Willo Kelly receives RCE designation from NAR

Published 12:13 pm Thursday, November 18, 2021

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Willo Kelly, CEO of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® is being honored by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) with the REALTOR® association Certified Executive (RCE) designation, which recognizes exceptional efforts made by the REALTOR® association executives.

Kelly is one of only 525 REALTOR® association executives who have achieved this mark of excellence. Local and state association executives who hold the RCE designation represent REALTORS® in 48 states/territories.

“This is truly an honor, and I am very proud to be receiving this designation. It is a high point in my career as an association executive,” Kelly said.

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Prior to becoming a candidate for the RCE designation, applicants must document their association management and academic experiences. Once they have completed this first step, eligible candidates must successfully complete a lengthy multiple-choice exam, which is based on a comprehensive understanding of association operations and management practices. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of areas critical to REALTOR® association management, including association law, governance and issues related to member services. To retain the designation, RCEs must be recertified every four years.

Kelly has served as CEO of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR), a membership organization with over 1100 members, since April 2018. She will receive an award plaque from representatives of the NC Association of REALTORS® (NCR) during an upcoming event.