Looking Back, Moving Forward
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Orlando REALTOR® | November/December 2017
By Bruce Elliott
2017 ORRA President
It’s hard to believe that my year serving as your president is already coming to a close. I’ve been reflecting back on those experiences over the past 12 months that stand out the most, and here’s what has floated to the top.
>Throughout the year, I took great pleasure and pride in representing our members, our industry, and our city to audiences around the nation and the world. I’ve educated attendees and participants on the benefits of investing in Orlando real estate at events such as:
*The FIABCI-USA International Real Estate Federation International Symposium in New York City;
*REALTOR® Quest in Toronto;
*The World Economic Forum in Miami;
*An NAR trade mission to Chi Min City, Vietnam;
*An NAR trade mission to Panama City, Panama;
*The FIABCI-USA International Real Estate Federation World Convention in Greece (next month); and
*The Orange County Property Appraiser State of Orange County Real Estate in Orlando.
One of the tools I use is a brochure produced by the association that provides information about Orlando’s allure as a destination for international real estate and economic investment. “Focus Orlando” is available for all members to download and use in their own marketing efforts. It’s located here.
>Like it did for many of you, Hurricane Irma presented a tremendous challenge to our association, to our market (sales dropped 20 percent in September while new listings fell 31 percent), and to our community as a whole.
The hurricane wreaked havoc on the ORRA building on Lee Road, rendering it uninhabitable for more than a month. Thanks to a generous offer from Dick Fryer, operations and classes were quickly relocated down the street to the offices and classrooms of IFREC.
The good news is that repairs on the ORRA building have almost been completed, air quality tests have been passed, and staff is back at their own desks. However as of press time classes were still taking place at IFREC while renovations of conference center finish up, so please read your ORRA e-mails and check the ORRA website for location alerts.
>Finally, the retirement of ORRA Executive Vice President Jacque Stanly after more than 40 years with the association is certainly worth mention (read her farewell message on page 10). Her support during my presidency has been invaluable, as it has been to all those who came before me. Our incoming president, Lou Nimkoff, will have the honor of initiating the association’s new CEO, and I look forward to being part of that announcement in the coming months.
Of course, no president can lead an association like ORRA without a corps of volunteers who make things happen. I’d like to extend my gratitude to each committee chairman and committee member for their work on our many programs and events, and of course to the board of directors and my fellow leadership team members for their wisdom and guidance throughout the year.
I’m fully confident that Lou and the 2018 leadership team will guide us through the next year with thoughtfulness and consideration for the best interest of ORRA’s membership. Thank you for having graced me with the opportunity to have served as your president this past year. My door will continue to be open to you as I remain on the board as immediate past president; please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORRA President Bruce Elliott, Regal R.E. Professionals LLC, can be reached at email@example.com.