The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors named Nene Matey-Keke, principal broker/owner of RNR Realty International, 2014 Realtor of the Year.

"Nene is a Realtor who contributes to the community and advocates at a local, state and national level for home ownership opportunities for all," said Emily Green, MAAR's 2014 president. "His service to our industry has been invaluable and we are proud to honor him."

Nene has been in the business 15 years and has seven real estate certifications and designations through the local and national association. A press release said that as a first generation American, Matey-Keke has close ties with members of the immigrant community and connections with the international community. He's also the first African American to receive this award. Nene is on the MAAR Board of Directors, Diversity Committee (2014 Chair), Global Committee, an active participant of the Young Professionals Network, Public Affairs Committee, Nominating Committee and Finance Committee. At the state level, he is on the Board of Directors, Minnesota RPAC Board of Trustees, Governmental Affairs Committee, Commercial Forms Subcommittee, Professional Standards Committee, Housing Opportunity Committee, Executive Committee, Diversity Committee and an active participant of the Strategic Planning session. At the national level, he is the Federal Political Coordinator who is assigned to the 5th District under Congressman Keith Ellison. He is also the member of the 2015 Global Business and Alliances Committee, 2015 Research Committee and Federal Financing and Housing Policy Committee.