NAEA appoints president
Baum was passed the NAEA ceremonial chain by the outgoing president Simon Gerrard, who is managing director of Barnet-based Martyn Gerrard Estate Agents.
Baum started his career in property 16 years ago as a trainee at an independent estate agency firm in Loughborough before becoming an equity partner nine years later. He then joined Hartley’s Estate Agents to launch a new start office before becoming a managing partner.
Baum is currently sales partner at Loughborough estate agents AJR where he has a hands on role, continually talking to vendors and buyers to understand the challenges members are facing first-hand.
As president Baum will continue to promote NAEA and its standards by representing member agents. His responsibilities will include speaking at NAEA regional meetings and local conferences.
Baum said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of president. I am proud of what the NAEA stands for and the fact that members have chosen to sign up to the code of conduct.
“We need to continue to spread the word of the association far and wide and I have a motivated and hardworking NAEA board around me to help me accomplish this.
“I will continue to increase the number of regional conferences and will aim to increase public awareness of the organisation with these being major focuses of mine going forward.”
Mark Hayward, managing director, NAEA, said: “We are extremely pleased to have Martyn on board as NAEA’s newly elected president. Martyn brings a huge amount of industry knowledge, as well as passion and enthusiasm to the role and that will be greatly received across the board.
“Martyn is the youngest president we have had, so his energy and youthful charm will benefit the association hugely. Martyn is fully committed to all the values and standards that NAEA represents, and is dedicated to making sure all members are well supported and that the association offers a real value.”