Live Blog from the 2013 Midyear Board of Directors

The 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors met on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Washington DC Marriott Wardman Park.  The following are the live events in chronological order.

Board of Directors Meeting

(Note:  This is a live blog, so much will depend on internet connectivity.)

8:30 am

Meeting called to order by NAR President Gary Thomas (Monarch Beach, CA)

8:32 am

Prayer and Pledge


Introduction of Officers

  • Steve Brown, President Elect
  • Chris Polychron, First Vice President
  • William Armstrong, Treasurer
  • Leslie Smith, Vice President
  • Bill Brown, Vice President
  • Mary Lou Stephens, Marietta, Georgia, the parliamentarian for this meeting.
  • Laurie Janik, NAR General Counsel
  • Moe Veissi, Immediate Past President
  • And Dale Stinton, Chief Executive Officer


Ron Phipps, Nominating report

For Regional Vice President:

RVP: Region 1 D. Gary Rogers Watham, MA
RVP: Region 2 William J. Hanley Somerset, NJ
RVP: Region 3 John R. Dickenson Union Hall, VA
RVP: Region 4 Michael Gaughan – Not in Attendance Hendersonville, TN
RVP: Region 5 Barbara Jill Harris St. John, VI
RVP: Region 6 Jonathan M. Hall Celina, OH
RVP: Region 7 John Kmiecik Palos park, IL
RVP: Region 8 Henry Kammandel Jr. Omaha, NE
RVP: Region 9 Elizabeth Mendenhall Columbia, MO
RVP: Region 10 David McKey Baton Rouge, LA
RVP: Region 11 Karen Valentine -Pond Laramie, WY
RVP: Region 12 Rick Harris Talent, OR
RVP: Region 13 Jim Liptak Paso Robles, CA

For Treasurer: Mike McGrew, Lawrence, Kansas

For President-Elect – Chris Polychron, Hot Springs, Arkansas


Tom Salomone at podium to deliver FVP candidate address


Jim Helsel at podium to deliver FVP candidate address

Clapping noise from both sides sounds even.  I’m sitting in the exact middle of the room.


Thomas explains voting process.  Each director had to show ID has we came in.  We have an envelop with another inside and a ballot that is to be sealed.

Crowe Horwath, LLP accounting firm.

8:58 Voting Begins:  Directors to take ballots to Region boxes.

My ballot's in the box.

9:08 a.m.

Voting closed.



9:15 am

Introduction of Representatives from outside organizations to the BOD

  • Evangelina Yia, International Real Property Exchange, Inc., Philippines
  • Howard Morley, New Zealand
  • Alfonso Gordon, Spain
  • Juani Pareja de Castro, Klass Inmobiliaria, Peru
  • Donnell Spivey, National Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • Wayne Moen, RE/MAX River City, Canada


  • Juan Martinez, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
  • Jim Park, Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)


Introduction of Institutes, Societies and Councils Leadership


Wayne D’Amico, President

Steven W. Moreira, Executive Committee Representative

Henry F. White, JR., Chief Executive Officer


Darren Kittleson, President

Gregory S. Herb, Executive Committee Representative

Ginny Shipe, Chief Executive Officer


Mary McCall, President

Ingrid E. Glancy, Executive Committee Representative

Lana Vukovljak, Chief Executive Officer


Elizabeth (Beth) Machen, President

O. Randall Woodbury, Executive Committee Representative

Russell Salzman, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer


Charles Wingert, President

John M. Dean, Executive Committee Representative

Michele Cohen, Executive Vice President


Terry E. Smith, President

David C. Lockwood, III, Executive Committee Representative

Richard E. Hollander, Executive Vice President


Howard C. Gelbtuch, Chair of the Board

A. C. Schwethelm, Executive Committee Representative

Mary Walker Fleischmann, President and Chief Executive Officer


Anita Davis, President

Margret E. Roberts, Executive Committee Representative

Gary Krysler, Executive Vice President

Elizabeth Blake, Habitat for Humanity International (addition)

CRS CEO Nina Cottrell

9:20 a.m.

Nina Cottrell was given specific recognition.  My previous post: CRS Bids Farewell To CEO Cottrell

9:23 a.m.

Councils’ bylaw amendments pass.

9:23 a.m.

Remembrance of Donald H. Treadwell, 1984 President, Naples, FL


BOD passes Student Membership Level:  ”That an Academic Membership category be created to engage post-secondary academics who are involved in the real estate programs at colleges and universities.”


Emeritus motion passes


Numerous other amendments.  With any dialog or words from floor, I will share.


Margaret Hartman, President of the New York State Association of REALTORS and Tina Banasiak, President of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS sends appreciation from their states for help during Hurricane Sandy (the 2nd most costly storm in history).


Bill Armstrong delivers Treasurer’s report.

Financial position is “very, very good”

972,508 members / 960,000 budgets

990,000+ in NRDS

1,010,000 is next goal

Audit shows good stead

All Treasurer’s motions pass

Special note:  Student dues are $25/member


Consumer Communication Committee J. Robert Bailey makes recommendation to continue Public Advocacy Campaign.

Executive Committee recommends name shift to Public Advertising Campaign.

Amendment and Motion pass


More Treasurer’s motions


Question from floor on individual membership category removal.  General Counsel Laurie Janik explains.  Committee will look at issue brought to floor.

10:00 report

Cathy Whatley, NAR Past President, reports first

Consumers not only want accurate information, they want information on all things real estate on line.  If they can’t find it there, they will find it from a third-party syndicator.

We need to give content flexibility in order to compete. Cathy Whatley

Errol Samuelson, President of to provide the report

We strive to represent what’s “real” in real estate.

90%+ of our listing are updated every 15 minutes.

Find It First Commercial doubled leads to had a 10% share of voice in 2012 34% trulia 66% zillow #narmidyear

What consumers want

Fresh up-to-date data 74%

Comprehensive data 73%

Editorial alert:  Errol Samuelson, President of is an amazing speaker

Motions regarding passed.


Distinguished Service Award winners

#83 Mary Francis Burleson (Dallas, TX)

#84 Marbury Little (Metarie, LA)


Multiple Listing Issues & Policies Committee Report:  Bonnie Fitzgerald (NJ)

Amendment from Executive to recommend:  Recommend refer back to committee

Line at the microphones

Floor discussion:

Lots of people at the mics.

Discussion on both sides of issue

Large brokers have spoken for and against amendment.  Very split opinions.

Sorry for not being able to blog comments.  It’s too much info and is going by too quickly to be accurate.

I’m not an accountant.  Here are the votes per region.

LT Amendment Fails 275 to 341.  A 66 vote difference.  Vote tally below.  For Amendment/Against Amendment

Region 1:  For Amendment 19/Against Amendment 16




New Hampshire

Rhode Island


Region 2:  5/57

New Jersey

New York


Region 3:  20/16




West Virginia


Region 4:  29/18


North Carolina

South Carolina


Region 5:  54/30





Puerto Rico

Virgin Islands

Region 6: 5/25



Region 7:  15/18




Region 8:  20/2




North Dakota

South Dakota

Region 9:  20/13





Region 10:  7/40



Region 11:  11/41




New Mexico



Region 12:  16/16






Region 13:  36/45




Affiliates and Head Table:  18/4

11:07  Professional Development report

The maximum permissible fine that may be imposed for COE violations increased from $10K to $15K.

Committee Reports and motions flowed as follows:

Association Executives Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Mark Allen Andrea Bushnell Bill Martin
Edina, MN Greensboro, NC Lansing, MI

Legal Action Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Lesia Ford Lynn Leegard Linda Page
West Memphis, AR Blaine, MN Rhinebeck, NY

Multiple Listing Issues & Policies Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Bonnie Fitzgerald William Lublin Linda Page
Lakewood, NJ Philadelphia, PA Rhinebeck, NY

Professional Standards Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Kemper Funkhouser Brad Knapp Linda Page
Harrisonburg, VA Lebanon, OH Rhinebeck, NY

REALTOR® Party Trustees for State and Local Campaign Services Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Kevin Sears Rick Violett Charlie Oppler
Springfield, MA Yorba Linda, CA Alpine, NJ

State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Susan Renfrew J. Gregory Connors Charlie Oppler
Greenfield, MA Stillwater, NY Alpine, NJ

State & Local Issues Policy Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Laurie Urbigkit Robert Miller Christina Clemans
Casper, WY Dublin, OH Cape May, NJ

Professional Development Committee

CHAIR                                                VICE CHAIR                                                LIAISON

Marge Lindsay Vicky Hammond JoAnne Poole

Glen Burnie, MD

Phoenix, AZ Missoula, MT Sarah Taylor

Port Saint Lucie, FL


Concern about GRI designation.  ET amendment is being debated as the committee feels it will hamper the program further.  Designation is down 82%.

“That the GRI Policy be amended so the minimum hours of instruction for the GRI designation program consist of 60 hours (a reduction of 90 hours.)”


Lots of debate on the GRI motion.


LT amendment fails/ GRI vote passes


REALTOR University Richard Rothenthal, Chairman of the Board of Regents Report

60 Total students enrolled

120 course takers to date in 2013

26 states and Candad

54% Females

Average age:  46

17 students have a master’s degree

Students’ age range:  25-70

17 Minority Students

11:38:  Accountant hands election results to President Thomas, it appears, while Rosenthal speaks.

11:42 Rosenthal done


Election results:

342 required to win

Helsel:  337

Salomone:  344

11:45 RPR Videos playing

11:54: I’m done guys.  I’ve got to head to the stage area for liaison presentation.

2014 President Steve Brown announced his leadership team (LT) and extended leadership team (ELT):

The 2014 Vice Presidents and Liaisons prior to being presented on stage.

  • Beth Peerce (CA):  Vice President
  • JoAnne Poole (MD):  Vice President
  • Sharon Keating (MO):  Association Executives Liaison
  • Linda St. Peter (CT):  Commercial Liaison
  • Pamela Monroe (NJ):  Business Specialties Group Liaison
  • Adrian Arriaga (TX):  Global Real Estate Liaison
  • Tiffany Curry (TX):  Consumer Relations Liaison
  • Steve A. Brown (TN):  Large Residential Firms Relations
  • Linda Lee (CA):  Law & Policy Liaison
  • Brian Copeland (TN):  Member Services Liaison
  • Cynthia Shelton (FL):  Public & Federal Issues Liaison
  • David Wluka (MA):  REALTOR Party Community Engagement Liaison
  • Iona Harrison (MD):  REALTOR Party Disbursement Liaison
  • Summer Green (FL):  REALTOR Party Fundraising Liaison
  • John Flor (WI):  REALTOR Party Member Involvement Liaison

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland (ABR, CIPS, CRS, e-PRO, GRI) is the 2015 Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS®. He is the Chief of Broker Services for Village Real Estate Services. Brian was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year and one of the most sought after real estate speakers in America, emceeing and keynoting some of the largest conferences in the profession. In 2014, he was named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America. In 2015, Brian, a Golden R President’s Circle RPAC investor, will serve as the NAR’s chair for the Data Strategies committee after serving as the Member Services Liaison to President Steve Brown in 2015. He is a GRI instructor for the state and founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, attracting more than 1100 real estate professionals from more than 30 states. Brian has appeared on numerous real estate television shows for HGTV and The Learning Channel. He says his favorite show so far was a one-time show he co-hosted called “The Top 25 House Hunting Tips” which aired in 2009, however some of his other episodes of “Good Buy, Bad Buy,” “House Hunters,” and “Flip That House” still air today. Brian’s roots are in East Tennessee where he grew up in Clinton. His mom, dad, and brother all recently moved to Nashville to be closer as a family, but they were a Southern Gospel singing group from as far back as he can remember. The family toured the hills of East Tennessee with a guitar, piano, and four-part harmony. He later went to Carson-Newman University, where he started more formal training in music and communications. He completed his master’s degree at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the late’90s, Brian accepted a job in Nashville’s music industry to later transition into the real estate field in 2005. Brian says he loves being a REALTOR® because it’s one of the truest portals into community service and gratitude. As a board member of Hands On Nashville, Greenways for Nashville, and Metro Nashville’s Farmers Market Commission, he is a true advocate for neighborhood issues and his city’s infrastructure. He and his spouse, Greg, founded one of the only food pantries in North Nashville, feeding more than 175 families each month. In 2014, the pantry won the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year Award. They live on a farm in Madison with their two children, Micah (born in 2011) and Esther (born in 2014).

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  1. Cindy Stanton

    Thanks for doing this. I feel like I’m still there!

  2. Marcie

    keep it coming….need to stay at hotel and work this morning.

  3. Love your “tick-tock” on the Board of Directors! If the real estate career thing falls through, call me. You could have a future in communications, kid! LOL

  4. Jeannine Kees

    Great service

  5. Thanks for doing this Brian! I’m enjoying the meeting from my tv room at home :)

  6. Thanks for blogging this!

  7. You are amazing by doing so much for the Industry. Thank you for your service! Happy to call you my friend.

  8. Diane Dilzell

    Thanks Brian for the live update for all of us to be a part of.

  9. James Martin

    Thank you for the updates. Interested to hear how the FVP voting turns out.

  10. Any further comment on mls exec amendment? Hows it sounding?

  11. Thanks Brian, enjoying this from DFW airport sipping a chai latte…

  12. Mike Gaughan

    Thanks for doing this Brian, feel like I am at meeting!

  13. Outstanding work!

  14. Cindy Stanton

    I truly hope that as interest and support for earned designations continues to wane, our industry develops meaningful replacements for professional development… I’m an “old school” CRS, CRB, GRI, ABR, e-pro—the current trend away from these classes is concerning and a little sad.

  15. Mike McGrew

    Thanks for this Brian!

  16. Marcie

    WOW…that’s an amazing vote tally!

  17. Susan Beck

    Thanks for the great updates. I’m here and I’m using the live blog to pick up what I miss. What was the final result of The MLS policy motion? The exec amendment failed but what about the original committee motion?

  18. Jennifer Hooks

    Nice job. Thank you!

  19. David Lockwood

    Excellent work Brian. Thanks.

  20. Brian Sears

    Awesome job Brian – and congrats on the appointment!!! Looks like a great TEAM!!!

  21. Doug Azarian

    Great Info for all the members who didn’t make it to DC.

  22. Susan, Thanks for reading and following along. The original committee motion passed as presented.

  23. Thanks Pamela. I don’t think I’ll be looking for a change of careers any time in the future :)

  24. Wish you could’ve stayed, Rob. Good seeing you and thanks for your tireless service to YPN.

  25. The more people we can connect, the better off we are as a whole, Mary. I’m honored to call you friend, also.

  26. Thanks for your report, I had to miss the midyear but your report provided some valuable information. Keep up the great work. See you all in San Francisco in November.

  27. Great job Brian, you must have nimble fingers!

  28. Rosemarie Fair

    Brian, WOW what a wondeful treat! This is a first for a NAR director to give us a live blog. Thank you for all you do for our industry.