A Note from 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron
As many of you may already know, on Friday, January 15, 2016, Arron Lewis was found guilty of abducting and killing a Realtor® from Arkansas, a beloved member of our community, Beverly Carter. Justice has been served, and Lewis will spend the rest of his life behind bars, with no hope of parole. I pray Beverly’s family, friends, and community will find peace with this closure.
I pen this note to you, my fellow Realtors®, with bittersweet sentiments. We owe so much to the Carter family, who despite their unfathomable grief, have done a tremendous job bringing safety to the forefront of our industry. In the 16 months since Beverly Carter’s murder, NAR; local and state Realtor® associations; and, brokers and agents from all across the country, have worked together to develop professional safety protocols. I want to thank, personally, all those who have helped to create and promote the resources now available through the REALTOR® Safety Program. Your contributions are making a real difference.
I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter’s memory by remaining vigilant. Ours is the best profession in the world, yet there are some real risks associated with it. Please take the time to understand potential dangers, and take precautions to protect yourself and your colleagues.
Learn more about the REALTOR® Safety Program by visiting www.realtor.org/safety.