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GCAAR

Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

Committees

Communications

The Communications Committee reviews and recommends communication methods and contributes content for print and online communications.  

Activities
Members must attend monthly meetings as needed.  “Homework” between meetings may include brainstorming content, reviewing materials, or writing articles. Contact staff liaison Bobette Banks.

Chair: Avi Adler
Vice Chair: Chris Kearney
Board Liaison: Justin Levitch

Community Service

The Community Service Committee, GCAAR Cares, gives REALTORS® the opportunity to meet, network, and work together on projects that benefit the greater community. The committee raises money for the GCAAR Cares fund, runs the charitable grant program, and recognizes members who contribute to the community.  

Activities
Members must attend monthly meetings, participate in at least one subcommittee, and participate in at least one volunteer activity supported by GCAAR. Contact staff liaison Bill Highsmith.

Chair: Samantha Damato
Vice Chair: Karen Friedman
Board Liaison: Ellie Shorb

Education

The Education Committee provides members with the resources, education, and training necessary to advance the careers of REALTORS® by suggesting topics and speakers for continuing education and professional development classes.

Activities
Members must attend 4-6 full committee meetings each and participate in one subcommittee as needed. Contact staff liaison Mark Glazer.

Chair: Brian Willingham
Vice Chair: Sandra Stewart
Board Liaison: Thom Brockett

Events

The Events Committee solicits and secures sponsors for GCAAR's annual education summit REALTOR® Fest, and plans and executes Association events.

Activities
Members must attend monthly meetings and participate in at least one subcommittee.  Contact staff liaison Mark Glazer.

Chair: Fred Dorsey
Vice Chair: Aylin Gokce
Board Liaison: Andres Serafini

Forms

The Forms Committee (formerly the Contracts and Clauses Committee) reviews the Association's current forms, makes recommendations or revisions, and creates new forms as needed (determined by market conditions and changing regulations).  REALTOR® members must have been in the business since at least January 1, 2014 in order to qualify for the 2017 committee.  They must demonstrate extensive experience with GCAAR forms as evidenced by transaction counts over the past three years, or in the case of the broker/manager or team leader/trainer, the number of transactions processed in the office or by the team. Prior experience on another GCAAR committee is preferred but not required. Contact staff liaison Katalin Peter.

Chair: Susann Haskins
Vice Chair: Jamie Coley
Board Liaison: Kirsten Williams
Grievance

The Grievance Committee is the Grand Jury for ethics complaints and arbitration requests. The committee reviews documents filed in ethics complaints and arbitration requests and determines whether to forward cases to the Professional Standards Committee for hearings.

Activities
Members must attend monthly meetings for a three-year term. “Homework” between meetings includes reading and analyzing cases filed and attending the professional standards training seminar in January.  Contact staff liaison Yvette Robinson.

Chair: Joyce Gardner
Vice Chair: Carlos Evans
Board Liaison: Lee Goldstein
Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Committee members sit on hearing panels for cases involving Code of Ethics violations, as well as contractual and specific non-contractual disputes.

Activities
Members must attend quarterly training meetings and serve on hearing panels as necessary. Contact staff liaison Yvette Robinson.

Chair:  Anne Killeen
Vice Chair: James Higgins
Board Liaison: Frank Snodgrass
Property Management

The Property Management Committee is composed of industry specialists who review the Association’s current recommended property management forms and make recommendations on revisions. The Committee creates new forms as needed (determined by market conditions and changing regulations and standards).
 
The Committee also encourages new standards and protocols for the betterment of the members’ property management businesses based on best practices of the experts in the field of property management.

Members must attend monthly meetings. “Homework” between meetings may include reading, proofing, and/or editing forms.. Contact staff liaison Yvette Robinson.

Chair: Cynthia Davis
Vice Chair: Harold Huggins
Board Liaison: Jody Goren
Public Policy (Montgomery County)

The Public Policy committee discusses the impact of proposed legislative and regulatory changes on real estate business and the housing market and recommends support for or against proposed legislative and regulatory changes. 

Activities
Members must attend monthly meetings, participate in county or state task forces, and attend hearings. Contact staff liaison Zac Trupp.

Chair: Peg Mancuso
Vice Chair: Philip Raskin
Board Liaison: Jan Brito

Political and Campaign Affairs

The Political and Campaign Affairs Committee raises funds for candidates and campaigns that support the industry. Contact staff liaisons Ed Krauze or Katie Maclure.

Young Professional's Network (YPN)

The Young Professional's Network (YPN) Committee selects topics, speakers, and locations for quarterly events and solicits and secures sponsors. 

Activities
Members must attend quarterly meetings and call-in for monthly meetings, solicit speakers and sponsors between meetings, and attend quarterly YPN events. Contact staff liaisons Ivory Brooks and Kayla Yingling.  For more information, visit them at gcaarypn.com.

Chair: Jake Ryon
Vice Chair: Daniel Schuler
Board Liaison: Harrison Beacher