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 Committee and Task Force Assignments for 2018

Advocacy

REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Fundraising Task Force

Chair: Christina Smith-Dell, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Plans fundraising events to benefit RPAC; Creates materials to educate members on what RPAC does for them; Promotes the importance of participation in NAR/NYSAR “Calls for Action.” (Meets approx. 4-5x per year for 1 hour)

Industry Advocacy Committee

Co-Chair: Mary Jo Fess Co-Chair: Nancy Semal, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

Promotes the legislative & regulatory agenda for the Association; Educates members on the legislative process and political issues at the local, state and federal levels; Establishes relationships with local elected officials to share information and educate them on industry issues; Serve as the grassroots network to carry out the legislative agenda. (Meets approx. 4-5x per year, more or less depending on the political environment, for 1 hour.)

REALTOR®/Bar Committee

Chair: T. Peter Brizee, Vice Chair: Lisa Faeth, Attorney Liaison: Tony Adiutori, Staff Liaison: Jane Sweetland

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

Education

Professional Development Committee

Chair: Lesley Burger, Vice Chair: Lou Alaimo, Staff Liaison: Jen Pierson

Develops content for educational courses, seminars and workshops offered by GRAR; Reviews new courses proposed by instructors; Reviews instructor performance; Coordinates the ‘Road Rally’ educational program; Ensures that the Association is meeting Members’ educational and developmental needs. (Meets monthly for approx. 1.5 hours)

Ethics

Professional Standards Committee

Chair: Jim White, 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.)

Fair Housing Committee

Chair: Brian Callahan, Vice Chair: Tracy Waters, 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 4-5x per year for approx. 1.5 hours)

Events

Agents Fair Task Force

Chair: Renee Piccirillo,  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.)

Holiday Gala Task Force

Chair: Debbie Renna-Hynes, Vice Chair: Josie Licata, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi

NEW for 2019! A combination of the Annual Awards and Holiday Gala. Be part of this new task force to help reshape the old GRAR Awards luncheon and Holiday Party. (Meets periodically throughout the year for 1 hour.)

REALTORS® Charitable Foundation (RCF) Fundraising Task Force

Chair: Diane Bacon, Staff Liaison: Jim Yockel

Organizes events to raise funds for the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, including the annual luncheon. (Meets monthly for 1 hour.)

Technology

Technology Committee

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

Committee members 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. The Committee tests new features of existing products/tools that the association is making available to members and facilitates the monthly ‘Tech Tuesday’ program. It is the goal of this committee to help our members work easier, more efficiently and with less paper use. (Meets monthly for approx. 1.5‐2 hours)

TechKNOWPalooza Task Force

Co-Chair: Joel Goldberg, Co-Chair: Amber Imburgia, 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).

Young REALTORS® Network

Advisory Board

Co-Chair: Danielle Riley, Co-Chair: Chad Ritchey, Staff Liaison: Jim Yockel

Appointed / Formula Committees

Audit

Chair: Secretary/Treasurer, Lanie Bittner, Staff Liaison: Marlon Blanco (Meets three times per year- outlined in its charter)

Executive

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

Finance

Chair: Secretary/Treasurer, Lanie Bittner, Staff Liaison: Marlon Blanco (Meets quarterly for 2 hours)

Grievance

Chair: Jim Sauer, Vice Chair: Lisa Wasson, Staff Liaison: Diane Russi (Meets monthly as needed to review complaints filed)

Governance

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