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Friday, May 04, 2012  
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Chairman's Message
From the May/June 2012 issue

By Stephen Baker
ORRA Chairman of the Board

As your chairman, I am only the tip of a huge army of individuals that spearheads the leadership team for this association. This army is committed to improving all areas of the REALTOR® experience and consists of five officers; 15 directors; 54 chairs and vice-chairs of various committees, subcommittees, task forces, forums, networks, and councils; and nearly 600 members of all those committees. Some ORRA volunteers even extend their efforts beyond the walls of the association and represent REALTORS® in the community. Here are just a few examples:

»ORRA Chairman-elect Steve Merchant graduated from Leadership Orlando in April. This six-month course provides an in-depth review of how Orlando has become part of a regional community. Central Florida communities from coast to coast now recognize the mutual benefit and necessity of collaborative efforts on regional economic, cultural, and legislative issues. Each year, ORRA’s chairman-elect attends this course, which provides invaluable knowledge and networking opportunities plus demonstrates the REALTOR® commitment to the community.

»ORRA has three members who are seeking election for public office this November. Lydia Pisano, currently vice-mayor for the City of Belle Isle, has put her name in the hat for Orange County Commission District 3; Scott Boyd is re-running for Orange County Commission District 1; and Kathleen Gallagher McIver is running for Seminole County Commission District 3. As a past president (Lydia) and a past chairman (Kathleen) of ORRA, who better to understand and represent private property rights and REALTOR® interests?

»One of ORRA’s past directors and executive committee members is working hard as a representative of our association on the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors. Steve Amburgey has just stepped into the president-elect position at MFRMLS and a year from now will ascend to 2013-2014 president. Sean Ferguson and Gary Williams are directors.

One thing that I have learned from my years in real estate and now as your chairman is that our members have a big impact on both REALTORS’® lives and on all people’s lives. Whether it’s representing REALTORS® inside or outside of the association or selling homes, REALTORS® make a difference.

Comments or suggestions? Please feel free to contact me regarding any ORRA-related concerns at

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