"Why I Appreciate My AE" Appreciation Day Testimonials

NAR appreciates everything that state and local association executives have done to support our members and contribute to the industry over the last couple of years and the challenges those have presented.

The messages below are from local and state presidents, presidents-elect, former leaders and association staff who also appreciate the relationship that they have with their chief staff executive.

"My AE has great leadership skills. Very member centric and progressive in his thinking . Organized & structured . Enjoy working with him!"

  • Local Past president, Forms chair
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"I appreciate that we are strategic sparring partners. We have learned so much together!"

  • Local President

"His outstanding communication and his ability to know all the answers!"

  • Local President

"2020 was a year none of us will forget. Serving as the 2020 President of our association was my privilege and honor and I could not have done it without the support of my Association Executive and staff!"

  • Local Immediate Past President

"Always available and so knowledgeable and helpful. Lots of smiles everyday."

  • Local Past President

"The knowledge of this individual and guidance from them as an AE has been invaluable."

  • State Past President

"Our AE is fantastic, she goes above and beyond to help the board and the MLS committee with whatever their needs may be.  She knows what's going on and is a treasure to our board.  I wouldn't know what we would do without her.  She's such a valuable asset to our board and to all of the membership."

  • Local Former board member and president of TCAR

"Our AE is simply amazing, he is the glue that keeps our Association together, he is on top of the ever changing market and leads our Association with wisdom and compassion.  He's the best!!!!"

  • Local State Director

"Our AE is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Her care, concern and compassion for people is honestly unmatched. She runs a very well organized Association and makes it look so easy. She always keeps service to her membership top of mind and her employees are so kind and helpful.

The Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® is beyond blessed to have such a dedicated, professional  and loyal person to lead us through anything that comes our way!"

  • Local Board Member

"Our AE came to us this year.  He continually makes improvements and truly cares about the Realtors and Staff.  The staff truly appreciates him and have a renewed love for their jobs.  He is super smart, hard working, caring, and approachable."

  • Local Treasurer/Secretary

"She works so hard to make sure our small association can keep up with CORE standards, works well with the State Association, and keeps our Board and membership apprised on what is coming down the pike."

  • Local President

"Our AE is so supportive. She is kind, thoughtful and prepared. She keeps the board running."

  • Local President-Elect

"What I appreciate most is our AE's commitment to excellence and the management of our outstanding staff. He always does what is BEST for the Association in every decision he makes and the council he gives our board."

  • Local Immediate Past President, 2022 District-1 Vice President

"His willingness to assist the membership in any way to be more professional and more effective leaders.  My AE is selfless and is looked up to by the entire staff and he has assembled a first class staff in every position."

  • Local Past President (2000)

"We contact our AE with questions on anything having to do with local, state, national business. If she doesn't have the answer it's no time before she has the answer. Majority of the time she have the answer instantly."

  • State President-Elect

"Our CEO brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience with her being an RCE. She also holds other designations and certificates such as AHWD and has completed C2EX. She leads by example as a Presidents Circle Golden R Major Investor in RPAC, and has encouraged her staff to follow suit, all of them earning their own designations and becoming RPAC investors. As if this wasn't good enough, she also continues to grow herself, the entire staff and give growth opportunities to the volunteers who step up to the challenge of service. She does this all with a smile, is generous with her time and experience and treats everyone well, even at the times when things might justify otherwise. She is a true leader, mentor, and a friend. We couldn't be more grateful for our exceptional CEO/AE Tiffany Claxton."

  • Local President

"His communication and commitment, day or night, is superb!  He's linked in to the community, well known and liked.  He has a unique talent for working with the multitude of personalities he has to work with - with brokers, agents, directors and staff. He is dedicated and sees the 'big picture'. We are blessed to have him as our AE/CEO!"

  • Local Past President

"She does a fantastic job of coordinating and implementing measures directed by the board to serve the general membership."

  • Local President

"Our AE has been with our association for many years. It has run smoothly and he keeps up with new issues and changes coming down the pipeline as well as helps keep us in the know. We are continually working towards improving our Association and the services we provide our members with the assistance and guidance of our AE."

  • Local President

"Our chief staff executive is new to the AE profession, and started her career during 2020 when nothing was normal due to lockdowns from the COVID situation. In spite of nothing being normal, she handled her job with grace, intelligence and she was very intuitive and managed to keep the local board leadership informed and moving forward. She grasped her job, and the situation, with enthusiasm and a high level of energy. Now that life is settling down she is still exhibiting those same traits. Our association is very fortunate to have someone that doesn't treat her position as job, but as a way of life."

  • Local President

"I appreciate my relationship with our CEO because he truly has the best interests of the membership as his top priority. He constantly looks for new ways to benefit and streamline processes and is very approachable and a resource to all the local AEs from many years of experience. I feel that I can be open and honest and have the tough conversations that are sometimes needed and I am allowed to be heard, my opinion is respected, and ultimately we have been able to work together to achieve quite a bit on behalf of the members even during a pandemic."

  • State President

"Our AE is in her second year as AE and has done an excellent job ever since she took the office in 2020. She is extremely capable and knowledgeable but is also personable on a one-on-one basis ~ always willing to help agents on an individual basis as well!"

  • Local Immediate Past President

"Our AE is truly a force of nature. She is not interested in just maintaining the association, she is constantly growing it and making it better, going outside the box and takes on huge initiatives. We are very fortunate to have her!!"

  • State President-Elect

"Our AE has proven to be responsive, reliable, and committed to the highest professional standards. She travels to participate in our local events which demonstrates her care about our local board and members. She is passionate about her role and respects the volunteers who serve in leadership. We are grateful to have her in our corner, and proud she is our honorable CEO."

  • Local Immediate Past President 

"Honest & straightforward dialogue. We have been through a lot together and we keep it very real. No hierarchy, just heads down and do the work."

  • Local President

"I appreciate our AE because they are informed, knowledgeable, hard working, available and dedicated."

  • State Board Member

"She's direct in her communication with me."

  • State President-Elect

"Our AE is very knowledgeable in her position. She helps to guide our volunteer leaders. If she does not know the answer to a problem, she is the first to search out and find the answer. She has the upmost respect for our Association and its members. She is always looking for new and innovative ways to motivate members to serve on our Boards. She is a truly essential to our Association and we can't thank her enough for her hard work and dedication."

  • Local President

"Our local AE is always moving forward toward making our association excel in every way."

  • Local President

"There are so many great things I could say about our local AE! He is a great communicator. His great reputation is known locally, state and with NAR. He ALWAYS has the association and mls at the forefront of everything he does. We talk often about REALTOR Champions, he is a REALTOR Champion 100%. He cares about staff, leadership team, members and affiliates and shows it with his words and deeds. We are so fortunate to have him as our CEO! He is so knowledgeable about our industry and local leaders invite him to speak about our local market. He encourages the leadership team to be the best they can be. He continues to take courses/classes that help him to be continue to be the best he can be."

  • Local President

"Our AE is over the top Awesome, Wonderful, Smart, on top of Everything. Our communication is open, safe, and resolution is made easy. I am blessed to have such a wonderful role model, business women, and capable AE."

  • Local President

"Our AE is always willing to listen and help with any and all issues."

  • Local President

"Our AE is a wealth of information; if she doesn't know the answer she will get it for me."

  • Local President-Elect

"Our AE has been with our board since its inception almost 40 years ago. Her experience, knowledge, and ability to handle of our members, diplomatically and respectfully, makes her an irreplaceable asset."

  • Local President

"Our AE is very thoughtful and great at looking at all the angles when assessing a political issue."

  • State President

"Our AE is a dynamic relationship builder. Making connections and staying relevant with those that he gets to know. He is not only the consummate professional, but a great friend to all he meets."

  • Local President

"Our AE always goes above and beyond what she needs to. She always encourages me to do my best, to step out of my comfort zone to do new things. She has made me aware of many things I didn't know that go on behind the scenes to make our board run smoothly. I really appreciate that she made my President and President-Elect years easier and has been my greatest support. She is a true warrior for the REALTOR® brand."

  • Local President

"My AE is first to arrive, last to leave, and always on his A Game. A true partnership of a relationship!"

  • Local President

"Our AE keeps me on track and works behind the scenes to make our association and me look good without taking any credit for his hard work. His strategic thinking is outstanding. He keeps us heading in the right direction and one step ahead of the times. I am very grateful!"

  • Local President

"We have been friends for over 20+ years. I know his family, knew his wife before they met etc. we live near each other, both involved in local politics. We have traveled to the District of Columbia together for many years. Attended his wedding and his mom's funeral. We have bounced ideas off each other for many years. We both respect each other and I am grateful to have him as our CEO during my years in local leadership!"

  • Local President

"He is so organized and methodical. Such a excellent writer of materials. It's a skillset that many people don't have. He is personable, patient and friendly--so it's nice to see and hear his perceptions of things that people say and do. His staff is excellent, professional and loyal to our members."

  • State President

"He is always available when needed. He is personable, helpful, cost conscience and always has the associations best interest."

  • Local President-Elect

"Many years of total dedication, always a reliable communicator for our leaders and members. Always a true professional in every situation."

  • Local Secretary

"To me, my AE is the rarest kind; one that may not always understand what I do or how I do it, but welcomes and appreciates it in some ways even I cannot sometimes understand. We are often on a weird wavelength; they can tell me what they are thinking or what they want, and I am able to take that vision and actualize it, quite often with eerie accuracy. They've provided me with opportunities to grow that I could not have imagined being afforded, and it still continues even to this day, which is amazing in and of itself."

  • Local Staff (non-AE)

"Our AE is one of the hardest working women I know. She is always on task for our board and members at all times. She fills many shoes at NEOBR all on her own and does a fantastic job at it. We appreciate her hard work and efforts for all of of our members."

  • Local President

"It is only because of our AE's extreme knowledge and Love, coupled with her fantastic drive and determination that we have survived and thrived these past 15-20 years."

  • Local President-Elect

"Our AE truly cares about our members and has the back of our directors. He's not afraid to go against the grain for the good of the association!"

  • Local President

"Our AE is organized, knowledgeable of rules and regulations, and is always willing to help. She is definitely an asset to our board!"

  • Local Board Member and MLS Chairperson

"I appreciate our AE's vision and leadership for our association, and also the fact that he believes in collaborating with the Association's Leadership team, staff, and Association volunteers, starting with the Strategic Plan down to the execution of objectives and goals to make our organization run for the benefit of our member's success. He also believes in partnering with the Economic Development officers and other business and community leaders to advocate for and promote homeownership, fair housing, and ethical business practices."

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"She is always there for me and extremely supportive."

  • Local President

"Our AE always strives to put our needs first. She is concerned with our total well-being and always makes it a priority to make sure we are doing well inside and outside of work. She challenges each one of us to take on leadership in our staff role and empower ourselves."

  • Local Staff (non-AE)

"Our executive officer is phenomenal. She does an excellent job "herding the cats", anticipating our needs and keeping us updated on everything related to our business."

  • Local President

"I am honored to work for someone who is passionate about his role as CEO and just as passionate for his staff. His wisdom, demeanor and loyalty make for an all around great guy. Even in his role that can keep him busy and always on the go, he has always been approachable. It's important to not lose sight of even the small things."

  • Local Staff (non-AE)

"Our AE provides a sound foundation for our association to operate. His support to the members and Board of Directors is unprecedented. Through the pandemic he has continued to offer the highest quality of service to the association."

  • Local President

"I appreciate my CEO of being a good listener, leader, and very knowledgeable!"

  • Local President

"Our AE is a world class CEO who is respected throughout NAR. I appreciate the experience and knowledge he brings back to our association to help us be a cutting edge association. He does a great job communicating with the leadership team and sharing opportunities with us as they come along. We are blessed to have him!"

  • President-Elect

"Our Chief Staff Executive listens to staff concerns and always follows through with a solution. She always has the best interest of her staff and the association."

  • Local Staff (non-AE)

"Our AE is unconditionally devoted to our association. Her leadership and commitment is impeccable, the board of directors and our members could not have a better person as AE / chief staff executive."

  • Local 2023 President-Elect

"Our AE works hard to make our rolls easier. She is always available when we need her and helps us obtain our goals. She always has our backs as leaders and is a huge support and our biggest cheerleader. I personally really appreciate her for what she does for our association."

  • Local Past President

"His dedication, availability , ease to work with, knowledge, and forward thinking!"

  • Local President

"Our AE is conscientious, diligent and hardworking - always concerned about the membership and assisting in whatever is needed, she goes above and beyond her scope of work and ensures that the our association is always represented well in the community."

  • State President-Elect

"Our AE is very knowledgeable about everything to help our board with the everyday working from the local level all the way to the national level."

  • Local President-Elect

"Our AE does a wonderful job considering we are a one person office.  There are many different task that she has to take on and she does all that with style and a sense of humor.  As realtors we can be a very demanding bunch and she works hard to meet those demands timely and effectively.  I can say that I personally and my entire office appreciate her and all the hard work that she does for us!"


"We have a fairly new AE, 13 months to be exact. She has come in to a not so pleasant atmosphere as the only employee!!! There was no other staff to help train or to go to for questions. Her ability of working well with others and quick learning has been unbelievable. Our goal this year as AE & President was to setup our Association for success. She took the bull by the horns and led our local association in an amazing way. She was just chosen last week to be on the State Executive Board of Directors by the other AE's in our state to represent them on the State Board.  She has a great work ethic and has showed to be a great leader and CEO."

  • Local President

"Ability to connect with members, responsiveness, leadership capability, willingness to collaborate with neighboring associations."

  • Local Liaison Member Services

"Our AE always does the right thing, whether its for a member or other association's. He is honest, compassionate, an innovator, a forward thinker, he makes our association run smoothly. We could not have a better AE."

  • Local Past President

"Our AE works tirelessly to make our Board run smoothly. She is always on top of everything needed from NAR. She keeps us all well informed. Our Board would be totally lost without her!"

  • Local President

"Our AE gives countless hours to helping our members! She is proactive with upcoming changes, diligent in communication, caring and kind in her daily interactions. There is a lot that goes across her desk but to always have the public's best interest at heart and she is influential in helping members achieve success! It isn't a job to her but a way to do life, to be kind, to be honest and to make the world a better place."

  • Local Past President

"She is the glue that holds our membership together with a slim staff to assist. She plans, organizes, supplies, makes reservations, CE classes, updates, plans events, and every aspect a leader of an organization could possibly accomplish. Oh, she has a photographic memory as well. She always has the answer, or knows where to get it."

  • Local Past President