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NAR Installs 2012 Officers

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ANAHEIM (November 14, 2011) - Maurice “Moe” Veissi, a Realtor® from Miami, was installed today as 2012 president of the National Association of Realtors® at the association’s Board of Directors meeting during the 2011 Realtors® Conference & Expo.

In 2011, Veissi was NAR president-elect, and he was NAR first vice president in 2010. A Realtor® for 40 years, Veissi is broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami, and specializes in land development and acquisition. Veissi served as the 2008 political fundraising chair for the Realtors® Political Action Committee. He also served on NAR’s Strategic Investment Reserve Advisory Board and was NAR regional vice president for Region V in 2005. The Florida Association of Realtors® elected Veissi president in 2002. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to chair most of FAR’s committees. FAR named Veissi “Realtor® of the Year” in 2003.

Gary Thomas, a Realtor® in Orange County, Calif., is NAR’s 2012 president-elect. Thomas has been a Realtor® for more than 30 years and is the CEO and founder of Altera Real Estate in Orange County. He served as the 2009 NAR vice president and liaison to government affairs. In 2004, Thomas was NAR regional vice president for Region XIII. He has served on NAR’s Board of Directors since 1995. In 2001, Thomas was president of the California Association of Realtors® and was named “Realtor® of the Year” that same year.

Steve Brown, a Realtor® from Dayton, Ohio, is the 2012 NAR first vice president. A Realtor® for more than 30 years, Brown is co-owner of Irongate, Inc. Realtors®. He was the 2009 NAR vice president and liaison to government affairs and served as the public policy national liaison in 2008. Brown has been a liaison for several committees, including Business Issues, Conventional Finance and Lending, Federal Housing Policy, and Federal Taxation. In 2007, he chaired the Legislative Forum, and in 2005, he was NAR’s regional vice president for Region VI.

William J. Armstrong III, a Realtor® from Damascus, Md., is the 2012 NAR treasurer. A Realtor® for over 20 years, he works for Mackintosh Inc., Realtors® in Frederick, Md. He has served on the NAR Finance Committee since 2003, and was president of the Maryland Association of Realtors® in 2000.

DJ Snapp is the 2012 NAR vice president and liaison to committees. He is owner of Dairell J Snapp Realty, Inc., of West Palm Beach, Fla. Snapp has been a member of NAR’s Executive Committee since 2008, and in 1998, he was president of the Florida Association of Realtors®.

Scott Louser is the 2012 NAR vice president and liaison to government affairs. He is broker-owner of Prudential Minot Real Estate in Minot, N.D. Louser is the 2011 NAR Risk Management Committee Chair and was president of the North Dakota Association of Realtors® in 2005.

NAR’s 2012 regional vice presidents are:

Douglas Azarian, East Sandwich, Maine, Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont); J. Gregory Connors, Stillwater, N.Y., Region II (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania); Richard Brogan, Felton, Del., Region III (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia); Milton Shockley, Jr., Greenville, S.C., Region IV (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee); Cynthia Joachim, Gulfport, Miss., Region V (Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi);

Brad Knapp, Lebanon, Ohio, Region VI (Michigan and Ohio); Paul Wyman, Kokomo, Ind., Region VII (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin); Jo Jenkins, Newton, Iowa, Region VIII (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota); Theresa Stewart, Ada, Okla., Region IX (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma);

Avis Wukasch, Georgetown, Texas, Region X (Louisiana and Texas); Michael Labout, Colorado Springs, Colo., Region XI (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming); Gail Hartnett, Boise, Idaho, Region XII (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington); and Bill Brown, Oakland, Calif., Region XIII (California, Guam and Hawaii).

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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