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Incoming President's Letter

By: Ben Crosby, CCIM, ALC

Happy New Year! As 2013 Florida CCIM Chapter President, thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Thanks to Gaston Reboredo for all his leadership and work as chapter president in 2012. We also need to thank other members of his leadership team, committee chairs and district officers. They are Sandra Kahle, Peter Barnett, Randy Krise, JM Padron, Kane Morris Webster, Steve Silverman, Chere Roane, Claudette Bruck, Sage Andress, Wayne Kleinstiver, Ajay Babbar, Rick Orr, Barbara Monahan, Charlie Brenner, Bret Felberg, Marc Oram, Joe Pelayo, Matt Rotolante, Frank Rodriguez, Steve Smith, Linda Daniels, Stewart Proctor, Preston Hall, Enn Luthringer, Mike Doyle, Avi Adler. Along with Wayne, Barbara and Kane as Past Presidents working as at large directors were Lou Nimkoff and Roger Broderick.

I point out these volunteers not only to thank them for helping make the chapter better, but to say working with this group is a terrific networking opportunity and time to make friendships with colleagues that will last a lifetime. Come join us. We need new talent and ideas. The business from networking with these pros makes it a great investment of your time.

Your 2013 chapter officers, directors, committee chairs and district officers have all been active planning for the year; more about them later.

Your support and input is needed at our January meetings in Orlando. Your Executive Committee is working on a three year budgeting plan that will require considerable updating of the chapter strategic plan. We want more of a long term focus on designation promotion, education and networking events. This idea is recommended by the Institute and is the right path for our chapter. It will bring longer term plans that succeeding leaders can build on.

At our meetings, we will ask for approval of the 2013 budget and framework for the 2014 & 2015 budget and strategic plan. A complete 2014/2015 plan will take time and effort from many to complete by our August meetings. Ideally, I would like us to approve the next year’s budget and next two out year’s budgets and business plans at August meetings. Don’t know that possible by August 2013, but think given time, we can move our upcoming leaders thinking this far in advance.

Recent years of budget cutting and streamlining of operations will allow the chapter and districts to focus more resources on member benefits. Members need help teaching that a CCIM is the expert needed in solving real estate problems. It costs no more and benefits both buyers and sellers to work with CCIM designees. How we promote you, as well as when and how much to spend is critical parts of future plans. You have a vested interest in these decisions and your participation in the process is needed.

Please come share your thoughts with fellow chapter members January 24th at the Orlando Sea World Renaissance Hotel.
Danny Smith and Ryan Sampson are leading the Chapter Designation Promotion Committee. They would welcome your input on this important subject.

Sage Andress is leading the Sponsorship Committee and needs a vice chair to help build this program. State wide and local event sponsors all can help provide better events and defray costs to members. If you are interested in working with Sage, please contact him or myself.

These are exciting times with opportunities all around. As survivors and thrivers of the great boom and crash, you are in first position to separate yourselves as the authority in your specialty and market.

Look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this year at different events.