Dear Realtists and Friends,
Accepting leadership as president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers® is more than an honor. It is a responsibility. It is stewardship. It is service to our membership. As important, the position requires a respect for our founding principles blended with a vision and an action plan to move NAREB forward in a direction that promotes “Democracy in Housing.” Humbly, I accept this responsibility and thank each and every member for your confidence in my ability to serve as NAREB’s 28th national president.
During the next two years, my action plan calls for strengthening the fabric of our chapter network. NAREB, like most national membership organizations and associations is the sum of its parts. The entire association benefits when each of our chapters is operating at full capacity. Our profession benefits and our communities are better served. But to be at full capacity, we must be informed, energized and organizationally prepared.
The Spivey Administration’s plan for the next two years is embodied in the theme selected for my term of service “Empowering REALTISTS to Make a Change.” The plan reflects the importance of and the necessity to focus on member and chapter development. In brief, the key program areas place primary focus on:
• Professional Development – ensuring that NAREB members are at the top of their game – prepared to sell properties and be successful not only in today’s volatile real estate marketplace, but also be prepared for future and sustained business success.
• Local Chapter Support and Membership Development – assisting chapters and their leadership better manage and coordinate administrative functions that support chapter growth, productivity and local program management.
• Community Empowerment – increasing the financial literacy quotient among African Americans by collaborating with predominantly African American church denominations and in partnership with an existing and credible organization to provide access, training assistance to increase their congregants’ knowledge base about financial issues in general and repairing/restoring their credit, in specific.
• Advocacy – making sure that NAREB’s informed “voice” is heard in the public policy arena so that elected officials, policy makers, and regulators at all levels of government hear and understand our positions on affordable, sustainable homeownership, along with other key issues that affect our industry and professions.
• Partnerships – maintaining NAREB’S current partnerships and expanding our reach to increase the opportunities for new business for NAREB members, and closer engagement and investment in NAREB.
• Communications – strengthening, updating, expanding and coordinating NAREB’s internal and external vehicles to ensure that the NAREB “story” reaches members, partners, policymakers and other audiences.
Details will become available shortly and I invite your comments and recommendations on how, together, we craft action steps for each element for success.
In closing, as you can see we have much work to do. But I am strengthened by our history and the mountains we have moved. Today, our challenges may be different, but our resolve to make a difference remains. Let us move forward together to make our association a beacon for professional integrity for the communities we serve, an accurate and reliable information source, and with pride the new guardians of “Democracy in Housing.”
In the Realtist spirit,