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I've Graduated Once Again: NVAR Leadership Institute

Just over one year ago, I opened up the envelope and read:

"Congratulations!  You have been selected as one of thirteen REALTORS to participate in the NVAR Leadership Institute"


Last week, I graduated from the program. 

NVAR Leadership Institute Graduation

The picture may be a little fuzzy.  In case you can't tell, I'm the good looking guy with the pink shirt and pink tie, third from the right.

Throughout 2010, I participated in 12 different sessions, the highlights of which were the following:

  •  a bus trip to Richmond, Virginia to meet with members of the Virginia State Legislature and see the General Assembly in action.  We had the opportunity to learn how the lobbying process works and to discuss real estate issues with our state representatives.

  • a leadership luncheon and several leadership sessions at the National Association of REALTORS Mid-Year Meeting in Washington D.C.

  • a trip to MRIS Headquarters (our local MLS system) in Rockville, MD to learn more about their operations and see a sneak preview of changes to the system as well as new analytical tools to help better analyze the real estate market.

  • the annual real estate press conference at the National Press Club in D.C. with the opportunity to speak with several reporters regarding the real estate market.


Far and away, the best session we had was the amazing opportunity to spend an entire day training and working with Ron Phipps, the 2011 President of the National Association of REALTORS. 

Ron travelled from his hometown of Warwick, Rhode Island to spend a day in Northern Virginia training us on talking with the media.  During the day, each of us participated in mock media interviews in front of the class, where Ron would ask us questions about real estate and we'd have to come up with answers on the spot.  After each person, we'd work as a class to evaluate how each participant fared.  Not only was this a great educational and practical experience, but it was great to be able to spend the day and personally connect with the top leader within the nationwide REALTOR community!

It's no surprise and no coincidence that in 2010, I appeared in the media (including newspaper articles and television) talking about real estate no less than 10 times!

And, my first appearance in the newspaper for 2011 is this article in the Arlington Sun Gazette detailing our graduation from the NVAR Leadership Institute: Local Realtors Graduate from Real Estate Institute.


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Comment balloon 8 commentsBrian Block • January 13 2011 11:26PM


Kudos, Brian! Learning and growing in this industry keeps us on our toes.....and it does not get any easier with age

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Brian, congratulations! That is such an honor. I love it!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

That's great to hear Brian!  And it sounds like a great designation for you (yet another...)! 

Must have been a hard class as only 9 of the 13 graduated.  Wow, that's a drop-out rate of over 30%.   ;>)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Congratulations Brian.  I'm sure you will be continue to be a great leader not only for your agents but for our industry as a whole.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Congratulations Brian!  The sky is the limit!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 7 years ago

Congratulations Brain!!! Picture may be fuzzy but you are easy to spot :-).

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 7 years ago

Way to go Brian! Excellent commitment to your career. I would like to do this too someday. Congrats again!

Posted by Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor (Atlanta Communities) over 7 years ago

Congratulations on the honor!  Sounds like a great program and I'm not surprised you were one of the "chosen" ones. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 7 years ago