Over 1,100 REALTORS® converged on Austin for the Texas REALTORS® 2020 centennial kickoff and Winter Meeting.

The four-day February event began with the unveiling of a commissioned art piece commemorating the 100-year legacy of Texas REALTORS® #ShapingTexas. Members shared marketing and risk reduction tools; debated public policy and MLS positions; held a leader-to-leader rap session with NAR President-Elect Charlie Oppler, First Vice President Leslie Rouda Smith, and Region 10 Vice President Kaki Lybbert; and recognized outstanding TREPAC, governmental, and career achievements. Marvin Jolly of Plano was affirmed as our 2021 chairman of the board, and Russell Berry of Dallas and Marcus Phipps from Harlingen were elected as 2021 chairman-elect and secretary/treasurer. Such collaboration among fellow professionals for the greater good of Texas consumers is precisely what Texas real estate practitioners envisioned in 1920 when our association was chartered.

Texas consumers deserve to know Texas REALTORS® are at the heart of their successful real estate investments

I credit the excitement of the centennial for a renewed sense of ownership and engagement among our members. The centennial planning began last year with a member-led Centennial Work Group, the incredible Texas REALTORS® staff, and the senior leadership team. Our #ShapingTexas theme formed the basis for the 3D art piece, centennial logo, 100 Acts of Kindness recognition, and an epic celebration coming up in San Antonio. Every detail is designed not simply to commemorate our past but to inspire commitment to our future. For example, the 3D art piece features a Texas-shaped gold leaf outline atop a Texas flag foundation with the iconic preamble to our Code of Ethics inscribed. Mementos are symbolically arranged in a counterclockwise timeline. The piece will be on display at our San Antonio Conference beginning August 31, and later permanently installed in the lobby of our Austin headquarters.

Our story is also beautifully woven into a coffee table book commemorating key moments in our journey so far. The book is available at texasrealestate.com/100. There, you can also enjoy an interactive version of the art piece, watch videos of past association leaders sharing their wisdom, nominate yourself, your colleagues, or your association for an act of kindness award, and buy centennial merchandise.

Please share our story. Texas consumers deserve to know Texas REALTORS® are at the heart of their successful real estate investments. Healthy markets are the result of healthy consumer voices, and Texas REALTORS® have been #ShapingTexas with those voices for a century. Tell them they can always count on us.