The AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award recognizes one young executive professional who has fostered greater involvement and increased professionalism among his or her YPN AE peers and REALTOR® members.

Congratulations to the 2023 Recipient of the AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award

Before becoming Senior Vice President of Community and Industry Relations for Virginia REALTORS®, Leslie Frazier worked for two Virginia governors, applying her skills and passion to an array of policy initiatives, from veteran and military issues to foster care. At Virginia REALTORS®, Leslie focuses on issues impacting fair housing and real property policy. She is the primary point of contact for state and national organizations who influence these issues. In addition, Leslie creates and leads the association’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.


  • Only full-time association executives (chief staff or staff specialists) of a REALTOR® association or MLS will be considered.
  • Nominee must be age 40 or under.
  • Nominee must have previously or are currently participating at the local, state, and national levels of the REALTOR® association.

Award Criteria

To achieve recognition, it must be demonstrated that nominees:

  • Provide greater exposure and awareness of REALTOR® association management to attract and support young executives to the profession.
  • Promote young member involvement at all three levels of the REALTOR® association to ensure a strong base of volunteer leaders
  • Solidify the legacy of YPN staff involvement to ensure a voice for the younger generation in REALTOR® association management

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for the AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award are now closed. The 2024 nomination process will open in Fall 2024. Nomination forms are submitted online. The Recommendations and Recognition Advisory Board believes that "honor seeks the candidate," not the reverse; therefore, politicking and campaigning are strongly discouraged.

Selection Timeline and Winners

Selection(s) will be made by the AEC/Recommendations and Recognition Advisory Board during NAR NXT. The honorees will be recognized at the AE Institute.

If you have questions regarding the AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award, please contact Courtney Wilson Fett at 312-329-5972 or cwilson@nar.realtor.

View a list of past recipients