For more than a decade, REALTOR® Magazine, the official member publication of the National Association of REALTORS®, has honored some of the industry’s brightest rising stars each year with its 30 Under 30 program. As the title suggests, 30 REALTORS® under the age of 30 are selected based on stellar sales, business acumen, association and community involvement, and other criteria.
However, out of the hundreds of individuals who have been recognized throughout the history of the program, not one of them has been an International REALTOR® Member (IRM). Until now, that is.
Ian Charlebois, 27, broker-owner of RE/MAX Citywide Realty in Ottawa, Canada, was recently named a member of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2014 — a goal he had set for himself two years prior.
“I was ecstatic,” Charlebois said of his reaction to the announcement. “Any time you get recognized by NAR, it’s quite an honor.”
It’s perhaps unsurprising that the first non-U.S. REALTOR® selected as one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 was Canadian. After all, as Charlebois points out, the similarities between real estate practices in the U.S. and Canada make comparisons between REALTORS® in both countries fairly easy to grasp.
“We pretty much mirror [NAR] in everything we do,” he explained. “Our structure in Canada is very similar to yours, if not completely the same.”
But he hopes his selection will “open doors” for IRMs around the globe to be recognized by the program in the future. “It’s always been open to international members,” he said. “There are other members throughout the world who represent very well what REALTORS® stand for.”
Still, Charlebois predicted the program will see many more applicants from his home country in the coming years. He’s already been contacted by a number of REALTORS® across Canada for advice on how they can follow in his footsteps and be part of future 30 Under 30 classes.