Nevada’s state Realtor association is in search of new leadership after the resignation of CEO Rob Wigton.

The Nevada Association of Realtors (NVAR) has more than 13,000 members. Wigton was named NVAR’s CEO in 2009, after serving as president in 2008.

Wigton’s resignation was effective Dec. 10, the trade group told Inman News in a written statement. Longtime NVAR legal counsel Teresa McKee is serving as interim CEO.

“The NVAR board of directors will immediately begin a nationwide search for a new CEO,” said Patty Kelley, NVAR’s 2013 president.

NVAR declined to comment further. Three board members reached by Inman News also declined to comment.

Wigton said he resigned due to personal reasons as well as “strategic differences” with the association.

“They wanted to go in one direction and I wanted to go in another,” he said, declining to elaborate further.

The move had nothing to do with the association’s finances, he said.

Wigton intends to stay in the real estate industry.

“I plan on either getting back into real estate sales, which I’ve done for 15 years, or potentially down the road taking another association executive job,” he said. “I’m debating in my mind whether I want to stay in that career path or not.”

Last month, Wigton received the National Association of Realtors’ Realtor Certified Executive (RCE) designation, which requires knowledge of Realtor association management, including association law, governance, financial management and member services issues.

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