Kenny Parcell has resigned as the 2023 President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) following a recent New York Times report accusing him of sexual harassment while describing NAR’s corporate culture where female real estate professionals were subjected to inappropriate behavior by male colleagues.
The news of Parcell’s resignation was first reported by the trade journal Inman News, which reported Parcell submitted a resignation letter today at 4:00 p.m. EDT. As of 5:00 p.m. EDT, NAR has not made an official announcement regarding the change in leadership.
“My resignation comes after a series of accusations against me that are categorically false,” said Parcell in his resignation letter, which was leaked to Inman News. “I am deeply troubled by those looking to tarnish my character and mischaracterize my well-intended actions. During this experience, I’ve opened myself to listening and looking for ways to improve myself, but all I can do is tell the truth. I’ve been shocked by these false accusations, hurtful words, whispers, and character assassination. has resigned.”
The Times’ article from Aug. 26 was rooted in claims made by a former NAR employee, Janelle Brevard, who said had a relationship with Parcell. Brevard has sued NAR for racial and sexual discrimination and harassment (she dropped her lawsuit in June after receiving a $107,000 settlement), and the Times article detailed claims that a culture existed within NAR of inappropriate behavior aimed at female real estate professionals.
Parcell is broker/owner of Equity Real Estate Utah and was the Utah Association of Realtors president in 2011. He held multiple positions within NAR including regional vice president in 2016 and vice president of government affairs.