John Nichols, 1997 chairman of Texas REALTORS®, passed away at his home in Magnolia, Texas, February 28.

During his tenure as chairman of Texas REALTORS®, Nichols was instrumental in the association’s activity during the 75th Texas Legislature. That session included passage of a key statewide home equity law that continues to provide strong protections for Texas homeowners today. The association also helped defeat bills that would have taxed real estate commissions and commercial leases.

As chairman of the Houston Association of REALTORS® in 1991, Nichols was influential in expanding and improving MLS services. He volunteered in countless roles at the local, state, and national levels and received numerous industry awards, including Texas REALTOR® of the Year in 2001 and the NAR 2017 Federal Political Coordinator Meritorious Service Award.

“John was so knowledgeable about our industry not only as an association leader but also from his everyday practice of real estate,” said Texas REALTORS® CEO Travis Kessler. “He combined his deep understanding of our business with keen insights and a kindness and integrity that were unparalleled. Those qualities made him an outstanding leader for all REALTORS® and a mentor and friend to many.”