It seems like just yesterday that I walked into the offices of the Orlando-Winter Park Board of REALTORS® and interviewed for a job in the administration department. That was in 1977 and, needless to say, the real estate industry in general and real estate technology in particular have undergone many changes during the 40 years since then.
As I plan for my December retirement, I am remembering the MLS print-out books that were distributed every Tuesday; the mimeograph machines that made our copies; printing out our newsletters and stuffing them by hand; and looking up members on Rolodex files (no computers at that time!).
There is one important facet of my time with the REALTOR® organization that has not changed, and that’s REALTORS®. I could not have chosen a career that provided me with more opportunities to work with such wonderful people. The friends I have made will always remain close. I keep with me 40 wonderful past presidents who were an honor to work with, and a fantastic past and present staff of professionals who are the backbone of ORRA.
I like to think that with social media as it is today, I will never be far away. So, it is with mixed feelings that I go on to the next chapter in my life and leave ORRA to prosper and move forward, with the hopes that I played a small part in its evolution to greatness.