A No-Lose Race for First Vice President

Charlie Oppler waves to an applauding audience at the conclusion of his five-minute closing pitch to NAR directors, just seconds before the vote for First Vice President.

Today NAR directors selected the 2019 First Vice President, who will become NAR’s 2021 President. I had the pleasure of spending significant time with both candidates over the last several months. By the time the election rolled around, I felt certain that either one would be beyond okay. Either would have been nothing short of excellent. Charlie Oppler from New Jersey prevailed, but the razor-thin margin of victory confirmed that directors were split almost evenly.

Sherri Meadows waves to a cheering crowd at the conclusion of her five minute final pitch to NAR directors, just before the directors voted for First Vice President.

I have dear friends, who are also respected colleagues, who were on both campaign teams. On the plane ride back home today, one of Oppler’s die-hard supporters made no secret of her high opinion of Sherri. “She’s good people!”

I offer heartfelt congratulations to both candidates for their extraordinary efforts on the campaign trail for the last year. My heart aches for the disappointment Sherri must feel after that grueling process did not go her way, and I’m ecstatic for Charlie for his hard-fought victory.

These close contested races are gut-wrenching, but they are hardly surprising when two spectacularly well-qualified and capable people are in the race. In that sense, this was a no-lose proposition for the members, and for that, we can all be thankful.

Matt Difanis

Matt is a multi-office broker/owner in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. He is a high producing team leader, a past President of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, the 2018 President of the Illinois REALTORS®, a past REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” honoree, and a law school graduate. Matt is also a photography and videography junkie.

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