John Smaby addresses the Board of Directors.

Minnesota’s John Smaby Elected 2018 NAR President-Elect

John Smaby addresses the Board of Directors.

John Smaby addresses the Board of Directors.

John Smaby from the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® was elected as the 2018 President-Elect of the National Association of REALTORS®.

John Smaby has been in the industry for over 45 years. Raised by a real estate guru, he has had a knack and a deep and abiding love for the business from a young age. John was named the 2014 Minnesota REALTOR® of the Year, and has volunteered his time on numerous boards and youth organizations, including the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and the Minnesota Youth Forum.

National Association Service

  • 2016: Chair, Large Firm Involvement Advisory Board
  • 2014-2016: Region 8 Representative, RPAC Trustees Federal Disbursement Committee
  • 2015: NAR Director, State President
  • 2014: Chair, NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee
  • 2014: NAR REALTOR® University Scholarship Committee
  • 2012: Mobilization Liaison, REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee
  • 2012: Mobilization Liaison, REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee
  • 2012: Committee Liaison, Board of Directors
  • 2012: Mobilization Liaison, Executive Committee
  • 2011: Inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame
  • 2011: Executive Committee Representative, Board of Directors
  • 2011: Executive Committee
  • 2010: RPAC Major Donor Liaison, RPAC Trustees Committee
  • 2010: Chair, RPAC Major Donor Council
  • 2010: PAG on Political Survival Assessing the impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling
  • 2010: Immediate Past Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
  • 2010: Committee Liaison, Board of Directors 2010: Hall of Fame Workgroup
  • 2010: Attendee, Executive Committee
  • 2010: RPAC Major Donor Liaison, REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee
  • 2009: RPAC Major Donor Strategy Work Group
  • 2009: Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
  • 2009: IDX Enhancement Work Group of the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies
  • Committee
  • 2009: RPAC Major Donor Liaison Elect, REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee
  • 2008: Vice Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
  • 2007: Forum Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
  • 2007: Chair, Multiple Listing Service Forum
  • 2006-07: Election Reform Task Force
  • 2006-09: Large Board Representative, Board of Directors
  • 2006: Chair Representative, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee 2006: Vice Chair, Multiple Listing Service Forum
  • 2006: Regional Representative, Nominating Committee
  • 2005: Regional Vice President, Executive Committee
  • 2005: Regional Vice President, Board of Directors
  • 2004: Communications Committee 2001-05: State Representative, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
  • 2001-04: Large Board Representative, Board of Directors
  • Golden “R” & President Circle

Community Service

  • Past Chair, MN Youth Forum
  • Past Chair, Washburn Community Ministries
  • Past Chair, City of Edina Adult Education Board
  • Habitat for Humanity; Youth Life Leader; Edina Chamber of Commerce
  • Edina Rotary
  • 50th and France Retailer Association
  • University of Minnesota Golden Dunker
  • Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Usher
  • Tutor, Minneapolis Washburn High School

State Association Service

  • 2015: President, MN REALTORS®
  • 2014: REALTOR® of the Year
  • 2014: President-Elect, MN REALTORS®
  • 2014-16: RPAC Trustees
  • 2014-16: Nominating Committee
  • 2013: Ed Anderson Political Involvement Award
  • 2013: Treasurer, MN REALTORS®
  • 2013-16: Finance Committee
  • 2013-16: Governmental Affairs Committee
  • 2013-16: MNAR Board of Directors
  • 2013-16, 1998-99: Executive Committee
  • 2013-15: RPAC Chair, MN REALTORS®
  • 2013-14: Public Advocacy Committee Chair, MN REALTORS®
  • 2013-14: Chair, Minnesota RPAC Trustees
  • 2012-16: Public Advocacy Committee
  • 2011: Minnesota REALTORS® RPAC Hall of Fame
  • 2011-13: MNAR Expense Review

Local Association Service

  • 2013: Public Affairs Task Force
  • 2005: Quarter Century
  • 2004-05: Regional MLS Chair, Board of Directors
  • 2004: Standards of Risk Management Committee
  • 2003: Convention Expense
  • 2003: Orientation Task Force
  • 2000: Nominating Committee
  • 1999: Chair, MLS Committee
  • 1998-00: Board of Directors
  • 1996-01: MLS Committee
  • 1991-93: Board of Directors
  • 1990: Communication Committee
  • 1989: Education Committee
  • 1985-88: Professional Standards Committee
  • 1982: Golf Committee
  • MLS Chair, Entertainment Committee

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland is the 2017 President of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS®, and is the chief of Broker Services for Village Real Estate Services. Brian was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year. 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 Hall of Fame RPAC investor. He 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 (5) and Esther (3).

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