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ORRA Meet And Greet: 2016 Officers

Friday, January 22, 2016  
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Orlando REALTOR® | JanuaryFebruary 2016


ORRA's 2016 Officers Share A Little Bit
About Themselves And Their Real Estate Philosophies

President
JOHN LAZENBY
COLONY REALTY GROUP, INC.

My goals as ORRA president are to provide members with more ways to be engaged in ORRA across all areas, to create initiatives that give back to members, and to provide opportunities for members to give back to their communities.

What I wish others knew about ORRA is that we provide a structure within which our Realtor and Affiliate members can operate and conduct business, and channels through which they can serve their communities.

The most pressing REALTOR® issue is teaching the importance of serving the buyers and sellers with professionalism.

The most rewarding part of real estate is being part of the American dream.

The best real estate advice I’ve given is to focus on a segment — such as geographic or price range — and become an expert.

My real estate role model is my former neighbor and long-time friend, Johnny Isakson, past president of Northside Realty in Atlanta and a Georgia Senator, who I consider to be the REALTORS’® best friend in the U.S. Senate.

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to network and continuously pursue both education and professional designations.

My favorite thing about Central Florida is the people and the weather.

My first job was selling shoes at Thom McAn during high school.

I try to handle difficult situations by evaluating the facts and staying calm.

If I were not in real estate, I would be a business consultant specializing in start-ups and new-business development.

President-elect
BRUCE ELLIOTT
REGAL R.E. PROFESSIONALS LLC

My goals as an ORRA leader for 2016 are to look for ways to help members increase their business; look for opportunities to expand the reach of ORRA into the community; and to increase the member-staff relationship and efficiencies.

The best thing that has happened since I started volunteering with ORRA is developing an understanding of how our association works and why. I’ve also learned how to work within groups of very diverse individuals.

What I think will be different about ORRA in five years is that we will be in a more central location to better serve the entire membership.

The most pressing national real estate issue is third-party collectors and resellers of local real estate information.

The most pressing REALTOR® issue is teaching consumers the difference between a REALTOR® and a non-REALTOR®, and why they need to use a REALTOR®.

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is that you never know how much your client knows so always be prepared with all the facts.

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to know what is happening in your market at all times.

My favorite sports team is the Green Bay Packers.

My childhood ambition was to be a judge.

My first job was at Target in the electronics department.

Treasurer
LOU NIMKOFF
BRIO REAL ESTATE SERVICES LLC


My three goals as an ORRA leader for 2016 are to increase the services we give members; provide services at more locations around the metro area; and increase the number of members we serve.

The best thing that has happened since I started volunteering with ORRA is making many good friends with other real estate professionals.

The most pressing local real estate issue is affordable housing.

The most pressing national real estate issue is keeping the mortgage interest deduction.

The most pressing REALTOR® issue is increasing the level of professionalism among members.

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is to specialize.

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is to attend REALTOR® educational sessions, share ideas, and listen to others.

My favorite real estate technology is cloud-based files.

What’s on my iPod is Jimmy Buffett, Pink, Barenaked Ladies, Steely Dan, and lots of 70s and 80s music.

My favorite thing about Central Florida is the worst day in summer here is way better than the worst day of winter up North.

My first job was as DJ at a radio station.

A little known fact about me is I got engaged underwater (scuba diving with my wife of 25 years).

If I were not in real estate I would be a lawyer.

Secretary
LISA FORD
CHARLES RUTENBERG REALTY

My three goals as an ORRA leader for 2016 are to help ORRA to follow the strategic plan set by leadership; to help members prepare for changes in our industry; and to help ORRA improve member engagement.

The best thing that has happened since I started volunteering with ORRA is the free continuing education initiative.

What I wish others know about ORRA is just how many benefits it offers to members.

The most pressing REALTOR® issues are our status as independent contractors and consumers’ understanding of the value a REALTOR®.

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is it’s not closed until it’s closed.

The best way to stay competitive in real estate is continuing education.

My favorite real estate technology is my Samsung Note.

I chose a career in real estate because I enjoy helping others and love the independence it offers.

My Pandora stations include 80s alternative, Pitbull, classical, and everything in between.

My favorite thing about Central Florida is that Orlando is a “big small town.”

A little known fact about me is I worked in a cheese factory during college.

I try to handle difficult situations by talking it over with my husband — he balances me!

If I were not in real estate I would probably be in the restaurant business.

Past President
SHARON VOSS
WATSON REALTY CORP.

My goals as an ORRA leader are to raise awareness in the community that in addition to being a resource for buying and selling homes, REALTORS® are also a resource for homeowner association rules and regulations and for community government regulations.

The best thing that has happened since I started volunteering with ORRA is learning how important it is to be a part of committees in order to help members.

What I wish others knew about ORRA is how much valuable information is in our e-mail newsletters.

What I think will be different about ORRA in five years is that we will be in a new building and have several satellite offices to accommodate our growing membership.

The most pressing local real estate issues are lack of inventory and lingering foreclosures.

The most important real estate lesson I’ve learned is never assume anything.

The best real estate advice I’ve received is “verbal is nothing.”

The best real estate advice I’ve given is “always be ethical and always be yourself.”

My favorite things about Central Florida are new projects such as the Medical City, the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, and the new soccer stadium.

I try to handle difficult situations by remaining calm.

If I were not in real estate I would be working with children.

Executive Vice President
JACQUE STANLY
ORLANDO REGIONAL REALTOR® ASSOCIATION

My goals as an ORRA leader for 2016 are to expand the value proposition for ORRA members; to increase non-dues income; and to increase REALTOR® recognition in the community.

What I think will be different about ORRA in five years is that we will have enormous technological advances in education.

The most pressing local real estate issue is broker survivor-ability.

The most pressing REALTOR® issue is marginal agents destroying the REALTOR® reputation.

The most challenging part of association management is trying to keep up to date on changes within the industry that your association represents.

The best association management advice I’ve given is to think of the association as your own business.

The best way to stay competitive in association management is to find out what members want and deliver it.

My personal motto is “the past should not be treated as a hammock, but as a springboard.”

The best decision I’ve made is applying for ORRA’s association executive position.

My favorite sports team is the Gators.

I’ve always wanted to meet Tim Tebow.

I’ve always wanted to play the piano.

What I would like to improve about myself is embracing technology.

I try to handle difficult situations by talking – you just need to discuss it.

If I were not in association management I would be a doctor.


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