PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Change is the Law of Life
Marcene Hedayati | January 2016
This year we are celebrating, through various special events, our association’s 100th year anniversary In fact, by the time this issue is unveiled, we will have already concluded our Annual Installation, the first of many special events planned. I would like to take a moment to thank our remarkable staff for planning the Gala, as it was certainly a challenge to make it distinctive from any other year.
So much has changed over the past 100 years. Remember those real estate books that we guarded with our lives? They had one black and white blurry photo of the house and it was printed on phone book paper. It’s so different now. Almost everything is digital. The world-wide-web has re-defined our role. The public no longer sees us as just the gatekeepers of information. Their expectations have changed and we, as an industry, must change along with them by providing them services they need.
Four associations, embracing the idea of change through mergers, have grown from a handful of members in 1916 to nearly 10,000 strong today. We are the 17th largest association in the country. However, the increase in membership, although critical to our growth, is not the only way our association has chosen to ensure that the real estate agent remains central to the transaction.
In our efforts to continue to be relevant in today’s ever changing industry, we have developed tools that help our members maintain their value proposition. One of those tools is our new website, HGAR.com. The resources and information that this site offers are invaluable. From the on-line education programs to our new robust Real Estate In-Depth print and online platform, the HGAR site is a necessary component to sustaining the high standard of practice required of our members.
This new website, along with numerous other programs, stems from our association’s mission to “create opportunities for members to grow their business and succeed in their communities.”
As John F Kennedy said: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Thanks to the efforts of our past presidents, directors and committee volunteers, we will not “miss the future,” but many of our members are not aware of the tools available to them. Each month, through this column, I will highlight the new initiatives of this Board so that more of us will take advantage of these tools. In fact, we will work very hard in 2016 to use all the avenues of communication, whether it be social media or face-to-face, to reach our members and make them aware of the benefits of HGAR.
Finally, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of a group of your peers who, by sharing ideas, are able to create endless possibilities. I urge all of you to not only learn and use these tools, but to consider getting involved in developing those strategies designed to protect and support our members going forward. There is a multitude of ways to contribute to our cause, whether it be joining a committee or attending an event. Each and every one of you has a unique perspective and a specific set of skills that can only improve our chances of prevailing in a landscape that is ever changing.