AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award


To recognize up to two association executive young professionals who have fostered greater involvement and increased professionalism among their YPN AE peers and REALTOR® members.

2017 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award.

Gavin Blair, RCE MIke Valerino, RCE
Gavin Blair, RCE MIke Valerino, RCE
Iowa Association of REALTORS® Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®, OH

View previous recipients here


  • 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 involvement to ensure a voice for the younger generation in the REALTOR® association

Nomination Procedures

Nominations must be submitted online, self-nominations are allowed. Access the nomination form here. The Recommendations and Recognition Advisory Board believes that "honor seeks the candidate," not the reverse, therefore, politicking and campaigning are strongly discouraged. The AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award nominations open in September every year.

Selection Timeline and Winners

Selection(s) will be made by the AEC/Recommendations and Recognition Advisory Board during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. The honorees will be recognized at the AE Institute.


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