What makes Missouri REALTORS® so great are the members that we have. Not only do we care about real estate, but we care about each other as well. We know that by investing in our fellow REALTORS® we are making our community, and the industry as a whole, stronger. That’s why we created Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy, a program that trains emerging leaders so that they may exert a positive influence on the future of the real estate industry.
Our new Leadership Academy Alumni Member Spotlight series highlights the graduates of the program. We want to introduce some of our wonderful REALTOR® leaders and showcase how Leadership Academy helped them grow. This month we are shining our spotlight on David Gerhart.
David Gerhart, REALTOR® with the Columbia Board of REALTORS®, was in the tire and automotive repair business for 34 years before becoming a REALTOR®. He grew tired of retail and hiring and firing employees, so he decided it was time for a change. He now loves the flexible hours that being a REALTOR® allows.
Gerhart’s local board Association Executive encouraged him to apply for Leadership Academy in 2013. Since graduating in 2014, Gerhart has served as President of his board. He has also served on many output groups at the state level.
Since graduating from Leadership Academy, he has also gotten involved with the Food Bank of Northeast and Central Missouri.
Gerhart’s advice to aspiring leaders is this: “Get involved with your local board and the state association and commit to being a leader.”