We Are “On the Rise,” Posted by Vicki

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to address NAR’s 2010 state and local presidents-elect and association executives the Leadership Summit. It was a chance for me to explain our organization’s theme and goals for 2010 and to meet the other officers who would help me lead our members and industry in the year ahead.

By all accounts, the mood at the Summit matched the theme, “On the Rise.” Everybody was energetic and upbeat. I could feel the positive energy in the room. And, several people came up to me during the program and said they wanted to use the theme in their state and local associations.

In my remarks, I laid out two key goals: to increase participation in the Broker Involvement Program and to get every association to create their own version of NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now.

Let me tell you, the response to the Broker Involvement Program was off the charts. I immediately heard from many associations who are motivated to add participation in this important program to their goals. In fact, I went up to Pinetop last week and handed out 50 forms myself. Since the Summit, we have had more than 80 new brokers sign up. And, that’s not all…

During the Game Changers panel, hosted by CEO Dale Stinton, we issued another challenge. We asked each state and local association to submit a truly unique and innovative idea that would change the way associations serve our members. The association that submits the best idea will work with the panel of experts to make it happen, and NAR will completely fund the endeavor. We have already received ideas from three associations.

Clearly, the audience at the Leadership Summit was hungry for good information from NAR, and I feel that we delivered it in a fun and educational way. We have posted all of the materials, along with some great videos of sessions, on the AE page at Realtor.org. I encourage all members to check it out.

Perhaps the most memorable speakers were our two special guests, Chris Gardner and Alison Levine, who reminded us all that success isn’t always in the end result – sometimes it really is the journey that makes the difference. Tough times are part of the deal, but if you keep pushing, you will rise to the challenge. I couldn’t have said it better myself. – Vicki Cox Golder, 2009 President-Elect