Make a difference

Chair Report
Where is Cindy Butts when I need her?

I always looked forward to hearing what Cindy had to say. Whether it was through her reports in RAE magazine, on AE Talk, or in any of the countless number of e-mails she wrote on a countless number of topics.

I kept asking myself, where does she find the time? After all, it wasn't uncommon to receive an e-mail reply from Cindy at 3 a.m. on a Sunday. She wasn't finding time, she was making it. I swear she has an e-mail implant so as not to miss any opportunity to serve members or the AE committee.

Cindy, on behalf of all AEs, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for us. I'm counting on your help in 2005.

This issue of the magazine covers a variety of important topics; outreach is the theme. There are excellent examples of work being done to spread the Realtor message. Association executives are at the forefront of the issues, from promoting Realtors locally to diversity outreach to enhancing political involvement and awareness. I've said for years that the very best source of information on how to do our jobs can be found within our AE ranks. To our newer AEs, I urge you to take advantage of this valuable resource. Come to the meetings, get involved. Get to know your colleagues. Ask questions. You'll be glad you did.

I am amazed at the resources that NAR and our Leadership Development department provide for us. We will be working to provide more information on finding and using these services.

In the year ahead, we will work on developing new ways to help AEs improve professional practices that will enhance peer-to-peer relationships. We will also build on the Best Practices project and focus on the cooperation vs. competition.

Doug Hinderer and the NAR Human Resources Department will help us develop programs and services to help AEs and Realtors deal with complicated HR issues. I've also called on Jack Goldman to form a NRDS user group, since I've received a variety of suggestions on ways to improve that system--including RPAC and ethics compliance reporting. I encourage you to check out the exciting new University of Chicago Strategies in Nonprofit Management certificate program, which replaces the Duke University program. We'll also be working to make leadership programs in '05 the very best they can be.

I'm sure there will be some sticky issues that come up this year. There always are. We will be talking about health care, data privacy, ethics enforcement, and standards of conduct, to name just a few.

So, what are you doing as AEs to improve your outreach through participation in the Realtor organization? I always came away from serving on committees and work groups being a better manager. There is something incredibly special about making a motion that becomes policy that will impact the business lives of more than one million people. One of my past presidents told me that volunteers may have only one chance to make a difference in people's lives. Make a difference. I urge each of you to consider how you want to get involved. Participate. Volunteer for a committee or work group. Don't wait for an engraved invitation. Remember, those who show up make the rules. Your input and ideas are invaluable. Work with your fellow AEs and the leadership of NAR to make a difference. You'll be glad you did.

I look forward to serving as Chair this year. Let's have some fun!

Keith Holm
EO, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
2005 AEC Chair

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