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Flex Your Expertise

January 1, 2008

AEs agree, one of the best things you can do for your association and your career is to create professional relationships with other Realtor® association executives. Fellow AEs can share their expertise and become a resource for ways to grow your member services and your job.

And the best way to make AE friends is to serve on an AE committee. Here’s why.

“Committee involvement has given me a great contact network of NAR staff, association executives and Realtors® from around the country. These contacts have provided assistance on projects, surveys, and questions over the years. Professionally, involvement has given me the knowledge, information, and confidence to make this job a career and better serve this organization and the Realtor® membership. Personally, committee involvement has given me leadership and job opportunities that I would have never had or achieved.”

—Travis Kessler, rce, cae, an AE for 30 years, currently CEO of the 7,153-member San Antonio Board of -Realtors®.

“What I’ve discovered while serving on various committees and work groups is the opportunity to network, idea-share, and give back to a group who I sincerely believe are some of the most gifted, intelligent, and outstanding professionals in the entire real estate industry. I certainly have gotten back threefold what I have had to sacrifice in time and labor, serving the AE and NAR community.”
—Doris A. Nurenberg, rce, an AE for 12 years, currently CEO/EVP of the 1,930-member Huntsville Area Association of Realtors®, Ala.

“As an AE involved in NAR committees I have learned more than I could have in almost any seminar, I have made many friends from around the country, and I have had a voice in decisions that impact the industry. AEs who are not involved need to get involved and see what they and their association are missing.”
—Carl R. DeMusz, rce, e-pro, an AE for 11 years, currently CEO of the Northern Ohio Regional MLS.

“The AEs involved in committees represent the best the industry has to offer. When you get involved in the work of the association, you give by doing your fair share but you also benefit from the relationships you establish and the knowledge you accumulate on industry issues.”
—Doug Rotthaus, an AE for 13 years, currently EVP of the 863-member Realtors® Association of Lincoln, Neb.

“It is not only beneficial to myself for my own personal and professional growth, good for my association because it gives us a voice at the table, but it is also way more fun to be a participant than to sit on the sidelines.”
—Diane Scherer, an AE for 20 years, currently CEO of the 13,023-member Phoenix Association of Realtors®.

“The best benefit I get from being involved in NAR committees is the people I meet—other people who face the same challenges I do and who bring fresh and experienced perspectives to current issues we deal with. This is where I get the best on-the-job training, from other AEs I get to know and talk with, through NAR’s AE volunteer structure.”
—Toni Parker, an AE for 10 years, currently executive officer of the 971-member Outer Banks Association of Realtors®, N.C.

“Through my AE committee involvement I got to know countless numbers of members and colleagues, and I’ve learned from every one of them. Volunteering gives you a place at the table. It gives you access to information that would not otherwise be available.”
—Keith O. Holm, rce, an AE for 26 years, currently EVP of the 3,777-member St. Paul Area Association of Realtors®.

“We all have some talent we can lend that will improve the real estate industry and help AE’s do their jobs better. I volunteer to do what I love—writing, organizing, planning and mentoring. That way, the assignments help me grow as a professional without being a burden. Being involved at NAR has also increased my confidence to network with leading AEs from across the nation.”
—Sandy Naragon, rce, an AE for 21 years, currently CEO of the 1,682-member Akron Area Association of Realtors®, Ohio.