Message from the President

by Joe Rivellino 

Hello Members,

I can’t believe that July is here and almost gone.  It seems like just yesterday I took the Oath of Office for President of our Association. 

One of our biggest accomplishments this year is partnering with the CE Shop and bringing online continuing education for members as well as offering the 75 hour salespersons qualifying course online for prospective members.  And in the classroom, BNAR always offers quality courses with the best instructors.  Make BNAR your home for education!

Also this year, Alice Martin, a professional facilitator, helped us with our Strategic Plan as well as giving us guidance on our Race for Relevance.  Our Strategic Plan now meets the requirements of NAR’s Core Standards and a Task Force is currently meeting to revamp our committee structure.

This year I chose Meals on Wheels as my fundraiser; creating awareness, purchasing flowers during their flower drive and continue to raise funds to help defray costs on a mixer or a slicer that they so desperately need.  We are collecting school supplies for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy as well as continuing to support WNY Heroes and the Salvation Army.  Thanks to our members and our Genesee Valley Chapter, we raised thirteen thousand dollars for Mercy Flight Central and Mercy Flight Western New York through a golf outing and auction which is being divided equally.  Realtors are noted for giving back to their communities.

Our Fun in the Sun Day at Templeton Landing was perfect.  It rained and was a bit chilly all week, except that day.  We had over 100 of our members attend the free event; something I wanted to give back to our members.  For those that did not attend, it was a pretty awesome event, the view was incredible, the food was good and I heard the band was great.

Buffalo’s waterfront still amazes all of us.  Our waterfront tour proved once again that Buffalo is on the upswing with so much development and improvements going on.  The tours provide the knowledge Realtors need to continue to market our area.

Mark your calendar!  Still to come is our Member Forum on August 26 at the Seneca Niagara Casino, once again to network and also to discuss any issues you would like to discuss.  Agents’ Day is on September 16 and the theme is Fall Fiesta.  So see you all there!

I have a special email “Joe on the Go” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.

BNAR Director Nomination Forms Now Being Accepted – Deadline August 21

Enhance your career by being a part of the BNAR Board of Directors and help guide the future of your Association.   Minimum qualifications for being a Director are having served on at least two committees. Email, send or drop off your completed nomination form to Debbie Norman with a copy to Nominating Committee Chair Christie Rothschild (by August 21, 2015).

BNAR’s Young Professionals Collecting School Supplies for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

School supplies are needed for Our Lady of Hope School which is part of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.  Drop off individual supplies or a backpack full of supplies to BNAR by August 28th so that the items can be given at the start of the school year.  Here is a list of what is needed.

BNAR Member Forum

Network with other BNAR members on Wednesday, August 26 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Seneca Niagara Casino.  Also bring your issues/questions so that we can address them.  Beverages and hors d’ouevres will be served. 

Agents’ Day & Trade Show - Fall Fiesta is the Theme – Only $10.00

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 16, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo – Agents’ Day provides members with education, networking and fun.  Click here to register.

Click here for a list of the day's seminars.

Keynote speaker is Yvonne Conte, keynote speaker and author who has published five books including best seller, Serious Laughter.  Her career has taken her to 31 states and 7 countries.  She appeared nationally on the popular ABC daytime talk show, The Caryl and Marilyn Show as a silly old woman who talks to an iron.  Sessions this year will include a three hour continuing education Code of Ethics class, New Cool Tools, I’m an Agent, Now What?, Safety, Realtor Issues, Legal, Appraisal Updates, WNY on the Move, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Old First Ward, RPR and Attitude Adjustment from 3-5 pm (compliments of the Hyatt)     Thank you to our sponsors:  Diamond Sponsor Realestatesigns.com    Platinum Sponsor MP Carroll Hardwood;   Gold Sponsor - Homestead Funding Corp

Click here for a list of our 2015 Agents' Day Exhibitors.

Mold Inspection, Assessment and Remediation Specialists 

This year,  Governor Cuomo signed into law requirements for the licensure of mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists. The legislation, which had bipartisan and NYSAR support, will go into effect at the end of July, 2015.  This document fully explains the law and its ramifications.  All brokers and agents should be familiar with it.   For additional information or questions, contact Dan Locche, Director of Government Affairs, via email or at (716)636-9000.

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