• Leadership

  • Jim is a former president of his local association and state association. He participated in many leadership teams and chaired nearly every committee at the local and state association level, including Chairman of Pennsylvania’s RPAC Committee.

  • In 2001, Jim served as Regional Vice President of Region 2. He chaired the Real Property Operations Committee (RPOC) during the development and construction of the Washington, DC headquarters facility.

  • Jim chaired the Reserves Investment (RIS) Subcommittee and Strategic Investment Reserves (SIR) Committee. Overseeing NAR’s short and long term investments allowed Jim to help direct the future economic well-being of the association.

  • In 2011, Jim exceeded goals set by the RPAC trustees and President Ron Phipps through his role as Major Investor Council Chair/Liaison.

  • Experience

  • Jim oversaw a budget exceeding $125 million during his three-year term as NAR Treasurer. During this time, Jim served as a member of the Leadership Team, which allowed him take part in day-to-day decision making that typically only elected leadership are afforded.

  • Serving as a member of the Executive Committee for eight years, Jim had the opportunity to participate in high-level discussions that only those appointed to the Committee will be part of.

  • Jim gained intimate knowledge in the commercial arena and government affairs division while he was appointed by three different presidents to liaison positions within the association. Additionally, many presidents have appointed Jim to numerous PAGs, Task Forces, and special efforts.

  • Jim oversaw Sentri-lock box financing issues in his role as a member of the Sentri-lock Financial Board. He has served as a member of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Board, RIN Board, Second Century Ventures Board, NAR Representative to the Real Estate Roundtable Board, NAR Representative to the ICREA Board, and Reaume Foundation Board of Trustees.

  • Passion

  • “It is my passion for our association that drives me to seek the office of President. The passion I have for the REALTOR® movement and to do what each member needs, cannot be described. My passion, created by a lifetime and family of REALTORS®, has become second nature to me.

  • I can harness that passion to work for and on behalf of all members. I have the drive and ability to do this job and no one has more passion, experience, or leadership ability than me to be President of the National Association of REALTORS® in 2016.”

  • - Jim Helsel

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Jim has more than 25 years of experience in association leadership. His passion for the industry, respect from his peers, and decades of leadership in the organization make him the strongest candidate to lead the National Association of REALTORS®.