Chairman's Corner

 John Flor ABR, CRS, GRI, RRS, and e-PRO  |    January 13, 2010

Happy New Year, Wisconsin REALTORS®! I want to congratulate you for making it through another tough year and choosing to continue your career in real estate.

I love this time of the year, because it allows us to focus on the future. It is a great time to put the struggles of the past behind us and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. I think we can all agree that the next year will present many opportunities for each and every one of us in new and challenging ways. If you joined us at the Management Conference last month, we heard about how our industry is continuing to change. However, we also heard that in many ways the concepts of community involvement, honesty, integrity and personal referrals are just as important today as they have ever been.

When you are sitting down to plan out your goals for the next year, I would like you add one to your list. Please make a commitment to get involved or increase your involvement in your local, state or National Association of REALTORS®. You have made a commitment to stay in real estate and now I would like you to make a commitment to participate in real estate in a way many of you never have. These organizations provide us with the services we need to professionally conduct our businesses and there are many ways to give back.

Start with small, attainable goals, like attending meetings in your local area, giving to RPAC, attending a fundraiser or taking part in an educational opportunity. You will find that you learn just as much from your fellow REALTORS® as you do from the formal presentations at these events. If you are already a regular attendee, maybe it is time to step up and participate on a committee or run for the board of directors. For those of you looking for a more serious challenge, I encourage you to explore the possibility of taking on a leadership role in one of the associations. For any of these positions I encourage you to speak to your Association Executive or current leadership team. These are the people who know you and can point out where you can excel within the association and reach your goals. This is the time to decide if you are interested in pursuing this course, as many associations will start their application process soon, so don’t wait.

Many of you have served or already currently serve our associations at very high levels. I want to thank you for your leadership and commitment to real estate in Wisconsin. I also want to encourage you to use your knowledge and experience to encourage others to serve. We all know people with the potential to lead, organize or contribute to our organizations in ways that they can’t even imagine. Take the time to personally ask these talented individuals for their help. Personal encouragement from someone you respect is more motivating than
any email or article I or anyone else can write. It is often the smallest act of encouragement that will lead to the greatest contributions.

Think about how you want to help make real estate in Wisconsin better and then take action. It may take time and effort, but I guarantee you will get much more out of the experience than you give.

I want to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

And don’t forget to show your REALTOR® pride every day.
John R. Flor

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