Reaching New Heights - GBAR Membership, Charitable-giving & PAC Fundraising Set Records in 2013
This year was one for the record books at GBAR, with steady growth in membership, the addition of new educational programming and networking events, and new all-time highs set for charitable-giving and annual support for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and GBREBPAC. Notably, membership now stands at a record 6,772 REALTORS® and affiliate members, while our association calendar featured the most courses and events offered in five years, including the new RoadShow Fall Conference & Expo.
Additionally, in 2013 we created and introduced the Young Professionals Network (YPN) and Broker-Owner Inner Circle Forums to more effectively communicate, educate and connect with new and younger agents and Designated REALTORS® respectively. Exploratory talks also are underway to form a Global Council to foster education and networking opportunities for agents catering to immigrants and foreign-born home buyers and sellers, and the transition from TrueForms to zipLogix® Plus has begun to provide a more intuitive, user-friendly experience for accessing the GBREB Real Estate Forms Library using our eForms platform.
None of these successes or the many other activities and initiatives highlighted in our 2013 Annual Report would have been possible without the contributions of time and talent by the hard-working member volunteers serving on GBAR Committees and in elected leadership. On behalf of GBAR President Sue McDonough and your staff, I want to thank all those actively involved in furthering the mission of our association this year. We look forward to working with the newly-elected GBAR Board of Directors and the association's committees to provide even more value for our members in the year ahead and extend to each of you warm wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and prosperous 2014!