Nobu joined DMAR in 2020 from his previous position with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) as the director of industry outreach and engagement strategy. Real estate industry veteran since 1996, Nobu is a dynamic real estate association professional with a member-first leadership philosophy. Nobu is known as a visionary and forward-thinking and has an intrinsic and progressive understanding of DMAR’s Realtor® culture and business. As CEO, he continues to elevate DMAR in a valuable and meaningful way to the benefit of its members – which ultimately continues to positively contribute to the homebuying and selling experience in the metro-Denver market.
In his previous role as the director of industry outreach and engagement strategy for NAR, Nobu served as a Realtor® brand ambassador to industry stakeholders, which included Association staff and executive leadership, state and local member leadership, brokerage owners, technology companies and the 1.3 million members of NAR averaging hundreds of events and over 10,000 stakeholders engaged each year. He worked with Professional Standards, MLS Policy, Association Policy and Legal and Member Experience teams to connect their policy and content with real-world applications.
Prior to that, Nobu was NAR’s director of member engagement and director of digital engagement where he provided its leadership with insight and context on issues that Realtors®, brokerages and local Associations face. Before joining NAR, Nobu was a Realtor® with Edina Realty in Minneapolis and then a founding member of the Minneapolis Association of Realtors®. He has earned accolades from local real estate Associations to industry recognitions such as Inman News’ 100 Most Influential in Real Estate for three consecutive years and Stefan Swanepoel’s Top 200 Most Influential in Real Estate. He served as Chairperson of the NAR Young Professionals Network subcommittee, a member of the NAR Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member of the Minnesota Association of Realtors® Public Advocacy Committee. Furthermore, Nobu specializes in connecting federal legislative and regulatory issues to real estate business; he is in the RPAC President's Circle as an advocate and donor.