Association Executives Committee (AEC)

2020 Magel Award Recipient

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Jarrod C. Grasso, RCE

Grasso has been with New Jersey REALTORS® for more than two decades and served as the association’s chief lobbyist before becoming CEO in 2008. In 2015, Grasso chaired the Association Executives Committee, and in 2013 he was inducted into NAR’s Almon R. ”Bud” Smith Leadership Society, which recognizes association executives, regardless of their tenure, as leading contributors to the industry and the profession.

In his community, he serves as vice-chair of the board for the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Community Medical Center Foundation, as well as on the hospital’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors for the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.  The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey gave Grasso the Good Guy Award in 2015 for his leadership in advancing policies that support women and families. Grasso received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2004.


Statement of Purpose

The AEC serves as a resource for REALTOR® associations by:

  1. Ensuring that there is knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns between the REALTOR® association community and NAR committees and leadership;
  2. Providing a framework that ensures staff and volunteer leaders have the professional development and management resources they need to provide optimal services to their members.

Read the full statement of organization and procedure

2020 AEC Goals:

The AEC's areas of focus for 2020 include:

  1. Review the Core Standards program to determine whether any of the criteria should be modified and whether any changes should be made to the appeal hearing process.
  2. Engage local associations to foster greater inclusion of diversity among association leadership, and to create synergy amongst local chapters of multicultural organizations; and identify tools and resources that associations can use to increase and sustain diversity in their leadership.
  3. Address common REALTOR® association human resources issues and concerns, and identify tools and best practices that can assist REALTOR® association staff in relations with other staff and volunteer members.
  4. Update the AE Competencies and RCE Body of Knowledge document that serves as the foundation for all AEC professional development courses, as well as the RCE designation exam.
  5. Develop and implement resources to enhance NAR’s Global Business Councils Program and to assist local and state associations in their domestic global efforts to stimulate economic development; implement enhancements to the NAR Global Achievement Program to recognize global business excellence.

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What Are AEC Representatives?

AEC representatives (formerly AEC liaisons) are appointed to serve as representatives from the AEC to NAR committees to ensure two-way communication.
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Janet Kane Named 2020 AE Vice Chair

Janet Kane, RCE, CAE, CEO, Metro Tex Association of REALTORS®, has been appointed as the 2020 Association Executives Committee and AE Forum vice chair.

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Legal Action Program

Provides financial assistance to support litigation of significance to the real estate industry and private property rights.


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