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 1: A leading lobbyist for a powerful lobby; Part 2: NAR's top guns; Part 3: Volunteers who call the shots at NAR; and Part 5: NAR committees: The leadership pecking order.) A massive technology venture of the National Association of Realtors was floundering financially. Though the nation was on the brink of the Internet Age, the association's first major effort to consolidate home listings online was in deep trouble. The association ...
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