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Renee Smith, 2019 President
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

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

Wow! What an amazing year is has been to be the President of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®. It feels like just yesterday that I was being sworn in to lead our great organization for 2019 and here it is coming to a close. Looking back at our accomplishments over the year, I hope our members realize how fortunate they are to have a Board of Directors, volunteer committee members, and a professional staff who day in and day out put in the work to promote success in our members’ businesses and further the brand of REALTOR® all across our marketplace. This year was a year of new beginnings. At the beginning of the year, our former Chief Executive Officer, Tessa Hultz, accepted a new association position in Long Island, NY. While we remain thankful to her for her service here in Raleigh, we know she will continue to do wonderful things for the REALTORS® in Long Island. Early in the year, myself and other association leaders, came together to formally interview dozens of candidates from across the nation, and ultimately make the decision to hire our new Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sims. Andrew and his family have already made an impact on our community and he is bringing great new ideas and member services to the table alongside our leadership and staff. Our Advocacy efforts continued to put REALTORS® and consumers first in helping elect a new Mayor and City Council for the City of Raleigh along with scoring big election wins in several other of our Wake County communities. Great things happening there. Our members assisted the North Carolina REALTORS® in successfully advocating the Legislature and Governor for and ultimately passing association health care plans in North Carolina. Nationally we achieved more wins with FHA condo rules and huge wins in the national funding bill including the extension of the National Flood Insurance Program that impacts more than 50,000 communities across the country and many right here in North Carolina. Locally we are sitting in prime seats on fair and affordable housing roundtables and discussions as our communities continue to grow with residents looking to call our region home. Our educational offerings continue to grow and diversify as our members businesses continue to evolve and their needs to be successful change. We want to gather crucial feedback from you all on how we can better our course offerings and classes. Stay tuned in 2020 for some invitations to surveys and focus groups. Additionally, we are looking to make sure our members don’t miss crucial communications with their association. We will be looking at ways to make sure you are getting the news you want, when you want it. That will be a priority for us in the new year. Our REALTOR® Foundation of Wake County continued an upward trend both in dollars raised and in families helped. We are so proud of the leadership and staff of our foundation who continue to amaze all of us with how kind and generous REALTORS® are not only with their dollars, but their time in our community. This year was also a year of firsts wherein our Platinum Award winning Triangle International Council assisted in the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding with the National Association of REALTORS® India and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® in Chicago as we look to broaden our reach, business market, and idea sharing across the world. As we look forward into 2020, I know 100 percent that our members will be in great hands with President Lewis Grubbs and his team of committee leaders. Lewis’s passion for our members and industry is truly felt by all he speaks with. I can’t wait to see him as your President. I want to thank you all for putting your trust in me to lead our almost 100-year-old organization. I had so many mentors and friends along the way who helped me out and they all hopefully know who they are. I thank my company and staff for giving me the freedom to serve my industry. I will treasure this year as your President and look forward to continuing to be a positive, uplifting member of this association for years to come. I wish you all success in 2020, please let me know if I can help you in any way.


2019 Executive Committee

President: Renee Smith

President Elect: Lewis Grubbs

Secretary/Treasurer: Brett Bushnell

Past President: Diana Braun


Back Row, left to right: Andrew Sims, Linda Trevor, Ward Ricke, Kevin Starkey, Sharon Gupton, Tiffany Williamson,
Andre Fajardo, Mark Parker, Davis Holt, Larry Terry, Tim Mock, Melanie Osborne, Joe Schabot, Diane Donnelly, Teresa Pitt

Front Row, left to right: Tim McBrayer, Becky Harper, Brett Bushnell, Lewis Grubbs, Renee Smith,
Diana Braun, Leslie Williams, Crystal Copas, Shannon Brien

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Global Outreach

For the second year in a row RRAR's Global Advisory Group was awarded the highest honor from the National Association of REALTORS® Global Achievement Program with Platinum Award.

Over the past several years, the Association has produced the 2019 Profile of International Transactions, successfully worked to become the official Ambassador Association to NAR - India, sponsored the Annual Raleigh International Festival, hosted the CIPS Designation Institute, launched translation services for RRAR Members, executed multiple networking and professional development opportunities, and so much more to help our REALTOR® Members expand their business beyond borders.


Memoranda of Understanding

The Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® (RRAR) signed two Memoranda of Understanding during the National Association of REALTORS® Convention, held in San Francisco. These strategic partnerships were signed with RRAR’s Ambassador Association, the National Association of REALTORS® - India, as well as domestic partners Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, located in the Chicagoland area.


These MOUs establish the cooperation of RRAR in developing mutually beneficial relationships with both NAR – India as well as Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® that will directly impact both the members of these Associations, but also make a considerable impact on economic development and the housing markets.


RRAR and NAR-India have been paired by the National Association of REALTORS® as sister associations since 2017. With considerable foreign investment in the Triangle region of North Carolina from India, the two associations helped make their connection more formal by entering into this MOU and agreeing to promote bilateral information, market statistics, and increased local collaborations in both North Carolina and India for the purposes that are mutually beneficial.



Councils & Committees

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee reviews all Bylaws & Policies for the Raleigh Regional Assocation of REALTORS® and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors based on their findings.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee works directly with Association Staff to recommend and review course offerings and/or suggested subject matter for professional development and seminars.

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee invites guest speakers to educate members on issues pertinent to the industry, responds to and promotes NC REALTORS® and National Assocation of REALTORS® "Calls to Action." The committee is responsible for conducting and attending annual interviews of candidates running for office within the Association's jurisdiction, which includes drafting online and in-person questions for candidates to answer. Following interviews, the committee shall recommend a candidate report to the Board of Directors for approval, and designate "REALTOR® Champion(s)" for the RPAC Committee to determine funding levels.

Diversity Committee

Promotes equal opportunity in housing and diversity within the real estate industry. Identifies the concerns and needs of minority members and assists in the development of actions to address those needs and concerns. Serves as ambassadors to minority real estate organizations.

Grievance Committee

Acts as reviewing body for complaints turned into the Association to determine whether to dismiss or send forward to the Professional Standards Committee for a hearing. Members are required to be a REALTOR® member for two consecutie years to be eligible, and all members of the Grievance and Professional Standards Committee must attend an approved training session as soon as possible after committee appointment and at least every two years after.

Young Professionals Network

Serves as the voice of young professionals who are focused on personal growth, networking, and association involvement! Whether you are young, or young at heart, this is a great committee to join, bringing your career to the next level.

Small Brokerage Council

Small Brokerage Council is here to provide support, education, and networking opportunities for the smaller firms while also providing a voice for the needs and interests of these independent Real Estate firms in our region. To qualify, individuals must be part of a non-franchise brokerage of 20 agents or fewer.

Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning Committee meets to create a strategic plan or suggest revisions to the current plan. The plan is then presented to the Board of Directors no later than the April Board of Directors meeting.

Property Management Council

Represents property managers that have heightened expertise and industry knowledge to assist them in doing the best possible job. For real estate professionals who know first-hand the unique challenges of managing rental property in today's constantly changing economic and legislative environment. Members are accepted from any NC REALTOR® Board.

Global Advisory Group

Global Advisory Group is the two time, Platinum Award winning, nationally recognized international network. Its mission is to provide programs, networking opportunities and market information that will enhance its members' ability to successfully compete in our growing global marketplace.

Women's Council of REALTORS®

WCR is a dynamic mix of professional training and personal support designed to take your busniess to another level. This network of professionals hosts speakers who are experts in the real estate industry and has round table discussions.

Top Producers Council

Top Producers Council is an organization that encourages successful REALTORS® to share knowledge and expertise through group discussions, to learn through informational speakers and experts, to provide annual educational events for all of RRAR, and to support our community through our efforts of giving and serving.

Harnett Area Council

The voice for Real Estate in Harnett County helps serve REALTOR® members and their business. Harnett Area Council is proud to represent our industry throughout the region.

Class of 2019

The Triangle REALTORS® Leadership Academy is a year long program through which REALTORS® learn essential skills for taking a leadership role in their industry and in the community.  

2019 GRADUATES - Dean Davis Holt

Marjorie Ax Nartowicz, Robbie Balance,
Laurie Cahill, Elaine Clifton, Monique Edwards, Maya Galletta, Samantha Gradle, Ann Gray, Melinda Green, Sophia Griffies, Scottie Hundley, Casey House, Bernadette Hurley, Gennell Kessler, Melissa Kolodziej, Kevin McIntryre, Warren Sumner, Jay Sutton,
Heather Thompson, Leigh Ann Thompson


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Phone: (919) 654-5400 • Fax: (919) 654-5401 • Info@RRAR.com

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2019 REALTOR® Emeriti

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