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Volunteers who call the shots at NAR

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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 4: Tech guru shaped home listings site; and Part 5: NAR committees: The leadership pecking order.) At home recovering from a double hernia operation, Richard Mendenhall watched in stunned silence as the 9/11 events unfolded on television. Next came anger, quickly followed by the desire to do something, anything. "I didn't know what yet, I just knew that as Realtors, we had to do something," said Mendenhall, who at the time was NAR's president. That feeling transformed into Mendenhall's vision of the Realtors Housing Relief Fund, an effort that raised $8.5 mi...