Bob Quinn selected as Chief Executive Officer
Bob Quinn (left) Marc Drapeau (right)
Bob Quinn, who for 11 years served as NHAR’s Government Affairs Director and this Spring shepherded the organization through the transitional period of the pandemic, has been hired as the state association’s Chief Executive Officer, President Marc Drapeau announced yesterday.
Quinn, 53, had served as NHAR’s Acting CEO since the passing of former CEO Paul Griffin, who died following a heart attack on May 4.
“Bob’s work during a uniquely challenging time has been remarkable,” said Drapeau, who was part of a seven-member search committee which pared down a long list of applicants to three before a final vote of the Board of Directors to hire Quinn. “He was essentially asked to step in and guide a 7,000-member organization through a global crisis, amidst the loss of a beloved and successful leader.”
As Vice President of Government Affairs, Quinn played a pivotal role in NHAR’s successful bid to have real estate deemed an essential service by Governor Chris Sununu during the initial days of New Hampshire’s Stay at Home Order. A little more than a month later, he found himself in the role of Acting CEO as the staff and association mourned the loss of Griffin.
“He had to lead during a time of both emotional and business upheaval,” Drapeau said. “It cannot be overstated how masterfully he has done it.”
During the two decades prior to his work at NHAR, Quinn served in various political and governmental affairs roles in the state of New Hampshire, and he said he looks forward to putting his breadth of experience to good use.
“As the real estate industry evolves, the Association needs to continue our engagement in public policy matters affecting real estate more than ever,” he said. “We will continue to elevate our business standards through education and training while underscoring to consumers the advantages of transacting business with Realtors.”
Drapeau credited the search committee, under the leadership of Chair Alan DeStefano, for being diligent and thorough in its work.
“No doubt this was a well-vetted group of candidates,” Drapeau said. “There was no stone left unturned during the process, and I’m absolutely confident that our work yielded the very best person for the job.”
Quinn said his readiness is in large measure due to the groundwork laid by his predecessor, mentor and friend.
“Paul set a very high bar,” he said, “and I look forward to building upon the solid foundation he created.”