The National Association of Realtors has given more than $1.4 million to the 14 winners of its "Game Changers Challenge," the association announced at NAR’s Midyear Meeting this week. The winners gave final presentations of their projects at the meeting.
The association issued the challenge to its roughly 1,400 state and local member associations last August for "innovative, game-changing ideas for new products, programs, processes or services."
The association received more than 200 submissions and chose the 14 winners in December. The association had pledged up to $2 million in awards.
"The goal of the program was to invest in our associations and members during a difficult and challenging time in the economy," said Jonathan Salk, NAR’s director of special projects.
The association’s leaders and a panel of housing experts judged the proposals. In addition to fully funding the winners, each got a coach to help them turn their ideas into reality.
The funds for the challenge came from NAR’s general funds. NAR declined to disclose the amount each winner received.
The association also gave 22 runners-up a total $171,000; the rest of the contenders each got a $500 credit from NAR towards any of the association’s certifications or designations, or for registration for NAR or state Realtor association annual meetings.
The following is a list of the 14 winners, along with links to their final presentations:
Missoula County Association of Realtors
Bay East Association of Realtors
Heroes Welcome Home
Chicago Association of Realtors Inc.
Chicago Association of Realtors Inc, Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors
Houston Association of Realtors
Inland Gateway Association of Realtors, Corona, Calif.
Institute of Real Estate Management
Broker Listing Cooperative
Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors
Montana Association of Realtors
Rate Your Experience
Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Quick Smart (Professional Training)
Pinellas Realtors Organization, Clearwater, Fla.
Sacramento Association of Realtors
RE Worx Dashboard
West Volusia Association of Realtors
Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors
NAR’s list of the 22 "Game Changers" runners-up:
Knowledge Management Online Programming
Western Wayne Oakland County Association of Realtors
Board/MLS Amber Alert System
Northern New England Real Estate Network
Realtors Going Above and Beyond to Beautify Our Community
Toledo Board of Realtors
Reduction of Volunteer Leadership Time & Association Travel Expenses
Arkansas Realtors Association
Interactive Game-Based Training
Bakersfield Association of Realtors
Carteret County Association of Realtors, Inc.
NAR Buying Co-Op
Georgia Association of Realtors
Mobile ABOR Website
Austin Association of Realtors
Mobile Application for REALTOR® Property Resource
Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors
HOT – Homes Open Today
Contra Costa Association of Realtors
Blog Collector Website Application
Santa Fe Association of Realtors
Closing USB Cards
Tennessee Association of Realtors
What Is PCAR and What Can We Do For You?
Portage County Association of Realtors, Inc.
Austin Board of Realtors
The Road to Remarkable Customer Service
Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Inc.
Digital Name Badges
Iowa City Area Association of Realtors
Membership At A Keystroke
Nevada County Association of Realtors
St. Louis Association of Realtors
TCBOR New Member Packets
Troup County Board of Realtors
Objective Referral Network System
McHenry County Association of Realtors
The Virtual Meeting Place
Midwestern Ohio Association of Realtors
MetroTex Association of Realtors
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