voices from the president
Opportunity. . .Going Forward Steve Brown, abr, cips, crs, green, is 2014 NAR president.
one of the top ten agents in my market
United States as a refugee from Vietnam.
after three years in the business), but I
“What a wonderful country this is,” he
soon decided to go to graduate school to
said, “and what a wonderful industry.
fulﬁll important personal goals. I didn’t
Both allow people to go into business
leave the business, though. I secured a
for themselves at a relatively low cost.”
license in the state where I attended grad
his issue’s cover feature high-
school and sold real estate during my
But with opportunity comes responsi-
lighting the ﬂourishing careers of
three years of study. Those sales, and
bility. My colleague from Vietnam helped
young real estate professionals
the ﬂexibility of the real estate profes-
me realize that if America promised great
(page 22) presents a time for reﬂection.
sion, allowed me to pursue my graduate
opportunity, it was my responsibility to
Just over 30 years ago, I, too, was under
degrees without going into debt. That’s
ensure that others would have the same
thirty . . . sigh. But, more important, the
opportunity to live the American dream
After grad school, I returned to real es-
in the years ahead. That’s why I became
others, entered this profession and why
tate full-time. Sharing people’s dreams, by
involved in the REALTOR® organization.
new generations continue to do so. It all
helping them buy their ﬁrst home or sell
The continued success of our profession
comes down to one word: opportunity.
stories reaffirmed why I, and so many
their last home, continued to be deeply
affects not only my business and my
Like these young professionals, I
fulﬁlling. How many other professions en-
clients’ lives but also the prosperity of
chose to enter the real estate business
able you to touch lives at such profoundly
because real estate offered me the op-
portunity to grow my business on my own
So I challenge all of you, whether you
If real estate offered me an opportu-
are under or over thirty, to deepen your
terms. I was not bound by a corporate
nity for personal fulﬁllment, the ﬁnancial
involvement in the REALTOR® associa-
ceiling or an advancement schedule dic-
opportunities were equally great. I was
tion at the local, state, or national level.
tated by others. From the beginning until
able to launch my career at a minimal
Personal success and recognition come
now, I was able to chart my own course.
cost while seeing the potential for virtu-
and go, but making a difference in the
ally unlimited ﬁnancial rewards.
real estate industry, in the lives of fellow
In my case, I entered real estate and had some early success (recognized as
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This point was driven home to me years ago by a colleague who came to the
President Steve Brown, abr, cips, crs, green President-elect Chris Polychron, crs, gri First Vice President Thomas Salomone Treasurer Michael McGrew, crb, crs Vice Presidents Beth L. Peerce, JoAnne Poole, ahwd, crs, gri, e-pro, pmn Member Communications Committee Chair Kimberly A. Allard-Moccia, ahwd, e-pro, green, gri Vice Chair Christine E. Hansen, cips, crb, gri CEO Dale A. Stinton, cae, cma, cpa, rce SVP, Commercial & Global Services Janet Branton, cae, cips SVP, Communications Pamela Geurds Kabati SVP, Community & Political Affairs Walt Witek SVP, Government Affairs Jerry Giovaniello SVP, Human Resources, AE & Leadership Doug Hinderer SVP, Information Technology Mark Lesswing SVP, Legal Affairs Katherine R. Johnson SVP, Marketing & Business Development Bob Goldberg SVP, Research Lawrence Yun
human beings, and in our great country lasts for generations.
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