Committee Chairs and Staff Liaisons

RIAR – 2017

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Board of Directors  Brenda Marchwicki, President
Philip Tedesco, Staff Liaison

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association empowered by the bylaws to lead, and ultimately be responsible for, the corporation.

By-Laws   Bruce Allen, Chair
Philip Tedesco/Monica Staaf/Heather Setters, Staff
Liaison(s)

The By-laws Committee will review and prepare RIAR by-laws amendments that may be mandated by NAR, or suggested by the RIAR Board of Directors, to be voted on by the membership.  RIAR By-laws amendments mandated by NAR policy only need approval by the Board of Directors and do not need membership approval.

Education Committee Agueda Del Borgo, Chair
Ann Enos/Bev Pierce, Staff Liaison(s)

Recommends courses and presentations that are pertinent to the industry and current trends for our membership’s knowledge and growth in professionalism and financial success.  The Education committee also recommends new classes and curricula for REALTORS®, and is responsible for assisting with the coordination of the education programs offered by the association.

Finance Dean de Tonnancourt, Chair
Philip Tedesco/Claudia Chappelle, Staff Liaison(s)

Reviews the financial reports of the association’s operation, assistsin preparation of annual budget;monitors the financial health and investment direction of the association. The finance committee receives the annual audit presentation, and assists in the planning of the annual budget.

Forms Committee Kevin Dumont, Chair
Monica Staaf/Heather Setters, Staff Liaison(s)

Creates and updates model real estate forms and contracts to meet the needs of REALTORS®.  Updates existing forms to comply with legal and legislative changes and to meet the changing demands of the market.

Government Affairs Committee   Pat Lenihan, Chair
David Salvatore, Staff Liaison

Positions the association as a community leader and opinion shaper as we try to strategically lead the state on legislative issues.  Advocates on behalf of REALTORS to preserve, protect and promote private ownership, transfer and use of real property and to advocate for a legislative and regulatory climate in which REALTORS® are able to conduct their business at the state and local level.

Grievance Committee Mary Baron, Chair
Monica Staaf/Heather Setters, Staff Liaison(s)

Conducts a preliminary review of disciplinary complaints to determine whether the complaint should be forwarded to a hearing panel of the professional standards committee (training required to serve on this committee).

REQUIREMENT: Must serve on local Grievance or Professional Standards Committee for a minimum of three (3) years.

Nominating Committee Art Yatsko, Chair
Monica Staaf/Heather Setters, Staff Liaison(s)

Responsible for recruiting at least one (1) qualified candidate for each vacant Officer, Director, and NAR Director position to be filled, as well as recommends Honorary Life Member candidates to the Board of Directors.

Past Presidents’ Council Jay Readyhough, Co-Chair
Bruce Allen, Co-Chair
Philip Tedesco/Sabrina DeRensis, Staff Liaison(s)

The Past Presidents’ Council provides input to the current President and Officers as needed and requested by the current RIAR President.

Professional Standards Committee John Silvia, Chair
Monica Staaf/Heather Setters, Staff Liaison(s)

Oversees mediation, hearings, and procedures related to commission disputes and/or alleged violations of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics for REALTORS® and members of the public when members from more than one local association are involved.

REQUIREMENT: Must serve on local Grievance or Professional Standards Committee for a minimum of three (3) years.

RPAC Fundraising Taskforce Pam Hanson Carbone, Chair
Monica Staaf/David Salvatore, Staff Liaison(s)

Coordinates with local RPAC Fundraising Committees to educate and encourage REALTORS® and REALTOR®-affiliates to invest in RPAC. Assists with fundraising events, major donor events, outreach, and broker awareness campaigns. Responsible for ensuring that the state meets national and state fundraising goals.

RPAC Trustees Stephen Antoni, Chair
Philip Tedesco/Monica Staaf, Staff Liaison(s)

Identifies and disburses funds to candidates for state and local office who support REALTOR® goals and private property rights using objective criteria. Also assists with candidate evaluation and development, community outreach development, issues mobilization, lobbying, member political mobilization and education and RPAC fundraising.

REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) Committee Taskforce Pat Lenihan, Chair
Philip Tedesco/Sabrina Melo, Staff Liaison(s)

Selects the State REALTOR® of the Year from among the Rhode Island local Associations of REALTORS® annual REALTORS® of the Year. The Chair of this committee is the previous year’s State ROTY recipient.

REALTOR® Risk Management Committee Chris Fascione, Chair
Monica Staaf/Heather Setters, Staff Liaison(s)

Monitors risk trends, and educates REALTORS® about the risks. Oversees the development of risk management educational programs, products, and services.

Young Professional Network Michael Brennan, Chair
Tricia Charves/Sabrina Melo, Staff Liaison(s)

Provide the tools and encouragement for young real estate professionals to be actively engaged in the Association, and provide them opportunities to excel in their careers through activities such as social events, volunteering and education. YPN also assists the Association in communicating the value of the Association to young members.

 

2016 – REALTOR® Foundation: Rhode Island

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REALTOR® Foundation: Rhode Island Board of Trustees President, Paul Leys
Philip Tedesco, Staff Liaison

The Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c )(3) of the Code, and the raising and receiving funds to provide charitable support to individuals or entities affected by a personal or natural disaster.  The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Foundation empowered by the bylaws to lead, and ultimately be responsible for, the corporation.

REALTOR® Troop Support Taskforce Becky Moniz, Chair
Claudia Chappelle, Staff Liaison

The Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c )(3) of the Code, and the raising and receiving funds to provide charitable support to individuals or entities affected by a personal or natural disaster.  The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Foundation empowered by the bylaws to lead, and ultimately be responsible for, the corporation.