2015 AEC Goals
Facilitate open communication between the AEC and other NAR committees whose goals and activities may impact REALTOR® association policies, procedures, and management operations.
AEC liaisons to NAR committees serve as the communication link between the AEC and other NAR committees. Liaisons ensure that issues discussed in the respective committees have the benefit of the AE perspective and that the AEC is apprised of issues being considered during and between NAR meetings, including issues that surface through on-line discussions and at local, state, and regional meetings. AEC leadership engages in communication with NAR officers to ensure that all levels of the organization coordinate efforts to best serve the members.
AEs were appointed to serve as liaisons to NAR committees, beginning with the 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. These liaisons are asked to keep the AEC informed of key issues that impact REALTOR® associations, and they are also expected to communicate information from the AEC to the respective committees for which they serve as a liaison. In addition, AEC leadership meets with the NAR officers at a regularly scheduled time during the national meetings to keep them abreast of issue developments.
To create a resource with guidelines, models, and best practices to assist associations that are interested in incorporating chapters or councils into their governance structure.
A centralized resource that local associations can consult if they are considering formation of a chapter or council.
The Chapter Formation Resources Work Group developed and collected guidelines, tips, and best practices that associations can use as they consider chapter formation with another association. Staff compiled this information and the work group will review the new chapter resource during the REALTORS® Conference and Expo meeting in San Diego. This information will reside on REALTOR.org.
Develop best practices to assist local associations in meeting the Advocacy and Consumer Outreach Core Standards, and to assist state associations as they provide support to their local associations in meeting the Core Standards.
Local associations will have access to information about the advocacy, consumer and community outreach programs that have been successful for other associations, and state associations will have some guidance as they support the locals in their state that are working toward Core Standards compliance in Advocacy and Consumer Outreach.
The REALTOR® Party Resources Work Group identified some recommendations to help state and local associations overcome obstacles and challenges as they strive to meet advocacy and consumer outreach Core Standards. Some of these recommendations will be forwarded to a 2016 AEC work group that will be formed to review the Core Standards policies and process. Other recommendations will be forwarded to NAR REALTOR® Party staff for their consideration. Tips and best practices will be posted online at the Core Standards Resources section of REALTOR.org.
To review and update NAR’s association management resources to ensure that all Core Standards initiatives are incorporated.
The following association management resources will be reviewed and revised to ensure that they appropriately reference the Core Standards: REALTOR® Association Management Models Planning Tool, Chief Staff Evaluation Resources, Succession Planning Resources, Organization Assessment Checklist, Strategic Planning Resources Toolkit, Value Positioning Toolkit, President/Chief Staff Executive Task List, Shared Services Toolkit, RARE Resource Exchange.
All of the above referenced association management resources have been reviewed and updated and can be accessed on REALTOR.org.
To encourage and promote involvement, volunteer leadership opportunities, and career development among young association staff professionals at all levels of the REALTOR® association; to encourage young association staff professionals to pursue an active role in advocacy; and to encourage networking and peer mentoring with other AE YPNers.
Younger generation AEs are connected and engaged in the REALTOR® association through opportunities at NAR meetings to network, discuss best practices and initiatives, and support their professional development and career growth opportunities; young AE professionals recognize the importance of campaign fundraising and its impact on the political process and NAR’s advocacy initiatives.
The AE YPN Work Group surveyed all AEs that are part of the AE Mentor database to determine effectiveness of the program and how it might be improved. As a result, programming changes were made to the mentor database to improve mentor/mentee matching capabilities, and communications will be pushed out to mentees monthly with information regarding potential mentor matches. Staff will continue to monitor and promote the program, ensuring that appropriate modifications are made. The work group is also hosting its second RPAC Fundraiser during the REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego this November. Beginning in 2016, the AE YPN work group will transition into a standing AEC advisory board.