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Truly Honored to Have Served as Your Chairman

Wednesday, October 30, 2013  
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Orlando REALTOR® | November/December 2013

By Steve Merchant

It’s hard for me to believe that my term as chairman of this incredible organization is coming to an end. Seems like just yesterday we started with our spectacular Red, White, and Groove Awards and Inaugural Gala honoring service to our country, community, and association.

As your chairman, I’ve embraced the many opportunities to speak on our behalf. Rather speaking to our members, the press, an education summit, a local chamber, investors, mortgage brokers, attorneys, etc., I have tried to impress how proud I am of our association and my opportunity to serve as your chairman.

Over the years I served on a huge number of committees and task forces which helped me prepare for my duties as chairman. Serving on a committee is one the best ways you can help both the association and yourself. I encourage each and every one of you to become involved. My involvement provided insight into not only our association and our profession, but also knowledge that I could apply to my own business.

I’ve really enjoyed the year and am so proud of our accomplishments. I applaud every task force, sub-committee, committee, and department for your contributions to our success. I could not possibly list all the individual contributions that contributed to our successful year. I was supported with great leadership at every level. From sub-committee vice-chairs through our dedicated board of directors, future leaders shined brightly. Additionally, our staff was committed and contributed greatly to our achievements. Most importantly, I'm proud that we all came together (our members, our staff, our affiliates, WCR, YPN, commercial, property management, etc) and produced great results.

Over my years of leadership, I've had the privilege of meeting mayors, governors, congressman, and senators, but no one more important than you, our members. I’m proud to have followed some great leaders of our association, and I am truly honored for the opportunity to have served as ORRA’s chairman of the board. As I reflect, I’m thrilled with what ORRA accomplished during my year, and I’ll step aside with great confidence leaving the association in the capable hands of our incoming chairman, Zola Szerencses, and a very talented 2014 leadership team.

My term as chairman is ending, but you can believe that I’ll be continuing my involvement with ORRA through education classes and committee work. Hope to see you there!

ORRA Chairman of the Board Steve Merchant, Global Realty International, is available at


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