Richard Haggerty | December 21, 2015

Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO
Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO

OK, I’ll admit it. I confess. I’m a Christmas junkie. The transformation actually starts the day of Thanksgiving. As soon as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade concludes with the appearance of Santa, the Christmas music goes on and plays non-stop through the Feast of the Epiphany. The Christmas tree, which is purchased from the same sidewalk vendors from Quebec who set up shop on my block every year, goes up the first weekend of December. No matter how much I promise myself that I’ll get a smaller tree, it never happens. Given the fact that I own hundreds of ornaments, a small tree would be a challenge, but 8-foot balsam trees in a one bedroom Manhattan apartments are also a bit of a challenge.

After the tree is up and decorated, the train goes down around the tree. It’s an antique “O” gauge train that belonged to my grandfather. Here’s another confession. I love traditions, and the fact that the train that I put around my tree every year is the same train that my father saw on Christmas Day going around the tree during his childhood in Andover MA, I think is very cool. My last Christmas confession is my addiction to vintage Christmas movies. I own them all, four different versions of “The Christmas Carol,” “Holiday Inn,” “White Christmas,” and, of course, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The list keeps growing and I watch them every year.

This is also the time of year that I think back on the previous 11 months and marvel at how quickly they flew by. Next month you’ll have a full recap of the year in our Annual Report supplement, but I do want to mention a few highlights.

HGAR President Drew Kessler led the charge on two major initiatives, reorganizing the and revitalizing the charitable arm of HGAR, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, and personally taking the helm at the head of the RPAC Committee where, for the second year in a row, we met goal by raising more than $149,000! That’s truly quite an accomplishment and I ask that you take a moment to review all of the major investors listed in the print issue of Real Estate In Depth.

HGMLS President Leah Caro presided over the selection of one common lockbox vendor for a unified lockbox system for all HGMLS Participants and Subscribers and then oversaw the conversion to the new Supra system over a two-week period. Both Presidents deserve high praise for their leadership this year.

In conclusion, I want to acknowledge the contributions of a valued employee of HGAR for the past 35 years, Ann Hollander. Ann retired at the end of November this year and we will certainly miss her unfailing willingness to help the members, her stories about her kids and grandkids, and her demon driving (hint, don’t get in her way when she’s driving out of the parking lot.)

I wish all of the HGAR family a happy and healthy holiday season!

Richard Haggerty