By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine
REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 Under 30” feature has been going strong for a decade. We’ve recognized 300 young people – and we’re preparing to recognize another 30 in our June 2010 issue. Over the past 10 years, I’d say we’ve reviewed more than 4,000 applications.
We get more letters about this feature than anything else we regularly do. The question on many people’s minds is: What has become of our past “30 Under 30” honorees? Did they have staying power? How many washed out of the business as a result of tough times? While there has been some fallout — a few of the young people we featured later had spectacular falls from grace — most of the “30s” (our shorthand) remain in the business.
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of of “30 Under 30,” we’re not only following up with them, we’re trying to get as many of them to Chicago as we can. On April 16, they’ll be participating in an anniversary photo shoot at Chicago’s Union Station; from there, they’ll visit the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® offices on Michigan Ave. So far, more than 40 have confirmed their attendance—and they’re making the trip on their own dime.
I have the feeling it’s going to be an impressive group. In the 10 years we’ve run the feature, we’ve been lucky to get to know some of the “30s.” They’ve become friends of the magazine and leaders in our effort to establish a Young Professionals Network. Many have become association leaders at the local, state, or national level. In our June issue, we’ll revisit some of the past honorees.
If you were featured in “30 Under 30” and didn’t receive an invitation to the April 16 photo shoot but would like to learn more, please contact Rob Reuter at firstname.lastname@example.org.