Attending the NAR Inaugural Gala

The Inaugural Gala on Thursday evening at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center honored NAR 2019 President John Smaby. The sell-out event hosted around 2,000 guests. What started as a supposed table server on stage to announce a lost purse turned into a surprise trio of opera singers—all dressed as waitstaff—whose performance crescendoed into a spine-tingling, 2,000-guest-napkin-waving finale.

President Smaby’s inaugural remarks revolved around three fundamental REALTOR® truths that drive the industry:

  1. REALTORS® love what they do.
  2. REALTORS® love who they do it for.
  3. REALTORS® love who they do it with.

Also installed last night were 2019 President-Elect Vince Malta, 2019 First Vice President Charlie Oppler, and 2019 Treasurer John Flor, along with regional Vice Presidents (RVPs). Brian Copeland and Tracy Kasper served as masters of ceremonies.

4-Time Featured Attendee

Matt is a multi-office broker/owner in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. He is a high producing team leader, a past President of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, the 2019 Immediate Past President of the Illinois REALTORS®, a past REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” honoree, and a law school graduate.

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