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Association Executives Committee
Political Advocacy Competencies Work Group
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Baltimore, MD


Meeting Summary


Work Group Purpose

To identify competencies that demonstrate proficiency in lobbying and other political advocacy skills, and explore the possibility of integrating these competencies into a professional designation or certification for GADs or an advocacy component of the existing RCE designation.

Meeting Activity

The work group reviewed the following proposed goals to ensure consensus on the purpose and value of a special designation/certification for GADs:

  • To increase competency and proficiency in political advocacy, lobbying, and policy development skills and attributes among REALTOR® association government affairs staff.
  • To identify and recognize REALTOR® association government affairs staff that have attained the desired knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to support the association’s political advocacy objectives.

The work group also discussed the pros and cons of three proposed format options and agreed that it was important to seek input from GADs and AEs to reach consensus on the most desirable format for a designation/certification for GADs.  A separate survey to each constituency is planned and results will be available just prior to the REALTOR® Party Convention meeting.  Work group members provided input to consultant/pollster Joe Goode with American Strategies, on the approach and possible questions to be included.  Some work group members volunteered to review the draft surveys before distribution.

Next Meeting

2014 REALTOR® Party Convention and Expo -- Thursday, May 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Work Group Members

Mike Theo, Chair    
Doug Tomson, Vice Chair   
Warren Andrich
Gavin Blair     
Ruth King Briggs, RCE    
Toni Cockerman, RCE    
Cashion Drolet     
Frankie Elliott     
Amy Jo Fisher     
Robert Hill, RCE
Sandy Narragon, RCE
Jeanette Newton, RCE
Julia Parenteau
Barbara Pitman, RCE
David Stark
Albert Suguitan, RCE
Denise Tatman
Cady Thomas


Sharon Keating

Staff Executives

Krystal Allen
Renee Holland
Kyle Lambert-London, RCE, CAE
Bill Malkasian
Cindy Sampalis