By Isham Jones, NAR Legal Dept.
Picture this: Your association hosts its annual holiday party for members and affiliates. An attendee drinks too much alcohol, gets behind the wheel of her car, and causes a fatal accident. The association faces legal action.
It’s a dreadful scenario to imagine, but for one Realtor® association, this was reality.
By Carolyn Schwaar
If there’s one task many association executives feel ill prepared to handle, it’s budgeting. The legal and technical aspects of financial accounting can be tricky, and the abundance of paperwork can be confusing. RAE asked AEs to send in their financial questions and had NAR finance chief John Pierpoint offer his advice.
Web Site Redo
Here’s what to look for in a development company when it’s time to overhaul your association’s Web site.
It never ceases to amaze me that in any given meeting of executive officers or Realtor® boards of directors, there is a huge assortment of technological gadgets. If the attendees emptied their pockets, purses, or briefcases, we would find at least one cell phone or BlackBerry per person, Bluetooth earpieces for half, pagers for several, and probably a quarter with laptop or tablet computers. You can always find at least two or three individuals typing away furiously under the table, trying to act like they are paying attention to the discussion.
“Balance” is probably the biggest single challenge association executives face—balancing staff with elected leadership; programs, activities, and services with member-demographic needs; and the different personalities and priorities of members on our committees. Without the right balance in each area, committees will not meet their goals, staff or members will become frustrated with each other, and, most important, the services the association offers will suffer.
Bridging the Age Gap
How can AEs overcome multigenerational issues and create synergy among four generations of members?