At the NAR Conference in New Orleans, a REALTOR® during the meeting asked if we had a Strategic Plan for the National Association of REALTORS® Young Professional Network. We all looked around at each other in shock. The answer to that question was no. Since that moment, Bobbi Howe, the 2015 NAR YPN Chair, and the Advisory Board have been working on getting a Strat Plan together. The NAR YPN was formed in 2006 as an off shoot of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 under 30. YPN is viewed as an entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience.
The mission statement for the group is:
YPN helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas:
- REALTOR® associations. Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national association.
- Real estate industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends.
- Peers. Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.
- Community. Become exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.
In April, the NAR YPN Advisory Committee meet in Chicago at the NAR Headquarter for a full day of Strat Planing. We used information from a survey of YPN Chairs from across the country and our own thoughts on where we saw YPN in the future. During our meeting in DC on Tuesday, we discussed how we have broken everything down into 5 groups: Mission statement/vision statement/core values, local/state/international network support, leadership development, advocacy and community outreach. The rest of the year will be spent on putting the Strat Plan together with 1, 3, and 5 year goals.
We have a lot of work to do to finish up the Strat Plan. Our goal with all of this is to help refine what we already do well and to provide clear focus for each Local,State and National YPN. Everyone on the YPN Advisory Committee agrees, we see value in YPN and all we want to see is continued success and growth for YPN. As Tom Salomone, 2016 NAR President, said during the meeting. “YPN is not the leaders of the future. You are the leaders now.”