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Success Journal: 2014 Wrap-up

by Jo Kenney, PMN


As we near the end of 2014, it's always fun to look back and see what has transpired over the past 12 months. This has been a year of many changes within Women's Council and the industry as a whole.

Most of our markets have continued to see an upswing in real estate sales, and the change from just three years ago has definitely made an impact on our attitudes and optimism for the future. As we move forward, we must remember that the heart of our business is our clients, and the delivery of uncompromising service at every turn will ensure that they will be our clients in the future.

NAR has also been looking at the future of our industry, starting a few years back in 2012 with the REThink Strategic Planning initiative, and continuing this year with the announcement of the Code of Excellence concept to be drafted for a vote at the May 2015 meetings.

We have also been looking forward with our plans for the future of Women's Council and what strategies will deliver the highest value to our members. Our 2014-16 Strategic Framework, which was introduced in November 2013, included a strategy to test a simplified chapter operation system to be supported by organizational resources. So when Women's Council California presented a proposal to the Executive Committee to adopt a new organizational model statewide, we had the opportunity we needed to move forward on this plan.

Recently at our National Conference, the Governing Board approved a motion to allow for a two-year beta test for California, which will begin in January. This new model will be an opportunity for us to explore the effectiveness of the new Business Resource Networks (as they will be called) in a state where all sizes and types of chapters are present. With streamlined governance and less often but more impactful events, the goal is to strengthen the Women's Council brand, build membership and offer value that will continue to impact the bottom line of every member's business.

Also in 2015, our Executive Vice President Gary Krysler will be retiring April 1 after 24 years of serving Women's Council. With his stewardship, the association has grown in both financial security and industry recognition. We are grateful for his dedication and forward-thinking leadership. A search committee has started the process of identifying the best candidate to fill this vacancy.

In closing, I want to thank all of you for the privilege and honor to serve as your national president in 2014. It has been an incredible journey – one I will always treasure. I assure you that my dedication to the Council will continue as I serve as immediate past president and beyond. I wish you all much success, joy and fulfillment in 2015! 

2014 National President
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
Decatur, GA 

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