Bob McVey active in variety of organizations

Bob McVey, of Georgetown, is the 2017 Delaware Realtor of the Year.

The award was presented to McVey during the Delaware Association of Realtors’ annual convention and trade show at Dover Downs in early October, and honors his outstanding service and positive impact on the industry and community. McVey, chosen from a pool of 4,000 realtors, will represent Delaware at the upcoming National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo in Chicago.

“He is devoted to his clients and to the realtor organizations,” said DAR president Bruce Plummer. “He’s a man of high character and a hard worker, and we’ve been well-served by it.”

The 55-year-old McVey grew up in Rehoboth Beach, where his family’s business, Mann and Sons Inc., is located. His mother, Betty Mann-Beebe, founded the company in 1984. McVey, his brother and two of his children are now a part of the business, which primarily sells residential real estate and manages Sussex County rentals.

“We’re a family-run company that is very customer-oriented. We work very hard at keeping our clients and customers happy,” McVey said.

Before his career as a realtor, he was in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 20 years and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He earned his real estate license during that time and has been working in real estate since 1994. He became an associate broker in 2002.

McVey is a longtime member of both the Sussex County and Delaware realty associations. The DAR is an affiliate of the NAR, the largest trade organization in the country, with more than 1 million members.

Each of Delaware’s county associations nominates a Realtor of the Year. A committee evaluates the nominees for their involvement with local, state and national real estate associations, business performance and community involvement.

Mc Vey is a past president of both the Sussex and Delaware associations. He is on two NAR committees and various state and local committees.

“I just like being involved with the associations at all levels,” he said. “Involvement is important.”

McVey has been on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors and is a member of their acquisition committee. He’s the Delaware Little League District 3 umpire in charge, managing umpires for nine different Little Leagues throughout the county. He’s also the umpire in charge of the Little League World Series, played annually in Roxana.

In what little spare time he has, he enjoys being with his wife of 14 years, Lisa, and their four adult children. McVey plays golf, fishes and hunts – he was recently in Colorado hunting pheasant.

He has some advice for aspiring realtors.

“Get involved, with the associations and with your community. The national association offers numerous benefits and training,” McVey said. “Once you get into a place you like working, get trained on being a professional.”