October 24, 2017
Last year at my installation, I spoke about three keywords that I feel are necessary for any success: professionalism, teamwork, and focus.
As I head toward the finish line of my year as president of the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS, I’m happy to report that by paying attention to those three little words, we made great progress last year.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give enormous credit to my committee chairs and our incoming president, Joe Luca, all of whom worked beside me every step of the way. Their professionalism was evident in the grace and determination with which they carried out their responsibilities and through great teamwork, they accomplished more than I could have hoped for.
So, what was my focus this past year? Working with Joe by my side, I wanted to pour a solid foundation on which to build in the coming years so that one presidency seamlessly flows into the next. I believe we have set the groundwork for that.
On the legislative front, four of the six pieces of legislation introduced on our behalf passed into law, including enhancing the standards for broker education, which was particularly dear to my heart. Our legislative stance is more proactive than ever before thanks to the hard work of our Government Affairs Committee.
I’m also particularly proud of the inroads that we’ve made in promoting professionalism and leadership. Ours is a business that bears much responsibility and I don’t think we can ever be over-prepared. Bryant University is the latest institution of higher learning with whom we’ve formed a relationship to help our members further their careers. The University’s Certificate of Business Excellence and Certificate of Leadership Excellence programs are the latest offerings that can help our members advance their careers at one of our institutions of higher learning. Already, CCRI accepts GRI courses for up to 25 percent of the required coursework for an Associate of Science degree in Business Studies and we are currently working with Roger Williams University along similar lines. These offerings, along with our legislative victory in broker education, will begin to raise the bar of professionalism for our members.
And of course, Joe and I were also thrilled to join Phil Tedesco at MIPIM in Cannes, France last March. MIPIM was attended by more than 24,000 developers and associated professionals and approximately 5000 investors with more than $100 billion in investment capital in attendance. This annual conference holds boundless opportunities for all of us. I look forward to RIAR’s continued presence at MIPIM where we can showcase Rhode Island on the world stage and to my role as Chair of our newly formed Global Business Committee.
Last but not least, during my year in office, I was fortunate to watch the RI REALTOR Building transform into a world-class facility that members can be proud of. If you haven’t visited lately, make sure to stop in to see our new and vastly improved headquarters.
These are just a few examples of the dynamic work that was done by our association this year. Our successes were abundant and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it.
If we stay focused on successful results no matter what the task, I’m sure that our 2018 executive team, committee members, legions of volunteers, and RIAR staff will take us to some bold new places during the year ahead. I only hope that Joe enjoys his ride in the driver’s seat as much as I did.
In closing, I want to thank you all for your support. It meant more than I can say.