A Look at Florida Realtors Committees — and How YOU Make Them Work
Florida Realtors has various opportunities for you to serve.
Members can sign up for committee service between March 1 and May 1, 2020.
"As the largest trade association in Florida with a membership of 187,000, and the second largest state association in the country, we need the talent and the commitment of Realtors from all across the state, and from all different types of brokerages," says Barry Grooms, Florida Realtors' president-elect.
"From the mega-board to the small board, we have representation on committees. And whether you are an agent or broker/owner of a boutique firm, independent or franchise, we need your input. We want you to be the changemakers."
When signing up for Florida Realtors committees, members are encouraged to read the 2020 committee descriptions. Please note that Florida Realtors bylaws and policies dictate the structure of some committees, so space may be limited.
The state's Realtors succeed when members sign up and serve. Be part of Florida Realtors' future success and sign up.
Here's a look at the various committees and what they do:
Association Governance Committees
Employs a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to provide for an annual audit, oversees the annual audit process, and reviews internal structure and procedures.
Monitors the physical condition of the association’s building assets in Orlando and Tallahassee and makes recommendations to maintain the properties’ condition in a manner to ensure the highest market value.
Shall be charged with screening applications for office to determine if the applicant meets all mandatory requirements for office.
District Vice President Information Exchange*
Provides an opportunity for the DVPs to meet and exchange information and ideas.
Makes recommendations to the board of directors; has full executive power when the board is not in session.
Recommends procedures to properly finance the association, oversees the maintenance of a three-year budget, manages the association’s assets, suggests regulations for the administration of funds, designates the fiduciary depositories for accounts, and performs those duties as defined by the Activity Budget System.
Investment & Treasury Management Committee**
Oversees investment initiatives and the institutions responsible for handling capital investments and invested reserves, and suggests treasury management regulations for the administration of funds.
Legal Action Fund Committee
Decides in what matters Florida Realtors should assist in legal actions and in distributing funds to support litigation that has significance to members, to private property rights or to the real estate profession as a whole; decisions subject to Executive Committee approval.
Past Presidents Advisory Council*
Gives support, advice and counsel to the Florida Realtors president on issues of concern to the association.
Strategic Thinking Committee
Ensures implementation of the Strategic Framework via programs and services that enhance member freedom and the ability to conduct their individual businesses successfully with integrity and competency, and through collective action, promote the preservation of property rights.
Realtor Advocacy Committees
Florida Realtors PAC Trustees
Makes contributions to political candidates, committees and activities consistent with federal and state election laws.
Florida Realtor Party Coordinating Committee*
Organizes a strategic, coordinated effort to set and monitor the Florida Realtors PAC fundraising, recognition events and participation goals; oversees the Major Investor Recognition, Participation, and Fundraising subcommittees; and oversees the annual PAC auctions, RPAC recognition programs, and BIP grants.
Issues Mobilization Committee**
Oversees and makes funding decisions for the issues mobilization fund; the funds are available to financially assist local associations on issues they deem to be important in protecting and promoting Realtor member and/or property owner interests in their market area.
Legislative Think Tank*
A direct opportunity for member grassroots engagement in issues of public policy that are important to Florida Realtors and owners of private property.
Public Advocacy Advisory Group**
Advises the Florida Realtors president on legislative and regulatory issues, including those requiring expenditures from the Advocacy Fund, while the Legislature is in session and between the board of directors meetings.
Public Policy Committee
Coordinates and refines policy developed on legislative and regulatory issues; discusses, reports, and recommends action on matters of legislation and regulation as they affect the real estate profession, private property rights and other issues it determines proper; recommends Florida Realtors positions on public policy issues.
Realtor Party Member Involvement Committee**
Discuss and make recommendations concerning the program and topics for Great American Realtor Days. Create and identify opportunities n how to get the "grassroots" involved politically at all levels of government; this includes Key Contact training and political fundraising. Advance Florida Realtors' public policy initiatives, including but not limited to Calls to Action and legislative priorities.
Top Brokers Committee* **
Develops ongoing initiatives that identify the services, tools and strategic relationships that expand and enhance the business interests of our top Designated Realtors.
Programs and Services Committees
Serve as marketers of the convention and to help increase attendance. Provide member input into content/potential speakers for education sessions in order to present innovative and industry-relevant programming. Committee members will also serve as ambassadors of the association during convention. The ambassador role includes on-site support in the form of greeting attendees, answering questions and taking tickets for special events.
Promotes the activities and professional stature of Florida Realtors and its members, protects and enhances the term “Realtor®” and publicizes various statewide functions of the association. Manages the Awards Program; promotes participation by Florida Realtors, boards/associations and members in civic affairs.
Provides insight and product ideas for the next generation of Realtor-centric technology tools for Florida Realtor members.
Professional Development Committee
Furthers cooperation between statewide educational programs; plans and executes the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and similar programs, assists and supports local boards’ educational programming.
Research Advisory Committee
Recommends products and services to meet member and local association data analysis needs in local markets, as well as recommends statewide products for research and development. Assists in planning the Florida Real Estate Trends summit.
Law and Policy Committees
Provides members direct input into the development of Florida Realtors business forms. Members can suggest modification, creation, deletion or addition of business forms.
Local Board/Association Attorneys Council
Informs and discusses issues and practices relating to the real estate transaction and the cooperative role of attorneys and Realtors; exchanges and disseminates legal and policy information beneficial to boards/associations.
MLS Administrators Information Exchange*
Offers an opportunity to discuss ideas and issues relating to MLS operations and services.
Realtor/Attorney Joint Committee**
Promotes cordial relations between Realtors and attorneys; provides the opportunity to review and update the Florida Realtors/BAR Contract for Sale and Purchase and any appropriate riders.
Member Involvement Committees
Board Leadership Forum*
Encourages the exchange of ideas and information among local board/association leaders.
Florida NAR Directors Committee*
Allows NAR directors representing Florida the ability to stay informed about issues at NAR and their impact on Florida Realtors, its members and the state of Florida.
Leadership Academy Committee
Interviews and selects candidates for the academy as well as promotes and provides an educational program to enhance the skills of potential leaders.
NAR Strategy Committee
Provides direction and recommends support of NAR issues and candidates for NAR office to the NAR Directors from Florida; when applicable, interviews and provides recommendations on NAR Director Candidates to the Nominating Committee; contributes to the influence and shaping of policy and the mission of NAR by recommending Florida members for committee service and assisting in their advancement at NAR.
Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Committee
Provides direction and strategy for the YPN members in determining the communication, information and education necessary to reach out to young professional members, and provides an opportunity for direct input to Florida Realtors.
Real Estate Specialties Committees
Association Executives Council*
Assists Florida Realtors in promoting sound, efficient and progressive practices in the administration and management of boards/associations.
Commercial Alliance Committee
Provides commercial practitioners an opportunity to discuss issues that affect their business and ability to do business; serves as a mechanism for input to Florida Realtors regarding the development of legislative initiatives and contract development as they relate to commercial real estate practitioners.
Global Business Committee
Analyzes and develops policy on global issues; creates mechanisms to serve the specialized needs of members globally and to position Florida Realtors globally as the most influential and authoritative representative of the Florida real estate business and profession.
Trustees work to raise and distribute funds for members of the Realtor family who have experienced substantial damage or loss to their residence or office due to a natural disaster.
Trustees provide, fund, administer and implement real estate-related scholarships.
Trustees oversee the “Support Homeownership for All” license plate funds that provide foundations and other groups with resources and support to take the initiative to address affordable housing issues in Florida. Proceeds are used to fund programs that provide and promote affordable housing in Florida.
Trustees provide money, supplies and services to individuals who are making a determined effort, yet are financially needy or otherwise distressed.
* committee is auto-populated or is not open for requests to join
** off-cycle committee