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Seeing NAR in Action at the Board of Directors Meeting

May 20, 2019


Christopher Tenggren

2019 NAR President John Smaby leading the Board of Directors meeting on May 18, 2019.

Wrapping up another REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo with the National Association of REALTORS®, member leaders culminated the busy week with the Board of Directors meeting. 

NAR's 2019 President John Smaby thanked the nearly 10,000 REALTORS® who made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., this year, and reflected on the events and successes of the week. One of the biggest successes: Members met face-to-face with more than 90% of the members of Congress. 

Seeing a video presentation during the meeting on the year-long progress made on the Chicago headquarters building was great. They’re doing an excellent job, and I’m always proud of our Michigan Avenue address. But I am also proud of NAR’s commitment to sustainability, as noted by the building's LEED re-certification and the percentage of sustainable materials in the project, as well as the ongoing operational efforts to limit the amount going into landfills and maximize materials that are recycled. 

One of the biggest news-worthy items that occurred during the BOD meeting was the election of Leslie Rouda Smith as the 2020 first vice president-elect. I'm so proud of my good friend Leslie! I know she is going to do an amazing job for NAR in the years forthcoming. 

As always, we remembered those past NAR directors who have passed away in the last year. And we also recognized the two new, well-deserving NAR Distinguished Service Award recipients: Kit Hale, managing broker of MKB, REALTORS®, in Roanoke, Va., and Ken Libby, a broker with Stowe Area Realty in Stowe, Vt. Congratulations to them both!

We also extended the “That’s Who We R” ad campaign for another three years, reviewed our RPAC successes, heard an update on the C2EX initiative, and approved the usual motionsand committee reports. It’s always impressive to see our organization in action.

This week showed me once again that we are a family...the REALTOR® family.

#NARLegislative #ItsWhoWeR #RPAC50 #GetREALTOR

Chris Tenggren
Sales associate, RE/MAX All Pro - St. Charles, Ill

Currently serving on the National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Fundraising Trustee Committee as 2016-2019 Region 7 (IL, IN, WI) Trustee, Christopher is a committed leader who has served on the local, state, and national levels of the REALTOR® associations and on numerous National Association of REALTORS® institutes, societies, councils, and committees. He was the 2012 president of the REALTORS® Association of the Fox Valley, and served on its Board of Directors from 2008-2013 and 2015-2018. He has served on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors in 2010-2012 and 2014-2015, and on NAR’s Board of Directors in 2010-2011 and 2014-2015, as well as on NAR’s Executive Committee in 2014-2015. Christopher has also served as an executive committee member on NAR’s Residential Real Estate Council® (formerly CRS) from 2014-2015, and on that Board of Directors from 2012-2016. He has not missed a REALTORS® Conference & Expo or REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Expo since 2005. Christopher has been an RPAC Major Investor Since 2006, an RPAC Golden R, President’s Circle member Since 2010, and was inducted into the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in 2013.

Local Association: REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley
State Association: Illinois
Twitter: @CTenggren