A veteran REALTOR® of more than 35 years and an active industry advocate, Charlie Oppler has a unique vantage point: he lives and breathes the business from both the grass-roots and big-picture level. As COO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with 12 offices and more than 630 agents, Oppler and his partner—Randy Lyn Ketive—have taken a back-to-basics philosophy and a strong commitment to agent support to bring their firm to iconic status in Northern New Jersey’s luxury arena. Meanwhile, Oppler found time to serve on and chair dozens of committees at the local, state and national level, including his recent role as 2017 REALTOR® Party Director for the National Association of REALTORS®.
“I’ve had a fabulous 38 years, beginning as a salesperson in 1981 for Joe Murphy at Better Homes and Gardens to a manager for Dick Schlott and Schlott REALTORS® to opening a brokerage in 1992 with my current partner, Randy Ketive. In 2018, our company will top $2 billion in sales.”
In addition to watching his son graduate high school and head to James Madison University, Oppler’s greatest accomplishment this year is being elected by the NAR Board of Directors to the position of First Vice President for 2019. For Oppler, however, success on any level is ultimately about people. “As Maya Angelou said, ‘People will forget what you said and what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ ”