Veissi Takes the Helm at NAR

November 15, 2011

Ron Phipps, 2011 President of the National Association of REALTORS®, passed the baton — figuratively and literally — to President-elect Maurice "Moe" Veissi of Miami at the NAR Board of Directors meeting Monday morning. Phipps, an avid runner, presented Veissi with an engraved baton and a pair of sneakers to signify NAR's presidential transition.

"You're going to be doing a lot of running," Phipps told Veissi. "Sometimes in leadership, it feels like a relay. You need to pass the baton to get a fresh runner in the race. That's what we've done for 100 years."

Veissi had kind words for his predecessor, complimenting Phipps' compassion and care. "I had the privilege of working with Ron not just in the past year, but during his entire ascension to the presidency," he said. "He is, and probably will be for the rest of his life, someone who calls on us and helps us because he's a member of our family. He's also a great friend."

Immediate Past President Vicki Cox Golder also praised Phipps in brief remarks at the meeting. She recalled getting late-night phone calls from Phipps, who would express concern that not enough was being done for the members. That focus on serving REALTORS® characterized his tenure as president, she added.

"Ron, you did seize the day," Cox Golder said, referencing Phipps' theme for the year. "You made a difference to every single REALTOR® out in the field and in this room today."

Also at the Board of Directors meeting, the Nominating Committee announced its NAR leadership slate for 2013: Gary Thomas of Alison Viejo, Calif., for president; Steve Brown of Dayton, Ohio, for president-elect; Chris Polychron of Hot Springs, Ark., for first vice president; and Bill Armstrong of Damascus, Md., for treasurer. 

The Nominating Committee also announced that three NAR members have filed for the office of first vice president: Bill Brown of Oakland, Calif.; James Helsel of Camp Hill, Pa.; and Thomas F. Salomone of Coral Springs, Fla. Additionally, Michael C. McGrew of Lawrence, Kan., filed for treasurer.

Source: Brian Summerfield and Robert Freedman, REALTOR® Magazine