Richard Haggerty | July 2018

Remember the days when the pace of life seemed to downshift a couple of gears during the summer? Those days are becoming a distant memory as things at HGAR are just as busy as ever. As we are at the midpoint of the year I thought this would be a good time to provide an update on association activities.

The first item concerns some changes with the HGAR School of Real Estate. Eileen Taus, the Director of our School of Real Estate for more than 30 years, has embarked down a new path and has affiliated with a local firm as a Broker Associate. Eileen was a dedicated and thoughtful educator who cared deeply about her students and did everything in her power to elevate the profession. During her tenure she was an active member of the Real Estate Educators Association and served as the President of REEA in 2007. I know you join me in thanking Eileen for her many contributions to the association. We are fortunate that she is going to continue to be a part the Hudson Gateway Realtor family!

Theresa Hatton, the former association executive for the Greenwich Association of Realtors, is joining our Education Team as the Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations. In addition to coordinating our Education Department efforts, Theresa will also be involved in our new Global Business Council and our Commercial and Investment Division. Theresa holds the CAE (Certified Association Executive) and the RCE (Realtor Association Certified Executive) designations, and has served on numerous state and national committees, including the NAR Finance Committee and chairing the NAR Leadership Academy Advisory Board. She has also served as Chair of the NAR Association Executives Institute and is a recipient of the AE Young Professional Leaders of the Future award. I’ve known Theresa for many years and I know that she will be a tremendous asset to the HGAR team. Welcome Theresa!

This week HGAR conducted a program celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which included presentations from allied real estate organizations including the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the Women’s Council of Realtors. The key take-aways for me are that we can’t just celebrate Fair Housing every April or on big anniversary dates, we have to promote and cherish the importance of Fair Housing every single day.

And lastly, I want to update you on a new RPAC competition. For the balance of the year until the end of November, HGAR will be tracking the total amount of dollar contributions to RPAC per office (not firm). We will recognize the top offices who have cumulatively contributed the most RPAC dollars since the beginning of the year starting in August. In December we will crown the “winner,” the office and agents who contributed the most RPAC dollars in 2018, at special reception in their honor. If you’d like more details, reach out to HGAR’s Government Affairs Director Phil Weiden at Phil would also be more than happy to speak at your office meetings on the importance of RPAC.

Richard Haggerty