The Show Must Go On

No matter what twists, turns and bumps happen on or off a stage, it’s a given that performers have a duty to themselves, each other and the audience to give it their all.

Right now, our industry is in the second scene of a difficult show. But as association executives, we are the group that’s giving it our all to keep our industry and our members together. Now more than ever, we need to rely on each other for support, some comic relief and best practices to help our members navigate changes in the market and any associated legal impacts that might change the way some of our members conduct their businesses.

The Association Executives Committee is working to support you with the tools and resources you need as the industry evolves. Keep in touch on the AEI Year-Round Facebook group. Hop online and join us for our monthly AE Chat live and monthly AEI Year-Round Virtual Sessions. Stay tuned in as the RCE Advisory Board is constantly reviewing and updating RCE materials to ensure that they are relevant to current times. And be sure to join us March 12–15 in San Diego for AE Institute as we learn and collaborate with our Canadian partners. The AEC is here for you—please share what you are experiencing, wondering or questioning. Your colleagues are here to assist.

One more resource: As our 2023 chair, Jessica Coates, discussed in the last issue, the National Association of REALTORS®’ Culture Transformation Commission is working to ensure a safe and inclusive culture for staff and members alike. This group is composed of 25 NAR staff members, 25 staff members from local and state associations, and 25 REALTOR® members. I am honored to be working alongside many of you as part of this commission.

Our first meeting was one of the most professionally and personally challenging—but rewarding— experiences of my 18 years serving a REALTOR® organization. This commission can make a difference that will be felt at all three levels of our organization. As surveys go out to local and state members and staff, please take the time—and encourage your members to take the time—to complete the surveys. Your feedback is essential to this work. The commission is scheduled to do its work for approximately one year, and more updates will follow throughout the next few months.

In the meantime, the AEC is here for you! Let us know how we can support you. The show will go on—and working together, we look forward to watching the next scene unfold.

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Written by Theresa Hatton, RCE, CEO of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and 2024 AEC chair.


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