Message from 2016-2017 MAR Board Chair
Monday, August 28, 2017
I wanted to thank all of the Brokers and Realtors® that attended our Annual meeting on Thursday. The MAR membership elected Gary Rawls and Shawn Carroll to the two (2) Board seats and Debi Harman as the Chair-Elect. Julia Seglund and Pat Cohen are retiring from the Board this year. A special thanks goes out to them for their Board service and contributions to MAR and the MAR Board these several years. Michael Underwood will step up into the Chair position at our installation Banquet September 15th.
2016-2017 was a year full of reviewing, reaffirming, and restating the MAR By-laws and Management Policies / Procedures for MAR and the MAR Board of Directors. I wanted to thank our Board members: Julia Seglund, Past Chair; Michael Underwood, Chair-elect; Doug Philips; Debi Harmon; Pat Cohen; Jenn Anders—for their tireless work this year on these technical and legal issues. Thank you to our CREN Directors, Vicki Jones and Jim Isler, during this year with the revamping of the CREN business model. And, thank you to our Affiliate Representative, John Leu, for the special membership meetings and presentations provided by the Affiliates this year.
During 2016-2017, the Board and Association Executive attended professional management development retreats, conferences, and seminars. These workshops provided State and National Association Board best management practices and gave the MAR Board valuable management direction and solutions. The MAR Board retreat reaffirmed our MAR Board Policy Governance and our focus on clearly stating MAR Board expectations with written Policy / Procedures & Board Service agreements. We, also reviewed old outdated policies and procedures, and added needed revisions.
Many important topics and issues came before our Board this year ranging from changing NAR Core Standards…to possible Association mergers…to CREN & MLS issues…to upgrading Services to the Memberships. I wish to acknowledge Modene Gaulke’s experience, her guidance, and her research into each issue that was presented for the Board’s consideration. Lastly, I wish to thank all of the Board members for their patience and perseverance as we worked through these important issues for the MAR Membership at each Board meeting.
Important Handouts outs at the Membership meeting (Click link to view)
• 2016-2017 MAR Board Accomplishments
• Discussion and Actions taken by the MAR Board this year by Month/Board meeting
I want to thank the MAR Membership for the privilege and the opportunity to serve as your MAR Board Chair for 2016-2017.
Broker Associate-GRI, ABR, CNE, RRS