Real Estate Industry Loses Rising Star

April 14, 2016

The industry is mourning the loss of educator and advocate Nate Ellis, the Local Education Directors Chair at the National Association of REALTORS®. Ellis, 39, died this week from complications of an illness.

Inman publisher Brad Inman announced a new Inman Innovator Award to honor Ellis’ contributions to the real estate industry.

“The Nate Ellis Giving Back Award will be given to an individual who has been devoted to giving more than they take from the industry,” says Inman. “We send our deepest condolences to Nate’s family and friends, and we hope this award will help keep his spirit of service alive and inspire others to follow his example.”

Ellis found a niche as an educator in the industry. Known as a “technology coach,” Ellis taught real estate professionals about the latest tech tools and helped them assess what could work best in their business. Ellis was a former loan officer and mortgage specialist before joining the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS® in 2007 as its chair of the social media communications committee. From 2008 to 2011, Ellis worked as a real estate professional for Keller Williams and started gravitating more toward educator and coaching roles. In 2011, he became CCAR’s director of education and training, and then joined the NAR team in January 2015 as its Local Education Directors chair.

Dawn Headtke, director of business development at REBAC/Business Specialties at NAR, remembers Ellis as one of REBAC's shining stars. 

"He did so much to raise the bar of professionalism not only among our REALTORS®, but also our education directors and educators," Headtke says. Ellis taught several REBAC courses, including for the ABR and GREEN designations as well as CIPS and e-PRO courses. 

"We thought so highly of Nate's skills that we also had him teach our e-PRO course for the association executives at AEI and state and local education directors at the RAPDD Conference in Wichita. He was a strong advocate of our RAPDD Conference in Wichita and was always willing to help the ed directors and instructors with the latest technology and marketing skills. Nate was definitely someone who went above and beyond and then some. No words describe how much we will miss him and his infectious smile." 

A Facebook group called the Nate Ellis Support Page has garnered more than 1,200 “likes” as those in the industry remember Ellis and his impact in the industry.

Source: “Industry Loses Beloved Educator, Advocate, and Friend: Nate Ellis,” Inman (April 12, 2016)