Richard (Rick) Barkett was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Greater Fort Lauderdale REALTORS® (GFLR) in 2001. As CEO, Rick oversees one of the nation’s largest real estate associations and one of Florida’s largest local trade associations with a membership of over 7600 members spanning Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. At GFLR, Rick also manages a professional staff of over 25 employees located in two offices with an annual budget of over $5 million.
Rick, a licensed Florida real estate broker since 1975, has had an extensive and notable career in the real estate industry. After eight years of practicing residential real estate, Rick moved into the commercial real estate sector where he specialized in multi-family, retail and office leasing. Prior to his position at GFLR, Rick served as the District Manager for a major real estate brokerage firm. At the firm, Rick was credited for successfully identifying and rebuilding under-achieving offices throughout the company.
Throughout his career, Rick has received numerous honors and awards for his success including a 1999 Presidential Distinguished Service award and the 2005-2006 Winterfest Anchor Award. His most prestigious honors to date are being chosen as the 1999 GFLR REALTOR® of the Year, the 2000 Florida REALTORS® (FR) Associate Realtor of the Year and the 2009 GFLR Presidential Distinguished Service Award winner.
He is a member of numerous associations and boards including the Broward Housing Partnership, the Broward County Housing Council and Winterfest Inc. Rick has also served as a District Vice-President of FR and a Director of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
Rick holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a certificate in Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago. He is the proud father of two children and currently resides in Plantation with his wife.Copyright © 2015, CT Now