SAN FRANCISCO (November 11, 2013) – Marbury Little, a Realtor® from Metairie, La., has received the National Association of Realtors® 2013 Distinguished Service Award. Out of 1 million Realtors®, no more than two are honored with this award each year. The recipients were recognized in San Francisco during NAR’s annual Realtors® Conference and Expo.
NAR established the DSA in 1979 to honor Realtors® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who are recognized as leaders in their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels, but must not have served as NAR president. NAR President Gary Thomas presented the award to Little.
“Marbury Little’s hard work and service has made her truly deserving of the Distinguished Service Award,” said Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. “Marbury’s dedication and passion to her profession has not only greatly impacted NAR and the real estate industry, but everyone she has worked with over her long career. Her remarkable achievements and service prove that Realtors® build and strengthen communities.”
Little has been a Realtor® for 39 years and is currently an agent with Derbes-Tatje Realtors® and an associate of Argote, Derbes, Property Advisors in Metairie, La. She has experience in numerous real estate disciplines, including residential sales, commercial sales, commercial appraisal and multi-office brokerage management.
“Receiving the NAR Distinguished Service Award is an honor I will always cherish,” said Little. “The Realtor® family is dedicated to creating outstanding communities and preserving private property rights for all Americans. The opportunity to work with such professional members across this country is a privilege.”
Little has held a number of leadership positions within the Realtor® organization over the years. Most notably, Little served as the 2006 chair of NAR’s Meeting and Conference Committee. That year the Realtors® Conference and Expo was held in New Orleans, a little more than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Little championed the effort to keep the conference in New Orleans, making NAR the largest major convention to visit the city after the hurricane.
During NAR’s conference that year, the association’s annual Habitat for Humanity volunteer build grew from the traditional one house to 54, all funded and built by Realtors®. Currently an annual event, the Habitat for Humanity build began in 2001 with Little, who presented the idea to NAR’s leadership. To this day, hundreds of Realtor® volunteers dedicate one day of the conference to working for Habitat for Humanity in the city hosting NAR’s conference.
Little has also displayed dedication to the Realtors® Political Action Committee and served as political fundraising chair in 2007. During that year, Little helped NAR surpass its fundraising goal by raising over $7 million. Little was also president of the Realtors® Relief Foundation Board in 2008 and was an NAR regional vice president for Region 10 (Louisiana and Texas) in 2000. She has also served as a member of NAR’s Board of Directors and as a liaison for numerous committees.
While active on a national level, Little also dedicated her time and energy to her local and state Realtor® associations. Little was president of the Louisiana Realtors® in 1996. She has also been a member of their board of directors since 1979, chaired numerous committees and was named Realtor® of the Year in 2001. In 2009, Little helped rewrite governing documents for the association as chair of the Louisiana Realtors® Charter and Bylaws Revision Workgroup.
Little has also provided her local Realtor® association, the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors®, with professional standards training for their professional standards committee members, panel chairs and association members. She is currently a member of the Political Action Committee, the Appraisal Committee and the Professional Standards Committee.
In addition to her work in the real estate industry, Little is active in her local community serving on numerous boards and chairing many fundraising events. Little has been a board member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans Affiliate since 1992 and has served in all officer positions, including president. In 2002, she received the National Honorary Survivor Award and the National Cameo Award for Distinguished Service. Since 2001, Little has also served on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Board, which coordinates and hosts events such as the Super Bowl, Men’s and Women’s Final Four, and Olympic regional games in the city. Little has been married for 47 years and has two children.
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.