Chairman's Corner with Erik Sjowall: Thank You for Allowing Me to Serve!

 September 07, 2017

As I look back and reflect on my year as chairman of the board for the WRA, I am very honored to have been chosen to lead this great association for the past 12 months. This year as chairman has been a fascinating time for me in my life. The amount of knowledge you gain as you work within our industry protecting REALTORS®, homeowners, property rights and a host of other things is truly a rewarding experience. Our industry is ever-changing and is being challenged on a daily basis, and as I leave my post as chairman, I am thrilled to know that our association is in great hands with the next officer team: Peter Sveum as your chairman, Jean Stefaniak as your chairman-elect and Steve Beers as your treasurer. What an incredibly strong leadership team. I have enjoyed working with you three this past year and wish you the best success going forward.

Although the year of my chairmanship went incredibly fast, it is the journey I have enjoyed along the way. This journey really starts long before one is a chairman. I have loved the last four years serving on the WRA leadership team and learning how and why we are the best association in the real estate industry. We are blessed with a dedicated, compassionate and forward-thinking staff who puts all of our REALTOR® members first. Someone came to me years ago and asked if I would consider giving back to the industry and joining the board of directors. It was the best choice I made. I want to encourage any of you who are considering to apply for a leadership role within the WRA to do it; it is so worth it. As REALTORS®, we all have a wonderful trait about caring and seeing our communities do well, and there is no better way to see this through than pursuing a director role with the WRA. 

I want to give thanks to all of the committee members, the committee chairs, the board of directors of the WRA, the executive committee and the officer team for this last year. Your drive and inspiration to make our industry better is well documented. Thank you to all of the more than 15,000 members for allowing me to represent you on a local, state and national stage this past year. The lifelong friendships that I have formed over the past four years are too long to list; it is one of the many perks of choosing to be active in our association.

I would like to say a special thanks to the Bunbury family for allowing me to share my time between our brokerage and the WRA for four years. There was never a day that they would not encourage me to give back and serve for the greater good of our association. Thank you. And saving the most important for last, I would like to thank my ever-supporting wife Nicole Bunbury Sjowall and my two boys Dane and Drew for allowing me to do the things I felt were important. You have always encouraged me to be a strong leader and help others even if meant missing some things at home. Thank you.

Our association is in a strong position to continue onward for many more years to come. I look forward to watching our new leadership team continue on as innovators and help maintain the integrity and dominance of our wonderful association. Good luck!


Erik Sjowall
2016-17 WRA Chairman of the Board 

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