|District #1 Vice Presidents
373 S. Drexel Ave.
Bexley, OH 43209
614/477-6726 FAX 614/635-3461
|Tiffany S. Meyer
J C Meyer Co. Inc.
1171 E. Main St.
Ashland, OH 44805
419.651.7535 FAX 419.281.9846
Ohio’s REALTOR family exuded boundless energy and exhibited the profession’s “can-do” spirit when nearly 900 REALTORS gathered in Columbus to debate timely issues, develop and network with industry peers and work toward creating a better tomorrow for the profession and property owners across the state.
The 105th edition of the Ohio Association of REALTORS Annual Convention & Expo accomplished that…and so much more!
Our three-day gathering, Sept. 20-22, afforded us the opportunity to share laughs, pursue initiatives to improve the industry, hear from some of the country’s top educators and renew and develop friendships with peers.
Columbus’ Easton Town Center proved to be the ideal venue, with perfect weather and unbelievable hospitality.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend a heartfelt thanks to our Convention Committee Chair Gretchen Roginson, Vice Chair John Mangas and their outstanding Committee members for their tireless effort in orchestrating a memorable event!
Among the highlights:
- The industry honored Tiffany Meyer, of the Ashland Board of REALTORS, with the 2015 OAR REALTOR of the Year award, recognizing his outstanding contributions at the local, state and national levels…a shining example of what makes our profession great!
- Judy Von Duyke, of the Medina County Board, was honored as a recipient of the OAR Distinguished Service Award.
- OAR Past President John Lynch, of Cleveland, was presented with the 2015 Vincent T. Aveni Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the real estate profession in Ohio.
- The organization’s 2015 Phillip R. Barnes RPAC Achievement Award was given to OAR Past President Joe Aveni, of Cleveland, for his unparalleled support and commitment to the organization’s Political Action Committee.
- OAR presented its prestigious Excellence in Community Service Award to Dave Culbertson, of Columbus REALTORS, for his remarkable work in establishing the Arms of an Angel Foundation. The Foundation, a drug awareness/prevention outreach program, was created in loving memory of his son, Carl, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2009.
- Congratulations to all of the OAR President’s Sales Club recipients who were in attendance and recognized for their outstanding efforts during a banquet held in their honor. A special tip of the hat to the following teams and individuals who were recognized in our various categories as the top recipient:
- The top team in transaction credits earned – Tami Holmes Real Estate Experts, HER REALTORS, Dayton.
- The top individual in transaction credits earned – Mike Boylan, Cutler Real Estate, Canton.
- The top team in dollar volume – The Raines Group, HER REALTORS, New Albany.
- And the top individual in dollar volume – Adam Kaufman, Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer, Pepper Pike.
- Congratulations to seven Local Boards/Associations for receiving the 2015 OAR Certificate of Merit for their efforts in making their local area a better place to live and work:
- Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS for its involvement with “Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio” program;
- Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS for its “Cincinnati Real Estate Ambassadors” program;
- Columbus REALTORS for its “REALTOR Care Day” program;
- Delaware County Board of REALTORS for its efforts many efforts in a variety of projects – include a Bowl-a-Thon for HOSPICE, a
- REALTOR Care Day and delivering meals to the Council of Older Adults, among others;
- Marion Board of REALTORS for its “Run the Drugs Out of Town 5K” race;
- Warren Area Board of REALTORS for its involvement with “Beatitude House…A House of Blessing” program;
- And the Wayne-Holmes Association of REALTORS for its “Buy from a REALTOR Contest.”
- Directors unanimously approved 2016 Operating Budget that keeps a close watch on spending while continuing to offer the array of valuable services and programs that you’ve come to expect from the state organization.
- Attendees were able to obtain upwards of 12 hours of free continuing education credit that was made available on an array of topics.
- Top-notch, nationally recognized instructors, such as – Leigh Brown, Craig Grant, Lynn Madison, Juanita McDowell, Sean Carpenter, Amy Smythe Harris, Kelly Clark and Kristen Rosen — shared insights on the timely issues confronting the real estate marketplace.
- The Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program, which was established more than a decade ago, attracted 26 new Convention attendees. These members, who were nominated by their Local Board/Association, received a complimentary Convention registration and participated in a number of special events conducted specially for them. This is a great way of attracting future leaders to the state Association.
- Congratulations to Sandra Blandzinski, RCE, of the Heartland Board of REALTORS, for receiving the 2015 Association Executives Scholarship Award.
- Directors unanimously approved a resolution celebrating the 100th birthday of real estate pioneer Jennie Chiccola of the Akron Cleveland Association.
- The Board of Directors elected a number of REALTORS to key leadership posts:
- Congratulations to Tiffany Meyer, of the Ashland Board of REALTORS, on her election to the OAR Treasurer position. Her term will commence in January 2016.
- John Lynch, of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS, was elected 2018 NAR Region #6 Vice President, representing Ohio and Michigan.
- Four members were elected as 2016-2017 OAR District Vice Presidents: District 1 – Dave Cook (Columbus); District 2 – Len Partin (Firelands); District 3 – Noreen Marlowe (Lake Geauga); District 4 – Rick DeLuca (East Central); District 5 – Laurie Johnson (Midwestern Ohio) and Phil Morrical III (Cincinnati Area) to a three-year term, 2016-2018.
- It was announced that OAR’s long-standing support of the REALTORS Political Action Committee remains strong. The current campaign surpassed its goal for the year, with investments of more than $621,000. In addition 37 Local Boards/Associations were honored for their outstanding support of RPAC so far in 2015. The campaign continues through December 4.
- Directors approved a motion to oppose drafted legislation that would change Ohio’s equal prominence rule. Additionally, President Hrabcak will appoint a task force – comprised of brokers and agents – to research the issue and make recommendations.
- Directors approved the creation of an OAR Leadership Academy beginning in 2016.
- President Hrabcak announced that he will convene a task force to review OAR’s overall governance structure and make recommendations to keep the organization relevant moving forward.
- REALTOR Ty Fraley was recognized for being the most active social user of the new OAR Convention app. Fellow REALTORS Tony DeLuke and Tim Cocanour were named runner-up.
- Finally, the Association thanked the chairmen of its Committees and Forums for their outstanding work throughout the year, including:
- Appraisal – Dirck Everhart
- Association Executives – Megan Meyer-Foos
- Business Technology – Brandon Marquard
- Commercial/Industrial – Dave Bissler
- Communications – Anjanette Frye
- Convention – Gretchen Roginson
- Distinguished Service Award – Ted Oatts
- Enlarged Legislative – Gloria Alonso Cannon
- Equal Opportunity – Jennifer Zeller
- Finance – Sara Calo
- Legal Action – Chris Pedon
- Legal Issues – Jeff Fangman
- Legislative Steering – Gloria Alonso Cannon
- Local Government Forum – Debbie Zarconi
- MLS Forum – Sandi Blandzinski
- Nominating – Tom Williams
- Past Presidents Advisory – Meg Casper
- Political Activity & RPAC Fundraising – Chris Reese
- Products & Services – Bonnie Boyd
- Professional Development – Teresa Rasnic
- Professional Standards Forum – Suzie Roselius
- Research Advisory – Jim West
- Residential Property Management & Investment Forum – John Meyers Jr.
- RPAC Trustees – Jill Rudler
- Scholarship – Mindy Roberts
- Strategic Planning – Joann Amos
- Young Professionals Network – Jim Hinton
As you can tell, activity at the Annual Convention was abundant – from start to finish. The tremendous turnout – in an active marketplace — is a testament to the vibrancy and importance of the REALTOR organization throughout Ohio.
OAR will continue working toward its goal of ensuring that members are given the necessary tools to succeed in the every-changing marketplace.
Thanks for your continued support!