Committees & Task Forces

Committees and Task Forces provide feedback and input that enable GRAR to better serve the greater Membership. Your involvement is invaluable to the association and we thank you for your participation.

GRAR Committees and Task Forces

Advocacy

Industry Advocacy Committee

Chair: Andy Burke, Vice Chair: John Gerace Staff Liaison: Jim Yockel

Promotes the legislative & regulatory agenda for the Association; Educates members on the legislative process and political issues at the local, state and federal levels; Engages association members in support of our legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, including arranging groups to attend NYSAR’s Lobby Day in Albany and organizing local visits to our elected officials; Promotes the importance of participation in NAR/NYSAR “Calls for Action.” (Meets approx. 6x per year, more or less depending on the political environment, for 1 hour.)

REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Fundraising Task Force

Chair: Penne Vincent, Vice Chair: Stepanie Gage, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Plans fundraising events to benefit RPAC (including “RPAC Madness” in March & “Cornhole Madness” in October); Generates support for RPAC and encourages members to contribute via the annual dues billing; Manages an annual ‘phone a friend’ effort; Creates materials to educate members on what RPAC does for them. (Meets approx. 8x per year for 1 hour)(Meets approx. 8x per year for 1 hour)

REALTOR®/Bar Committee

Chair: T. Peter Brizee, Vice Chair: Sandy Blonsky, Staff Liaison: Jane Sweetland

The Committee is made up of REALTORS® from GRAR and attorneys from the Monroe County Bar Association. Reviews relevant industry laws and regulations and keeps GRAR contracts, forms and addenda current; Conducts joint educational programs with members of the GRAR, the Monroe County Bar Association and the Home Builders’ Association. (Meets monthly for approx. 1.5 hours.)

Education

Professional Development Committee

Chair: Lou Alaimo, Vice Chair: Cindy B. Rosato, Staff Liaison: Jen Pierson

Develops ideas and/or content for new educational courses, seminars and workshops offered by the GRAR Real Estate School; Reviews new course topics proposed by instructors; Ensures that the Association is meeting Members’ educational and developmental needs; Discusses ways to raise awareness of our educational options. Advocates to our members the benefits of live, on-site courses where you can interact with an expert instructor and network with your peers. (Meets monthly for approx. 1.5 hours)

Ethics

Fair Housing Committee

Chair: Sylvia Ryndock, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Supports and promotes equal opportunity for home ownership in our community; Works with local government and non-profits to educate potential home owners on the opportunities available to them; Educates GRAR members on the principles of Fair Housing & Diversity. (Meets quarterly for approx. 1.5 hours)

Professional Standards Committee

Chair: Carolyn Stiffler, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Members of this committee are the pool from which hearing panels are constituted for both ethics and arbitration hearings. Committee members are devoted to upholding the Code of Ethics and are required to attend annual NYSAR Professional Standards training (on March 6, 2019 in Batavia). (Time commitment varies depending on the volume of cases. Members may be asked to serve on 2-3 panels per year at 3-5 hours each.)

Technology

Technology Committee

Chair: Marc Levandowski, Vice Chair: Andrea Noto-Siderakis, Staff Liaison: Jane Sweetland

Act as ‘Technology Ambassadors’ to GRAR members by using new technologies, helping to promote adoption of existing products/tools, and helping new members acquire the skills needed to use technology for their business; Tests new features of existing products/tools that the association is making available to members. (Meets monthly for approx. 1‐2 hours)

TechKNOWPalooza Task Force

Co-Chairs: Amber Imburgia and Joel Goldberg  Staff Liaison: Jane Sweetland

Tech-KNOW-Palooza is an annual technology conference. Task Force volunteers will actively identify topics and/or presenters for the many technology-related breakout sessions. In addition, volunteers will contact and obtain event sponsors, help promote event and/or work the day of event to make sure everything runs smoothly. (Meets approximately 9-10 times as needed for approx. 1.5 hours to plan the event).

Events

Agents Fair Task Force

Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Plans and implements GRAR’s annual Agent’s Fair, an effort to offer educational opportunities to Members and to allow a variety of vendors to showcase their products and services to the Members. (Meets periodically from January – March for 1 hour.)

Awards & Recognition Breakfast Task Force

Chair: Martha Burns Vice Chair: Laura Swogger, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Organizes and promotes GRAR’s Awards Presentation event. (Meets periodically from October – January for 1 hour.)

Young REALTORS® Network Advisory Board

Co-Chair: Blake Webber, Co-Chair: TBD, Staff Liaison: Jim Yockel (Meets monthly for 1.5 hours)

Appointed / Formula Committees

Audit

Chair: Secretary/Treasurer, Ellen DeMar, Staff Liaison: Sheila Corrigan (Meets three times per year- outlined in its charter)

Executive

President Andy Kachaylo, President-Elect Lanie Bittner, Secretary/Treasurer Ellen DeMar, Immediate Past President Linda Wilson, GRAR CEO Jim Yockel (Meets monthly for 2 hours)

Finance

Chair: Secretary/Treasurer, Ellen DeMar, Staff Liaison: Sheila Corrigan (Meets quarterly for 2 hours)

Grievance

Chair: Sharon Quataert, Vice Chair: Chip Murphy, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi (Meets monthly as needed to review complaints filed)

Governance

Chair: Immediate Past-President, Linda Wilson Staff Liaison: Jim Yockel (Meets as needed- outlined in its charter)