His long history of service to the real estate industry and the impact on the community can not be overstated. In 1994 Bill Armstrong served as President of the Frederick County Association of REALTORS® , 2000 President of the Maryland Association of REALTORS® , and was the first and only REALTOR® from Maryland elected to NAR's leadership team . He served 3 consecutive terms as NAR Treasurer from 2011 to 2013. Bill also served 16 years on the John Hopkins real estate advisory board for the Carey Business school, REALTORS® Relief Foundation, BOD of the Real Estate Roundtable, Partnership for Housing Foundation and is currently on the advisory board for the Lone Survivior Foundation.
Q: You have been involved with many community service projects through out your real estate career serving in many leadership capacities ; which projects do you feel have provided the most measurable impact and made a difference for those in need?
A: That’s a great question and not easy to discuss just one or even two...In my opinion, advancing the relationship between the REALTOR® community and consumers is especially gratifying.
As I see it REALTORS® are extremely important members of every community and we are indeed, everywhere! With that, I’m not surprised to see the positive impact they make in their communities. While I was presiding over the Maryland Association of REALTORS®, we created the Partnership for Housing Foundation which set out to help with the needs of and to honor our “community heroes”, by improving their living situation when they might not otherwise be able. In addition the PFH Foundation created and taught a “Credit Smart” course to better prepare those who may have interest in owning real estate at some point in time.
The REALTORS® Relief Foundation is another example of a very worthwhile undertaking. The RRF was established after the events of 9/11/2001. It immediately occurred to NAR leadership that so many people were impacted by the devastation suffered on that date that something needed to be done. It became obvious that some of our members and their respective families needed rent and mortgage relief. There was an incredible outpouring of support from our NAR membership to help our members and their families, so much so that we started a fund (foundation) in order to provide assistance whenever another need arose. Hurricane Katrina was the next most calamitous event and another huge outpouring of support came from our REALTOR® members to help our REALTOR® “family”. Since that time, 20 years ago, we’ve provided financial support for the effects of numerous hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and floods. Today the RRF is stronger than ever as we enter our 3rd decade of service. The beautiful thing about the RRF is that NAR underwrites all the staffing, volunteer leadership and administrative costs so that 100% of monies invested actually go to provide benefit for those in need. All donations are 100% deductible as well!
Q: Having shared your enthusiasm with fellow REALTORS® , inspired their involvement and participation in Association activities for nearly 40 years ~ What's next?
A: As I look back on my nearly 40 year real estate career...and it’s not over by the way, I’ve expanded my community involvement somewhat. My family and I are working on the development of a veterans retreat in order to honor the legacy of both my parents’ respective military histories. Our family is donating the land for the retreat to the Lone Survivor Foundation so that we might honor our nation’s heroes and help them transition from military to civilian life. I’ve pursued this labor of love since 2017 and after significant, unforeseen delays due to COVID-19 in 2020, we are on a great track! Fingers crossed, we look forward to breaking ground this year and having a ribbon cutting in 2022!