The National Association of REALTORS® announced today that Gail Hartnett of Boise, Idaho, and Larry Keating of Jefferson City, Mo., are the 2021 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor outside the presidency bestowed on an NAR member.
Gail Hartnett, CRS, PMN, MRP
Hartnett, team leader of the Gail Hartnett Team at Keller Williams Realty in Boise, has been in real estate for 29 years. She served as 2006 national president of the Women's Council of REALTORS® and 2007 president of the Idaho Association of REALTORS®.
Her involvement in NAR goes back more than 20 years. She has been a national director since 2008 and served as NAR regional vice president for Region 12 in 2012. In 2016, she served in leadership as liaison to the Public Policy and Federal Issues Group. And she was vice chair of the Fair Housing 50th Anniversary Commemoration Work Group.
Hartnett is two-time member of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame. She is NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for Congressman Mike Simpson and received the FPC Meritorious Service Award in 2013.
In Boise, Hartnett served on the Advisory Council for the Idaho Meth Project, warning residents about the dangers of methamphetamine, and currently serves on the advisory board for Idaho Women in Leadership. In 2001, she was a recipient of the TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award, and in 2008 she was honored by Boise State University as a recipient of the Women Making History Award. The Idaho Association of REALTORS® named her state REALTOR® of the Year in 2018.
Larry Keating, ABR, ABRM, CRB, AHWD
Keating has been in real estate for 30 years and served as president of Missouri REALTORS® in 2005. Along with his wife, Sharon, he is broker-owner of RE/MAX Jefferson City in Jefferson City, Mo.
Keating has been active with NAR for 20 years, serving on the Finance Committee and Reserves Investment Advisory Board, among other appointments. He served several terms as a national director, was a president’s liaison in 2018, and served as NAR regional vice president for Region 9 in 2010.
Keating is a two-time member of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame and has been a superb advocate for the industry.
Working closely with NAR, he was instrumental in the passage of two constitutional amendments in Missouri: In 2010, Missouri REALTORS® won public support for an amendment prohibiting transfer taxes on real estate transactions. In 2016, they passed an amendment prohibiting a tax on services.
Keating has been a business owner since 1970. Before entering real estate, he ran a masonry restoration company with his father. Before that, he served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard and then completed his MBA. For 15 years he led the Mid Missouri Youth Basketball program and coached young men to national level wins in Amateur Athletic Union basketball. He is currently involved in the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Progress Committee.