Richard Mendenhall will speak at Real Estate Connect July 28-30 in San Francisco.

Missouri Realtor Richard Mendenhall was president of the National Association of Realtor on Sept. 11, 2001, one of the most fateful days in U.S. history. When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and U.S. Pentagon, NAR swung into action and Mendenhall led the organization to establish the Realtors Housing Relief Fund, which collected and distributed donations of $8.5 million to help 1,200 victims and their families pay their housing costs in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Mendenhall is now senior partner of WMWorks, a new real estate consultancy he opened this year with real estate industry veteran Dick Ward. Mendenhall also owns two residential and commercial real estate offices in central Missouri with 170 agents and staff. He has been a Realtor since 1974, and is the fifth generation of his family in real estate since 1894.

Despite that background, Mendenhall isn’t all seriousness all the time. He also enjoys a good meal, fishing and all kinds of music–and he has six e-mail addresses. Here are his responses to an Inman News profile questionnaire:

IN: Which daily newspaper do you read and which section do you read first?

RM: USA Today – front page section

IN: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever packed in a suitcase?

RM: A Hawaiian Spear gun made of bamboo and surgical tubing.

IN: What kind of music do you listen to?

RM: Almost every kind of music

IN: What style of home do you live in and when did you buy it?

RM: Simple bi-level home on 2 acres – 1997

IN: Where did you spend your last vacation?

RM: Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos

IN: What professional accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

RM: Establishing the HOPE Awards and the Realtors Housing Relief Fund when I was president of the Realtors association in 2001.

IN: What personal accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

RM: My wife, son and daughter

IN: How many e-mail addresses do you have?

RM: Six

IN: What worries keep you awake at night?

RM: I sleep well.

IN: What lesson did you learn in the last year?

RM: My body does not recover from simple strains as fast as it used to.

IN: What is your favorite technology device or software application?

RM: Trio 600

IN: What is your opinion of Inman News?

RM: The movers and shakers in real estate know what had been reported on Inman, so I believe (Brad Inman) was highly successful in getting the real estate community to pay attention to issues.

IN: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

RM: My body runs in cycles, so sometimes I am a morning person and sometimes a night owl.

IN: What is your worst vice or bad habit?

RM: Eating too much food

IN: What was the best gift you ever received from or gave to someone else?

RM: True friendship and loyalty


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