Steve Brown, NAR, 2014 President
Steve Brown, a REALTOR® from Dayton, Ohio, is the 2014 President for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. NAR, The Voice for Real Estate®, is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million REALTORS® involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
Brown has held NAR leadership positions since 2005. Most recently, he served as the 2012 First Vice President. Before that, he was the Large Brokerages Liaison in 2010, Vice President of Committees in 2009, and Public Policy National Liaison in 2008. He was on the REALTOR® Political Action Committee Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2006. In 2007, he chaired the Legislative Forum, and in 2005, he was the regional vice president for Region VI, serving Ohio and Michigan.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Brown is a graduate of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and holds graduate degrees in theology and psychology. He is an active member of the Dayton community, having served on the boards of several local arts and charitable organizations.
Cindy Chandler, CCIM, CRE, DREI
Cindy Chandler has her own consulting and training company, The Chandler Group, and has worked for numerous organizations in the areas of investment real estate, syndication, strategic planning, management, and marketing. She was formerly associated with The Cogdell Group, The Crosland Group, and Paragon Group, with responsibilities in commercial real estate in the areas of syndication, development, brokerage, property management, and training.
Cindy has served as an expert witness in several real estate litigation matters. She has been in real estate for over 30 years. She is the author of "The Insider's Guide to Commercial Real Estate" published by Dearborn/Kaplan Publishing and has authored numerous continuing educations courses taught throughout the southeast. In July 2011, she was appointed to a 3-year term to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Cindy travels throughout the southeast teaching commercial real estate classes but prefers to spend her off time in Hilton Head, S.C., with her husband, Tom.
Brian Copeland (CRS, GRI, ePRO, ABR)
Brian is a REALTOR® in Nashville and is the 2014 Liaison for Member Services. He is a 2012 graduate of NAR Leadership Academy, and he serves or has served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Diversity Committee, YPN Subcommittee, Federal Technology Policy Subcommittee, Virtual Associations PAG, and Membership Structures PAG. He serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS®, is on the board of the Greater Nashville AOR, and serves as the chair of the REALTOR® of the Year committee.
In 2010, Brian won the NAR Technology Spotlight Award for his technology advocacy. Brian has spoken for numerous state and local associations, including Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, Oregon, Illinois, Arkansas, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Utah, and Arizona. He's a strong RPAC advocate, having served as Tennessee's Major Investor Council Rep and as a Golden R President's Circle Member.
Brian is the emcee for CRS's national conference, Sellabration, and won the Council's President's Award in 2012. He is the Chief Engagement Officer for Inman's 2012 Most Innovative Brokerage/Franchise, Village Real Estate Services. In 2006, he won his association's Rookie of the Year Award selling 62 homes in his first nine months, and he continues to sell in the top percentage of unit production in Nashville, currently on task to close over 100 homes in 2013. Brian makes his home on a farm outside of Nashville with his two-year-old son, Micah, and spouse, Greg.
Don Cunningham, Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller
Don Cunningham has helped executives and professionals communicate persuasively, manage issues, and respond to crisis situations for over 25 years. He has worked with a roster of Fortune 500 companies, often with the most senior executives, to prepare them for media interviews, speeches, and presentations.
He joined Burson-Marsteller in New York City in 1985 and has worked with major clients such as State Farm Insurance, AT&T, HCA, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and SAP, training senior executives, leaders of foreign governments, scientists, doctors, and lawyers. He has worked in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, chemicals, electronics, technology, real estate, consumer products, banking, and insurance.
Don transferred to Burson’s Miami office in 1989, where he worked frequently in Latin America. He helped develop a crisis preparedness program for Bacardi, ran crisis training programs for DuPont, and counseled State Farm Insurance in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.
He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1993, where has worked with worldwide clients from the Government of Mexico, HP, Goldman Sachs, and Pfizer, as well as association executives from the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the American Farm Bureau Federation. He has trained ambassadors and other officials of foreign governments, including Indonesia, Korea, and Hong Kong, has provided crisis preparedness training for Mexican tourism officials, and has prepared a number of executives for Congressional hearings.
For several years, Don worked extensively with the National Association of REALTORS® on the Surround Sound program team.
Don is a former professor of speech and communications with a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He was a Peace Corps volunteer and speaks Spanish.
Heather Elias, NAR, Director of Social Business Practice
After a decade immersed in the real estate industry as a successful REALTOR, trainer, speaker, and blogger, Heather Elias joined NAR's staff in 2012 as the Director of Social Business Practice. Now, she works to help the Association function as a more social business, across all departments. From shaping social business strategies and best practices to training staff, every day is spent moving toward a more collaborative and coordinated model. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Jerry Giovaniello, NAR, SVP, Government Affairs & Chief Lobbyist
Gerard N. “Jerry” Giovaniello is senior vice president of government affairs & chief lobbyist of the National Association of REALTORS®. Giovaniello manages the association’s government affairs staff of approximately 40 people in Washington, D.C. He also serves as NAR’s lobbyist for members of Congress from California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, and Oregon.
Before joining NAR in 1981, Giovaniello was chief of staff for two members of Congress from California: Rep. Jerry Pettis, R-Calif., 1972–1976; and Rep. Jim Lloyd, D-Calif., 1976–1981. During those nine years, Giovaniello taught political science for the Washington, D.C. Semester Program of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, Calif.
Prior to his Capitol Hill experience, Giovaniello was a policy analyst and writer for National Journal, a weekly magazine covering the federal government and public policy issues.
After earning a graduate degree in history from New York University, he fulfilled an ROTC commitment to the U.S. Army. He served as an officer in Vietnam and Washington, D.C. from 1968 through 1970.
Giovaniello resides with his wife, Elizabeth, in Falls Church, Va.
Nobu Hata, NAR, Director of Digital Engagement
Nobu is an industry veteran since 1996. He is a student of marketing, communications trends, social media, and technology in the Real Estate industry having implemented various new-school techniques to his successful brick-and-mortar real estate business. An accidental speaker, instructor, and volunteer member leader, Nobu brings his skill-set to NAR offering agent, brokerage and association issues up the pipeline, and delivering value-added information down, both online and off.
Doug Hinderer, NAR, SVP, Human Resources & Association Leadership Development
Doug Hinderer is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at the National Association of REALTORS®. He has 31 years of experience in Human Resources and has been with the Association for the past 20 years. Prior to joining NAR, he held a number of HR positions in the for-profit sector.
Doug has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and has done extensive graduate work in the area of Organizational Communication. In 1995, he earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Society for Human Resources Management. This certification is awarded after completing a thorough course of study and passing a comprehensive exam. Doug is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Association Forum, and American Society of Association Executives.
Laurie Janik, NAR, General Counsel
Laurie Janik has been with NAR since 1977 and served as General Counsel since 1987. She is responsible for assuring that the programs, policies, and activities of NAR are in compliance with the law. Laurie also is responsible for defending NAR against legal challenges and initiating litigation to protect and preserve NAR assets and policies as necessary. She received her B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb and her J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Laurie is admitted to the state bar of Illinois and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American, Illinois, and Chicago Bar Associations.
Maestro Roger Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra. He was soon invited to conduct operas in two successive seasons at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center. Thereafter followed long, successful tenures as Music Director of both the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. Guest conducting invitations came from the National Symphony, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Detroit Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and many other great American orchestras. Abroad he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.
During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, the seeds were planted that would lead Maestro Nierenberg to a startling departure from the conventional, through the unparalleled creation of The Music Paradigm. Through his experiences engaging with community businesses and civic leaders, he became curious about the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in times of rapid change. He quickly realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra. Thus was born The Music Paradigm, which has taken Mr. Nierenberg to the podium of over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations in twenty-three different countries. Many of the lessons learned on this journey are presented in his book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening, which was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.
Chris Polychron, NAR, 2014 President-elect
Chris Polychron, a REALTOR® from Hot Springs, Ark., is the 2014 President-elect of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Polychron, a REALTOR® for 25 years, is an executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, specializing in residential brokerage. He holds the professional designations of Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), and Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS®).
Polychron was president of the Arkansas REALTORS® Association in 2003, where he earlier served as president-elect and secretary-treasurer. He is an RPAC Trustee and served as its chairman in 1999 and 2000. He was also Arkansas’ REALTOR of the Year in 1996. At the local level, Polychron was president of the Hot Springs Board of REALTORS® in 1996. His daughter, Nikki, was the 2012 President of the HSBOR.
Active in the community, Polychron is a member of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee and has served as president of the local Greek Orthodox Church since the late nineties. Polychron resides in Hot Springs with his wife, Janis. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Dale A. Stinton, NAR, Chief Executive Officer
Dale A. Stinton is the Chief Executive Officer of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
Stinton, a 31-year veteran of NAR, took over the reins on Nov. 1, 2005. He served as acting CEO and executive vice president in 1996 and became CFO/CIO in 1998.
Stinton was awarded Stephan Swanepoel’s 2009 Trendsetter of the Year and Inman’s 2010 Innovator of the Year awards, and was included in CEO Update’s inaugural list of top Association CEOs. In recognizing Stinton, they wrote that he “earned his place on the list by uniting a diverse organization and reacting well ahead of the slumping housing market with programs, education, and online resources—including the multi-million dollar campaign 'Right Tools, Right Now,' the ‘Real Estate Today’ Radio Show, the Consumer Real Estate Site ‘HouseLogic’, and the industry-changing Realtors Property Resource (RPR).”
In Oct. 2010, Stinton was featured as one of Smart Money magazine’s “Power 30 Most Powerful and Influential Players.” In 2011 and 2012, he was recognized by Inman News as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders of the year.
Lawrence Yun, NAR, Chief Economist & SVP, Research
Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He directs research activity for the association and regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members. Dr. Yun creates NAR's forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, including Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets and is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States. USA Today recently listed Yun among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country.