legacy Real Estate & Associates, where she specializes in single-family brokerage. Badagliacco holds numerous professional designations and in 2016 served as NAR's vice president for Region 13, comprised of California, Hawaii, and Guam. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1995 and is a Realtor® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame member. The California Association of Realtors® elected her president in 2007, the same year Badagliacco was named as the state's Realtor® of the Year, and the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors® elected her president in 1992. Kenny Parcell is 2018 NAR vice president, government affairs. Parcell, a Realtor® for nearly 20 years, is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the director of business development for Equity Real Estate, where he specializes in single-family brokerage. Kenny served as an NAR liaison to committees in 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2012, and as vice president in 2016 for Region 11, comprised of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The Utah Association of Realtors® elected him president in 2011 and named him Realtor® of the Year in 2013. He served as president of the Utah County Association of Realtors® in 2008. William E. Brown is 2018 immediate past president. He has been active in real estate for 36 years and is the founder of Investment Properties, a division of the family real estate business. Brown has served in numerous positions at the local, state and national levels, including as NAR's 2017 president, 2016 first vice president and 2015 president-elect. Brown was an NAR committee liaison in 2006 and 2011, and 2012 vice president for Region 13, comprised of California, Hawaii and Guam. In 2008, he served as the California Association of Realtors® president and was honored as Realtor® of the Year. Brown was elected president of the Oakland Association of Realtors® in 1984. NAR's 2018 regional vice presidents are: Dave Wluka, Sharon, Massachusetts, Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; Linda Page, Rhinebeck, New York, Region 2: New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; Mark Mansour, Barboursville, West Virginia, Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia; Randall Thomas, Kingsport, Tennessee Region 4: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; Steven Fischer, Savannah, Georgia, Region 5: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; John J. Lynch, Westlake, Ohio, Region 6: Michigan and Ohio; K.C. Maurer, Appleton, Wisconsin, Region 7: Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin; Dewey Uhlir, Fargo, North Dakota, Region 8: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota; Jim Gamble, Overland Park, Kansas, Region 9: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma; Scott Kesner, El Paso, Texas, Region 10: Louisiana and Texas; Cathy Colvin, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Region 11: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; Collin Mullane, Talent, Oregon, Region 12: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington; and Beth Peerce, Los Angeles, California, Region 13: California, Hawaii and Guam. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Bob Goldberg Named CEO of National Association of Realtors®
WASHINGTON (June 23, 2017) – Bob Goldberg has been named CEO of the National Association of Realtors®. Goldberg currently serves as NAR senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Investments, Professional Development and Conventions for NAR. Goldberg was the choice of NAR's leadership team after an extensive national search. He succeeds Dale Stinton, who is retiring after 36 years at NAR and 12 as CEO. Goldberg has been with NAR since 1995 and will be NAR's 12th CEO since the association was founded in 1908. "Bob's vision, business acumen and unique ability to successfully leverage NAR's technology investments will ensure Realtors® remain at the center of the real estate transaction," said 2017 NAR President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California. "With extensive knowledge of the association and real estate industry, Bob brings with him a strong track record for future-based thinking and enacting change, which is why the NAR leadership team is extremely confident in his ability to lead the association and membership to continued future success." In his current SVP role, Goldberg is responsible for brand and strategic marketing and association non-dues revenue, and oversees the largest employee base at NAR, with 69 division personnel. He guides a broad range of association initiatives including business development, strategic planning and partnerships, association product and marketing services and management, member professional development, competitive brand positioning, marketing, advertising and promotions, and group conventions. In addition to his NAR roles, Goldberg also acts as SVP of administration for REALTOR® University, overseeing graduate school staff, day-to-day operations of the research center, curriculum development and budgets. He is also president and CEO of the REALTORS® Information Network, or RIN, an NAR for-profit and wholly owned subsidiary responsible for overseeing the realtor.com® operating agreement with Move, Inc. "I'm humbled and excited to be named NAR's next CEO," said Goldberg. "This is a dynamic time for the association and the industry, and I am looking forward to my new role and working with Realtor® leaders and staff to advance the association and our members towards long-term success." After soliciting and considering recommendations from NAR's members, the Leadership Team appointed a diverse 15-member search committee in December 2015 to work with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to recruit candidates for the CEO position. 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron served as the search committee chair, and 2003 NAR President Cathy Whatley served as vice chair. "Finding a successor for Dale Stinton was far from easy, but it was a challenge our search committee took very seriously. The final candidates, who were all top-notch, brought diverse backgrounds and the right mix of skills, but Bob Goldberg stood apart because of his considerable understanding of and expertise in the many the issues facing the industry and NAR's members," said Polychron. "We greatly appreciate Heidrick and Struggles' insights and assistance throughout the entire selection process and look forward to moving ahead." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches Merges with Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors® to Create the Third Largest Group in the Nation
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NAR CEO Dale Stinton to Retire, Search Firm Retained
  WASHINGTON (December 28, 2016) –  After 36 years of service, National Association of Realtors® CEO Dale Stinton will retire from the association in 2017. Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has been retained to find Stinton's replacement. Stinton took over as CEO in November 2005. Previously, he served as chief financial officer and chief information officer since 1998 and was named acting CEO and executive vice president in 1996. Stinton demonstrated exceptional leadership and business savvy in bringing continued success to the association and its members through one of the worst economic downturns in decades. His achievements include guiding the creation of Realtor® University; directing the growth of the Realtors® Property Resource, a national database of real property; implementing high-value partnerships and investments as president of Second Century Ventures, NAR's investment arm; and spearheading efforts to drive member participation in the association's Realtor® Party to advocate issues and advance legislation at all levels of government. He has been recognized broadly as an industry leader and innovator. "It was an honor to lead the nation's largest and most influential trade association in partnership with NAR's elected leaders, and I'm incredibly proud of what we have helped the association and our members achieve over the past decade as CEO," said Stinton. "My 36 years at NAR have been challenging but always rewarding; the time is now for a new leader to take the reins." A diverse member search committee has been appointed to work with Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping worldwide, to recruit candidates for the CEO position; NAR 2015 president Chris Polychron is serving as chair and 2003 president Cathy Whatley is vice chair. "Dale Stinton has had a long and distinguished career at NAR and has made immense contributions to the association, and we thank him for his service," said Polychron. "This continues to be a dynamic time for the association and the industry, and I am confident that we will find and hire the best candidate to position NAR for long-term success as it continues the important role of advocating for Realtor® members, consumers and the industry." Stinton will continue to serve as CEO until a successor is named, which is expected before the end of 2017, to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Heidrick & Struggles will begin the search for a new CEO immediately. "We look forward to serving NAR as partner for this critical leadership transition," said Bill Hudson, partner at Heidrick & Struggles based in the Washington D.C. office. "Recognizing that NAR is one of the largest and most respected trade associations in the nation, we're honored to be selected to lead the search for the new CEO." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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NAR Installs 2017 Officers
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A fresh alternative for real estate board support
City of Calgary, Oct. 13, 2016 – Building on a well-earned reputation for innovation and leadership, CREB® proudly announces the formation of REB Resources Ltd. – a for profit subsidiary that will provide a la carte services for Canadian real estate boards. Wholly owned by CREB®, the for-profit subsidiary will enable the organization to export support services in technology, professional development and administration on a contract basis to other real estate boards and associations. "We are well-regarded for our willingness to share what we know and do with other real estate boards," said CREB® chief executive officer and REB Resources Ltd. president Alan Tennant. "But more and more, we see a mutually beneficial opportunity that extends beyond knowledge-sharing into service delivery. REB Resources will allow other boards to leverage our in-house expertise like never before." With CREB®'s board acting as directors for REB Resources Ltd., CREB® president Cliff Stevenson says the move ushers in a new era of collaboration and consolidation for the industry and CREB® members. "We believe REB Resources Ltd. will ultimately redefine board services for the industry and our members," said Stevenson. "Real estate services powered by CREB® can now be contracted around Alberta and beyond." CREB®'s board of directors approved the formation of REB Resources Ltd. on Sept. 7.
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MMSI Unveils Real Estate Industry’s Most Robust Responsive Member Portal
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Josh McFall named CEO of Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®
The Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® (HAAR) announced today that Josh McFall has been appointed CEO of the association, effective November 2nd, 2015. McFall has enjoyed a successful career in Nonprofit Management and Higher Education. Prior to joining HAAR, McFall was the Vice President of Strategic Development at the Alabama Association of REALTORS® where he managed all education and professional development programs, digital media including AlabamaREALTORS.com, publications, and leadership development programming. Josh also provided direct counsel to the executive committee and committee chairs for strategic short and long-range planning efforts. Among his years at the State Association, McFall has served on the faculty at Auburn University-Montgomery teaching courses in communication studies. During his tenure at the Alabama Association of REALTORS®, McFall was named to a two-term chairmanship of the National Association of REALTORS® State Education Director's Advisory Committee and to the National Association of REALTORS® Professional Development Committee. McFall also served on the Graduate REALTOR® Institute Steering committee, which brought forward the new standards for the national GRI education program. He has also taught courses and consulted with other state REALTOR® associations on strategic development and business planning efforts. "We are very pleased and excited to have Josh McFall as our incoming CEO," said Huntsville Area Association of Realtors (HAAR) President Opie Balch. "His experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset to HAAR as we continue to offer new services and benefits to our members and work with community, state and national leaders." A graduate of the University of North Alabama and Auburn University, McFall holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Communication from UNA and a Master's Degree in Communication Studies from Auburn. "I am thrilled to be asked to serve as CEO of the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®," said McFall. "My passion in life lies in empowering others to be better leaders and to serve their communities by using their gifts to their fullest potential. I look forward to great things in Huntsville." The Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® supports private property rights, equal housing opportunities and is the "Voice of Real Estate" in North Alabama. For more information, visit www.valleymls.com.
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Dionna Brahs-Hall Appointed New CEO of 6th Largest REALTOR® Association in Nation
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