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 on online real estate listings display. At least 1,000 people showed up during some of the workgroup meetings Phipps oversaw. Online listings display for virtual office Web sites, or VOWs for short, ...
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