You're My Heroes

We should all continuously strive to better the communities in which we live and work.

December 1, 2002

Everywhere our members live and work—in every city, town, and village in the United States—there are extraordinary individuals doing great things to make a difference on issues that are important to our REALTOR® mission.

Maybe you know the type of members I’m talking about: They’re the ones working on behalf of candidates who support our industry and raising impressive RPAC contributions through a variety of fund-raising initiatives. They’re the ones driving for solutions when local challenges, such as lack of affordable housing, threaten to weaken their market. They’re the ones who attend every city council or county commission meeting to share the REALTOR® point of view on issues. They’re the individuals who visit community groups and schools to talk about real estate and the rewards of ownership.

They’re the people who display the initiative, creativity, and commitment to make things happen. And having served in leadership positions at the local, state, and now national level, I know that without them embracing our REALTOR® “cause,” very little would be accomplished.

For me, these members are “REALTOR® Hometown Heroes,” and during my year as NAR president, I’m going to do all I can to spotlight their efforts. During a leadership summit NAR held in August, I introduced the first four of my hometown heroes. They are

  • Mary Hudson Glazer, CRS®, of Realty One (part of RealLiving Inc.) in Independence, Ohio. Mary has done outstanding work in promoting fair housing as her company’s first fair housing compliance officer.
  • Sandra Goldstein, CCIM, GRI, of Sandra Goldstein & Associates Inc. in Key Biscayne, Fla. Sandra has been a leader in smart-growth debates in her area—helping to put REALTORS® at the center of discussions with public officials and civic leaders about the future of their communities.
  • Chris McElroy, CRS®, GRI, of The Group Inc.–Harmony in Fort Collins, Colo. Chris has helped put a face on his city’s affordable housing problem by creating striking posters of local citizens who are priced out of the local rental and ownership markets and by distributing a monthly newsletter to clients that addresses affordable housing issues.
  • Jackie Simon, GRI, of Avery-Hess, REALTORS®, in Gaithersburg, Md. Jackie has been a leader in the Washington, D.C., area in promoting accessible and adaptable housing for people with disabilities.

In the coming year, the staff of REALTOR® Magazine will join me in recognizing these and other REALTOR® Hometown Heroes. Beginning with the January issue, look to the back page for stories of individuals who’ve helped make ours one of the most successful and effective membership organizations in the nation.

We should all continuously strive to better the communities in which we live and work. And people like Mary, Sandra, Chris, and Jackie offer great examples of the widely varied ways we can do that. I’m proud to be associated with these outstanding community leaders.

Cathy Whatley was 2003 president of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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