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When Ben Kjar addressed a room of nearly 200 members of the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® during the association’s 2022 Annual Meeting on October 26, he told them they were a powerful, inspirational, and hardworking group with the ability to “change everything.”
Kjar was born with craniofacial sysostosis, Crouzons syndrome, a complex genetic birth disorder that affects a child’s face, skull, and teeth, yet he refused to be a victim of his genetic deformity. By rising above it, he has excelled to become a “victor” athletically, professionally, personally, and financially. He was a NCAA Division 1 Wrestling All-American and has performed as part of the USA wrestling team. He has also made his mark in real estate by flipping nearly 200 properties and compiling a rental portfolio of almost 100 multi-family rentals and three storage unit complexes within the past six years.
“You are known by the next decision you make at your darkest time,” he told the spellbound audience. Then Kjar shared a statement promoted by Tony Robbins, which he said has become his daily mantra: “Now I am the voice. Now I am the voice. I will lead, not follow. I will believe, not doubt. I will create, not destroy. I am a voice for good. I am a force for God. I am a leader. Defy the odds. Set good standards. Step up. Step up. Step up.”
Kjar’s inspirational talk was the perfect capstone to a fulfilling annual meeting where 20 new EDGE™ Professional Society members were recognized, NEFAR President Mark Rosener introduced his leadership team and spoke about a long list of accomplishments the association has attained this year.
Recent members of the EDGE™ (Ethics, Diversity, Goals, Excellence) Professional Society were introduced including Scott Nyman of eXp Realty; Christian Oliva of Watson Realty Corp.; Dedee Harper of Harper & Associates Real Estate; Clark LaBlond of The Legends of Real Estate; Marc Jernigan of Slate Real Estate; Diane Cook of Slate Real Estate; Laura Slate of Slate Real Estate; Cliff Baker of Slate Real Estate; Ant Stroud of Navy to Navy Homes; Amanda Feagle of Watson Realty Corp.; Renee Zink of Watson Realty Corp.; Carray Young of Watson Realty Corp.; Duyen Thi My Doan of eXp Realty; Jan Jenkins of Select Home Realty Group; Janna Thomas of EXIT Real Estate Gallery; Wanda McReynolds of Slate Real Estate; Kim Knapp of Coldwell Banker Vanguard (Fleming Island); Rae Laws of Slate Real Estate; Samantha Heflin of Watson Realty Corp.; and Allison Munoz of Bold City Real Estate.
The addition of these 20 new members brings EDGE’s™ membership to 33.
During his talk about NEFAR’s accomplishments, 2022 President Mark Rosener urged members of the audience to donate to RPAC if they have not yet given and asked them to encourage REALTOR® friends and colleagues to invest this year at a minimum of $25 so NEFAR can receive the coveted Triple Crown Award. NEFAR needs only 245 more investors to complete the participation goal for this year, he said.
Rosener also noted several other accomplishments in his talk including:
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