A Note From the President, by Chris Polychron, GRI, CIPS, CRS

Serving as part of the NAR Leadership team, I've talked with members across the country about their needs and what NAR means to them. I've gained a deeper understanding of what it takes for you and I to become stronger practitioners – and to continue to build a stronger organization. I believe that one of the best things we can accomplish is striving to achieve excellence through education and involvement.

As a member of NAR, you have access through our commercial affiliate organizations to the best coursework, instructors, and most prestigious industry designations. Investing in yourself will benefit you today and in years to come. There's value in the education itself, and in expanding your network of colleagues. This year, consider attending a new course or starting your path to pursue a designation.

I am a big advocate for getting involved in your local association. Participating as a committee member or being actively engaged in your community can lead to state and national involvement in the organization. For commercial real estate professionals like yourself, your expertise can help shape the economic development in your market as you generate new business and influence NAR's position in the industry.

NAR is actively engaged in efforts to protect your ability to do business. We've lobbied for reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), and I'm proud that so many NAR members responded to the recent Call For Action on TRIA. This demonstrates how the depth and strength our collective voice can impact Capitol Hill. I encourage you to stay vigilant and aware of the other commercial real estate issues that NAR's advocacy is focused as we move into 2015, especially Like Kind 1031 Exchanges, the Marketplace Fairness Act, and Waters of the U.S.

The value that you, our commercial real estate professionals, bring to NAR is immeasurable. You help create small businesses, jobs, and grow the economic health of the cities and towns in which we live. NAR supports you in your efforts, and is your partner for future success.

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