Greetings, fellow Texas REALTORS®!
Reach out to any current volunteer or staff member with questions about opportunities.
Every great contribution Texas REALTORS® ever made in the way of #ShapingTexas started with a challenge or idea shared at a committee meeting. We, the members, are our own greatest asset, and we chart our own course through a member-led governance process. Many of you were just awarded coveted seats on Texas REALTORS® committees. As part of your service, I hope you will join me in sharing how easy, important, and fun it is to be involved.
Start by checking your local, state, and national association websites and calendars to see when the next meetings or events are scheduled. Most are open, meaning any REALTOR® may attend. Most association websites will also contain descriptions of committees and requisite experience, along with a list of members and contact information. Don’t make the mistake I made in assuming you are not qualified or experienced enough because you are new, young, or whatever else you might think. Reach out to any current volunteer or staff member with questions about opportunities and time commitments. Many great roles require minimal time. Recruitment of new talent is our number-one job as leaders, so don’t be shy about contacting us. We work for you.
The Texas REALTORS® committee process begins with a sign-up period usually open in early summer. Go to texasrealestate.com and be sure your profile is up to date and you are set to receive notifications, so you won’t miss the announcement of when the sign-up tool opens and closes. A reference letter from your local AE and/or your local president is always a plus to include with your application. The information you provide is matched with a member engagement tool that houses data on your past participation and special skills or accomplishments. Using that information, the five-member Texas REALTORS® Leadership Team meets for two or three days to place who we hope are the right people in the right seats. Every effort is made to offer first choices, but that is not always possible due to the need for geographic, diversity, and experience distribution, as well as limited committee size. Some will be asked to serve on a committee for which they did not apply. When that happens, it’s because we needed you there. Participation at the local level as well as graduation from the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program are major advantages, so don’t overlook those opportunities.
Exciting news will be coming soon about mentorship opportunities. Until then, seek your own mentor. Let that person know if you have aspirations beyond committee participation. She can help you chart a path, not just to win an election, but to be an effective leader. I had such mentors, and as I wrap up my year as your chairman, I must again thank Randy Jeffers and Brooke Hunt for their early guidance, and all our past chairs for the profound wisdom and time they so generously shared.