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Meet your 2022 DAAR President

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I have been a REALTOR® and a member of DAAR since 2014.


  • I have been an original homeowner in Ashburn Village since 1993.
  • I started as an on-air meteorologist delivering radio weather forecasts in the northeast United States.
  • I spent 13 years in management consulting and digital marketing for the real estate industry.
  • I come from a large family of earth scientists. I met my wife of 43 years in Climatology class. Our oldest is an earth science teacher, just like her mom and her sister’s husband, and our son is an environmental geologist.
  • I previously served as an assistant coach for the varsity softball team at Rock Ridge High School where I helped my oldest daughter start the school’s softball program, as well as a past president of the Ashburn Girls Softball League. 

My Q4 2022 Letter to the DAAR Membership:

Dear DAAR Members,

It feels as though my term as President just began, and yet here we are, entering the final quarter of 2022. Over the last nine months, I’ve witnessed firsthand the tremendous work and dedication our members put into propelling the Association to new heights. I have no doubt that together, we will continue that momentum to finish the year strong.   

While many things have changed over the past few years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the way our Association values coming together. Whether it’s gathering to learn, to give back to our Loudoun community, or to celebrate, it’s clear DAAR’s members appreciate the camaraderie our Association provides.

One way we come together is through our committee work, and last month DAAR opened its 2023 Committee Enrollment! DAAR’s committees are essential to our success, and their leadership plays a key part in keeping the wheels turning and bringing new ideas to DAAR. Committees have always been an incredible network-building opportunity, and provide the perfect chance to get involved in shaping DAAR’s future. Applications are open until Oct. 31.

I’m also excited for the DAAR membership to gather again in just a few short weeks for D3, our Annual Conference and Trade Show on Oct. 12. This year’s theme will be “Thriving in Any Market,” and in the midst of this constantly changing real estate landscape, what a tremendous opportunity to learn together and make new connections with a full house of local business partners and REALTORS®. I hope you’ll join us for an array of hot-topic discussions, including economic updates, business planning and hearing from our esteemed top-producer panel.

We’ll also rally together on Oct. 24 to give back to the local community through our Charity Bowling Event and Auction, Sips & Strikes. Bring your family, your friends, your colleagues, and let’s pull together to raise money for our 2022 charitable partners at The Branch in Leesburg. I challenge all DAAR REALTORS® to assemble your four-person team to earn bragging rights (and a trophy!) in the tournament event, of course all in the name of giving back.

And finally, one of my favorite events of the year, mark your calendars and be on the lookout for invitations to our 2022 Holiday Party & Installation on Dec. 8 at Belmont Country Club. Let’s come together to not only celebrate a fantastic year, but also to support our new leaders as they pledge their commitment to DAAR for the upcoming year.

If there’s anything I have learned as DAAR President and in these post-pandemic times, it’s that we must always help and support each other. I’m confident that as we close out the year, we will continue to come together to do just that.

As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions or suggestions at


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Rich Blessing

2022 DAAR President


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