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 4: Tech guru shaped home listings site.) Ron Phipps knows about pressure and emotionally-charged debates. The Rhode Island-based Realtor sat on the National Association of Realtors' MLS Policy Committee and chaired the Virtual office Web site Workgroup in 2003 when the committee was charged with devising a policy...
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