Preston Moore, a Pittsburgh-area Realtor®, was installed as the 101st president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® during a ceremony last night in Harrisburg. Moore, a Realtor® for more than 20 years, is the first Black member to serve as president of the more than 100-year-old organization.
Moore, a sales associate with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Hampton Township office, was sworn into office by Annie Hanna Cestra, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Hanna Cestra also serves on the State Real Estate Commission.
Moore talked about why representation matters during his installation speech, urging members to make connections with multicultural organizations. “Representation matters because it encourages others to aspire and to dream about serving our organization, our institutions and our country. I urge you to look for ways to help bridge the gap in homeownership, learn more about the multicultural organizations, get more involved in your local and state associations and encourage others to join the real estate profession,” he said.
A member of the Realtors® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, Moore served as president of the association and was named RAMP’s Realtor® of the Year in 2016. He was previously a PAR District 10 vice president and has been a member of the Diversity, Horizons, Finance and Standard Forms committees.
Moore began his professional career in public accounting, banking and finance. He also owns rental properties in Pittsburgh. Additionally, he has worked with and served on the Landlord Advisory Council for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. Moore is a volunteer with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Ring Day, the Light of Life Rescue Mission and the Daily Bread feeding program.
A graduate of Purdue University, Moore received a bachelor’s degree in economics, and he holds an MBA in accounting/finance from the University of Pittsburgh.
PAR’s 2023 President Al Perry was recognized for his service last year.
“2023 had its share of challenges that have rocked our industry to the core,” Perry said. “But as I look around this room, I am reminded of our incredible work ethic. I am reminded of our deep passion for what we do. I am reminded of the respect we have for each other. I am reminded of our spirit of cooperation. And I am reminded of our ability to learn and grow. I look forward to 2024 because I know the collective of strength of who we have here in this room fighting for our cause.”
Also during the ceremony, State Real Estate Commissioner Kyle Sampson installed the following PAR officers: President-elect Bill Lublin, Bucks County Association; First Vice President David Dean, RAMP; and Treasurer Eric Rehling, Tri-County Suburban Realtors®.
In addition, Sampson installed PAR’s district vice presidents: District 1, Stephanie Biello of the Greater Philadelphia Association; District 2, Vince Range of TCSR; District 3, Janet Tarity of the Bucks County Association; District 4, Alexa Sanchez of the Pocono Mountains Association; District 5, Sherrie Miller of the Greater Scranton Board; District 6, Glenn Yoder of the Lancaster County Association; District 7, Kevin Hodrick of the West Branch Valley Association; District 8, Louann Hoffman of the Allegheny Highland Association; District 9, Mark Kibbe of the Greater Erie Board; and District 10, Jim Jarrett of RAMP.