Orlando REALTOR® Mike McGraw, a past president and current director of ORRA, has been elected 2019 Florida Realtors® secretary. The election took place during the 2018 Florida Realtors® Annual Convention & Trade Expo, August 8 – 12, in Orlando.
As secretary of the 180,000-member Florida Realtors®, Mike - an agent with RE/MAX Central Realty - will take on a significant role for the Sunshine State’s largest trade association.
"As evidenced by his continuous and years-long involvement with both ORRA and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee, Mike truly cares about the interests of members," says ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC. "I am fully confident that we will all benefit from his thoughtful and committed leadership."
Mike has a particular interest in efforts to advocate on behalf of REALTORS® and private property owners, and in fact ran his campaign on that platform. “The work of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and the REALTOR® Party is critical to issues that impact both real estate licensees and the homebuyers and sellers they serve, such as affordable housing and flood insurance,” explains Mike. “For example, REALTORS® in Florida are adamant about protecting the doc-stamp funded Sadowski Housing Trust Fund, which is intended to be a dedicated source of money for housing assistance.”
ORRA Chief Executive Officer Cliff Long points out that having a member elected to a state leadership position is a significant achievement for a local REALTOR® association. And, Mike is the first ORRA member to be part of Florida Realtors® top-tier leadership team since Dean Asher was president of the organization in 2013.
“Mike’s victory was a victory not just for ORRA members but for all Florida REALTORS®,” says Long. “Because of his willingness to visit every district during his campaign, he is familiar with the voices and the concerns of REALTORS® throughout the state.”
Mike received votes from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. He also received the recommendation of the Florida Realtors® Nominating Committee in addition to endorsements from eight local REALTOR® association (including ORRA, of course).
Additional ORRA members who were successful in their elections include:
*Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC – Florida Realtors Vice President, District 12
*Dick Fryer, Southern Style Real Estate – NAR Director
*Zola Szerences, Keller Williams Winter Park – NAR Director
*Christian Bohyn, Windmaker Realty – NAR Director Alternate