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April 1, 2011
As technology plays an ever-increasing role in our lives and in businesses, CEOs are expected to navigate the virtual business world as expertly as they navigate the physical one. But make no mistake: The CEO should not be the CIO (chief information officer).
The extent to which an executive is involved with the technology side of a business varies depending on the industry, but one fact remains true across all industries: The CEO is there to run the business, not the Twitter account.
April 1, 2011
It’s not easy to attract the attention of busy REALTORS®. Associations must flex every creative muscle to produce promotional and advertising materials that will engage and inform.
REALTOR® AE asked associations to submit their best advertisements, flyers, event brochures, and other marketing materials to our 2011 competition. The result was more than 65 terrific pieces. Judges chose three outstanding examples and 21 favorites.
April 1, 2011
Does your state have data security laws that your association must follow? Does your state regulate what businesses must do in the event of a security breach? Does your state have laws requiring you to properly dispose of personal information or implement a written data security program? It very well could.
March 1, 2011

The days when REALTORS® sat behind desks waiting for potential clients to drop in are long gone. Today, REALTORS® work from home, from their cars, from Starbucks . . . anywhere. Now, many AEs are following in their members’ footsteps.

RAE spoke with several virtual and semi-virtual AEs about the benefits and challenges of office-less association management.

Where virtual works
January 1, 2011

Elements of a Successful Merger
By Jerry Matthews

Recessions force associations to cut costs, change philosophies, or alter their structures to stay afloat. Often this means acquiring, merging, or cooperating with other companies to remain viable.
• Why We Merged: AE Survey Results
• REALTOR® Association Mergers: 2000–2010
• Alternatives to Mergers
• Three Issues That Can Derail a Merger

AEC Chair Report
I have realistic optimism.
By Steve Francks
January 1, 2011

DataViz “Documents to Go.” DataViz lets you create and edit Word and Excel files and PowerPoint presentations, and view PDF documents.

NAR Express. Real estate news, research, opinions, events, and calls for action from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Scan2PDF Mobile. Document scanning using your phone’s camera to convert one or more pages into a PDF. Like having a document scanner/photocopier/fax machine in your pocket!
January 1, 2011

One of the toughest decisions to make in an association merger is how to merge staff. You—and your employees—know there’s no room for two education managers or two professional standards administrators. So, how can you blend, balance, and build the staff your new organization needs with the least amount of stress?
First and foremost, define the goals and initiatives of the merged association. It is only after you determine your long-term goals that you can select the staff with the skills you’ll need to accomplish them.
January 1, 2011
Pooling resources can be cost-effective and joint events can be convenient, but even in today’s weak economy, many small-association AEs cite a wide variety of reasons not to merge.
January 1, 2011
One of the toughest decisions to make in an association merger is how to merge staff. You—and your employees—know there’s no room for two education managers or two professional standards administrators. So, how can you blend, balance, and build the staff your new organization needs with the least amount of stress?
January 1, 2011

by Laurie Janik

A merger is the union of two or more corporations into one, known as the surviving corporation. Once a merger is complete, the merging corporations cease to exist and the surviving corporation assumes the assets and liabilities of all of the corporations that are parties to the merger.

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