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National Association of Realtors® Wins Gold in Best in Biz Awards

Media Contact: Sara Wiskerchen / 202-383-1013 / Email

WASHINGTON (November 20, 2012) – The National Association of Realtors® has been recognized with a gold Best in Biz award for its forward looking business practices. The independent business awards program honors companies and executives for their business success and is judged by industry analysts and members of the press.

The award for NAR came to Chief Executive Officer Dale Stinton, who was named Executive of the Year in the award’s large organizations category. Over 400 award submissions were received in this year's awards program, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and industries in the U.S. and Canada.

“NAR is the leading advocate for housing issues, and this award acknowledges the significant efforts of the association in tackling the monumental issues that have faced the real estate industry in recent years,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. “I’m really proud to receive recognition for the association for helping our 1 million Realtor® members succeed in business in a dynamic environment.”

The award acknowledged the efforts of Stinton in guiding America’s largest trade association through a very challenging time for the real estate industry; ensuring public policies that encourage homeownership, real estate investment, and facilitate real estate transactions; and for providing information and resources to support Realtors® members’ business success.

Stinton was recognized for his leadership toward a number of resources and initiatives on behalf of NAR’s members, including broadening member engagement at the local, state and national levels of government through the Realtor® Party Initiative and advocating issues that matter to Realtors® and property owners; guiding the creation and development of Realtor® University, a groundbreaking educational initiative that offers professional development and continuing education in real estate; and directing the growth of the Realtors® Property Resource, a national database of real estate property information that gives Realtors® an unparalleled way to serve their clients.

“I am honored to have our accomplishments be recognized by the Best in Biz Awards panel of top editors, publishers and analysts,” said Stinton. “I’m pleased to accept this award on behalf of NAR’s members and all of their hard work to build communities and advocate for policies that help sellers protect their investment and buyers build theirs, because homeownership benefits individuals and families and is integral to our nation’s economy.”

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.