OABR History 

Past Presidents 

Past REALTOR®-of-the-Year Recipients

  • 2019      Doug Dohse

  • 2018      Mark Leaders

  • 2017      Monica Lang

  • 2016      Andy Alloway 

  • 2015      Mark Wehner

  • 2014      Deda Myhre

  • 2013      David Matney

  • 2012      Lisa Ritter

  • 2011      Vince Leisey

  • 2010      Shawn Maloy

  • 2009      Joe Gehrki

  • 2008      Mark Hart

  • 2007      Cathy Blackman

  • 2006      Marilyn Johnson

  • 2005      Mark Nichols

  • 2004      Gary Stoneburg

  • 2003      Jerry Ahlvers

  • 2002      Doug Steinkruger

  • 2001      Carol Leisey

  • 2000      JoAnn Grennan

  • 1999      Henry Kammandel, Jr

  • 1998      Michael Riedmann

  • 1997      Karen Gray

  • 1996      Len Buckwalter

  • 1995      Perry Dawes

  • 1994      Mark A. Renner

  • 1993      Barbara (Ellie) Bane

  • 1992      Leonard C. Andresen

  • 1991      Joseph Valenti

  • 1990      Larry Saxton

  • 1989      Diana Sayler

  • 1988      J. Scott Allen

  • 1987      Herbert L. Freeman

  • 1986      Arlyne E. Geschwender

  • 1985      Edward R. Young

  • 1984      Harold Johnson

  • 1983      John F. Hansen

  • 1982      William L. Morrison

  • 1981      Gwenivere D. Lemke

  • 1980      Donald J. Rohr

  • 1979      Leonard Geschwender

  • 1978      Thomas D. Peschio

  • 1977      Frances E. Rice

  • 1976      Melvin L. Strong

  • 1975      James M. Yowell

  • 1974      Roger Aulabaugh

  • 1973      Rodger O. Lindwall

  • 1972      H. James Grove

  • 1971      Paul L. Merker

  • 1970      Harold B. Scott

  • 1969      Victor J. Lich

  • 1968      Richard E. Deuse

  • 1967      John H. Maenner

  • 1966      Norman J. Keegan

  • 1965      Kirk P. Miller

  • 1964      Charles A. Peters

  • 1963      Harold L. Peterson

  • 1962      Charles A. Rasmussen

  • 1961      William L. Otis 

  • 1960      Lad V. Tesar

  • 1959      Herbert L. Osborne

  • 1958      Grant L. Miller

  • 1957      Howard Drew

  • 1956      W. Irving Wilkie

  • 1955      N P. (Phil) Dodge

  • 1954      Jack Evahn

  • 1953      Hal Eaton

  • 1952      Lloyd Peterson

  • 1951      W. G. Hargleroad, Jr

  • 1950      Harold C. Payne

  • 1949      Robert Hastings

  • 1948      Harold J. Grove

  • 1947      G. E. Shukert

  • 1946      Wayne C. Selby

  • 1945      Russell M. Bailey

  • 1944      W. O. Larson

  • 1943      R. W. York

  • 1942      Walter C. Johnson

  • 1941      A. E. Burr

  • 1940      R. R. Otis

  • 1939      E. A. Undeland

  • 1938      Clay H. Thomas

  • 1937      Hiram S. Manville

  • 1936      E. W. Bedford

  • 1935      Alfred C. Kennedy

  • 1934      J. L Schoeder

  • 1933      Grant A. Benson

  • 1932      Robert Vance

  • 1931      Amos Grant

  • 1930      Kenneth Reed

  • 1929      E. H. Benner

  • 1928      Theodore H. Maenner

  • 1927      C. G. Carlberg

  • 1926      John Rasp

  • 1925      W. G. Spain

  • 1924      Mark Martin

  • 1923      C. B. Shuht

  • 1922      Lewis Sholes

  • 1921      C. D. Glover

  • 1920      I. Shuler

  • 1919      H. M. Christie

  • 1918      William McFarland

  • 1917      E. M. Slater

  • 1916      W. H. Thomas

  • 1915      C. F. Harrison

  • 1914      E. M. Myers

  • 1913      B. R. Hastings

  • 1912      George Morton

  • 1911      Charles George

  • 1910      Fred Wead

  • 1909      John W. Robbins

  • 1908      W. T. Graham

  • 1907      S. P. Bostwick

  • 1906      Walter L. Selby

  • 1904-1905      George Wallace

  • 1903               C.F. Harrison

  • 1901-1902      A. H. Green

  • 1900               A. P Tukey

  • 1896-1899      E. A. Benson

  • 1892-1895      A. P. Tukey

  • 1889-1891      E. A. Benson

  • 1887-1889      Chris Hartmann 

  • 1886               Alvin Saunders

  • 2019      Mark Leaders

  • 2018      Andy Alloway

  • 2017      Trudy Meyer

  • 2016      Deda Myhre

  • 2015      David Matney

  • 2014      Lisa Ritter

  • 2013      Cathy Blackman

  • 2012      Sharon Rich

  • 2011      Shawn Maloy

  • 2010      Vince Leisey

  • 2009      Monica Humpal

  • 2008      Joe Gehrki

  • 2007      Marilyn Johnson

  • 2006      Gary Stoneburg

  • 2005      Mike Riedmann

  • 2004      Joseph Valenti

  • 2003      Karen Gray

  • 2002      JoAnn Grennan

  • 2001      K. Carol Leisey

  • 2000      Henry Kammandel Jr

  • 1999      Perry Dawes

  • 1998      Douglas Steinkruger

  • 1997      Edward Peters

  • 1996      Jerry Ahlvers

  • 1995      Samuel Mandolfo

  • 1994      Ellie Bane

  • 1993      Diana Sayler

  • 1992      J. Scott Allen

  • 1991      Harold Johnson

  • 1990      Cindy Forehead

  • 1989      Jerry Heinrichs

  • 1988      John Hansen

  • 1987      Bill Morrison

  • 1986      Ed Young

  • 1985      Fran Rice

  • 1984      Don Rohr

  • 1983      Harold Peterson

  • 1982      Gwen Lemke

NAR History 

The History of NAR

 

Early Beginnings

The National Association of REALTORS® was founded as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges on May 12, 1908 in Chicago. With 120 founding members, 19 Boards, and one state association, the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges' objective was "to unite the real estate men of America for the purpose of effectively exerting a combined influence upon matters affecting real estate interests."

 

The Association's founding boards included the Baltimore; Bellingham, Wash.; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Detroit; Duluth, Minn.; Gary, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia; St. Louis; St. Paul, Minn.; Seattle; Sioux City, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash., boards and the California State Realty Federation (now the California Association of REALTORS®).

 

The Code of Ethics was adopted in 1913 with the Golden Rule as its theme.

 

In 1916, the National Association of Real Estate Exchange's name was changed to The National Association of Real Estate Boards (NAREB). That same year, the term “REALTOR,” identifying real estate professionals who are members of the National Association and subscribers to its strict Code of Ethics, was devised by Charles N. Chadbourn, a past president of the Minneapolis Real Estate Board.

 

The collective marks REALTORS® and REALTOR® were registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Sept. 13, 1949, and Jan. 10, 1950, respectively, under Registration Numbers 515,200 and 519,789. Since then, the association has maintained a vigilant defence of the trademarks, prevailing in numerous cases. Most recently, in Zimmerman v. NAR (2004), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied a request to cancel the trademarks.

 

In 1972, the name of the National Association of Real Estate Boards was changed to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The block "R" logo was adopted by the Association in 1973.

 

The Association became the largest trade association in the United States in the early 1970s, with over 400,000 members. Today, the National Association of REALTORS® has over 1.1 million members, 54 state associations (including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and more than 1,300 local associations.

 

Since 1908, the Association has held its annual conference in numerous U.S cities.
View historic convention booklet cover images from each one.

 

NAR HISTORY TIMELINE

 

NAR History Timeline

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