Thursday, August 23, 2012

Behind the Boardroom Door: Meet Marshall Gay President of The REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle


Our interview with Marshall Gay, President of the REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle, is the first in our new Behind the Boardroom Door series. We hope you enjoy this series and, as always, we sincerely welcome your input.   
  • What drew you to the real estate profession? I was raised about an hour east of Raleigh. After finishing graduate school in Greenville, I moved to Raleigh where my two brothers had already settled. When my brother Russell, a REALTOR®, wanted to start a home building business I joined him and earned my contractor’s and real estate licenses. I remember how good I felt with my first closed sale - I still get the same satisfaction from each one!

·       Why do you devote so much of your time and energy to the REALTOR® Foundation of the Triangle? My involvement with the Association began about 10 years ago as a RRAR Director. I found that the Association’s many volunteer opportunities provided me with a chance to help our community while creating a sense of cooperation rather than competition among our members.  Helping others as a REALTOR® gives me a sense of purpose. A family relationship develops among the friends I work with plus I feel good giving back to our community.
 
·      As president of the Foundation what do you most want our members to know? There is an amazing network of REALTORS® who take social responsibility to a new level. I am awestruck by the hours of time and range of efforts that fellow REALTORS® contribute to our community! We also have a truly dedicated staff at the Association to support us.

·       What are your hopes for the future of the Foundation? I want REALTORS® and our community to know about our Foundation’s existence and purpose.  In our formative years, we have defined our mission as “Improving Homes, Improving Lives”. Identifying a benchmark project that steadfastly improves homes and lives in our community remains our goal. We currently have the privilege of working with the dedicated volunteers of our Community Services and Housing Opportunities committees. As our resources grow our Foundation will establish a more independent charitable project.

·       Please, talk about the Dine Out for Angels event from the perspective of our Foundation?  The hard working Community Service Committee organizes our Foundation’s largest fundraiser, Project Angel Tree,  which supplies holiday gifts to local children in need. Dine Out for Angels involves local restaurant owners donating a percentage of their sales to Project Angel Tree. Everyone eating at the participating restaurants on September 18 and 20 helps by simply dining out. Of course we hope that they continue to show appreciation for the restaurateur’s support throughout the year! We encourage everyone to help in this win-win event that grants so many children their holiday wishes.

 
 

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