SAN FRANCISCO (November 11, 2019) – Ken Libby, a Realtor® from Stowe, Vermont, received the National Association of Realtors® 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR's 1.4 million members. Winners were recognized at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
NAR established the award in 1979 to honor Realtors® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities. It is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels, but must not have served as NAR president.
“It is my privilege to present the Distinguished Service Award to Ken Libby. His long history of service to the real estate industry, his community and our country is remarkable’, said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota. “Our industry and our nation are better because of Ken’s service to his fellow Realtors® and countrymen.”
Libby has been a Realtor® for 40 years and is currently the Broker/Owner of Stowe Area Realty Group, Keller Williams Vermont.
“I’m incredibly honored to have been selected to join the highly qualified individuals who have come before me,” Libby said. “Through my many years of service to NAR, I’ve always looked up to those wearing the DSA badge. That includes Ben Blair, the first DSA recipient I really got to know and who has been my role model for many years.”
As an active member of NAR, Libby has held numerous leadership positions during his four-decade Realtor® career. Beginning in 2007, Libby served as Region One Vice President, which encompasses Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Libby served on the Executive Committee from 2010 to 2013 and as a Liaison to the Global & Resort, 2nd Homes Committees. Libby was also a Realtor® RPAC Trustee in 2009 and chaired the Commercial Leadership Forum in 2008.
In Vermont, Libby served on the Vermont Commercial Investment Board of Realtors in 2000 and 2003, and on the Vermont Association of Realtors® Executive Committee and Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012. He has the unique distinction of being named president of the Vermont Association of Realtors® twice, first in 2003 and again in 2016, while also being awarded the Vermont Realtor® of the Year twice in 2007 and 2012. He currently chairs the Vermont Realtor® Political Action Committee.
Libby’s service started at a young age, serving as a U.S. Marine during President Dwight Eisenhower’s second term. During that time, he was assigned to the Presidential Guard detail for security at Camp David, and the Presidential Summer White House at Newport, Rhode Island. Libby was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and Burial Detail at Arlington National Cemetery. Upon leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, Libby served as a Metropolitan Police officer in Washington, D.C. for seven years. He returned to Vermont to serve as Chief of Police for the Town of Stowe from 1969 until 1976 and from 1982 to 1992. Libby was also the executive director for the Vermont Sheriff’s Association from 1994 to 2005, during which time he served on the National Sheriff’s Association’s legislative committee. Additionally, Libby was president of the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he continues to serve as past president and vice president of development.
The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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