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Bullhead City/Mohave Valley Association of REALTORS® (Region 1)

2016 President: Michael Lueck
Association Executive: Sharon Marsh
Email: Sharon@BullheadRealtors.com
Phone: 928-758-4808
Fax: 888-412-4667
841 Hancock Rd.
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

Central Arizona Board of REALTORS® (Region 3)

2016 President: Jim Lewin
Association Executive: Joan Backman
Email: joan@cazbr.com
Phone: 928-474-1944
Fax: 928-472-8016
600 E. Highway 260 #12
Payson, AZ 85541
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff
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Douglas Association of REALTORS® (Region 5)

2016 President: Michael Gutierrez
Association Executive: Bob Karp
Email: saarae@seazrealtor.com
Phone: 520-458-7802
Fax: 520-458-7620
125 South 2nd Street
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

Green Valley/Sahuarita Association of REALTORS® (Region 5)

2016 President: Judi Monday, CRS
Association Executive: Janie MacDonald
Email: Janie@gvsar.com
Phone: 520-648-0800
210 W Continental Rd. #244
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


Kingman/Golden Valley Association of REALTORS® (Region 1)

2016 President: Bob Bass, CRS, GRI
Association Executive: Robin Day
Email: Robinkgvar@gmail.com
Phone: 928-692-3222
Fax: 928-692-3224
1923 Kino Ave.
Kingman, AZ 86409-3063
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

Lake Havasu Association of REALTORS® (Region 1)

2016 President: Jim Durham
Association Executive: Laura Tarin
Email: laura@havasurealtors.com
Phone: 928-855-8423
Fax: 928-855-5255
2293 Swanson Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


La Paz Council to the Lake Havasu Association of REALTORS®

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Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS® (Region 3)

2016 President: Danielle Lawrence
Association Executive: Judy Jackson, RCE
Email: judyj@nazrealtor.com
Phone: 928-779-4303
Fax: 928-774-3230
1515 E. Cedar Ave., Ste. C-4
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


Phoenix Association of REALTORS® (Region 2)

2016 President: Susan Slattery, GRI
Association Executive: Diane Scherer
Email: DScherer@paronline.com
Phone: 602-246-1012
Fax: 602-246-1512
5033 North 19th Avenue #119
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff
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Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (Region 3)

2016 President: LeAnn Carver
Association Executive: Karla Roberts, CAE, RCE
Email: karla@paar.org
Phone: 928-445-2663
Fax: 928-778-7390
3719 Karicio Lane
Prescott, AZ 86303-6829
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® (Region 5)

2016 President: Carlos Ramos
Association Executive: Marybeth Hughes
Email: coboardofrealtor@qwestoffice.net
Phone: 520-377-9613
Fax: 520-377-9614
PO Box 4875
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (Region 4)

2016 President: Debbie Shields, CRS, GRI
Association Executive: Rebecca Grossman, e-PRO®, GREEN, RCE
Email: rebecca@saaronline.com
Phone: 480-945-2651
Fax: 480-422-7945
8600 E. Anderson Drive, Suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


Sedona/Verde Valley Association of REALTORS® (Region 3)

2016 President: Tahona Epperson
Association Executive: Kimberly King, RCE
Email: evp@svvar.com
Phone: 928-282-5409
Fax: 928-282-3559
859 Cove Parkway, Suite 102
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff
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Southeast Arizona Association of REALTORS® (Region 5)

2016 President: Tim Bullington, ABR
Association Executive: Bob Karp
Email: saarae@seazrealtor.com
Phone: 520-458-7802
Fax: 520-458-7620
125 S. Second Street
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


SouthEast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® (SEVRAR) (Region 4)

2016 President: Keri Hoge Means, ABR, GRI, SRES
Association Executive: Janet L. Kane, CAE, CIPS, RCE
Email: jkane@sevrar.com
Phone: 480-833-7510
Fax: 480-835-1329
1363 S. Vineyard
Mesa, AZ 85210
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff
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Tucson Association of REALTORS® (Region 5)

2016 President: Eric Gibbs, Sr.
Association Executive: Marc Lebowitz, RCE
Email: Marc@TucsonRealtors.org
Phone: 520-327-4218
Fax: 520-322-6613
2445 N. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff


Western Pinal Association of REALTORS® (Region 4)

2016 President: Jim Robinette, GRI
Association Executive: Ivette Zepeda
Email: wparonline@gmail.com
Phone: 520-421-1222
Fax: 520-421-2452
820 W. Cottonwood Lane
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

West Maricopa County Regional Association of REALTORS®
(Region 2)

2016 President: Rudy Soltesz, GRI
Association Executive: Roger Nelson
Email: rnelson@wemar.org
Phone: 623-931-9294
Fax: 623-931-1008
9001 W. Union Hills Drive #8
Peoria, AZ 85382
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff
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White Mountain Association of REALTORS® (Region 3)

2016 President: Brenda Ciminski, GRI
Association Executive: Lisa Warco
Email: Lisa@wmaronline.com
Phone: 928-537-1107
Fax: 928-537-3788
5658 Hwy. 260
Lakeside, AZ 85929
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

Yuma Association of REALTORS® (Region 1)

2016 President: Shelly Ostrowski
Association Executive: Jan Marie Ennenga
Email: janmarie@yumaaor.com
Phone: 928-782-1628
Fax: 928-782-7188
74 W. 2nd St.
Yuma, AZ 85364
Leadership | Assn Exec/Staff

2018 AAR Officer Elections

Applications close Monday, January 30, 2017.

The filing period is open to members interested in serving as an AAR Line Officer or Region Vice President in Regions 1, 3 and 5 in 2018. Elections will be held during the Arizona REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Spring Convention in Prescott, Arizona (March 28 – March 31, 2017).

Apply Now

AAR Line Officers

AAR will hold elections for the open positions of President-Elect, First Vice President and Treasurer. These terms last one year and begin on December 1, 2017. Applications are due to the AAR office by Monday, January 30, 2017, please send them directly to Michelle Lind. Call 602-248-7787 if you have any questions.

The Current 2018 Candidates for each office are:

TREASURER:
Jan Leighton
, West Maricopa County Regional Association

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT:
Mary Roberts,
Lake Havasu Association

PRESIDENT-ELECT:
D. Patrick Lewis
, Scottsdale Area Association

Already elected and will serve in 2018:

PRESIDENT:
Lori Doerfler
, Lake Havasu Association, was elected as President-elect and will serve as 2018 President (AAR Bylaws, Article V, Section 1).


Region Vice President

AAR will also be holding elections for Region Vice President in:
Region 1 (Bullhead City, Kingman/Golden Valley, Lake Havasu, Yuma),
Region 3 (Central Arizona, Northern Arizona, Prescott Area, Sedona/Verde Valley, White Mountain)
Region 5 (Douglas, Green Valley/Sahuarita, Santa Cruz County, Southeast Arizona, Tucson).

These are two-year (2018-2019) term positions. If you are interested in applying, please contact your current RVP. RVPs must notify AAR by January 30, 2017.

Region 1 RVP Contact:
Matias Rosales, yumahomes@yahoo.com

Region 3 RVP Contact:
Clark Jones, csjones@theriver.com

Region 5 RVP Contact:
Cathy Erchull, cathyerchull@tierraantigua.net


Qualifications

The following are the minimum criteria, per Arizona Association of REALTORS® Bylaws, which must be met to qualify as a candidate for the above listed offices.

Criteria:

a)  REALTOR® member in good standing;

AND

b)  Knowledge of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® Strategic Plan objectives;

AND

c)  Served as an elected officer of a local board/association for at least one (1) year;

OR

       Served at least one (1) year as an elected or appointed Arizona Association of
REALTORS® Director;

OR

    Served at least one (1) year on the Arizona Association of REALTORS®
Executive Committee.

Serving AAR As An Officer Or Director

updated January 2015

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (“AAR”) was incorporated in 1953 as a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation. As a non-profit corporation, AAR is governed by its Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Policies and Official Statements and the Arizona Non-profit Corporation Act (“NCA”), A.R.S. §10-3101 et. seq.¹   These governing documents and Arizona law define the scope of the duties and liabilities associated with serving as an AAR officer or director.

AAR Governing Documents

The AAR Articles of Incorporation provide that:

  • Management and control of AAR is vested in the Board of Directors.
  • The directors and any person that serves on a board or council in an advisory capacity shall not be subject to suit for acts or omissions made in good faith within the scope of their official capacity.
  • The directors and any person that serves on a board or council in an advisory capacity shall not be subject to personal liability for breach of fiduciary duty to maximum extent provided by law.
  • AAR shall indemnify any person who incurs expenses by reason of the fact that the person is or was acting in their capacity as an AAR officer, director, employee or agent to the maximum extent provided by law.

The AAR Bylaws provide that:

  • AAR business is managed by the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. (The AAR Executive Committee officers are President, President-elect, First Vice President, Treasurer and five Regional Vice Presidents.)
  • Every officer shall be indemnified against all expenses and liabilities reasonably incurred in conjunction with any proceeding to which that officer is involved by reason of being or having been an AAR officer, except in such cases wherein the officer is adjudged guilty of willful misfeasance or malfeasance in the performance of such officer’s duties or shall have acted in such a manner as has exceeded such officer’s authority so to act.

The AAR Policy Statements and Official Statements:

  • Contain guidelines for internal AAR operations.
  • Require the Executive Committee to ensure that AAR is strategically focused, monitor but avoid conducting day-to-day AAR operations, conduct business in a timely and honest fashion, and observe the internal and external chain-of- command.

The Arizona Non-profit Corporation Act (“NCA”)

The NCA sets forth the standards of conduct for officers and directors of a non-profit corporation. The NCA provides that an officer or director’s duties must be discharged:

  • In good faith.
  • With the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances.
  • In a manner the director reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the corporation.

See, A.R.S. 10-3830 (directors); A.R.S. 10-3842 (officers).

In discharging these duties, an officer or director is entitled to rely on information, opinions, reports or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, if prepared or presented by:

  • Officers or employees of AAR whom the officer or director reasonably believes are reliable and competent in the matters presented.
  • Legal counsel, public accountants or other persons as to matters the officer or director reasonably believes are within the person’s professional or expert competence.
  • A committee of, or appointed by, the Board of Directors of which the director is not a member if the director reasonably believes the committee merits confidence.

The NCA also provides that a director is presumed in all cases to have acted, failed to act or otherwise discharged such director’s duties in good faith, with prudent care and in the corporation’s best interests. A person challenging a director’s action, failure to act or other discharge of duties has the burden to establish by clear and convincing evidence facts rebutting this presumption. See, A.R.S. 10-3830(D) (directors); A.R.S. 10-3842(D) (officers).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I be held personally liable for actions taken as an AAR officer or director?

AAAR officers and directors are largely shielded from personal civil liability for actions taken as AAR officers or directors provided that they act in good faith and within the scope of their official duties. However, an officer or director can be held personally liable in certain circumstances. For example, an officer or director may be held personally liable for directly injuring someone or intentionally taking a fraudulent or illegal action.

Q: If I am named in a lawsuit, will AAR reimburse me for my expenses?

A:  As an officer or director, you have a right to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses arising because of a lawsuit. This obligation to reimburse you is referred to as “indemnification.” This indemnification is provided for through both the NCA and the AAR governing documents. See, A.R.S. §10-3851 – A.R.S. §10-3852.

The NCA provides that a corporation may indemnify an individual made a party to a proceeding because the individual is or was an officer or director if:

  • The individual’s conduct was in good faith.
  • The individual reasonably believed:
    • In the case of conduct in an official capacity with the corporation, that the conduct was in its best interests.
    • In all other cases, that the conduct was at least not opposed to its best interests.
  • In the case of any criminal proceedings, the individual had no reasonable cause to believe the conduct was unlawful.

Q: Are there any limits to the duty to reimburse me for expenses incurred in a lawsuit?

AYes. For example, AAR may not indemnify an officer or director:

  • In connection with a proceeding in which the officer or director was adjudged liable to the corporation.
  • In connection with any other proceeding in which the officer or director was adjudged liable on the basis that the officer or director improperly received personal benefit.
  • In a case in which the officer or director is adjudged guilty of willful misfeasance or malfeasance.
  • In a case in which the officer or director exceeded their authority to act.

Q: Does AAR purchase E&O insurance?

A:  Yes. AAR and its officers and directors are insured by the National Association of REALTORS® Association Professional Liability Insurance Policy. This policy generally covers claims relating to negligent acts, errors, omissions, misstatements, misleading statements or breaches of fiduciary duty, as described in the policy. The policy also includes a number of exceptions. You may want to explore whether an individual personal umbrella policy may provide additional protection.

Q: Should I be concerned about conflicts of interest?

AConflicts of interest are addressed in the NCA (A.R.S. §10-3860) and in the AAR Policy Statements and Official Statements. AAR Policy P.9 provides that AAR’s decision-making bodies, including officers and directors, should not use their position with the association to further their private interests and should avoid placing themselves in situations where their personal interests may conflict with the interests of the association.

Officers and directors have a conflict of interest on an issue when:

  • The issue involves a business providing products or services to AAR in which the officer or director or a member of an officer or director’s immediate family is a principal, partner or corporate officer.
  • The issue is one in which that officer or director or a member of an officer or director’s immediate family has a financial interest involving money, employment, investments, credit or contractual rights.

Officers and directors have a conflict of interest in a transaction if they know at the time of commitment that they or a related person:

  • Is a party to the transaction.
  • Has a beneficial interest in, or is so closely linked to, the transaction and of such financial significance to the director, officer or related person that the interest would reasonably be expected to exert an influence on the judgment of the director or officer if called to vote on the transaction.

Q: What should I do if I have a conflict of interest?

AAAR Policy requires that you immediately disclose the interest at the outset of any discussions and not participate in the discussion relating to that issue other than to respond to questions. Further, you may not vote on the issue and should not be present when the vote on the issue is taken.

TIPS FOR THOSE SERVING AS AN AAR OFFICER OR DIRECTOR

  • Act in good faith and in AAR’s best interests.
  • Be prepared for meetings.
  • Review advance materials.
  • Ask questions and participate in discussions.
  • Do not use your position to further private interests.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest.

This article provides only an initial overview of a very complex subject. The information contained herein is of a general nature and may not be updated or revised for accuracy as statutory or case law changes following the date of first publication. Further, this article is not intended as definitive legal advice and you should not act upon it without seeking independent legal counsel.

Michelle is Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (“AAR”) and a State Bar of Arizona board certified real estate specialist.


¹ The legal principles discussed herein are generally applicable to serving as an officer or director of a local association formed as a non-profit corporation.

Board of Directors Responsibilities and Authority

Bylaws Citations

ARTICLE VI

Section 4 – The Board of Directors shall elect and remove AAR officers and National Director Nominees, approve the annual budget and dues, approve withdrawals from the Operating or Capital Reserves, other than as noted in Article IV, Sections 1 and 2, and amend AAR’s Bylaws and Policies except Professional Standards policies, which may be approved by AAR’s Executive Committee. AAR’s accounts shall be audited annually by a certified public accountant.

Section 5 – AAR shall conduct Directors’ meetings no less than two (2) times annually. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or by any fifteen (15) Directors. Written notice of a special meeting shall be sent by mail to all Directors at least ten (10) days before the date of the meeting or by electronic mail at least five (5) days before the date of the meeting. Directors may not participate in Directors’ meetings by agent, representative or proxy, except alternates for quota Directors may be designated in the absence of a quota Director without notice at Board of Directors meetings, however, said alternate shall register at Directors’ attendance desk and provide verification by an officer of said Member Board prior to voting.

Section 7 – A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of Directors constituting at least one-third (?) of the total number of AAR Directors of which there must be representatives from at least one-third (?) of the total number of Member Boards present.

Section 8 – The latest available financial statements reflecting AAR’s financial status shall be mailed or otherwise distributed to each voting Director at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled date of each regular meeting of the Board of Directors. A copy of the proposed annual budget shall be mailed or otherwise distributed to each voting Director at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled date of the Directors Meeting at which the annual budget shall be submitted for adoption.

Section 9 – A Director or an Officer other than the CEO may be removed from office in the following manner:

a. A petition requiring the removal of an Officer or Director and signed by not less than thirty-three and one-third percent (33? %) of the voting Directors shall be filed with the President, or if the President is the subject of the petition, with the next-ranking Officer, and shall specifically set forth the reasons the subject thereof is to be removed from further service.

b. Not less than twenty (20) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the petition is filed, a special meeting of the voting members of the Board of Directors shall be held, and the sole business of the meeting shall be to consider the charges against the Officer or Director who is the subject of the petition and to render a decision on such petition.

c. Previous notice by mail of the special meeting shall be mailed or otherwise distributed to all voting members of the Board of Directors at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting and shall be conducted by the President unless the President’s continued service in office is being considered at the meeting. In such case, the next-ranking Officer will conduct the meeting. Provided a quorum is present, a two-thirds (?) vote of the Directors present, and voting by written ballot shall be required for removal from the office.

d. The Region from which the RVP was nominated and a manner agreed upon within that Region shall handle removal of an RVP.

 

Board Of Directors Responsibilities/Authority

Policy Citations

A.  LEADERSHIP/COMMITTEES

A.4 – BOD VOTING  

Vote counts for officer and National Director elections shall not be given verbally; however, exact counts will be retained by AAR for thirty (30) days following the date of the election for review upon request by any AAR member.

A.8 – CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Members of AAR’s decision making bodies, including, but not limited to, the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Primary Committees, workgroups and other committees (hereinafter “Committee/Director Members”) should not use their position with AAR to further their private interests. Committee/Director Members should avoid placing themselves in situations where their personal interests may conflict with the interests of AAR and should at all times avoid the appearance of conflict of interest. AAR duties should be performed in good faith and for the benefit of AAR.

Committee/Director Members will be considered to have a conflict of interest if the interest would constitute a conflicting interest pursuant to the Arizona Non-profit Corporation Act when:

  1. the issue involves a business providing products or services to AAR in which the Committee/Director Member or a related person is a principal, partner or corporate officer, director, agent or employee.
  2. the issue is one in which that Committee/Director Member or a related person has a beneficial interest involving money, employment, investments, credit or contractual rights or is so closely linked to a transaction of such financial significance to the Committee/Director or a related person that the interest would reasonably be expected to exert an influence on the Committee/Director’s judgment if called on to vote on the transaction. “Related person” shall have the same meaning as defined in the Arizona Non-profit Corporation Act.

Committee/Director Members with a conflict of interest shall immediately disclose the existence and the nature of the conflict at the outset of any discussions by a decision making body pertaining to the issue as well as all facts reasonably material to a judgment about an issue. Such Committee/Director Members may not participate in the discussion relating to that issue other than to respond to questions asked of them by other Committee/Director Members of the body. Committee/Director Members with a conflict of interest may not vote on any issue in which they have a conflict of interest, and should not be present when the vote on the issue is taken.

A.9 ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Primary Committees and workgroups may conduct business by electronic means.

A.12 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

AAR will not provide alcoholic beverages in the AAR Suite or room at State meetings and National meetings. Alcohol will be served only at supervised cash bar or limited “host” drink functions.

A.13 WEAPONS

No person shall bring any firearm or other weapon, or any other article or instrument that could reasonably be deemed dangerous or harmful, into any AAR meeting.

B.  FINANCIAL

B.2 – AMENDMENTS TO APPROVED BUDGET; REALLOCATION FLEXIBILITY       

Proposals to amend the AAR approved budget shall be submitted to the Executive Committee for approval. The Executive Committee may, on its own authority, approve aggregate budget amendments up to two and one-half percent (2.5%) of the approved annual budget.

The Executive Committee shall act as the finance committee and may reallocate approved, but unutilized expense(s) to be used for another program(s), product(s) and expense(s).  Reallocations of approved, but unutilized expense(s) by the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board of Directors at their next scheduled meeting.

B.6 – OPERATING AND RESERVE FUNDS INVESTMENT POLICY 

All AAR Funds not immediately required shall be invested by the CEO and Controller at the direction of the Treasurer and Executive Committee. Permitted investments shall include: Obligations of the US Treasury; obligations of an agency of the US Government; obligations of and obligations fully guaranteed by any of the fifty (50) states of the United States of America; Auction Preferred Stock (APS) and/or Auction Rate Certificates (ARC) and/or Variable Rate Demand Obligations (VRDO) and corporate bonds with an investment grade rating by a nationally recognized rating service. Funds invested in certificates of deposit shall not exceed the total amount insured, including interest earned to maturity, so that a guarantee is made of return of principal and interest.

With the approval of the Executive Committee, permitted investments shall also include up to twenty percent (20%) of the Capital Reserve, up to twenty percent (20%) of the Strategic Initiatives Reserve and up to twenty percent (20%) of the Issues Mobilization Fund in long term growth assets with equity exposure (such as stocks, stock mutual funds and exchange traded funds). The Capital Reserve, Strategic Initiatives Reserve and the Issues Mobilization Fund shall be analyzed annually taking into consideration past disbursements and anticipated future disbursements. Up to twenty percent (20%) of the funds in these accounts that are deemed not to be needed for their intended purpose for a period of five (5) years or greater shall be eligible to be invested in long term growth assets with equity exposure. All investments in long term growth assets with equity exposure shall be reported to the Board of Directors at the next scheduled meeting.

B.7 – CONTRACTS AND ENCUMBRANCES

The President and/or CEO shall be the only individual(s) authorized to enter into contracts or agreements which incur financial or other liabilities to AAR. All contracts not authorized through action of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors or through the budgeting process in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be presented to the Executive Committee for approval prior to execution.

D.  LEGAL/STANDARD FORMS

D.1 – ACCESS TO LEGAL COUNSEL

The AAR General Counsel and Associate Counsel provide support to AAR’s CEO, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Primary Committees. Legal support to Member Boards and/or members is prohibited unless approved by the CEO.

D.2 – Legal Assistance

One of the purposes of the Operating Reserve fund is to provide legal assistance to Boards and/or REALTORS® where litigation arises that can affect other REALTORS®, Member Boards or AAR. In such instances, funds may be used to defray costs and legal fees involved in such litigation. In addition, funds may be used for any litigation involving AAR including covering the deductible amount of AAR’s errors and omissions coverage. No funds may be allocated or utilized to pay or apply to any judgment rendered against any party other than AAR for the payment of damages or fines.

Any request for legal assistance by a REALTOR® must be first supported by his Member Board. All requests, whether from a REALTOR® or a Member Board, must be submitted in writing to the CEO, setting forth the purposes of the request in as much detail as possible prior to any action being undertaken.

The Executive Committee, with AAR General Counsel present, shall hear and decide on all requests for legal assistance. No funds may be expended without the Executive Committee making determination that the matter is of such nature as to adversely affect real estate licensees and/or private property rights within the state of Arizona. The Executive Committee may decide that all costs and legal fees, or a portion thereof, be paid from the Reserve Fund.

The President shall, at the next meeting of the Board of Directors, following a commitment for the use of funds for legal assistance, report to the Directors as to the amount of monies committed or expended. The President shall not discuss at a regular Directors’ meeting the nature of the individual case, the REALTOR® or the Member Board involved. Any Director may, however, review the file on the matter at AAR in the presence of the CEO.

In the event any REALTOR® or Member Board is dissatisfied with the action of the Executive Committee with regard to his or its request, the REALTOR® or Member Board may appear before the Board of Directors and a two-thirds (?) vote of the Board of Directors present and voting may reverse or amend the action of the Executive Committee.

D.3 – STANDARD FORMS         

The Executive Committee or Board of Directors shall approve all form content and format, new or revised, prior to distribution for member use. Prior to substantive revision of any existing form being released, the revised form shall be circulated for comment from experts in the field, all Member Boards, and any appropriate Institutes, Societies or Councils. New or revised forms shall be released on or about February 1, June 1 and October 1 unless law or regulation mandates earlier release.

AAR grants permission to each of its Member Boards to use the AAR member benefit electronic forms software to print each of AAR’s standard forms provided  that the Member Board executes a license agreement with AAR setting forth the terms and conditions of such agreement.

E.  LEGISLATIVE/POLITICAL

E.1 ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE POLICIES

The Legislative and Political Affairs Primary Committee is responsible to recommend subsequent year’s legislative policies to the Board of Directors for approval. The Primary Committee may use any means to obtain member input; however, the Primary Committee, by its own motion(s), will present the final recommended Legislative Policies to the Executive Committee for its recommendation to the Board of Directors.

G.  CEO/INTERNAL

G.9 – SOLICITATIONS AND DONATIONS

All solicitations for donations and funding of non-AAR projects must be approved by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors. Any requested funds must be accompanied by budget when submitted.

G.11HARASSMENT

AAR fully supports the rights of all its members and employees to work in an environment free from harassment. Harassment means any verbal or physical conduct including threatening or obscene language, unwelcome sexual advances, stalking, actions including strikes, shoves, kicks or other similar physical contacts, or threats to do the same, or any other with the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance by creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment. Any member or employee who believes that he or she has been the subject of harassment should follow the complaint procedures set forth in AAR’s Employee Policy and Procedure Manual. Pending the investigation of any complaint, the individual named in the complaint may be asked not to participate in AAR functions until the matter is resolved.

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Want to be on a NAR Committee? Here’s how!

To lay the important foundation and groundwork for understanding the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) committee selection process, it may be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
           Who, if anyone, has encouraged you to apply?
           Why do you want to be on a NAR Committee; what are your qualifications?
           What do you know about NAR’s Committee structure?
           How do you find a committee that interests you?
           Where do you go to get all there is to know about NAR committees?
           When will you make a commitment to pursue your selection of a NAR committee?

These are some of the questions you need to explore and address, as well as determining if NAR committee membership is something you really want.

What Are NAR’s Committees? When it comes to making decisions at the national level, NAR’s committees, advisory boards, forums, and councils are the first place where ideas are discussed and voted upon before being approved by the Board of Directors. (Read more on REALTOR.org)

Here are some important, basic steps you can take to ensure you’re on the right track.

Make sure your NRDS ID personal information is correct and current. This is especially important when it comes to your email address (NAR’s primary method of communication is via email). Please note that changes in your business contact information must be handled by your local association.

One of the fastest ways to look up your NRDS number is to go to the My Account tab at the top of AARonline.com, then visit REALTOR.org to confirm your personal information.

Login to create your Expertise Profile, so that NAR has a detailed resource when selecting committee, work group and presidential advisory group appointments, or when seeking members for other volunteer opportunities.

You will be able to indicate the level of participation with which you feel comfortable when completing the profile form. Please note that this is not synonymous with submitting a Committee Application (login also required). If you wish to serve on a specific committee, you must still submit an online committee application during NAR’s application period.

Read and re-read the NAR REALTOR® Committee Structure. If you are serious about becoming a committee member this is a “must” read. It is a 78-page document and comprehensively covers most everything you want to know about NAR’s committees including, but not limited to timelines; application and appointment notification process; committee policy, procedures and functions; plus a complete list of committees, advisory boards and forums.

On the Committee Selection Process webpage, you can enter and view committee recommendations. Once applications are submitted and endorsements received, they are compiled into reports, which are used by NAR Officers in the committee selection process. You will only have access to the applications that you have entered.

When given the opportunity to write an endorsement for someone, focus on content quality, not quantity. Avoid merely listing leadership positions or titles someone has held. Place the spotlight of your endorsement on specific experiences and achievements. Mention individual accomplishments in areas of specialization; articles written; research conducted; qualities that typically make them stand out; offer reasons why they, in particular, are best suited for a specific committee.

Take a moment to think about what you want to state before you actually put it in writing. Is it a truthful and an accurate representation? Will the quality of your endorsement be helpful and convincing to a potential decision-maker?

Lastly, of utmost importance, when you write an endorsement for someone that has expressed an interest in more than one committee refrain from the temptation to “copy and paste” that information to a committee with a different purpose and function.

James “J.T.” Tsighis is 2016 Chair of NAR’s Risk Management License & Law Forum

2016 Primary Committees

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® is member directed and staff driven. We are governed by our Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Primary Committees. The Primary Committees are:

Legislative and Political Affairs

The Legislative & Political Affairs Committee works to protect private property rights, promote AAR’s interests at all levels of government, and mobilize members to legislative and political action. This includes work on needed legislation, legislative monitoring, lobbying (including “calls for action”), issues campaigns, issues research, member awareness and political training programs, and raising and disbursing funds for RAPAC and the Issues Mobilization Fund.

Chair, Holly Eslinger
Vice Chair, Gary Nelson

Members:
Melissa Clayton
Gary Cordell
Brenda Cross
Frank Dickens
Sue Flucke
Pam Frestedt
Holly Mabery
Craig Sanford
Dee Schippel
Kent Simpson
Lisa Suarez
Duane Washkowiak
Pete Weaver

Lori Doerfler, Executive Committee Liaison
Paula Monthofer, Executive Committee Liaison

 


Risk Management

The Risk Management Committee implements and oversees programs designed to mitigate risk for consumers, as well as all Arizona REALTORS®. This Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining standardized real estate contracts and forms which are used in a majority of Arizona real estate transaction. The group is also charged with professional standards (ethics) administration and adjudication, dispute resolution, Legal Hotline management and oversight, along with educating members in risk management techniques and applicable laws that affect their practice.

Chair, Gerry Russell
Vice Chair, Evan Fuchs

Members:
Martha Appel
James Burton
Jim Durham
Holly Eslinger
Nicole Hamming
Jon Kichen
Jennifer Kiley
Jan Leighton
Marge Lindsay
Holly Mabery
Laurie McDonnell
John Mijac
Trudy Moore
Bradley Ryan
James “J.T.” Tsighis

Bill Ashker, Executive Committee Liaison
Cathy Erchull, Executive Committee Liaison
Richard Mack, Legal Hotline Counsel

 


Business Services and Technology

The Business Services and Technology committee coordinates association activities relating to the technology and processes of information flow among those served by AAR.  Important member benefits from this area include AAR eSign (a full-featured electronic signing platform) and zipForm® (a powerful system which allows Arizona REALTORS® to efficiently fill out and manage contracts).

Chair, Yvonne Coelet
Vice Chair, Sasha Lopez

Members:
James Adams
Annie Barmore
Fred Cleman
Gary Fenton
Elaine Grill
Bart Haiduk
Keri Means Hoge
Danielle Lawrence
Gunner Mitchell
Sean Murphy
Josh Nies
Carlos Ramos
Steve Redmond
Duane Washkowiak

Matias Rosales, Executive Committee Liaison
Jay Schlum, Executive Committee Liaison


Professional and Business Development

The Professional & Business Development Committee provides tools to assist members and associations to be the best prepared and perform to the highest standards. The committee oversees education activities like the GRI program, Leadership Development (LTA), Broker University (seminars geared for brokers/managers), MRE Society and remote educational sessions across Arizona.  Major events include AAR’s Spring Convention, its fall Leadership Conference and the Industry Partners Conference which brings together fellow finance and closing professionals for discussion and education.

Chair, Chris Paris
Vice Chair, Pam Frestedt

Members:
Beth Adams
Vicki Cleman
Sue Flucke
Pamela Frestedt
Evan Fuchs
Eric Gibbs, Sr.
Keri Hoge Means
Jacquie Kellogg
Vicki Lind
Gary Nelson
Yvette Palmer
Emmy Simpson
Laura Tarin

Clark Jones, Executive Committee Liaison
Jim Sexton, Executive Committee Liaison