Thursday’s NAR 360 General Session marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one in NAR government affairs. Jerry Giovaniello, NAR’s Senior Vice President and chief lobbyist, retires at the end of the year, capping a 37-year-career with NAR and 17 years as chief lobbyist. Jerry G, as he is more commonly known around NAR events, has been a fixture at NAR government affairs sessions in D.C., at NAR’s annual convention, and at the annual President’s Circle Conference.
NAR CEO Bob Goldberg and 2018 NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall joined Jerry G on stage to celebrate his long career with NAR. Elizabeth presented the first “Giovaniello” tie from KP Ties.
NAR’s new era of government affairs came in the form of Shannon McGahn, the first woman to serve as NAR’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Most recently, McGahn served as the staff director for the Committee on Financial Service in the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served as a counselor to the secretary of the U.S. Treasury, as well as spending more than six years serving in various policy communications roles for the House Republican Conference, the Office of the House Majority Leader and Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA).