By Reese Stewart
Orlando REALTOR® magazine, Winter 2020
Welcome to 2020! I would like to kick off my year as ORRA’s president by offering gratitude for receiving your trust, and by promising to uphold my duties to the best of my abilities.
A lot of association presidents burst into their year chomping at the bit to make big changes and blaze new paths. I’m here to tell you that I’m not that president. In my belief, it’s hard for an association to accomplish its goals if they change every January 1. In fact, my overall objective is to provide a steady, guiding hand and help ORRA to stay the course as it makes further progress on the many worthy initiatives it began in 2019 or even earlier.
A great example is affordable housing. ORRA took on an amazingly active role in addressing this community crises in 2019, under the determined guidance of then-President Jeffrey M. Fagan. We should all be thankful that Jeff has agreed to serve as ORRA’s go-to in 2020 regarding affordable housing. The issue is incredibly complex and having Jeff’s knowledge at ORRA’s disposal is invaluable. We will continue to call for full funding of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Funds and to seek support for affordable housing solutions from governmental officials, the media, and the public.
Two of my additional areas of priority are professionalism and profitability. ORRA’s Professional Development Department will continue its ongoing efforts to create programs that educate and encourage REALTORS® to provide the highest levels of customer service. And profitability is important to everyone! ORRA will keep seeking more and better tools, classes, and other resources to enhance your financial success. It’s up to you, however, to reach out and utilize all that ORRA has to offer.
Of course, this approach doesn’t mean that new and exciting projects won’t emerge in 2020. If you’ve already watched the 2019 State of the Association video address you know that our charismatic and forward-thinking CEO, Cliff Long, has big plans. In the hopper are budding initiatives such as an association management company, a rebranded web presence, and a deep dive into television.
In case you haven’t seen the 2019 State of the Association — available in English and Spanish — I highly recommend you take the time. It’s lively viewing that’s chock full of interesting highlights from last year (my favorite is that REALTOR® Code of Ethics violation cases went down 27% compared to 2018). You can find the video on both orlandorealtors.org and facebook/ORRA.
Finally, I’d like to remind you that while I may be taking on the role of ORRA’s president for one year, ORRA is and always will be YOUR association. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any ORRA-related concern.
ORRA President Reese Stewart, RE/MAX Properties SW, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.