Norman Block ’71 (’78 JD MBA) is a three-time graduate of UNC. He received his undergraduate bachelor of arts in 1971 with a major in English. In 1978, Norman received both his MBA and law degree, finishing first in his MBA class. In the
40+ years since, Norman has been engaged full time in the practice of real estate and the
ownership and management of real estate brokerage firms.
Currently, Norman is a manager of Block & Associates Realty in Cary, N.C. This firm is
engaged in listings, sales, rentals and property management handling more than 1,000 transactions a year. Norman has also been active as a developer of single family lots and townhome sites for residential builders, mostly in the Sanford, N.C., marketplace.
Norman is an adjunct professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and professor of the practice in real estate. Norman and Bob Slater teach a very popular real estate economics course for seniors in the undergraduate business program, as well as an MBA short-mod course on real estate decisions. In 2016, Norman was named an MBA Teaching All Star. Starting in 2018, Norman has also been named an adjunct professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business where Norman and Bob also teach MBAs.
In the past, Norman has owned Norman Block Realtors in Chapel Hill, which he sold to Howard Perry & Walston in 1988. At that time, he became general manager of Howard Perry & Walston managing 20+ managers. While at the helm of that firm, Norman grew the company from 187 agents to 518 agents and oversaw 11 sales offices. The firm did over a billion dollars in volume each of Norman’s last two years there.