Message from the President

by Rebecca Van Dorn

Hello Members:

I am honored and excited to serve as your 2018 BNAR President.  The Buffalo Niagara Association is a tremendous, welcoming Association, truly here to serve its members.  It has been seven years since the Genesee Valley negotiations took place and I cannot describe how kind, welcoming and inclusive this group of professionals has been.  I would like to thank my colleagues, friends and family who have encouraged and supported me on this journey toward BNAR president. Without their help, I would not be here.

Moving up the ladder and working with others in leadership helped me grow and gave me such an opportunity to learn.  We also have an exceptional Chief Executive Officer: John Leonardi, who is so dedicated in keeping BNAR at its Best!  Along with our staff who make everything look effortless!  I would also like to recognize all of our Past Presidents, our committee chairs and members and all those who volunteer their time.  It is your pride and dedication that keeps BNAR so well respected!

My Presidential theme for 2018 is “Forever Forward”.  Not necessarily meaning in a straight line but in a forward direction, advancing and adapting as we go.  As we work in an ever-changing, ever-evolving industry, we must seek ways to move forward and along side of our industry and technology competitors.  We must stay relevant in transactions and in our market.  We need to engage our customers and clients. Our vision must grow and offerings continue moving Forever Forward, into the future.

My charity for 2018 shall be Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  Twenty one years ago, my college roommate, Tracy, had her first child.  Like everyone with CF, Taylor was born with it. This disease affects the lungs and pancreas. They have lived a complicated life ever since, with many pills at every meal, breathing treatments multiple times a day and many, many hospital stays.  We have been raising money to find a cure for 21 years! Currently, there are approximately 30,000 Americans with CF and there are 1,000 new cases every year.  I am hoping each of you will take this as personally as I do and support this charity!

I welcome the task of moving Forever Forward through the challenges and opportunities that our industry and market place will face in 2018.

Thank you so much for your support!

As your president, I am available, 24/7/365 so please feel free to email me.

2018 BNAR President Chooses Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as her Charity

BNAR President, Rebecca VanDorn, chose the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western New York as her charity during her term, helping to create awareness and raise funds for the foundation.  The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.  Mark your calendar for their upcoming special events.  If you can’t participate in the events, please consider donating.

Congratulations Incoming Leaders and Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 BNAR President Rebecca VanDorn who was inaugurated on Thursday, January 11 at Salvatores’ Italian Gardens.  Marlene DeCarlo will serve as her Advisor.   Welcome aboard to our newly elected Officers : Eric Winklhofer, President Elect;  Donna Littlefield, Secretary/Treasurer and Brendan Cunningham, Vice President.  Immediate Past President Dawn Brown will remain on the Executive Committee as an Officer.   Incoming Directors are Joel HusVar, Paula Macaluso, Cheryl O’Donnell and Amber Wesser.  Directors at Large are Peter Hunt and Matt Whitehead and Regional Directors are Judy Conable and Dave Stefik.  Also at the Inauguration special awards were given out.  Congratulations to our award winners:  Joan Stovroff-REALTOR of the Year;  Lori Adams-REALTOR-ASSOCIATE of the Year and miriam treger-the Buffalo Award.

BNAR Annual Report and Committee Accomplishments

Do you know what BNAR and our committees accomplished in 2017?  If not, here is a bulleted list of the many accomplishments in 2017. 

NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation Individual Grant Programs

Qualifying individuals can apply for grants to assist with closing costs and/or down payments. The grants are gifts with no payback requirement and are available to low-to-moderate income families in New York State.  Here is the link to the Eligibility Requirements and application.  Any inquiries should be made via email to

Joe Cecconi
West Herr Benefits