On Saturday, May 14th, the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS®(“NAR”) elected John Smaby of Edina as its First Vice president for 2017, starting a multi-year commitment to the NAR’s executive leadership that will include serving as President of the National Association of REALTORS® in 2019.

Smaby, 61, has worked as a broker and agent for Edina Realty and its predecessor companies for 36 years. He has also been active locally and nationally in the areas of membership, member advocacy and the multiple listing service (“MLS”).

The NAR represents more than 1.1 million members, who are also active in one or more of some 1,200 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®. All members are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

In his speech to the Board of Directors, Smaby highlighted the continued success of legislative advocacy that supports homeowners and professional REALTORS®, and a commitment to adapt to the technological change that informs consumer behavior. He also applauded members for their commitment to community service and mentorship, encouraging them to continue to “give back while moving forward.”

Smaby’s term as First Vice President begins in November in Orlando at NAR’s National Convention.

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The Minnesota REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.


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