REALTORS® Conference & Expo Highlights | NAR Board of Directors Special Report

By Brenda Oliver posted 28 days ago

Collage of images from NAR Annual event in San Francisco

Missouri REALTORS®,

I’m proud to share that nearly 200 Missouri REALTORS® traveled to San Francisco, Ca., this past week for the 2019 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Conference & Expo. In total, over 20,000 REALTORS® gathered for NAR’s Conference & Expo which is the largest annual real estate event attended by top real estate professionals throughout the country. In addition to a great week of meetings and networking events, Missouri has A LOT to be proud of!

The below individuals were recognized during last week’s activities:

Kim Cameron | Graduate of NAR’s Leadership Academy
Throughout this program, Leadership Academy participants garner the opportunity to develop, enhance, and hone their leadership skills and competencies. The Leadership Academy is an eight-session training and development program designed to foster and develop future NAR Leaders.

Donny Allen | Inducted into the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) Hall of Fame
Over 30,000 members make up REBAC; 25,000 of which hold the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation. On an annual basis, REBAC recognizes a select group of individuals who have displayed exemplary acts of buyer representation and who have played a significant role as experts and leaders within the industry.

John Mayfield | 2019 Hall of Leaders Award Recipient
In 2000, the "Hall of Leaders" award was established to honor Designees who have provided outstanding contributions and service in the real estate industry and profession. The award is the highest honor a member can receive from the Institute.

Lynn Farrell | 2019 Missouri REALTOR® of the Year Recipient
Lynn was recognized, along with all state REALTOR® of the Year recipients, during the event’s General Session.

Mark Solomon | 2019 National Good Neighbor Award Recipient
Mark was selected as one of the five NAR Good Neighbor Awards recipients. In addition to being recognized during the General Session, Mark was showcased during the Good Neighbor Awards dinner. The National Good Neighbor Awards society celebrated it’s twentieth year this year. As part of this celebration, all Good Neighbor Award recipients were surprised with double the donation to their charity. So, Mark’s charity, Veterans Community Project, will receive $20,000 for this recognition! A special thank you to National Good Neighbor Awards sponsors and Wells Fargo. So many of us clicked on Mark’s Veterans Community Project as our favorite, that he also received an additional $1,250.00 from

I’d like to wish the above individuals a very special congratulations for their recent accomplishments!

I’d also like to highlight that Region IX (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas) was named #1 in completed Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) certifications with nearly 200 members from Missouri. Keep up the great work!

Please remember to complete your C2EX certification by December 31, 2019, to be entered in for a chance to win a $2,500 travel voucher. All recipients will be invited to attend a C2EX Reception at our upcoming January Business Conference.

And lastly, NAR’s Board of Directors met on Monday, November 11. Here is a snapshot of some of the highlights:

  •  The National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors took a big step to bolster brokerage cooperation Monday, passing MLS Statement 8.0, also known as the Clear Cooperation policy. The policy requires listing brokers who are participants in a multiple listing service to submit their listing to the MLS within one business day of marketing the property to the public. MLSs have until May 1, 2020, to implement the policy.
  • The board approved a change to NAR's Code of Ethics training requirement. The change extends the training requirement from every two years to every three years and extends the current Cycle 6 deadline from December 31, 2020, to December 31, 2021. The next cycle (cycle 7) will begin January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2024.
  • A proposal was approved that NAR adopts customized Core Standards for state associations, effective with the sixth Core Standards Compliance cycle, which begins January 1, 2020.
  • Referred back to the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee a proposed policy that would have limited state and local REALTOR® associations to the use of only one alternative business name ("DBA"), with instructions to create a policy that allows multiple DBAs within an association's jurisdiction boundaries.

Additional topics included Legal Action, Professional Standards, Federal Tax Policy, Federal Financing & Housing, Global Business and Alliances, NAR Financial Reports, and a Bylaws Change. Visit the Board of Directors Special Report to learn more about all of the issues addressed at the Board of Directors meeting.

Brenda-Oliver-Signature.pngBrenda Oliver, CRS, GRI, PMN 
2019 President, Missouri REALTORS®