John Goede Installed as 2019 IAR President

John Goede was installed as IAR president along with the 2019 Leadership Team at our Fall State Convention. Members of the Leadership Team as pictured above from left to right, Gavin Blair, CEO; Mark Kamps of Iowa City, Past President; Scott Wendl of Des Moines, President-Elect; John Goede of Spencer, President;  Jen Burkamper of Boone, Vice President; Byron Menke of Treynor, Treasurer.

Get to Know your 2019 President 


John Goede has over 30 years of experience in real estate and has served his local community and real estate industry in countless ways throughout his career. 

The former Eagle Scout grew up on a farm north of Sioux City. A letterwinner in three sports, John also served as student body president at Riverside High School. He attended University of South Dakota (USD) on a track and scholastic scholarship. John majored in Political Science with a teaching certificate and minors in Math and Music. During his time at USD, John acted in four musicals, directing three of them. He met his future wife, Tammi, a fellow thespian, during these formative years. 

John taught high school for 5 years before getting into real estate. John started in real estate in the early 1980s when the interest rate went from 13.5% to 18% and the average home price in his area was $33,000. He fondly remembers helping to develop one of the first computerized MLS systems by exchanging disks once a week with fellow practitioners.  He soon earned his broker license and was a partner for over 25 years in a brokerage in Spencer. Recently, his Century 21 office merged with C21 ProLink and John is enjoying his time running a virtual office. 

John has always enjoyed being involved in various organizations in the community and in real estate. John has served as the President of the Spencer Community Theater, Day Breakers Kiwanis, Spencer College Board of Directors, Clay County Heritage Association and has been a board member of numerous other organizations.   

He served as President of the Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS® and the MLS and served on the Board of Directors for several years. John received his Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation and became very involved in the Iowa CRS Chapter serving as President. He was named CRS of the Year in 2008. In addition, John has participated on numerous national CRS committees.  

John's first state meeting was in 1985 and began regularly attending meetings with the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR) in the mid 1990s serving on every major committee along the way. John served as a Regional Vice President for several years and began teaching real estate education classes for IAR in 2004. John recently finished a 5 year term on the Iowa Real Estate Commission. In 2015, John was honored by IAR as the recipient of the O.G. Powell/Joan Ballantyne Distinguished Service award.

John and his wife Tammi have been married for 42 years. They have two grown children and enjoy spending their free time with family. John’s hobbies include reading biographies and historical fiction, playing the piano, bicycling, yoga and Sudoku. 

John is looking forward to serving as the 2019 President of IAR, saying, “I would like to take this opportunity to help make a fine organization be even better.”

Per IAR’s bylaws, his term as president began the day after the NAR Annual Meetings on November 6. 


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