REALTOR® University Honors Class of 2016

May 17, 2016

REALTOR® University presented diplomas to its third graduating class during a commencement ceremony last Friday at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. The eleven graduates include residential and commercial real estate professionals from several states, as well as a pair of executives from REALTOR® associations.

Earning their Master of Real Estate degrees represents the culmination of a challenging journey for the graduates, who balanced their studies with busy jobs as real estate professionals.

Members of REALTOR® University's Class of 2016 were given their Master of Real Estate degrees at a commencement ceremony last Friday.

“Even though I’ve been in the business for thirty years, I’ve learned so much and I’ve gained such an appreciation for being patient and for following the standards that have been established,” said Jeanne L. Turnock, GRI, CRS, broker-owner of Turnock Real Estate Services, Inc. in Randallstown, Md. Turnock concentrated her studies on residential real estate sales and marketing and management. “This [program] gives you the knowledge to read the contract and to understand why the language is there and why it’s important to do the things you need to do.”

She has been able to identify new technology to make her office more efficient and help her blossom, even after several decades in the real estate industry. “I’m used to doing everything the same way,” she said. “But I've been exposed to so many people across the country. It’s really neat to learn how things are done” in other places.

Tanya L. Monroe, GRI, ABR, managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town Realty in Chesapeake, Va., said her experience as a REALTOR® University student has inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. “This has been a great base for me to say that I can do it, I will do it, and I will accomplish it,” Monroe said. “So I’m on another mission.”

James S. Haisler, CEO of the Heartland REALTOR® Organization in Crystal Lake, Ill., who concentrated his studies on real estate association management, said his REALTOR® University education has already paid off for HRO because of what he learned about financial and member policies. “The association benefited from my going through the program as I was going through the program,” Haisler said.

For Leanne L. Goff, managing broker of TrailRidge Realty in Lafayette, Colo., earning a degree from REALTOR® University is a step toward launching her own real estate office. She said she feels much better prepared to manage an office because she went through the program.

The commencement speaker was Harry G. Robinson III, dean emeritus of the School of Architecture and Design at Howard University.

The commencement ceremony marked a key milestone for REALTOR University, which was established by the National Association of REALTORS® in 2011 and received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission earlier this year. REALTOR® University is the only accredited institution of higher education focused exclusively on real estate.

“This is the foundation for many opportunities as it relates to raising professionalism through education with our members,” said Marc Gould, dean of student services for REALTOR® University and vice president of business specialties for NAR. “Part of our job is to make sure that we can empower the members to take that next leap, go for that next opportunity, or just to be better at what they’re doing. That’s what this is set up for, and that’s what we’re seeing.”

—Sam Silverstein, REALTOR® Magazine