Gil Mercurio stepped down after more than three decades as CEO of the Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS®, N.Y.
Ann Guiberson, CAE, said goodbye to the REALTOR® family in December after 32 years of serving several associations, most recently as president and CEO of the Pinellas REALTOR® Organization, Fla.
The focus of this year’s AE Institute, March 16–20, Louisville, Ky., represents a shift from the association-building and management issues of the past to the issue of how associations can enhance their members’ business success.
The standard convention is a simple cyclical equation: Attendees pay a fee for education offered by the association, event sponsors pay a fee to get their products in front of those attendees, and these fees cover the cost of the event.
MLS and REALTOR® association chief executives and senior staff are among the most important people in real estate, according to Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders: 2011,” released in December.
Only 20.8 percent of trade association executives are confident about the U.S. economy, according to a study by Association Trends.