Kelly Thornton, president-elect at Greater Piedmont REALTORS®, Va., took a deep breath, then took the stage. One minute later, she had delivered the winning pitch, earning a $5,000 grant at the 2022 Leadership Summit Pitch Battle, which took place in Chicago in August. Thornton talked about her association’s work to assure that the rural town of Culpeper, Va., could keep its USDA Rural Development loan status, which has enabled 108 families to buy a home.
With its $5,000, Greater Piedmont is partnering to furnish supplies and volunteers to complete emergency home repairs for veterans. “We want to give back to them and highlight another value of the REALTOR® difference in our local communities,” says Debbie M. Werling, CEO.
“Many people view REALTORS® as people who help sellers sell and buyers buy,” adds Thornton. “But this is just one example of how we are advocating for property owners, buyers and sellers every day. We appreciate that NAR is bringing attention to projects such as this one. It’s what we do. That's Who We R!"