A Message from John
My name is John Smaby, and I am a candidate for the National Association of REALTORS® First Vice President 2017. I appreciate you taking the time to find out more about my values, my vision and my story.
Back in the day, my father ran a successful real estate brokerage, and taught me most everything I needed to know about how to succeed, in both real estate and in life:
“John,” he said, “if you love what you do, you’ll be successful. And if you’re successful, you’ll give back. Because giving back is the most joyful thing in the world.”
As I seek your support for the leadership of the National Association of REALTORS®, I recognize that there are challenges facing our industry and our association. Our world has become smaller. Which means we all have to think bigger.
It will take the ideas and energy of each and every one of us to ensure that the future is bright for homebuyers and REALTORS® alike. To that end, I will work tirelessly to take on the issues confronting our industry, and will take your energy and insights and put them to work for a stronger association and our continued success.
And in return, my experience, my knowledge, my energy, and my passion are what I have to give back to our team.
Values That Make NAR Great
The National Association of REALTORS® is the lifeblood of real estate. Members must continue to strengthen the hallmarks of this great association. And these are the values that John will continue to foster as the leader of the National Association of REALTORS®.
NAR has the highest standard, a code of conduct that reflects the role that members believe they need to play in helping people find their dream house.
Members are active with their elected officials in Congress to promote this profession. The REALTOR® Party has brought a bipartisan group of legislators together to work for this industry. NAR fights for homeowners—including prevention of the repeal of the home mortgage tax deduction (a tax on the American Dream).
+ NAR looks forward and gives back
By their very nature, NAR members are engrained in their communities, and serve in ways both large and small, every day. The core DNA of the National Association of REALTORS® is centered on service.
John's Vision for NAR
There are countless issues, ideas and innovations that are shaping the industry today—and stand to transform it tomorrow. If John is chosen to lead, here are his priorities for leading members through the issues impacting the real estate profession at the national, state and local levels.
+ Transforming the future of the agent
NAR doesn't operate today as it did five years ago, and it can’t expect to operate the same way in five years as it does today. But if they ever outlaw the kitchen table, NAR is in trouble, because it is relationships and expertise that make REALTORS® so important.
+ Continuing the strong REALTOR® advocacy agenda
NAR has become the voice of real estate, and it must build on that. Other organizations step up, but none have NAR's experience, knowledge or even have the best interest of the home buying and selling public in mind. When President Obama asked Zillow to provide the report on the 2014 Housing Market, it hurt—NAR needs to make sure that never happens again.
+ Managing the changes that are emerging from the Information Age
Information is NAR's ally. As the world gets smaller, the need for its expertise grows larger. Members need to embrace the flow of information, and then continue to use that information to help consumers find their home. NAR also must become more effective using social media to promote sales and talk about the real estate industry and the importance of REALTORS® in the transaction.
+ Reinforcing the professionalism of REALTORS®
Homeowners and buyers trust REALTORS® more than any other source of information, but NAR risks that trust if it does not operate at the highest standards of ethics and accountability.
+ Upholding NAR’s role as the leader of the real estate industry
More and more organizations claim to understand real estate, but no other organization provides the information, training and advocacy that NAR does. It must make itself accessible not just to its members, but to all people who care about real estate as one of the most important industries in the United States.
John Smaby is a candidate for First Vice President 2017 of the National Association of REALTORS® after devoting 45 years to the industry. Raised by a real estate guru, he has had a knack and a deep and abiding love for the business from a young age. John was named the 2014 Minnesota REALTOR® of the Year, and has volunteered his time on numerous boards and youth organizations, including the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and the Minnesota Youth Forum.
National Association Service
- 2016: Chair, Large Firm Involvement Advisory Board
- 2014-2016: Region 8 Representative, RPAC Trustees Federal Disbursement Committee
- 2015: NAR Director, State President
- 2014: Chair, NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee
- 2014: NAR REALTOR® University Scholarship Committee
- 2012: Mobilization Liaison, REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee
- 2012: Mobilization Liaison, REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee
- 2012: Committee Liaison, Board of Directors
- 2012: Mobilization Liaison, Executive Committee
- 2011: Inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame
- 2011: Executive Committee Representative, Board of Directors
- 2011: Executive Committee
- 2010: RPAC Major Donor Liaison, RPAC Trustees Committee
- 2010: Chair, RPAC Major Donor Council
- 2010: PAG on Political Survival Assessing the impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling
- 2010: Immediate Past Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
- 2010: Committee Liaison, Board of Directors 2010: Hall of Fame Workgroup
- 2010: Attendee, Executive Committee
- 2010: RPAC Major Donor Liaison, REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee
- 2009: RPAC Major Donor Strategy Work Group
- 2009: Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
- 2009: IDX Enhancement Work Group of the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies
- 2009: RPAC Major Donor Liaison Elect, REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee
- 2008: Vice Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
- 2007: Forum Chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
- 2007: Chair, Multiple Listing Service Forum
- 2006-07: Election Reform Task Force
- 2006-09: Large Board Representative, Board of Directors
- 2006: Chair Representative, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee 2006: Vice Chair, Multiple Listing Service Forum
- 2006: Regional Representative, Nominating Committee
- 2005: Regional Vice President, Executive Committee
- 2005: Regional Vice President, Board of Directors
- 2004: Communications Committee 2001-05: State Representative, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
- 2001-04: Large Board Representative, Board of Directors
- Golden “R” & President Circle
- Past Chair, MN Youth Forum
- Past Chair, Washburn Community Ministries
- Past Chair, City of Edina Adult Education Board
- Habitat for Humanity; Youth Life Leader; Edina Chamber of Commerce
- Edina Rotary
- 50th and France Retailer Association
- University of Minnesota Golden Dunker
- Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Usher
- Tutor, Minneapolis Washburn High School
State Association Service
- 2015: President, MN REALTORS®
- 2014: REALTOR® of the Year
- 2014: President-Elect, MN REALTORS®
- 2014-16: RPAC Trustees
- 2014-16: Nominating Committee
- 2013: Ed Anderson Political Involvement Award
- 2013: Treasurer, MN REALTORS®
- 2013-16: Finance Committee
- 2013-16: Governmental Affairs Committee
- 2013-16: MNAR Board of Directors
- 2013-16, 1998-99: Executive Committee
- 2013-15: RPAC Chair, MN REALTORS®
- 2013-14: Public Advocacy Committee Chair, MN REALTORS®
- 2013-14: Chair, Minnesota RPAC Trustees
- 2012-16: Public Advocacy Committee
- 2011: Minnesota REALTORS® RPAC Hall of Fame
- 2011-13: MNAR Expense Review
Local Association Service
- 2013: Public Affairs Task Force
- 2005: Quarter Century
- 2004-05: Regional MLS Chair, Board of Directors
- 2004: Standards of Risk Management Committee
- 2003: Convention Expense
- 2003: Orientation Task Force
- 2000: Nominating Committee
- 1999: Chair, MLS Committee
- 1998-00: Board of Directors
- 1996-01: MLS Committee
- 1991-93: Board of Directors
- 1990: Communication Committee
- 1989: Education Committee
- 1985-88: Professional Standards Committee
- 1982: Golf Committee
- MLS Chair, Entertainment Committee