The Road to This Moment

NAR's Senior Vice President of Communications Pamela Geurds Kabati begins a new chapter.

July 16, 2014

When my son was little and an activity he enjoyed was winding down, he’d look at me and ask, “Mommy, do we have to go? I want to savor this.” I’m pretty sure Ethan, now 13, is an old soul, wiser in some ways at birth than I’ll ever be. Learning to savor the people and the experiences we love and to respect the finite nature of time are important lessons in life.

It’s with these thoughts in mind that I’ve decided to retire from NAR, starting this summer, so I can focus on my family and savor some important moments with them. I have five years left with my only child before he heads off to college. I am also blessed to be able to share my home and my life with my 87-year-old Aunt Ethel, who helped raise me and who moved in with us last year.

As a working mom, I’m proud that I’ve managed to be there for the special moments of my son’s childhood. But as the time I have with him at home winds down, I find I’m greedy. I want more time, more serendipitous conversations with him where I can help mold my teenager into the man I hope he will become. I want more time with my aunt, too, to help make her life with us full and fun.

Still, it’s bittersweet. I’ve loved being a part of the REALTOR® family for the last 25 years. I grew up at NAR: married, bought my first home (with the help of a REALTOR®, of course!), had my son, buried my mother, and beat breast cancer as an NAR employee, always with the kindness, warmth, and support of the REALTOR® family wrapped around me. I’ve been privileged to work with outstanding staff and members over the years to help evolve NAR’s communications, and I will miss them and our good work very much. Together, we’ve created some of NAR’s most successful and forward-looking programs: the Good Neighbor Awards, the Young Professionals Network,, and Real Estate Today radio, among them. And then there’s this award-winning magazine; I got my start in print publishing, and I’m proud of how the magazine staff has evolved into a team of multimedia journalists.

The job of senior vice president of communications now belongs to Stephanie Singer, formerly vice president of consumer and media communications. Stephanie is a smart strategic thinker who, together with her strong and experienced team, will take our communications to new heights.

Thanks, again, to all of you—members, AEs, and colleagues—for the wonderful memories and friendships I’ll take with me as I start a new chapter in my life. You can be sure I’ll savor them for a long time to come.

Pamela Geurds Kabati is the former publisher of REALTOR® Magazine and senior vice president of communications for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.