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History & Mission

In 2009 Desirée Patno, a prominent REO broker with over 20 years of experience in the industry, had an idea to create an organization dedicated solely to the promotion of women in the REO industry.  While working to set the organization's structure Patno decided to highlight the success of women-owned brokerages across the industry; thus the National Association of Women REO Brokers (NAWRB) was born.

Patno officially premiered her new organization at The Five Star Default Servicing Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on September 21, 2009.  NAWRB was welcomed as a long overdue necessity in an industry lacking female contribution.

After NAWRB's premier in Forth Worth, it quickly caught the attention of industry professionals across the country and memberships began to soar.  With success among the brokers in the industry, NAWRB's Board of Directors decided to expand access to membership to all women in the housing economy.  With this change also came a change in name; NAWRB is now known as the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses.

NAWRB is the most visible women's trade association specializing in the housing economy.  As the only provider of Women-Owned Business (WOB) and Minority Women-Owned Business (MWOB) certifications specific to real estate, NAWRB is dedicated to the access and advocacy of professional women and women business owners 
Specializing in the Housing Economy, SHE is Changing Real Estate™.

In 2010 Patno furthered the focus of NAWRB by creating a non-profit Community Enhancement program.  This initiative is dedicated to restoring and enhancing public parks and spaces in neighborhoods affected by foreclosures.  The inaugural Community Enhancement donation was to the Welsh Green Park in Hemet, California in February of 2010.  NAWRB strives to continue its commitment to its communities hit hardest by the economy.

NAWRB is continuously expanding and evolving to suppport their members and promote women-business owners by studying the industry and adjusting to new initiatives and programs.