Only two and a half years after joining the association, COO and executive vice president Kevin McNulty has left NARI to join the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce.

"We're very sorry to see him go," says NARI president Julius Lowenberg. "He's got a tremendous opportunity and we wish him all the luck in the world."

McNulty resigned January 10. Members praised his efforts in revitalizing the national office after it was moved from Virginia to Des Plaines, Ill.

"When Kevin took over we were pretty much in disarray," Lowenberg says. "We didn't have a staff; we didn't have a building; we didn't have anything. We've come quite a long way in two years."

NARI members say McNulty was instrumental in reconnecting the national office with local chapters. "Kevin had a great knack for getting everybody marching in the same direction seamlessly and looking out for everybody's interests," says Bob Gallagher, D.C.-Metro NARI president in 2001 and 2002.

Joan Stevens, NARI second vice president, says more than 200 applicants submitted resumes for McNulty's vacated post. National officers hope to select a new executive this month, Stevens said.