Karen Trainor Installed; 2011 Leadership Slate Announced

For Immediate Release - December 20, 2010


Jill M. Landsman, Director, Communications & Media Relations
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Ann Gutkin, Manager, Communications & Media Relations
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Karen Trainor Installed as Leader of the
Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®
NVAR Announces 2011 Leadership Slate,
Hall of Fame and Honorary Life Membership Award Winners

Fairfax, VA – Culminating a year of cautious optimism, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®, led by Vinh Nguyen, 2010 Chairman of the Board, hosted its annual appreciation and installation ceremony, at which the 2011 leadership team was inducted and 2010 leaders were lauded. Karen Trainor, managing broker of Weichert Realtors® in Ashburn, was installed as the 2011 Chairman of the Board.

“My top goal for 2010 was to help Northern Virginia Realtors® usher in a comeback of this region’s economy,” said Nguyen to an audience of 275 guests at the Hyatt Regency in Reston on Thursday, Dec. 9.

“We did have a comeback for affordability, average sales prices and sustainable mortgage products, but there is still work to be done,” Nguyen said. ” I am confident that my successor, Karen Trainor, has the vision and fortitude to lead us to a strong finish in 2011.”

NVAR congratulates Karen Trainor as the 2011 NVAR Chairman of the Board, who begins her tenure on January 1.

“Vinh’s year as our 2010 Chairman of the Board resulted in many successes, capped by the move to our own home,” said Christine Todd, NVAR CEO. “This year’s positives – from the first-time homebuyer tax credit, our green headquarters groundbreaking, and our first-ever green conference –are just a few of his highlights. By every measure, Vinh’s chairmanship symbolizes a great beginning from our new home base.

“We are absolutely certain that under Karen’s leadership, our progress will continue as our local market and the national recovery track favorably in 2011,” Todd said.

To view Karen’s photo, please click here: http://tinyurl.com/2dh9py4

The new NVAR Board of Directors, Executive Committee, includes:
Pat Kline, Chairman-Elect - Avery Hess Realtors®, Springfield, VA
Jon Wolford, Secretary/Treasurer - Long & Foster Real Estate, Springfield, VA
Vinh Nguyen, Immediate Past Chairman - Westgate Realty, Falls Church, VA

Directors-at-Large include:
Bob Adamson - McEnearney Associates, Arlington, VA
Julia Avent - RE/Max Allegiance, Arlington, VA
Tammy Bagnato - Coldwell Banker Residential, Springfield, VA
Robyn Burdett - RE/Max Allegiance, Reston, VA
Chris Call - AREAS Appraisers, Inc., Springfield, VA
Scott MacDonald - RE/Max Gateway, Chantilly, VA
Shane McCullar - Keller Williams Realty, Alexandria, VA
Thai Hung Nguyen - Westgate Realty, Falls Church, VA
Peter Rickert - Coldwell Banker Residential, Alexandria, VA
Mario Rubio - Rubio Real Estate, Annandale, VA
Trudy Severa - Long and Foster Real Estate, Reston, VA
Merlin E. Smith - RE/Max Premier, Fairfax, VA

Hall of Fame and Honorary Life Members

Two members were surprised with NVAR Hall of Fame honors during Thursday’s ceremonies.

Jim Foster, NVAR Chief Financial Officer since May 15, 2000, was tapped for his decade of service to the association.

“Serving on the committee that oversaw the design and construction of our new green headquarters facility, Jim helped us realize our dream, and did so without incurring any debt and without raising dues for our members,” said Vinh Nguyen, 2010 NVAR Chairman of the Board and broker/owner of Westgate Realty Company in Falls Church.

Nguyen also granted Hall of Fame status to NVAR CEO Christine Todd for her dedicated leadership during the past 21 years. “From the people to the programming to the bricks and mortar,” said Nguyen, “Christine Todd’s vision is reflected in everything that makes NVAR one of the top local Realtor® associations nationwide.”

Honorary Life Membership was granted to 1984 NVAR President and Hall of Famer Edward “Bud” Jordan.


The Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® serves as The Voice For Real Estate in Northern Virginia and provides a variety of services to its members including educational opportunities, professional standards enforcement, market statistics, legislative reviews, issues lobbying, multiple listing and lockbox services, and more.

The purpose of NVAR is to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully, to promote member professional competency, to maintain members’ adherence to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. NVAR has grown to about 10,000 REALTORS® who carry out an $11 billion real estate industry in a community of more than 2 million residents.

Visit NVAR online at www.nvar.com, www.realtorschool.com, and www.realtorshop.com.

Contact the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® at 703.207.3200.

The NVAR headquarters is located at: 8407 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031, with a satellite service center in Herndon.


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