Editor's note: The National Association of Realtors' backbone consists of industry movers and shakers -- some of whom are paid staff and others volunteers -- who help keep the organization pointed in the right direction and striving to meet its goals. This special five-part series takes a look at some noteworthy figures within the trade group. (See Part 2: NAR's top guns; Part 3: Volunteers who call the shots at NAR; Part 4: Tech guru shaped home listings site; and Part 5: NAR committees: The leadership pecking order.) Gerard "Jerry" Giovaniello's fights are not public bouts or rowdy brawls. In fact, they are carefully chosen and methodically waged. Washington, D.C., is not a place of instant victory. As chief lobbyist and senior vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Realtors, Giovaniello is a significant player at the backstage of public policy. He carries a lot of weight – representing the association's more than one million Realtors across...
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