They STILL Keep Saying I Would Not MAKE IT! Part 1

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

In early December, I received the Realtor Emeritus designation from NAR. There were 2 of us awarded this designation out of over 600 members of our association.


To be fair, the NAR emeritus application wanted proof of my continued membership in NAR for the last 40 years.  I almost did not complete the form as I have been an NAR member in 3 states and 4 associations under 3 DIFFERENT last names.


I did have my GRI designation certificate from the University of Hawaii Small Business School from 1973.  


In the "olden daze", the GRI designation was actually taught by NAR national instructors and held at colleges and universities.  I took the course as it would lower the number of years I had to be a sales person in order to sit for the broker exam. 


....and since they have added a "service" componant, I provided my certificate from the Virginia Association of Realtors as chair of their Property Management Council for 2 terms in early 2000.


CAAR Realtor Emeritus Dec 2014


At the presentation, we were given a lapel pin and a certificate.....and I found the Realtor Emeritus logo online to put on my professional presentations.


Realtor Emeritus logo




As Richard Petty (#43) said when they inducted him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, they need people to award this new designation to so don't let the # of associations, different last names or lack of proof of payment stop you....


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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


View our available Charlottesville, Albemarle and Lake Monticello rental homes online with photos and floor plans

" be a Virginian, either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from the Almighty God...." Anonymous


Comments (35)

Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Congratulations Wallace. Excellence should be rewarded...and you earned it with the Emeritus status.

Jan 01, 2015 04:39 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Congratultions to you Wallace S. Gibson, CPM  That is quite an accomplishment that is definitely earned. Happy 2015!

Jan 01, 2015 05:18 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Congratulations on your accomplishment, and for pulling together all the proof needed to make it a done deal.

Jan 01, 2015 05:29 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

 Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment and recognition.  Now, on to the next 40!

Jan 01, 2015 07:33 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Wallace, congratulations, this is a well deserved recognition for all those many years!

Jan 01, 2015 08:26 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Congratulations to you. Never knew there was a Emeritus award. Have been a member of NAR for 25 years. Once again Congratulations!

Jan 01, 2015 10:24 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Wallace, Congrats on a long and fruitful endeavor. Have a Great 2015!

Jan 01, 2015 10:24 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Congratulations on this recognition!

May you have a healthy and prosperous 2015!

Jan 01, 2015 11:04 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Wallace, what an honor they bestowed upon you for sticking with them for forty years! Great job!  I hope the pin is solid gold!

Jan 01, 2015 11:24 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM wow! 40 years of service! Congratulations on your accomplishment.

Jan 01, 2015 02:48 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wallace, Congratulations on the accomplishment. Have a wonderful 2015.

Jan 01, 2015 08:34 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to a productive and focused lifestyle and demonstrating how beliefs work

Jan 01, 2015 10:05 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Congratulations Wallace S. Gibson, CPM ... 40 years is a long time and something to be proud of without a doubt!

Jan 01, 2015 10:43 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM Congratulations!  That is quite an achievement.   Wishing you all the best in 2015!

Jan 01, 2015 11:22 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Congrats Wallace. I have a friend here who hung up her license and is managing property like you. She was #1 here in sales for several years but she says she got burned out

Jan 02, 2015 02:20 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Wallace, congratulations. I'm not sure I'll make 40 years!


Jan 02, 2015 04:03 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Mike....I can't hang up my real estate license...that's the RUB....I do property management for others for a FEE so I must have a real estate broker license.  Also, I have a CPM (from IREM) designation so I must be a member of NAR....the double layer of regulations has only been accerbated by NAR by including property management in their Code of Ethics revisions for the last 10 is a SPECIALTY and should not be lumped with NAR ethics....the IREM code of ethics actually is in CONFLICT with the NAR code with regard to our responsibility to the public (consumer)...

Jan 02, 2015 06:43 AM
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

Congratulations - I'm just coming up on my 10th anniversary. Your 40 is really something!

Jan 02, 2015 11:50 AM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Nice work Wallace;

it's gratifying when your peers acknowledge you.

But I'm fairly certain as soon as that was done, you were back at the office doing what you do to keep the wheels moving.

Jan 02, 2015 02:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wallace- congratulations on your designation and that is indeed an honor.  It says to me that you've been a dedicated part of this profession and have contributed to it as well. 

Jan 03, 2015 06:25 AM