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DEC 2018

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96 December 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE Taking Up the Charge for REALTORS By Maria Patterson "The addition of Victoria and Shan- non's strategic leadership to our al- ready powerful team will help us once again make real estate a topline is - sue," says NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "Together, they will lead our strategic direction in Washington and around the country to better serve our mem - bers' interests." Gillespie's role will be crucial in helping to drive member engage - ment and satisfaction. With more than 30 years of industry experi - ence, including having previously served as a REALTOR® for more than 12 years, and as senior vice president of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union and senior vice presi - dent of Enterprise Marketing and Communications for Northwest Fed - eral Credit Union, Gillespie believes that her past experiences have prepared her for the opportunity at hand. "With my industry knowledge and professional discipline, I am pre - pared to lead the marketing and com- munications team at NAR. I am able to see things through the members' lens, having walked in their shoes, and I will advocate to meet and ex - ceed their needs," says Gillespie. Meanwhile, McGahn will take up Giovaniello's charge of advocating for key legislative and regulatory issues for NAR. McGahn most re - cently served as staff director for the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives, which often involved working on real estate issues, such as GSE reform, flood insurance and access to lend - ing products. In 2017, McGahn served as counselor to the Treasury Secretary, and has previously held positions with House-elected lead - ership. She will support NAR's po- sition on significant property rights legislation. "In my 20 years in Washington, I've learned that when you're discussing complex policy issues, it's important to tell a story, and NAR has many stories to tell. It's not about politics and it's not just about policy; it's about how that policy impacts peo - ple. It's very exciting for me to have the opportunity to tell the story for the REALTOR® community and the real estate industry." Gillespie feels equally honored to serve the REALTOR® community. "I have the great privilege to serve 1.3 million hard-working REALTORS® across the nation," she says. "I want to help the industry I believe in and I n a move that's right in sync with its mission to move the association forward for members, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently announced the appointment of two new members of its senior leadership team: real estate industry veteran Victoria Gillespie has become NAR's chief marketing and communications officer; and Washington, D.C., insider Shannon McGahn has become senior vice president of Government Affairs, a role being vacated by Jerry Giovaniello when he retires at the end of 2018 after 37 years at NAR. Victoria Gillespie Shannon McGahn ®

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