Message from the President

by Rebecca Van Dorn

Something for Everyone

Happy Summer!  With our busy lives in real estate and trying to juggle home life, I know first-hand how difficult it is to take the time to enjoy each other’s company and set aside and learn more about our industry.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to call attention to some of the valuable events coming up at your association.  Don’t procrastinate, register for these today!

On Thursday, July 12 your MLS and BNAR are hosting a Broker & Industry Summit for our Broker/Owners and Office Managers at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott from 10:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm.  There is no charge and National Speakers from WAV Group, CoreLogic and Upstream will be there.  Please make sure that a Broker or Office Manager attends this extraordinary event.  We made it easy for you on this one…email or call Jordan Mackey, jmackey@bnar.org to register.

Next up is a free social event for all members that we are co-hosting with the Women’s Council of REALTORS on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Templeton Landings Rooftop.  Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, the ambience and each other’s company.  There is always a Plan B if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Mark your calendar for September 12 which will be our Annual Meeting and Director Election Event from 5:00 -7:00 pm at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.   The event is free and all BNAR members are invited to this special event.

Next is our fundraiser for RPAC which will be a Meatball Competition on Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Artisan Kitchen & Bath.  We will even have celebrity judges.  You must attend this one!  Let’s see which member has the best “MEATABALLS”! 

Next is our award winning Agents’ Day & Trade Show which is being held on Wednesday, October 10 at the Adams Mark Hotel.  We chose this location because of the spacious hall and plenty of parking.  But car-pooling is always recommended.  This year our theme is Masquerade...will we recognize you when you walk through the doors?  Sneak preview:  John Leonardi, Chief Executive Officer of BNAR and Charlie Martorana, Esq., BNAR’s Legal Council, will be keynote speakers.   Two morning sessions will offer one hour of continuing education as well as one afternoon session. The cost for the entire day including continental breakfast and lunch is only $10.00. Lunch will be served at 1:00 pm.

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

Directors Wanted 
Nomination forms are now being accepted for BNAR Director.  Please send your completed Nomination Form to Chairperson, Dawn Brown at dawnbrown@howardhanna.com with a copy to BNAR Chief Executive Officer, John Leonardi at jleonardi@bnar.org.  The deadline to submit the form is July 20, 2018.  Terms are for three years.  For the duties and responsibilities of a Board meeting, contact Debbie at the BNAR, 636-9000 or email dnorman@bnar.org


Summer Social Event
BNAR and the Women’s Council of REALTORS invite you to a Summer Social Event that is being held on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the rooftop at Templeton Landing.  All members are invited to attend.  Enjoy hors d’ouevres, beverages, music (Invisible Touch live band) and networking.  The event is free but you must register through Member Services in your MLS portal.

Meatball Competition 
The first annual BNAR Meatball Brawl will be held at Artisan Kitchen & Baths, 200 Amherst Street, Buffalo on Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  The event will have six competitors vying for the honor of best meatball and Italian sauce.  Five non-partisan judges will make the ultimate determination based on taste and presentation.  The $50 entrance fee will go toward RPAC and will include hors d’oeuvres , wine and soda.  Register today through Member Services in your MLS portal.

Agents’ Day & Trade Show
This year’s theme is MASQUERADE.  Who will you be when you walk through the door?  Our annual Agents’ Day & Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at the Adams Mark Hotel and the cost is only $10.00 which includes continental breakfast, lunch, one hour continuing education sessions and much more!  Sponsorships and Exhibitor applications are now being accepted.  Contact Pam Nalbone at pnalbone@bnar.org.   Register today through Member Services in your MLS portal.

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 nysar@cfgcr.org.

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