2013 Inaugural Gala


PHOTO: Steve stands with Ohio REALTORS® helping install him as 2014 NAR President. Photo courtesy of Cindy Butts.

If Thursday night’s inaugural is any indication of what 2014 will look like, the members need to be prepared for a member-focused year under the presidency of Steve Brown.

Candidly, I had about 20 friends come to see me walk across the stage. They were all honest and said, “Once you walk, we’re out.”

After it was over, they were strangely still there. I asked them, “What are you still doing here?”

The overwhelming response was, “because this was awesome and like an entertaining show.”

So why was that the case? Steve Brown crafted a short, succinct program that had the member at the center. Many have the impression that an inauguration is about a person as a leader and celebrating him or her. Steve threw that impression out the window, bringing more than 100 “in the trenches” members onto stage to celebrate their mix in the NAR world.

The highlight for most of the audience was the profile video of several random REALTORS® named Steve Brown from around the nation. My personal favorite was fisherman/REALTOR® Steve Brown who threw the camera crew off the boat when he found out he wasn’t going to be NAR President.

Another unexpected highlight was Steve’s broker family back home in Dayton coming in via video from Irongate REALTORS®. The best line was from one of them congratulating Steve on becoming NRA (National Rifle Association) President.

At the end of the night, anyone who didn’t know 2014 President Steve Brown learned that he is a man who is all about the member and our concerns. Kudos, Mr. President!

Brian Copeland is a REALTOR® in Nashville. In 2014, Brian is the the Membership Services Liaison for 2014 NAR President Steve Brown. He is a 2012 graduate of NAR Leadership Academy and has served on numerous committees and PAGs.

One Comment

  1. Dell Kaser on :

    Brian, you hit the nail on the head. I have been an agent at Irongate Inc. REALTORS® for 27 years, a manager with Steve and Greg Gillen for the last seven. Steve is a fabulous leader as well as a working broker, he is in the trenches right along with the rest of his agents and he knows his industry inside and out.

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