PropertyManagementMaven: They STILL Keep Saying I Would Not MAKE IT! Part 1

They STILL Keep Saying I Would Not MAKE IT! Part 1

In early December, I received the Realtor Emeritus designation from NAR. There were 2 of us awarded this designation out of over 600 members of our association.


To be fair, the NAR emeritus application wanted proof of my continued membership in NAR for the last 40 years.  I almost did not complete the form as I have been an NAR member in 3 states and 4 associations under 3 DIFFERENT last names.


I did have my GRI designation certificate from the University of Hawaii Small Business School from 1973.  


In the "olden daze", the GRI designation was actually taught by NAR national instructors and held at colleges and universities.  I took the course as it would lower the number of years I had to be a sales person in order to sit for the broker exam. 


....and since they have added a "service" componant, I provided my certificate from the Virginia Association of Realtors as chair of their Property Management Council for 2 terms in early 2000.


CAAR Realtor Emeritus Dec 2014


At the presentation, we were given a lapel pin and a certificate.....and I found the Realtor Emeritus logo online to put on my professional presentations.


Realtor Emeritus logo




As Richard Petty (#43) said when they inducted him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, they need people to award this new designation to so don't let the # of associations, different last names or lack of proof of payment stop you....




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Comment balloon 34 commentsWallace S. Gibson, CPM • January 01 2015 06:07AM


Congratulations to you.  This is a great honor.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 4 years ago

Wow what a great accomplishment for you! I'm almost half way to 40 years 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

Good morning Wallace,

Congratulations on the award as well as to years of service to your community.

Happy New Year may it be prosperous and healthy one.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Wallace S. Gibson, CPM  congratulations are in order, for sure.... and wishing you a Happy and healthy 2015....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 4 years ago

That is so great, Wallace. Congrats. And, I like the logo.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

Good for you, Wallace!  That is a really long time in this business where the vast majority of agents leave after a year without a single sale!  You've got quite an accomplishment here!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 4 years ago


Congratulations. Well done!

Happy New Year.



Posted by Thomas F. Scanlon, CPA, CFP (Borgida & Company P. C., CPA's) over 4 years ago

Excellent, Wallace. That's a lot of work, but it will pay dividends. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 4 years ago

Congratulations Wallace S. Gibson, CPM serving NAR over 40 years. I've been in real estate fourteen years and there has been many changes, I can't even think what 40 years must feel like. Have a Happy New Year and Congrats.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) over 4 years ago

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM - That's incredible. Contratulations. Interesting, I held a real estate license (for the first time) from 9/20/73 in Hawaii. But I drifted back into public relations and advertising for Island Holidays, the Guslander chain. Remember them?

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea over 4 years ago

Congratulations Wallace - Richard is a man of few words, so when he talks we should listen. Have a great 2015

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 4 years ago

Wallace, congratulations on receiving that award! Wish you a Happy New Year and continued success in 2015.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 4 years ago

It's too bad you had to apply for that . . . they should have been knocking on your door to bequeth the honor!  You are a true member of the NAR and an amazing example of hard work!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 4 years ago

Congratulations on your achievements and your longevity in this business!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 4 years ago

Congratulations Wallace. Excellence should be rewarded...and you earned it with the Emeritus status.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 4 years ago

Congratultions to you Wallace S. Gibson, CPM  That is quite an accomplishment that is definitely earned. Happy 2015!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 4 years ago

Congratulations on your accomplishment, and for pulling together all the proof needed to make it a done deal.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 4 years ago

 Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment and recognition.  Now, on to the next 40!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 4 years ago

Wallace, congratulations, this is a well deserved recognition for all those many years!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 4 years ago

Congratulations to you. Never knew there was a Emeritus award. Have been a member of NAR for 25 years. Once again Congratulations!

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 4 years ago

Wallace, Congrats on a long and fruitful endeavor. Have a Great 2015!

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 4 years ago

Congratulations on this recognition!

May you have a healthy and prosperous 2015!

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 4 years ago

Wallace, what an honor they bestowed upon you for sticking with them for forty years! Great job!  I hope the pin is solid gold!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM wow! 40 years of service! Congratulations on your accomplishment.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

Wallace, Congratulations on the accomplishment. Have a wonderful 2015.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Yes to a productive and focused lifestyle and demonstrating how beliefs work

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

Congratulations Wallace S. Gibson, CPM ... 40 years is a long time and something to be proud of without a doubt!

Posted by Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited) over 4 years ago

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM Congratulations!  That is quite an achievement.   Wishing you all the best in 2015!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Congrats Wallace. I have a friend here who hung up her license and is managing property like you. She was #1 here in sales for several years but she says she got burned out

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 4 years ago

Wallace, congratulations. I'm not sure I'll make 40 years!


Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 4 years ago

Mike....I can't hang up my real estate license...that's the RUB....I do property management for others for a FEE so I must have a real estate broker license.  Also, I have a CPM (from IREM) designation so I must be a member of NAR....the double layer of regulations has only been accerbated by NAR by including property management in their Code of Ethics revisions for the last 10 is a SPECIALTY and should not be lumped with NAR ethics....the IREM code of ethics actually is in CONFLICT with the NAR code with regard to our responsibility to the public (consumer)...

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago

Congratulations - I'm just coming up on my 10th anniversary. Your 40 is really something!

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) over 4 years ago

Nice work Wallace;

it's gratifying when your peers acknowledge you.

But I'm fairly certain as soon as that was done, you were back at the office doing what you do to keep the wheels moving.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 4 years ago

Wallace- congratulations on your designation and that is indeed an honor.  It says to me that you've been a dedicated part of this profession and have contributed to it as well. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

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