Association Executives Committee
AE YPN Work Group
Saturday, November 14, 2015
San Diego, CA

Final Report

Work Group Purpose

To encourage and promote involvement, volunteer leadership opportunities, and career development among young association staff professionals at all levels of the REALTOR® association; to encourage young association staff professionals to pursue an active role in advocacy; and to encourage networking and peer mentoring with other AE YPNers.

Meeting Activity

The work group addressed the following initiatives.

  • RPAC Involvement — The work group hosted their second RPAC fundraiser in San Diego and raised $3000 from attendee investments, double what was made last year at our previous event.  Through this RPAC major investor event the work group encouraged other AE YPN-ers to invest in RPAC and stressed the value in an annual commitment.  The fundraiser featured a drawing for three winners, with prizes including AEI tuition, lunch with AEC leadership and an AEI clothing item.
  • AE Mentor Program — A survey was sent to everyone in the Mentor database that included questions based on AE YPN’s input. The results of this survey allowed staff to make changes to the Mentor Program including improved mentor/mentee matching capabilities, increased marketing, and quarterly emails sent to those seeking a mentor with a list of mentors matching their criteria.
  • Standards of Excellence Proposal — Mike Valerino, Chair, and Amanda Sue Piltz, Vice Chair, summarized their presentation at the AEC Planning Session in August in Chicago. The Standards of Excellence Proposal was created by the work group as a result of input based on questions that asked how associations could go above and beyond the established Core Standards. An AEC work group will be created to continue this discussion and will include AEs from a local and state level.

Next Steps

This was the final meeting of the AE YPN Work Group as they will transition into a standing advisory board, the AE YPN Advisory Board, beginning with the 2016 committee term. The AE YPN Meet-Up will continue in 2016 as an opportunity for YPN AEs to network and exchange information, and to continue the annual AE YPN RPAC fundraiser. Amanda Sue Piltz, RCE, and Ruth Hackney, RCE, will be chair and vice chair, respectively.

Work Group Members

Mike Valerino, RCE, Chair
Amanda Sue Piltz, RCE, Vice Chair
David Bennett, CAE
Gavin Blair, RCE
Steve Blanton, RCE, CAE
Dwayne Carte
Ryan Conrad, RCE, CAE
Mike Cotrill, RCE
Laura Haag
Joe Kras
Cliff Long, RCE
Megan Meyer Foos, RCE
Jessica Perry
Brian Pilon
Denise Schultz
Shanna Terroso, RCE
Amanda Woods


Stephanie Walker

Staff Executive

Courtney Wilson

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