Local Realtors earn special national recognition

At the most recent international conference of the National Association of Realtors, the Coastal Association of Realtors was recognized as one of the most progressive and visionary Realtor associations in the country.

The leaders and executives of only 37 associations of a total of 1,400-plus across the country completed the Pinnacle Program. The two-year program was aimed to help leaders better prepare themselves for changing technologies, shifting consumer needs and relevant customer service.

Participating in the Pinnacle Program were CAR Treasurer Don Bailey, CAR Executive Director Sheila Dodson, CAR President Vicki Harmon, CAR Past President Chris Jett, CAR Immediate Past President Susan Megargee, CAR President Elect Linda Moran, and CAR Past President Pam Wadler.

“You are the finest example of Realtors association leadership,” said Dale Stinton, CEO of NAR, during the graduation speech in New Orleans.

Only 2.7 percent of Realtor Associations in the United States have qualified for this certification, which required the completion of six distinct leadership modules over a two-year period. This highly specialized management training program was designed, created, and delivered by New York Times best-selling author Stefan Swanepoel and Association Strategist Jeremy Conaway.

Dodson said to best serve its membership and consumers, CAR strives to ensure it is on the cutting edge of modern technology and customer service.

“Being one of only 37 associations in the country to achieve this feat is a phenomenal accomplishment and shows our association’s commitment to ensuring our Realtors are the most trusted and highly trained professionals in the local industry,” Dodson said.

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