Message from the President
by Eric Winklhofer

It’s an honor to be your 2019 BNAR President.  Many know, but some don’t, I am a 2nd generation REALTOR and have big shoes to fill.  We are honored to be the first family in 115-year history of BNAR to have three family members hold the office of president….my father Bob in 1983 and my sister Amy in 2012. And that’s pretty cool! 

It’s been a privilege to work in our industry for many years and help my friends, family and clients achieve the American dream of home ownership.  I look forward to working with my Executive Team, the Board of Directors and staff at the BNAR.  I am especially excited to work with our volunteers and our members.  I am asking for your help in bringing suggestions and for your continued volunteerism to keep our Association strong.

My theme this year is “Keeping REALTORS at the Center of the Transaction along with Professional Courtesy & Teamwork.  Even though customers seem to search for their own homes and locations, what sets us apart as REALTORS is knowledge…through the Association we meet each other and share stories through networking, volunteering taking classes and have the tools to help us in our business, so we are always needed.  And while the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS, establish, objective ethical standards it does not address issues of courtesy and etiquette which I think at times we could be better at.

My charity for 2019 is called the Lucky Fin Foundation.  It is for children who are born with deformed limbs.  This is near and dear to my heart as I was referred to a family to a family by my hockey buddy.  They have a beautiful two-year-old daughter who was born with no arm from her elbow down. She has benefitted from this foundation for rehab and support.  Hopefully you will help me raise funds and to create awareness to help children like Ava.

We have a lot planned for 2019, and I look forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence set by our Past Presidents, Director and Staff.

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

Congratulations to Eric Winklhofer, who was sworn in by his parents as our 2019 BNAR President. Also taking the Oath of Office was our incoming Officers: Donna Littlefield, President Elect; Brendan Cunningham, Secretary/Treasurer; Amber Wesser, Vice President; Rebecca VanDorn, Immediate Past President and Amy Winklhofer, Presidential Advisor.  Incoming Directors are Lori Adams, Annabelle Aquilina, Suzanne Chaskes, Michele Gwizdowski;  Directors at Large are Peter Hunt and  Nan Malysza and our Regional Directors are Judy Conable and Dave Stefik.  Congratulations also go out to our REALTOR of the Year, Isabelle Robitaille and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE of the Year, Michael Olear.


A New Message from your BNAR President and CEO

Here is a short message from your BNAR President Eric Winklhofer and BNAR CEO John Leonardi

RPAC – Give Your Fair Share
RPAC is the lifeblood of the BNAR’s political affairs effort. Every contribution goes toward protecting your livelihood and improving our community.  Please consider giving your Fair Share of $25 in 2019.  Use this link to the contribution form or contact the BNAR with your credit card information. Or contact Dan Locche at the BNAR – he can tell you numerous ways that RPAC monies helped to keep our industry alive and what we fought for.

Need a New Photo?  2FindYourHome Now Offers Photography
Your 2FindYourHome team is offering photography for as low as $75 per home and agent shots for $50. Or if you like to take your own photos, we can edit them to enhance your images for just $25. To find out more use this link:  http://www.bnar.org/downloads/2fyhuvpsphoto.

Key Communicator/Office Manager Kick Off
Key Communicators and Office Managers are invited to the Key Communicator Kick Off that will be held on Friday, February 22 at 9:15 am in the Courtyard at the Millennium Hotel, Walden Avenue.  Invites were emailed for this event last week.  There will be a buffet breakfast and you will be able to meet our Leadership Team and find out what’s in store for 2019.  We will also have an “Ask The Expert” portion so that you can submit your question.  Index cards will be available, or you can bring your own. Contact Debbie Norman at the BNAR for more information or to register.

National Association of REALTORS Introduces Commitment to Excellence (C2EX)
Competition for business is fierce. So what if you could demonstrate to clients how you stand apart as a profession? You can, through the new Commitment to Excellence (C2EX). This innovative tool, created by real estate professionals, is not a designation or a course. It’s a self-directed platform that you can use to learn, grow, and promote your expertise. Go to www.C2EX.realtor to take the self-assessment to measure your proficiency in 10 aspects of professionalism. Stand out in your knowledge, service and standards of practice. What better way to show the difference a REALTOR makes?


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