The National Association of Realtors in the USA has announced its new leadership team for 2015 and is introducing a new Code of Excellence, Realtor ratings and training and education requirements
The new National Association of Realtors leadership team for 2015 has been announced and a range of policy changes are being proposed to increase professional excellence.
The board of the top US trade association is drafting a new Code of Excellence, which will be finalised later, increased education and testing requirements, Realtor ratings and is providing more industry data.
Under the four measures passed by the board, education and testing on the planned Code of Excellence and its Code of Ethics will take place every two years instead of four.
New NAR 2015 President, Chris Polychron, says the proposals raise the bar and provides benefits for Realtors and property buyers and sellers.
Current NAR President, Steve Brown, says the changes are essential for the NAR, which has considered the idea of a Code for Excellence for 25 years.
“Prior to being president and during my presidency, at every state association meeting I went to, ultimately someone asked, ‘How do we raise that professional bar?’
“The ship is being built on evaluations right now, but the ship hasn’t sailed” yet, and there is still time for NAR to play a role in developing standards that would help ensure Realtors are evaluated fairly.”
The proposals considered by the board were:
- Implement an aspirational Code of Excellence – approved, with amendment
- Mandatory biennial education, testing on Code of Excellence and Code of Ethics – approved, with amendment
- Realtors will have the most comprehensive data – approved, with amendment
- NAR will develop an industry standard for models to allow consumers to fairly and more accurately evaluate Realtors – approved
- Increase standards of entry into profession – not addressed
The original proposals and their objectives are listed in full on the NAR’s realtor.org website.
At the NAR’s association’s Board of Directors meeting held during the 2014 NAR Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Chris Polychron, a Realtor in Hot Springs, Arkansas has been installed as 2015 President.
He has more than 25 years’ experience as a Realtor and is an Executive Broker with 1st Choice Realty, specializing in residential property. Mr Polychron has served on NAR’s Board of Directors since 2002, and was 2005 regional vice president for Region IX, covering Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Mr Polychron was President of the Arkansas Realtors Association in 2003, Arkansas’ Realtor of the Year in 1996 and President of the Hot Springs Board of Realtors the same year. His daughter, Nikki, was Hot Springs Board of Realtors 2012 President. He is a member of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee and has served as President of the local Greek Orthodox Church since the late nineties. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife, Janis and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. His picture is taken from an NAR video from the New Orleans conference.
Thomas Salomone, a Realtor from Coral Springs, Florida, who has international real estate experience, is the 2015 President-Elect. He is a second-generation Realtor and broker/owner of Real Estate II. He has been a Realtor for 38 years and serves as a member of NAR’s Executive Committee and on the newly appointed Corporate Investor Council.
He has served on several national committees, was director of NAR’s Realtor Party Activities in 2012, and was 2007 regional vice president for Region V, covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Mr Salomone was president of the Florida Realtors in 2003 and was Florida’s Realtor of the Year in 2005.
Bill Brown, a second-generation Realtor from Oakland, California, is the 2015 NAR first vice president. He has been a Realtor for more than 35 years and is the founder of Investment Properties, a division of the family real estate business founded by his father, William H. Brown, in 1964, which specialises on the sale of existing apartment buildings to institutional and private capital investors.
Mr Brown has served in numerous positions at the local, state, and national levels, including as an NAR Director since 1991, the 2004 Chairman of the RPAC Trustees and the 2012 Regional Vice President for Region 13, comprised of California, Hawaii, and Guam.
Michael McGrew, a Realtor from Lawrence, Kansas, with almost 30 years’ experience is the 2015 NAR treasurer. He is the CEO/Chairman of McGrew Real Estate. Mr McGrew was 2014 treasurer and 2013 vice-chair of the Finance Committee and has served on NAR’s Board of Directors for nine years. He was president of the Kansas Association of Realtors in 1998.
Mike Ford, Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes in West Memphis, Arkensas, is 2015 NAR Vice President. He is a long-standing member of NAR’s Board of Directors, having served since 1994. In 1997, he was NAR’s regional vice president for Region IX, representing Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Charlie Oppler, who has been a Realtor for more than 30 years, is also 2015 NAR Vice President. He is CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty and has served on NAR’s Board of Directors since 2003. In 2005, he served as NAR’s regional vice president for Region II, representing New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and was President of the New Jersey Association of Realtors in 2004.
NAR’s 2015 regional vice presidents are: Thomas Riley, Bedford, N.H., Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont); Max Gurvitch, Brooklyn, N.Y., Region II (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania); Brenda Small, Washington, D.C., Region III (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia); Sandra O’Connor, Greensboro, N.C., Region IV (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee); Dean Asher, Orlando, Region V (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands); Beth Foley, Holland, Mich., Region VI (Michigan and Ohio); Sheryl Whitehurst, Peoria, Ill.., Region VII (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin); Jeff Nelson, Sioux Falls, S.D., Region VIII (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota); Brian Jones, Pittsburgh, Kan., Region IX (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma); Bill Jones, Temple, Texas., Region X (Louisiana and Texas); Linda Rheinberger, Las Vegas, Region XI (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming); Dan Wagner, Billings, Mont., Region XII (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington); and Steve Goddard, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Region XIII (California, Hawaii and Guam).
The National Association of Realtors is America’s largest trade association, representing 1million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
By Adrian Bishop, Editor, OPP Connect