NPBOR’s Daniel Gray leads by example in community
February 19-25, 2018
By Kara Lee Ford
As president of the North Pulaski Board of Realtors (NPBOR) this year, Daniel Gray has set a goal of engaging more members. The organization has more than 600 members located in North Little Rock, Sherwood, Maumelle, Jacksonville, Lonoke, Cabot and Beebe. Gray has been on the board for three years.
“I would like to see more of our members get involved and participate in our events. It will give me an opportunity to demonstrate the value of their membership and increase their perspective of the organization,” Gray said.
He said NPBOR general membership meetings provide education to members through networking and guest speakers each quarter. Once a year NPBOR holds a Table Top event in conjunction with affiliate members. It is a fun evening and great for networking, according to Gray.
The organization also supports Special Olympics with fundraisers. This year he hopes to hold a combined bowling challenge with the Little Rock Real Estate Association to raise money for the charity.
Janene Inzer is executive director of NPBOR. Gray said she does an excellent job of “keeping us in line” and running the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Gray is a third-generation Realtor. He is the owner and general manager of Bart Gray Realty Property Management (a company his grandfather, Bart Gray Sr., started in 1948) and is also co-owner and principal broker of RE/MAX Homefinders in Jacksonville.
Gray believes in giving back to his community. It was something instilled in him by his father and grandfather. He and his family, which includes his wife Amy and two sons – 15-year-old Ethan and 12-year-old Seth – live in Jacksonville.
“Realtors are leaders in the community,” he said. “We are local experts and problem solvers. The quality of our communities is a big deal to us and that includes the schools.
“Jacksonville schools have been a detriment and hindrance to our community for years. It pained me that our schools were not being taken care of. As a Realtor it hurts your business because people with children don’t want to live in your town if the schools aren’t good. And I felt it was my duty to find a solution to the problem.”
So Gray became involved with the Jacksonville School Board of which he is currently president.
“We worked to be removed from the Pulaski County Special School District, and two years ago we formed the new Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. We have tremendous challenges, but we are seeing growth. One of the things I enjoy most is finding solutions to problems and helping people every day.”
Gray’s leadership helped the school district break ground in November for a new high school in Jacksonville.
“Education is the great equalizer,” he added, “and it also affects the economic development of an area.”
Gray has also coached little league baseball for many years.
“I love working with kids and building a team,” he said.