Lewis Grubbs, 2020 President
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

Andrew Sims, Chief Executive Officer, Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS

Andrew Sims, Chief Executive Officer
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement.  This year has brought many twists and turns and forced not only our association and industry to adapt and change, but our entire world.  Despite these changes, we were able to get a lot of amazing things done.

To adjust to a virtual world, we offered more than 60 online classes and seminars covering everything from tech tools to better ways to build your real estate business now and beyond the pandemic.  We had more than 3,000 members attend those classes.

Through the hard work of our volunteer leaders and staff, we worked with county and state leadership in Wake County to assure that real estate remained essential during COVID.  Because of this, real estate sales in Wake County for the month of April generated more than $400 million for the state's economy.

This was a big election year for both country and federal levels, our REALTOR® volunteers engaged in our annual non-partisan candidate screening program where your colleagues and advocacy staff interviewed and screened more than 60 local, county, and state races asking candidates important questions regarding their position on real estate issues.

Another great success this year was for the third year in a row, our Global program received the Platinum Achievement award by the National Association of REALTORS®.

We hosted several joint educational classes as well as roundtable networking events where we had attendees from across the globe.  We were so successful, that NAR also awarded our association with the 2020 National Association of REALTORS® Ambassador Association of the Year.

I created a Presidential Advisory Group made of REALTORS® from as many countries, cultures, religions, and orientations as possible.  Meeting via Zoom, this PAG presented recommendations to our RRAR Board of Directors about immediate and long-term changes to better facilitate diversity and inclusion goals here at our association.  Our Diversity Committee worked diligently to bring some amazing seminars covering topics such as fair housing and discrimination in real estate that still need to be addressed. NAR President Vince Malta and NAREB President Donell Williams joined us during one of these discussions.

Your association has been here for 100 years in our community, helping REALTORS® make sure that the dream of homeownership is possible both fairly and equally, for all people no matter what race, religion, orientation, creed, or identity.  We are proud to offer "360 degrees of service" to our members 365 days a year. We work ahead to provide daily advocacy efforts, global business programs, networking events and more!  We work alongside you, providing OnDemand video access with our video resource library, bringing you award winning speakers, impactful industry webinars, and critical business training.  And finally we always have your back promoting the value of a REALTOR® in the media and across the Triangle region.

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  • Awarded the Platinum Global Achievement Program Award from the National Association of REALTORS® 

  • Received the 2020 Ambassador Association of the Year Award for efforts in creating new and innovative programing benefiting US and Indian REALTORS®

  • Published 40 OnDemand Free Education Webinars.

  • Full Review and Update to our RRAR Bylaws and Association Policies Manual.

  • Created 'Chamber Liaison' program that will allow for one RRAR member to serve as the liaison to each of our Chamber Memberships.

  • Launched a new series called Chamber Chats that allow our association to create partnerships with the local Chambers.  This series also provided valuable information about Chamber projects and growth within local communities.

  • Developed Continuing Education series called Power Hour which featured industry experts.

  • Partnered with Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® in Chicago to host a CIPS course.

  • Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® Advocacy Team worked directly with state health officials and the Wake County Commissioners to deem the real estate industry an essential service.

  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding with Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® to collaborate on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work in 2021.

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2020 Board of Directors

President: Lewis Grubbs

President Elect: Brett Bushnell

Secretary/Treasurer: Leslie Williams

Past President: Renee Smith



Back Row, left to right: Andrew Sims, Ward Ricke, Tim McBrayer,  Sharron Gupton, Kevin Starkey, Davis Holt, 
Tiffany Williamson, Derrick Thornton, Larry Terry, Joe Schabot,  Brenda Carroll, Andre Fajardo, Linda Trevor, Tim Mock, Cynthia Ward Manley, Bill Fletcher

Front Row, left to right: Teresa Pitt, Jonay Zies, Leslie Williams, Brett Bushnell, Lewis Grubbs,
Renee Smith, Crystal Copas, Shannon Brien, Becky Harper

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60+ Classes, thousands of attendees, ONLY the best content!

RRAR360 learning resource library is on-demand learning on your time schedule.  The world may have stopped in March, but RRAR has continued to work diligently to provide members with the best speakers, continuing education and industry expert information all available through Zoom. 

We hosted 1,181 virtual students during the pandemic, because continuing education is a vital part of being a REALTOR® .  The Professional Development team created a new webinar series "Power Hour" with industry experts and hosted over 600 attendees.

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REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC)

Election 2020:

Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® hosted primary election interviews for Wake County Board of Commissioners. Four candidates were interviewed across two races and our Board of Directors decided to support one candidate in the Board of Commissioners District 1 races. This candidate was successful in winning the primary election.  Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® focuses on candidates that fight for housing rights for both your clients and your business.


Breakfast with REALTOR® Champions: 
RRAR hosted a new webinar series to highlight our REALTOR® Champions.
Three candidates were interviewed for Wake County Board of Commissioners, Sig Hutchinson, Matt Calabria, and Vickie Adamson. Three Champions seeking seats in the NC Senate, Jay Chaudhuri, Sam Searcy, and Sarah Crawford; as well as  Champions seeking seats in the NC House, Rosa Gill and Joe John. 

RRAR hosted general election interviews for NC State House & Senate and Wake County Commissioner. In all, 28 candidates were interviewed and our Board of Directors selected 15 candidates as REALTOR® Champions.

At the local, state and federal levels, 93% of REALTORS® supported candidates representing RRAR members were successful in their bids for public office.

Fundraising Efforts:

October Phone Bank raised over $4,500

Auction for Advocacy raised over $19,000

Virtual Wine Tasting raised over $6,900

As of October 2020, RRAR has raised $98,266 for RPAC, with 1,493 participants, 32 Major Investors and 7 President’s Circle Members.


Diversity - Making Room at the Table For All

COVID was not the only challenge in 2020, Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® took a stance on social injustice and racism.  RRAR's staff and leadership have always fostered an inclusive, loving and welcoming environment that represents all of our REALTOR® members, homeowners, and our wonderfully diverse Raleigh community. 


During 2020, our Diversity Committee hosted a series of Town Hall style webinars to discuss inclusion, equality, and diversity. Special speakers: Donnell Williams, President of NARAB and Vince Malta, NAR 2020 President, Al Ripley, Director of Consumer, Housing and Energy for the NC Justice Center, and Jack Holtzman, Co-Director of the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid all provided expert guidance on diversity and how to combat racism. That committee will continue to host wonderful seminars in the new year.

A major part of this work started when President Grubbs appointed 15 REALTORS® to sit on an advisory group called "Making Room at the Table" with a mission to create an ongoing collaborative space for members of our association to share experiences and feelings about diversity within our industry and facilitate how RRAR can foster inclusivity and develop leaders within our community. They had four goals they worked on over several months of meetings via ZOOM.

  1. Allow REALTORS® to bring forth individual experiences with racism personally, and within the real estate industry.  

  2. Create a sustainable process and mechanism for REALTORS® to report, discuss, and process instances of bias and discrimination of all types. 

  3. Brainstorm a program for keeping in contact with our new and existing members and encourage them to be involved in our organization and provide us feedback. 

  4. Ensure that our diverse membership is always top of mind and that in all aspects of association planning, inclusivity is a lasting and ongoing mindset of our organization. 

Thanks to the work of this group, in 2021 several new initiatives will be kicking off that are sure to help not only our organization, but our community at-large continue to create a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming place for so many to live, work, and play.


Leaders from the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® and the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® representing more than 11,000 REALTOR® members signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday, December 4, 2020 to work together for the exchange of ideas, facilitation of networking and educational events, and to provide other meaningful benefits to their respective members and communities in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Present at the signing were Wallace Peiffer, the 2020 DRAR President, Lewis Grubbs, the 2020 RRAR President, Larry Terry, the 2020 RRAR Diversity Committee Chair, and Sharon Sunkel, the 2021 DRAR Diversity Chair.

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Your association is now more than 9,500+ members strong!  Our goal is to bring you the best information and education opportunities for you to enhance your career. The Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® is proud to conduct itself with a true 360° member service mindset...


Your Association stands proudly in front of industry news, market trends, and government policies impacting your business.  We are working together to provide: 

  • Daily advocacy efforts

  • Legislative and Legal Forums

  • Social Media Tech Forums

  • Global Business Programs

  • Broker Focused Meetings



Walking alongside you as a REALTOR® professional, the RRAR is one of the few associations providing you with On-Demand video access through our new "RRAR360" learning resource library coming in 2021.  This library will bring you weekly new posts of award winning speakers, impactful industry webinars, and critical business training.  Combined with the support of our Professional Standards training and support team, our members know that we are there to help you every step of the way.



Finally we always have your back promoting the value of a REALTOR® in the media and across the Triangle region. The pathway to homeownership for millions of Americans is assisted everyday by REALTORS®. YOU are truly an active and ESSENTIAL member of the community, and vital to your local, state, and national economies.

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Professional Standards

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics is the oath you pledge when becoming part of Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® as well as National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).  These are the rules we stand by as professionals in the real estate industry to protect clients, customers and all REALTORS®. 


New NAR changes to the Code of Ethics were adopted the end of 2020, these included changes to REALTOR® activities, a new Standard of Practice under Article 10 prohibiting discriminatory speech and conduct; and, revisions to the definition of "Public Trust."

RRAR upholds these changes and encourages members to review these new guides at

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Government Affairs/Advocacy


REALTORS® Deemed Essential in Wake County: The groundwork our association laid over the past several years paid off this March. When other counties banned real estate transactions, Wake County deemed “REALTORS®” essential. This protected our members and their livelihoods throughout the pandemic.  Your association was in front of officials fighting for the right for you to remain ESSENTIAL! -- Thanks to North Carolina REALTORS® for their help across the state of North Carolina as well.

Your Association also played a large part in helping plan and ultimately fully supporting the historic City of Raleigh Affordable Housing Bond. This $80 million bond will do amazing work in our community to assist in the development of affordable housing, transit oriented housing and most importantly providing money for down payment assistance programs and home improvement aid. It was a wonderful thing to see this bond passed.

At the National level, NAR continued to lobby everyday for small business support during COVID-19 and to fight for PPP and other tax benefits for citizens and business owners alike. Property Managers were well supported as NAR and NARPM continue to fight to support both tenants and landlords as the nation moves forward from the pandemic.

Community Engagement:

We rolled out a new series, focused on community engagement, titled Chamber Chats.  We met with the CEOs and Presidents of three local Chambers of Commerce, including Garner Chamber, the Wake Forest Area Chamber, and the Apex Chamber. Each Chamber Chat covered topics of growth, economic development, and how the Association might continue to partner with the Chambers.  Keeping informed about local communities gives you a leg up when working with your clients.


RRAR joined all 12 local Chambers of Commerce in 2020, and as a result have created the Liaison Program to build on our partnerships with the Chambers. The liaison’s consist of RRAR volunteer members who attend Chamber events and meet with Chamber staff to discuss how the association can play the role in what Chambers are doing.

Social Distance


Communications looked a lot different this year, events were held either via Zoom or Facebook Live.  RRAR held over 30 different webinars and educational events throughout the year which are hosted on our RRAR360 learning library. Our two communications forums were both virtual, one focused on how to use virtual technology with your business and the other was how to market your business pre, during, and post COVID with industry experts.

Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® partnered with T-360 to do a member survey.  The survey went to all members to get a pulse on how our association is ranked on member service, offerings, and possible 2021 new offerings.  We are happy to report survey results were 99% positive!  These results will be used to launch our 2021 Member Focus Group in efforts to improve our member services and commumications.

Social Stats: 

  • Facebook: Impressions: 414,571|Engagement 21,518 |Clicks 3,247| Fans 5,309

  • Twitter:  Impressions: 62,744 | Engagement 595 | Clicks 195 | Followers 4,272

  • Instagram:  Impressions: 53,093 | Engagement 1,632 | Followers 3,522

  • LinkedIn:  Impressions: 18,819 | Engagement 918 | Clicks 468 | Followers 1,98

  • YouTube: Views: 2,074 | Viewing Hours 84 

  • Constant Contact: Sends: 676,683 | Opens 189,056 | Clicks 11,825 | Open Rate 29%

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For the third year in a row, the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® (RRAR) has been awarded the Platinum Global Achievement Program Award from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) - this award places RRAR firmly in the top 10% of Global Councils nationwide.


In 2020, NAR recognized the importance of RRAR's global programming with an additional award, the 2020 Ambassador Association of the Year Award for efforts in creating new and innovative programing benefiting US and Indian REALTORS®.

RRAR has served as official Ambassador Association to NAR-India since 2018 and the partnership has continued to blossom throughout the past three years. Achievements that have marked this partnership include signing the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding in 2019, publishing of the first-ever NAR-India Market Report in July 2020, exchanging ideas and information through expansive global webinars, and the first-ever USA/India networking session in September 2020.

For more information about RRAR's global efforts, or to get involved, visit

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Andrew Sims

Andrew Sims

Chief Executive Officer

Casey Angel

Casey Angel

Vice President, Policy & Engagement

Cara Mottershead

Cara Mottershead

Vice President, Operations

Magen Farrell

Magen Farrell

Vice President, Finance

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson

Executive Director, REALTOR® Foundation of Wake County

Alyssa Capozzoli

Alyssa Capozzoli

Executive Assistant, Manager 111 Place

Jordan Forrest

Jordan Forrest

Government Affairs Director

Melissa Kolodziej

Melissa Kolodziej

Director of Community Relations

Susan Franklin

Susan Franklin

Director of Communications

Mary-Freemon Sullivan

Mary-Freemon Sullivan

Social Content Manager

Shannon Doane

Shannon Doane

Member Satisfaction Coordinator

Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey

Association Services Director

Mary Rachel Bowling

Mary Rachel Bowling

Director of Professional Development

Sonya Yankoglu

Sonya Yankoglu

Membership Manager

Mary Blohm

Mary Blohm

REALTOR® Store Manager

Sally McGowan

Sally McGowan

Information Specialist


This year our 2020 Awards Ceremony went virtual!


Class of 2020

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The Triangle REALTORS® Leadership Academy looked a little different this year.  Classes were conducted via Zoom as REALTORS® learn essential skills for taking a leadership role in their industry and in the community.  


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Charles Christiansen, Bonnie Cupps, Laura Deitsch, Kandyce Ellis, Magen Farrell, Diane Florio, Ebony Gorum, Cathy Hawkins, Audra Holland, Penny Lauricella, Martin Molloy, Gabby Murillo, Christina Peek, Talvia Peterson, Sarah Powell, Alex Proctor, Sondra Trice-Jones, Erica Sizemore