National and International Leaders

    Norm Flynn
  • "I enthusiastically endorse Jim Helsel for President of the National Association of REALTORS®. Jim has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has made extra-ordinary contributions in a wide variety of areas of the Association. I have had the pleasure of serving beside him over the years and he is, in my opinion, the highest qualified leader to come along in a long time. I encourage all directors to seriously consider his credentials and what he has brought and will continue to bring to the Association."

  • Norm Flynn

  • NAR President, 1990
    Christina J. Banasiak
  • "Jim Helsel's experience and dedication to the REALTOR® organization span more than 30 years, and he possesses excellent credentials to lead the National Association of REALTORS®. Jim is a longtime member of the NAR Board of Directors, an RPAC major investor and Hall of Famer, a member of the NAR President's Circle, and he has held countless other leadership positions within our organization. I am proud to support Jim's candidacy for 2014 First Vice President and 2016 President of the National Association of REALTORS® and trust that he will lead us in the right direction."

  • Christina J. Banasiak

  • President of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS®, 2013
    Margaret Hartman
  • "Jim Helsel is my candidate of choice. Jim did a stellar job for 3 consecutive years as an experienced member of the NAR Executive Committee in the position of Treasurer. Countless hours committed to the health and well-being of our Association and vigilant over the many responsibilities put before him.

  • Jim has put the interests of the National Association of Realtors front and center with no comprise. We as members are fortunate to have great leadership choices. We are further privileged to have a vote, and Jim Helsel is not just a great choice he is the superior choice."

  • Margaret Hartman ABR,CIPS,CRB,CRS,GRI

  • President New York State Association of REALTORS®, 2013
  • NYSAR REALTOR®-of-the-Year, 2007
    Mike Brodie
  • "Jim Helsel has demonstrated leadership above reproach for nearly three decades with the National Association of REALTORS®. His experience, knowledge and servant leadership will serve our members and profession well as our President."

  • Mike Brodie, ABR, CIPS, CRB, GRI

  • NAR Treasurer, 2004 - 2005
    Dale Colby
  • "It is with wholehearted confidence that I endorse Jim Helsel for NAR 1st VP (2014). I worked with Jim on the NAR Building Project from its conception to its completion and found him to be organized and diligent, especially as the Committee Chair for two years, during the build. He comes from a real estate family and still is an active REALTOR® on the local, State and national levels. He knows the real estate business and the members. He is the right choice, for 2016 NAR President."

  • Dale Colby, DSA

  • NAR Treasurer, 1993-1995
    Guy Matteo
  • "I have known Jim, as a hard working Realtor, for more than 20 years. He is a gentleman of the utmost honesty and integrity. Jim is a "natural born" leader. His past experience at the local, state and national level will serve the National Association of REALTORS® extremely well as President in 2016."

  • Guy Matteo, GRI, SRES

  • PAR President, 2011
    Sven Johns
  • "Over the last years of the cooperation between the German and the American Association of Realtors I have met Jim on several occasions. Serving an association like the NAR means not only having national interests in mind but also looking for international opportunities. Jim has chosen the motto: 'National experience matters.' From the point of view of an international partner I'd like to add: 'International experience matters also.'

  • I wish Jim all the best. I am very much convinced that he will build bridges for the Realtors in the NAR and for the real estate community."

  • Sven Johns

  • VP European Real Estate Association, CEI
  • General Manager, German Association of Real Estate Agents IVD - Immobilienverband Deutschland (1997 - 2012)
    Nicholas Gigante
  • "Looking forward to the challenges ahead for our industry, I can’t imagine a better person at the helm of NAR.  Jim’s experience on the battle lines of our national political agenda uniquely qualifies him to lead our association in the years to come.  In a world full of risk, Jim is one of the few sure things that I know we all can bank on."

  • Nicholas Gigante

  • NYSAR President, 2011
    Allan "Dutch" Dechert
  • "Region 2 REALTORS® from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have been fortunate to work with Jim over the years. His commitment to membership is unparalleled. We look forward to his knowledge and expertise reaching the national leadership stage in 2016."

  • Allan "Dutch" Dechert

  • NJAR President, 2011
    Richard Rosenthal
  • "Jim and I have been close friends for many years. I know what it takes to be a quality leader and President of NAR. Jim has what it takes. He has the skills, the experience and an overriding commitment to the organization that has been demonstrated by his actions over decades of service to organized real estate. We could not do better than to elect Jim Helsel as NAR President for 2016."

  • Richard J. Rosenthal CRB,CRE,GRI,FRICS

  • 1986 President, California AOR
  • 1991 NAR Regional VP
  • 2008,2009,2010,2011 NAR Liaison, VC of the Board, REALTORS® FCU Chair, The Realtor University
    Joe Canfora
  • "Throughout the years I have been fortunate to work with Jim on many issues facing our region (New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania) and it became very apparent why Jim Helsel has emerged as one of our finest leaders. As our NAR treasurer he knows every dollar of our REALTOR® dues, where it is apportioned and why it was allocated, and as a working REALTOR® he knows what it means to our REALTOR® family in the street, especially during our current market conditions. Jim is truly an example of a select few who deserve to be leading our organization into the future."

  • Joe Canfora

  • NAR Region 2 VP, 2009
    Henry W. Fries
  • "I am more than happy to endorse Jim Helsel for NAR president. I have known Jim for many years and have always found him to be a shining example of what a REALTOR should be. He is truly an outstanding candidate for NAR president."

  • Henry W. Fries

  • NYSAR president, 2010
    Judy Appleby
  • "For many years, I have attended the national conferences and have seen Jim in action. His continual dedication to NAR and his service on many committees shows his true REALTOR® spirit. When Jim was involved with building NAR’s Washington headquarters you could hear his pride at being a REALTOR® whenever he reported on the progress of the new building in DC. He is a true visionary capable of promoting a sustainable future. Jim’s experience on the Leadership Team has given him great insight into the needs of the membership and prepared him to lead NAR’s future innovations. He will make a wonderful President. I fully endorse Jim Helsel for NAR President for 2016."

  • Judy Appleby

  • NJAR® President, 2010
    Barbara Schmerzler
  • "Jim Helsel is eminently qualified to become President of NAR. As Treasurer over the past 3 years, as an important member of the Leadership Team under past and current Presidents plus his interaction with both staff and volunteer leadership has given him a wealth of experience few others can claim. Jim's exuberance, energy and intense committment to excellence make him the ideal person to lead NAR."

  • Barbara Schmerzler

  • NAR Region 1 RVP, 2010
    Charlie Oppler
  • "When I think of Leadership, there is an "it" factor that is necessary to lead an association as strong as NAR. Jim has "it". His experience as Treasurer for NAR and as part of the Leadership Team gives Jim great insight to the process. Jim will be a great spokesman for our association. I strongly endorse Jim Helsel for First Vice President in 2014."

  • Charlie Oppler

  • Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty
  • Tenafly, NJ
    Pat Kaplan
  • "I am and will continue to be in your camp. Your experience, commitment and proven accomplishments on behalf of our organization sets you apart from any other candidate. NAR will be fortunate to have you as President."

  • Pat Kaplan, CIPS, GRI, e-PRO

  • NAR Treasurer 2005

Local Leaders

    Sue Helm
  • "I first met Jim in 1983, after obtaining my real estate license. From day one of my PA House of Representatives position Jim has kept me informed of REALTOR® issues. I truly know that the National Association of REALTORS® could not be served by a better person as their President than Jim Helsel."

  • Sue Helm

  • Pennsylvania State Representative, 104th District
  • Broker at CENTURY 21 At the Helm, Wormleysburg, PA
    Glen Grell
  • "I have known Jim Helsel over 20 years and have worked with him on many legal, legislative, and regulatory issues effecting REALTORS® and the real estate industry. In addition to being a skilled REALTOR®, he possesses a keen understanding of the legislative and regulatory process and knows the art of effective advocacy. The real estate professionals throughout Central Pennsylvania, and far beyond, as well as the consumers they represent, have benefitted from the expertise and diligence of Jim Helsel in pressing for a strong housing sector and greater professionalism in real estate transactions."

  • Glen Grell

  • Pennsylvania State Representative, 87th Legislative District
  • Former Real Estate Attorney and Counsel to Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS®
    Bette McTamney
  • "Jim Helsel ’s experience on the NAR leadership team for 3 years as Treasurer assures me that he has the necessary expertise and knowledge to be able to make the right decisions. During his management of a $125 million dollar budget, our members respected and trusted him to be vigilant.

  • Jim’s testifying before Congress multiple times on our behalf, the careful negotiations for our DC Realtor building, and he was instrumental in helping to form our Realtors Credit Union. Jim is an RPAC Hall of Fame member having donated not just his time but over $30,000 of his own money, once again shows Jim’s passion for our association. I am more than confident that Jim is the most qualified person to lead our organization."

  • Bette McTamney, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES

  • PAR First Vice President, 2011
    Greg Herb
  • "I’ve had the privilege of working with Jim on both the state and national levels. He is a well-informed practitioner that understands our industry and the business of our great association. Moreover, he is very articulate, diligent and attentive in his work. Jim’s service and more importantly the job he did as Treasure of our association in what many would describe as some of the most turbulent financial times have been amazing. During this time our association was able to increase member benefits, tools and services while maintaining costs. Although he excels in academia with his knowledge and understanding, he maintains a common sense approach in dealing with matters. Having served as an officer of this association for three years gives him vast familiarity and the experience to lead this association as Our President!"

  • Greg Herb

  • NAR Region 2 VP, 2010
    Todd Umbenhauer
  • "To lead, one must be able to listen. Jim is genuinely interested in learning the points of view of his fellow members. When you have a discussion with Jim, you come away confident that you have been heard and understood.

  • Jim also has the rare gift of being able to reduce complex issues to simple, understandable terms. His overview of NAR’s finances at this year’s Mid-Year Meetings added value regardless of the listener’s level of budget experience. He is as approachable as any Association officer I have ever encountered. His unrivaled experience and passion to serve this Association make Jim Helsel the clear choice for President of our Association in 2016."

  • Todd H. Umbenhauer

  • NAR and PAR Director
    Jim Goldsmith
  • "I have absolutely no doubt that jim will make a great president of NAR. I have had the opportunity to hear Jim discuss the issues with the directors of PAR at our annual meetings. I have never seen someone so comfortable with the issues that affect REALTORS® in every corner of the United States. He eats, breathes, and sleeps, these issues.

  • Jim is also a local REALTOR® with local roots. and with an active commercial practice in Pennsylvania. He keeps his finger in the pie at every level. I hope you will accept this endormsent and cast your vote for Jim Helsel for 2016 NAR president."

  • Jim Goldsmith, Esquire

  • General Counsel to the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®

Clients and Friends

    Herb Wolf
  • "Wolf Realty has had a real estate business relationship with Jim during the last nine years. The relationship began with an office building purchase in 2002. He has managed our property in the Mechanicsburg/Camp Hill area in a systematic manner since that time. By that I mean he not only communicates with our tenants but knows them all on a first name basis. This has facilitated lease negotiations as well as performing necessary maintenance details. I have found Jim to be a candid individual even when the news wasn’t good. We look forward to a continuing business relationship with him."

  • Herb Wolf

  • Managing General Partner Wolf Realty Associates
    Chester C. Snavely, Jr.
  • "I’ve known Jim for nearly 30 years. He has helped me with land development and with his brokerage services. One of the quotes I live by in business is "Prior Planning Precludes Pitifully Poor Performance". As my broker I know I can depend on Jim’s information and planning with confidence. He does his homework so there are no unexpected surprises. He is knowledgeable and is best known for his integrity.

  • As a former Realtor® for over 30 years and now a developer/landlord of medical office buildings I’ve worked with lots of real estate brokers. Jim can be trusted to go beyond what is expected and always does what he says he is going to do. He will represent the Realtor® organization well. You will be proud to have given him your support."

  • Chester C. Snavely, Jr.

  • President, Anchor Commercial Realty
    Marcia Bender and Gina Fritzinger
  • "Jim Helsel is a very attentive Property Manager. Marcia Bender has worked with Jim since 2003 and Gina Fritzinger has worked with him since 2009. When we have an issue, he takes care to get the situation resolved in a timely manner. In his communications with us, Jim is always respectful, courteous, and friendly. His style of management is very flexible and he works with us to make our workplace a comfortable environment to suit our needs."

  • Marcia Bender and Gina Fritzinger

  • Pennsylvania State Education Association
    Carol Weinrich Helsel
  • "During my 22 years as an employee of the National Association of REALTORS®, I had the privilege of working directly with more than a dozen NAR Presidents and Leadership Team members. I’ve observed the qualities necessary for serving as a leader of the REALTOR® association and also the qualities needed to stay connected with the REALTOR® on the street, working hard to make a living. I believe Jim possesses both kinds of qualities. I watched him confidently and proudly represent the Association—and the US real estate market—to real estate professionals around the world. I now watch him in the day-to-day operation of running a small, family-owned brokerage firm. I am extremely proud the qualities that make Jim so very effective at both of these roles, and I know his experience and deep commitment to the industry will serve him well as president of the National Association of REALTORS®."

  • Carol Weinrich Helsel

  • President, Pastiche Communications