Bill Brown, a REALTOR® from Oakland, Calif., is the 2015 First Vice President for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Bill is a second-generation REALTOR® from Oakland, California, who has been active in organized real estate for more than 35 years. He is the founder of Oakland-based Investment Properties, a division of the family real estate business founded by his father, William H. Brown, in 1964 that focuses on the sale of existing apartment buildings to both institutional and private capital investors.
Bill has served in numerous positions at the local, state, and national levels. At the national level, Bill has been an NAR Director since 1991, was the 2004 Chairman of the RPAC Trustees, has been a Liaison twice (2005 and 2011), the 2012 Regional Vice President for Region 13, comprised of California, Hawaii, and Guam. Additionally he has served on numerous committees, including Strategic Planning and Executive. He is a Golden R contributor to RPAC, a member of the President's Circle, and in 2010 was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. In 2013, Bill served as vice president.
At the state level, Bill served as California Association of REALTORS® President, was honored as REALTOR® of the Year in 2008, and served on the Executive Committee six times.
At the local level, Bill served as president of the Oakland Association of REALTORS® in 1984, and served on numerous local association committees. He chaired successful campaigns to fight two rent control initiatives in Oakland, California – No on E and No on EE. Bill also was selected by then-Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson to serve as the first landlord representative on the City of Oakland's Residential Rent Arbitration Board.
Bill and his wife, Heather, are proud parents to their son, Cole.