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ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Mission:

Plan and develop a program of activities for the Annual Conference to provide educational programs, professional development and networking opportunities for the Association members. Committee members may be called upon to help participate in garnering revenue to reach monetary goals.

Meeting Times:

First Wednesday of every month, unless otherwise stated.


Attendance Requirements:

In person preferred.  Conference calling is occasionally permitted.


Other Info:

Members are required to attend the Annual Conference in support of the Conference and will be asked to staff various functions while onsite.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Melissa Lutz, Christie MacDonald

CARE

Mission:

Identify and recognize outstanding contributions by REALTOR® members in serving their community at large and through their local boards and associations. 

Meeting Times:

Two meetings per year - one in July and one in the winter.


Attendance Requirements:

In person preferred.


Other Info:

Award winners are selected in July and a winter meeting is held if there are any award criteria changes.  Meetings are typically two (2) hours in length.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Melissa Lutz

COMMERCIAL ALLIANCE

Mission:

To provide a forum for commercial REALTORS® and real estate professionals to confer on commercial real estate related issues and to provide related networking and educational opportunities.

Meeting Times:

Quarterly meetings, generally held on the 3rd Thursday.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Special Events:  Spring Issue Symposium and Fall Education Program at Annual Conference.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Kathleen Dartez, Jason Brand

COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Mission:

Develop and implement programs for members and external audiences and suggests topics and speakers for Webinars geared toward member professional development.  The Committee oversees the publication of the Maryland REALTOR® magazine and reviews and recommends member benefits that will provide value to members through its affiliate programs.  A subcommittee of members volunteer to judge the MAR Community Service Award, presented at the Annual Conference and EXPO.

Meeting Times:

Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - June.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Meetings are usually less than 2 hours.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Melissa Lutz, Christie MacDonald

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Mission:

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation of MAR’s Investment Policy. The Committee formulates and makes recommendations concerning strategic and financial planning and budgeting for presentation to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. It also monitors the Association’s finances and prepares the fiscal budget of the Association for the coming year.

Some members of the Finance Committee may be appointed to the Investment Management Team. The Investment Management Team works with MAR’s Investment Advisor (an outside firm) in developing a long-term investment plan and makes appropriate investments to reach its goals.

Meeting Times:

Two - three meetings per year (January - April)


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:
Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Patti Schmitt

GLOBAL BUSINESS

Mission:

Explore and build global business opportunities and relationships for association members – commercial as well as residential practitioners – through educational events, communications and networking. The committee will gather resources to create opportunities for affiliate practitioners of international real estate and coordinate with NAR Global to offer Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation courses. Maintaining relationships with members of diverse groups such as the Asian American Real Estate Association (AAREA), National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) will be a priority.

Meeting Times:

Bi-monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month from October - June; generally from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Members are encouraged to earn their CIPS designation.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Laurie Benner; Michele Tracey

GRIEVANCE

Mission:

Examines complaints of unethical conduct and request for arbitration from local Boards/Associations either through direct requests or through MAR’s local Boards/Associations Professional Standards Service Program to determine whether the complaint is proper, improper or has sufficient substance or merit. When all the information is gathered, the Committee decides whether a hearing is warranted, or the complaint should be dismissed or referred back to the complainant to be resubmitted in proper form.

Meeting Times:

Meetings only held as needed.


Attendance Requirements:
Other Info:

Prerequisite:  Must have served on this committee at the local level.

Must attend annual training session.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Don Martin

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Mission:

Encourage REALTORS® and their local boards/associations to create and preserve housing affordability and opportunities by partnering with a wide range of providers, lenders and government entities; plans and networks for outreach/training events to housing counseling agencies and other community-based, nonprofit housing and financial organizations; promotes MAR’s Workforce Housing Certification (WHC); and monitors the content of featured MAR’s consumer website: www.marylandhomeownership.com. Create consumer outreach materials and educational opportunities for first-time buyers.  Evaluate and recommend policies promoting equal opportunity and fair housing practices in real estate transactions, encourage and support Equal Opportunity representation at the local board/association level and coordinate MAR’s annual fair housing initiative.

Meeting Times:

Meetings are bi-monthly from October - June, on the 2nd Wednesday the month, and generally from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Committee members are encouraged to earn their Workforce Housing Certificate (WHC).


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts:

ISSUES MOBILIZATION

Mission:

Evaluates issue mobilization requests presented by MAR or local REALTOR® Boards and Associations to determine whether they will effectively promote REALTOR® policy.  Determines whether MAR should fund or participate in an issues mobilization effort.  Sets criteria that MAR and local Boards and Associations must meet to access Issue Mobilization funds.  Provides oversight to issue mobilization efforts initiated by MAR.  Sets policy and procedures for reviewing and managing requests.  

Meeting Times:

Meetings held as needed.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Committee Structure: 

14, 2-year, staggered appointments, comprising the following:

 - 1 Chair

 - 1 Vice-Chair

 - 2 Local Government Affairs Directors (one voting and one alternate)

 - 2 Local Association Executives (one voting and one alternate)

 - 4 members of the Legislative Committee

 - 3 members at-large

 - 1 Ex Officio, MAR Treasurer


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Bill Castelli, Susan Mitchell, Mark Feinroth

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY ADVISORY GROUP

Mission:

The MAR Leadership Academy is dedicated to broadening and enhancing the leadership skills and capabilities of a blend of real estate professionals to prepare them to assume leadership roles within the industry and community.  The Committee presents a program that will develop potential proactive leaders for the local boards/associations and the state association.

The Committee creates, implements, and develops the Academy program, including course content covering state and local issues. The Committee obtains sponsors, screens applicants for admission, emphasizing candidates with potential skills suitable for leadership positions within the industry and monitors the program delivery.

Meeting Times:

Two meetings per year, or as needed, (not including 2 or 3 sessions if serving on the Interview Panel)


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Meetings no longer than 2 hours

Meeting day may vary 


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Lisa Kinsman, Lisa Haynes

LEGAL ACTION FUND

Mission:

Determine whether the Association should provide legal assistance in real estate related court cases.

Meeting Times:

As needed


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:
Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Mark Feinroth

LEGISLATIVE

Mission:

Assesses the impact of specific bills on the real estate industry, and based on MAR policy and legislative agenda, determines whether MAR will support or oppose those bills.  The Committee works directly with MAR lobbyists in advancing a pro-real estate legislative agenda.

Meeting Times:

Number of meetings per year – 6 to 8.  Meets weekly beginning in January through the beginning of March.  Meets infrequently, at the call of the Chair, during the rest of the year.

Meetings are usually 2 – 3 hours, but can be longer in mid-February.


Attendance Requirements:

Attendance at Lobby Day is expected.

Members may attend in person or via conference call. 


Other Info:

Participation in State Calls for Action and encouraging participation from peers is expected. 


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Bill Castelli, Susan Mitchell, Mark Feinroth

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Mission:

Develop programs on the NAR Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, advise local Boards/Associations on interpretation of the Code of Ethics. Provide arbitration or hearing panels in cases where local Boards/Associations cannot adequately conduct hearings.

Meeting Times:

On meeting possible for Code update.  As needed when a complaint request comes from a local Board/Association.


Attendance Requirements:

As needed, in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Prerequisite:  Must have served on this committee at the local level.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Don Martin

PUBLIC POLICY

Mission:

Develops and recommends MAR policy on real estate issues and a legislative and regulatory agenda for staff and the Legislative committee to pursue.  The committee is composed of broker-owners or their representatives, and up to 20% active practitioners.

Meeting Times:

Six meetings per year on the 4th Wednesday of every other month.

Meetings are usually 2 hours.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:
Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Bill Castelli, Susan Mitchell, Mark Feinroth

REAL PROPERTY OPERATIONS

Mission:

To advise the MAR President and Leadership with regard to real property owned by the Association on matters including proposed leases for commercial tenants; extensions of existing leases; the value of and tenancy for commercial space offered; and other matters related to ownership and maintenance.  The Real Property Operations Committee provides oversight of MAR property, including MAR’s occupancy strategy.

Meeting Times:

Two meetings per year, usually June and December.  Additional meetings only as needed.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:
Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Kathleen Dartez, Tracy Powelson

REALTOR® INSTITUTE (GRI) ADVISORY GROUP

Mission:

Administers courses for the GRI Designation, recommends instructors, subjects, scheduling formats and assists in promoting the GRI program. An Instructor Review Subcommittee monitors and counsels instructors and reviews current programs.

Meeting Times:

Three meetings per year, or on an as needed basis.

Meetings no longer than 2 hours.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend in person or via conference call.


Other Info:

Prerequisite:  GRI graduate.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Lisa Kinsman, Lisa Haynes

REALTOR® OF THE YEAR

Mission:

The Committee is composed of former REALTOR® of the Year recipients who meet annually to review the local board/association candidates to determine the State REALTOR® of the Year.

Meeting Times:

One meeting per year in July, or as needed. 


Attendance Requirements:

In person.


Other Info:

Prerequisite:  Past recipient of REALTOR® of the Year


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Melissa Lutz, Christie MacDonald

STATEWIDE FORMS

Mission:

Review all MAR statewide contracts and addenda regarding the sale of property to determine changes, additions or deletions due to legislative actions and industry practice, with the goal of having a large majority of firms use the MAR forms.  Committee members are broker-owners or designees, and up to 20% of the membership may be comprised of non-owner practitioners.  The Committee is responsible for having all forms reviewed by MAR legal counsel prior to release.

Meeting Times:

Third Thursday of the month, depending on need.  Typically 5-8 meetings per year.


Attendance Requirements:

Members may attend via conference call.


Other Info:

Meetings not longer than 2 hours.


Current Members: View Current Committee Members
Staff Contacts: Colette Massengale, Kathleen Dartez; Nicole Mack

Nominating Committee

Mission:
Meeting Times:

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Attendance Requirements:
Other Info:

2017.05.12 Nominating Committee to Board


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Staff Contacts: