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Board Nominations

Learn more about the 2020 GAAR & SWMLS Board of Director Nomination   Applicants, you can view their top answer and download their full questionnaire. 

   

What challenges face the current real estate industry?

1. Disruption by Technology   2. Heavily funded competition   3. Data / who owns it / collecting it   4. Compression of commissions   5. Information overload (agent/client)

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

Speaking from personal shortcomings with paying attention to GAAR emails etc., I think the use of digital media & social media. Small examples would be the use of video through email, having a face of the Association and instead of sending lengthy emails, send updates/information via video. Most Brokers are now using social media and as more younger brokers enter the market, staying relevant through social media will make a huge difference. Posting those same videos through channels like Facebook & Instagram will drastically improve member engagement. People utilize social media outlets as their #1 source of constant & relevant information. By creating a face of the association & developing informational content which can be shared through social media, this will help develop a culture of the association which you can connect and easily share with the members.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Leadership Skills: Right now I currently head my brokerage of 30+, I believe this is valuable because I have learned how to inspire people and embrace change. We are brokerage driven by technology and digital marketing, I believe my ability to implement new ideas/systems and attract people to using them would be very valuable.     Education: I have a bachelors degree in finance from UNM. That is my formal education, however, in terms of real estate, I have a passion to further my knowledge of how the industry is changing and where my business falls within those changes. I have a desire to constantly stay ahead and understand the business I am in. Whether that is Inman Connect Conferences, Brian Buffini workshops, Craig Proctor Brokerage Builders or visiting Zillow Head Quarters, I am always looking to further my real estate education.     Experience: My experience I believe is beneficial to the board of directors is the growth of ROC Real Estate Partners. Like many, I built my company from the ground up, no prior experience, no money or formal training. I ran into and still am running into many decisions and obstacles which brokerages face today. I understand these challenges in such a different way and can bring a vert strong perspective from the Independent Brokerage side of the industry.

Ramon is running for a GAAR Director Position, download his full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The biggest challenge is continued professionalism.  It is important for each of us to focus on growing ourselves and our knowledge to be the most effective practitioners of our trade.  Understanding everything from the paperwork to the process is crucial when assisting the pubic.  We as a community could elevate our standards concerning this.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

GAAR does a great job to bring brokers in.  To create more relevancy, I'd encourage brokers to come to GAAR and use the amenities of the building.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

I have a keen understanding of the traditional aspects of our industry as well as the nuances of the tech aspects.  I have a broad base of knowledge and have a strong understanding of ethics.

Jenn is running for a GAAR Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The political climate  The Class action lawsuit regarding how commissions are paid.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I think GAAR is already relevant to our members with the GAP program, internet cafe, and great and helpful staff.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Graduate RANM Growth & Development Program  President SWMLS 2014  Qualifying Broker since 2005  Served on either SWMLS or GAAR Board since 2012  Have attended several NAR Conferences.

Jean is running for the   GAAR Treasurer Position, download her full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The current challenges to face our industry are plentiful but I also believe the opportunities to learn and possible solutions are just as plentiful.  One of the challenges that I see currently is our low inventory in our market. I believe this is an opportunity for Realtors to work collaboratively for win/win solutions for our buyers and sellers.  This coupled with new technology and new companies trying to make Realtors obsolete is also a challenge.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I believe GAAR can be more relevant to the members by continuing what it has proven to do best- excellent customer service and offering classes and new opportunities to learn in different settings.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

As a graduate of the 2017 LDP, I was excited to jump in with opportunities to serve this association by joining committees and running for the board directors.  I feel that being on multiple committees, serving as a 2018 director for GAAR BOD and 2019 Vice President of GAAR BOD, 2019 NMAR Director has given me the foundation to listen effectively and respond with possible solutions and most importantly, it has increased my desire to continue to serve.  My background is in mediation and this specific skill set has helped me in every aspect of life including being a Realtor and serving as a board member.

Belinda is running for  GAAR President-Elect, download her full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

It seems as if we face new disruptors on a daily basis. With the introduction of Amazon, the growing ibuyer platforms and the NAR lawsuit, I think that we have to constantly show our value and professionalism.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I think that the addition of training and education has been very beneficial in fulfilling some needs.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

I have 25 years of experience in real estate ranging from working in the accounting department of a large real estate company to assisting some of Albuquerque's top brokers before starting my own business and becoming a successful Realtor. I joined the management team with ERA in 2014 and became the managing broker of their East office. I think that the Board could benefit from my background in all areas of the business.

Bridget is running for    GAAR Vice President, download her full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

One of the biggest challenges is staying ahead of the ever-evolving RE Industry, thru online marketing, consumer accessible websites & educating our membership on the latest trends that will affect our market.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

I feel GAAR is already going in the right direction. I have been a member at GAAR for about eight year & I have watched the membership, education, committees & events grow in leaps & bounds under Kent & the GAAR Staff's leadership, everyone is always available & their guidance is valuable. When I start the process to put together the CE & Eats, Jail & Bail or Denim & Diamonds events the GAAR staff is always available with creative marketing material or just filming one of my crazy videos promoting our events.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

I am a graduate of the 2017 Leadership Program, I have  organized and hosted  the Jail & Bail, CE & Eats and Denim & Diamonds events for the last three years which have raised thousands of dollars for RPAC & RECPAC. This year I was able to bring together the membership to meet & greet Congresswomen Deb Haaland. I am currently working on hosting a meet & greet for Congressman Ben Ray Lujan here at GAAR. I have also hosted several fundraisers for Representative Haaland, Rep Torres-Small and Rep Lujan, I have also spoken to the City Counselors, County Commissioners, State Legislators as well as our current National Representatives about Policy, Government, Realtor-Real Estate-Consumer issues. I am also on a Committee at RECPAC that assembles questions to ask all of the Citizens who are running for an elected Office each year about property rights as well as Realtor-Consumer issues. I have led the Marketing Program at ERA & I am currently leading the Marketing Program at Maddox & Co. Realtors.

John is running for GAAR Vice President, download his  full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The challenges of most concern to the industry are housing affordability, emergence of non-traditional market participants such as virtual firms, protecting client confidentiality, and Realtor liability in a virtual world. In the greater Albuquerque area, income levels continue to be low vs. housing costs. Better education means better jobs that pay more. A core challenge is the improvement of our education system. Higher paying jobs will follow.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

GAAR's relevance is not the issue. GAAR is among the most outstanding Realtor associations in our country, especially in terms of its relevance. The question should be, "How can GAAR more effectively reach its membership to assist our Realtors in providing real value to their clients?"  In the past few years, GAAR efforts to do so have grown in their effectiveness. In 2020, I'd like to see GAAR enhance their efforts with a program to contribute to and be a part of the monthly sales meetings held by every brokerage/company in the area GAAR serves.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

I work hard at clear thinking and effective communication. I have a degree in Marketing and have done post-graduate studies in Business Law. I served in sales and marketing management of corporations such as Motorola, GE, and AMD. I have worked for three Albuquerque area real estate firms. I have served in leadership in sports-related associations, homeowners' associations, and industry associations. I have been a teacher. I have the ability to and make it a practice to consider any issue from as many perspectives as I can.

Jack is running for a GAAR Director Position, download his full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

The prominent obstacle REALTORS face is the growing technology of our industry and the challenge of maintaining current knowledge and amending our business techniques to keep with a constantly changing environment.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

GAAR should continue to expand and nurture the member/association relationship, increasing educational opportunities, reaching out to new members, and focusing on better communication with Agents.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

I have been a member of the association for over 20 years with experience in every aspect of the business. I have owned my own brokerage, learned the complications that it entails, what brokers face, and know the tools to repair situations that need attention.  I have served several non-related leadership positions such as the Board of Directors at my Church, the President of the Kiwanis Club and others.

Lauren is running for a GAAR Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Value of the Realtor is threatened by financial institutions attempting to become real estate agents without providing the appropriate legal and professional knowledge that is provided by a licensed Realtor.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

Communication is lacking - communication that would show our members how much more we provide to the community.  Particularly the "younger generation" of Realtors needs to have that impressed upon them.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

Previous Board Director. Good communicator. Not afraid of presenting my opinion even when it is a dissenting one. Desire to become more involved and distribute that involvement to my peers.

Barbara is running for a GAAR Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


What challenges face the current real estate industry?

Our current industry's largest challenge is from the outside sources, such as Zillow, iBuyers, Trulia, Amazon.

How do you feel GAAR could be more relevant to our members?

More technology & continuing education classes.

What do you feel will be unique about the next two-year time frame?

During my real estate career, I have been in residential sales, a corporate relocation director, new construction salesperson, office & retail leasing manager prior to becoming a qualifying broker in 2012.  My strengths include good people skills, being fair with all parties and telling it like it is.  I stay current on real estate rules and regulations and stay relatively calm under fire.

Alice is running for a GAAR Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


SWMLS Board of Directors Applicant Nominations

 


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I've been an active Qualifying Broker for the past many years supervising between 20 to 90 brokers at one time or another.  I've also been a past director of SWMLS for a number of years.  These experiences give me a true picture of the importance that SWMLS plays in the ability of our brokers to provide listing and sales services to their customers and clients.  It's paramount!

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

SWMLS continues to strive to provide new tools and services that members can use to increase their proficiency and make their jobs easier.  Going forward, we are always being challenged by 3rd party vendors (like Zillow) with inaccurate information...among other things!

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I'd really like to see more professionalism within our broker members.  I'd like to see basic respect for the SWMLS rules and regs and see brokers truly work together for the benefit of their customers and clients.  It shouldn't be us against them...ever.

Kay is running for an SWMLS Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I am Chairperson of the Compliance Committee, a Qualifying Broker/Owner of a small office and an engineer by degree.  These particular roles have given me a unique perspective that would make me an asset to the SWMLS Board.  I have had the privilege to serve on compliance and I've been able to see firsthand where our members struggle following the rules as well as trained brand new brokers as they join my office.  My technical background keeps me open to change and helps me understand the intricacies of change that must take place.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

Data Integrity. I joined the compliance committee to help ensure and support our members to further improve the integrity of the data in the MLS to make us more knowledgeable and successful brokers.  Without good data, we are hindered and cannot provide what we need to our customers and to the general public.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I think if I could change one thing, it would be a data checker type tool when entering data into the MLS.  It would hold us accountable to seeking the information needed when entering data into the MLS and ultimately make things easier for everyone.

Natalia is running for an SWMLS Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I have served in leadership positions at GAAR, NMAR and NAR for many years.  I listen to all perspectives and make informed decisions based on what's best for our members.  As one of the 2 NAR Directors serving NMAR, I have shared all relevant information provided from NAR to all GAAR/SWMLS members so you are informed as to what's happening at the national association. I don't have an agenda and don't need to improve my resume therefore I do what's best for Albuquerque area REALTORS.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The role of SWMLS is provide accurate data and technology for our members. Challenges; game changers and disruptors, entry into our industry by well funded players, there is a wave of innovative companies that are entering the real estate world and we need to be prepared.   SWMLS must be flexible and adaptable.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I would love for the members to realize the importance of having accurate data, with that understanding members should make all efforts to keep their listing information precise.

Cathy is running for   SWMLS Vice President, download her full answers  HERE.


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

24 years of real estate experience and a true appreciation of technology and customer service in the real estate industry.    I'm an advocate of more education for the real estate professional.      I have co-authored publications about real estate and have attempted to serve my REALTOR colleagues to enhance their skills and mindset to make our service to the public an elevated profession.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The SWMLS is the core of the data information that is essential to the real estate transaction.  We must keep the data as specific and as accurate as possible while still serving the customers' needs to market their property.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

Enhance the REALTOR members' knowledge about the market so that the REALTOR member is the source of the market information.

Linda is running for an SWMLS Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I have been selling Real Estate for the past 23 years, FULL TIME, in the Greater Abq. area.  I started volunteering for the local Realtor Association, AMBR at that time, in 1998.  Since then, I have served on and chaired numerous committees, PAG's, BOD's, special advisory groups and strategic planning committees on the local, state and national levels.  I served as the president of GAAR in 2007.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

To provide a platform for Participants and Subscribers to facilitate bringing Buyers and Sellers together.     Ensuring we have accurate data.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I think we could continue to provide more resources to our membership to ensure we have the most accurate and reliable data in our MLS.

Scott is running for  SWMLS President, download his full answers  HERE.


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

I think my longevity with the SWMLS board helps us remember what worked and what didn't in the past. Plus my perspective as a QB of more than 50 associates helps us look at things from a different standpoint.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

The role of SWMLS is to insure complete and accurate MLS data and also provide a platform for unconditional compensation amongst members. We could face some interesting decisions regarding how and where to push the Brokers data and also regarding the Class Action Lawsuit on how commissions are paid.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

I'm not looking to make any specific change, just trying to make sure our diverse group looks and acts with the membership, as a whole, in mind.

JoLynn is running for an SWMLS Director Position, download her full answers  HERE.


Please share your experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and any other relevant information that would make you an asset to the SWMLS Board of Directors and SWMLS Participants/Subscribers. If applying for an officer position, what leadership skills do you bring to the role?

Being the CRS Financial advisor for 5 years and also running my own construction business for the last 37 years gives me the experience and knowledge to possibly flourish as the SWMLS Treasurer.

What is the role of the SWMLS and what are the challenges facing the SWMLS moving forward?

Provider of accurate information and MLS   services to the public, participants, and subscribers.

What is one thing you would like to change that is in the purview of SWMLS?

Would like more members to volunteer for SWMLS and GAAR training programs, events and committees. There are so many events and committees put on by SWMLS and GAAR, attendance is low from our members and would like to see an increase.

Jeanette is running for    SWMLS Treasurer, download her full answers  HERE.