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About GKAR

Committees

GKAR Member involvement is the lifeblood of the Association, serving and executing the vision for the Association, in alignment with the Bylaws, Strategic Plan, and National Association of REALTORS®' Core Standards.

2019 GKAR Committee Descriptions

Advocacy

Chair: Charlie Bradford
Vice Chair: Patrick Bird
Director Liaison: Jill Kingsbury
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: Every other month; 1st Monday at 1:00 pm

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Assignment: 

Meet the NAR minimum standards for participation in 2019 Calls for Action of 20% by enrolling 5 new Brokers to NAR Broker    Involvement Program; exceed RPAC Goal set by NAR by 110% by hosting an annual Major Investor fundraiser and Participation fundraisers; provide endorsement of State and local legislators; and host semi-annual Legislative Update Forums open to all Members.

Community Relations 

Chair: Ben Barber
Vice Chair: Shelby Meyer
Director Liaison: Lisa Faber
Staff Liaison: Angela McMillan
Schedule: Monthly; 1st Friday at 10:00 am

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Assignment: 

Coordinate, promote, and participate in Community  Events – Walk to End Homelessness; Bowl for Kids’ Sake; Habitat for Humanity; and Day of Service for Veterans.

Grievance                  

Co Chair: Irene Zuiderveen 
Co Chair:
George Betten
Staff Liaisons: Paula Novess and Heather Atteberry
Schedule: As needed

Objective:

Screen/investigate for the Professional Standards Hearing Panel. Following review, determine the proper course of action on any formal complaint from the public or Membership. Committee Members must have been a REALTOR® Member for a minimum of three years and attend additional education.

Membership 

Chair: Josh Nagy
Vice Chair: Colleen Dawson

Director Liaison: Rick Crepas
Staff Liaison: Heather Atteberry
Schedule: Monthly; 2 Wednesdays prior to the Board of Directors' meeting

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Objective: 

Support and promote Membership through New Member Orientation and the New Member Welcome Program.

2019 Assignment: 
Review new GKAR REALTOR® and Business Partner Membership requests, provide a New Member Welcome program, and promote the value of GKAR Membership.

MLS

Chair: Jason Veenstra
Vice Chair: Scott Kellogg
Director Liaison: Dennis Bronson
Staff Liaison: Sam Bartlett
Schedule: Monthly; 2nd Tuesday at 1:30 pm

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Objective: 

Develops, interprets, and enforces MLS policies and rules.

Assignment: 
Provide solutions for streamlining MLS system.

Professional Development

Chair: Ellen Horkey
Vice Chair: DeAnna Phillips
Director Liaison: Rich LaPorte
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: Monthly; 1st Friday at 8:30 am

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Assignment: 

Coordinate Professional Development Committee Presents series; topics include – Business Planning for the Self-Employed Contractor; Water Quality; including PFAs and PFOs; REALTOR® Safety; and Appraisal Requirement Updates.

Professional Standards

Co Chair: Nancy Whitney
Co Chair: 
Rick George
Staff Liaisons: Paula Novess and Heather Atteberry
Schedule: As needed
Objective:

Provide a pool of panel members to hear matters of alleged Code of Ethics violations by REALTOR® Members and hear disputes regarding commissions. Committee Members must have been a REALTOR® Member for a minimum of five years and attend additional education.

Risk Management

Chair: Jim Douglass
Vice Chair: Greg Miller
Director Liaison: Suzzette Deaux
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: Monthly; 2nd Friday at 8:30 am 

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Objective: 

Review and revise standard forms, contract language, and disclosures.

Assignment: 

Provide GKAR Members Forms Update session by individual or panel.

 

2019 GKAR Committee Rosters

 

Advocacy

Charlie Bradford - Chair Jaqua, Realtors®
Patrick Bird - Vice Chair Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Jill Kingsbury - Director Liaison Five Star Real Estate
Colleen Dawson RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Jason Machnik Veritas Law Group
Doug Merriam Michigan REALTORS®
Natalie Rowe RE/MAX Advantage
Nita Snyder Honor Credit Union
 

 

Community Relations

Ben Barber - Chair Keller Williams Kalamazoo
Shelby Meyer - Vice Chair Five Star Real Estate
Lisa Faber - Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Audrey Andrews Lake Michigan Credit Union
Charlie Bradford Jaqua, REALTORS®
Cam Cavanaugh Five Star Real Estate
Lindsay Flynn Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Stephanie Goldsberry Century 21 Affiliated
Courtney Howrigon Ron Jackson Insurance
Joe Huizar Consumers Credit Union
Alex Jeffries Century 21 Affiliated
Ryan Maneke Arbor Financial Credit Union
Peggy Napier Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Cherish Paska Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Elyce Rosenbach AmeriFirst Home Mortgage
Jodi Vanderweele-Noble Jaqua, REALTORS®
Kathi Vlachos KALSEE Credit Union
 

 

Membership

Josh Nagy - Chair Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Coleen Dawson - Vice Chair RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Rick Crepas - Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Kimberly Anderson Five Star Real Estate
Jennifer Copeland Five Star Real Estate
Mark Doorlag Doorlag Realty Company
David Followell Five Star Real Estate
Tammy Graham Jaqua, REALTORS®
Amy Krumm RE/MAX Advantage
Steven Revor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Natalie Rowe RE/MAX Advantage
 

 

MLS

 Jason Veenstra - Chair EXP Realty
Scott Kellogg - Vice Chair Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Dennis Bronson - Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Tim Brown RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Kerry Keefer-Fischer Five Star Real Estate
Marcia Miller Miller Connection Realty
Carl Phalin Jaqua. REALTORS®
Dave Phillipson Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Cheri Schulz Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Tom Seelbinder The No Problem Listing Co. LLC
Fred Taber Jaqua, REALTORS®
Sarah VandenBerg AmeriFirst Home Mortgage
Martin Wagar Wagar & Associates
 

 

Professional Development

Ellen Horkey - Chair Keller Williams Kalamazoo
DeAnna Phillips - Vice Chair Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Rich LaPorte - Director Liaison Century 21 Affiliated
Holly Babb Arbor Financial Credit Union
Michele Brown RE/MAX Advantage
Corby Callaway Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Amy Hamilton Jaqua, REALTORS®
Marissa Harrington Five Star Real Estate
Jessica MacDonald GreenStone FCS
Matt Mansfield ERA Reardon Realty
Joe Nespodzany ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo
Julie Reisner Five Star Real Estate
Pam Roberts Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Jennifer Valente Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
 

 

Risk Management

Jim Douglass - Chair RE/MAX Advantage
Greg Miller - Vice Chair Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Suzzette Deaux - Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Kimberly Anderson Five Star Real Estate
Jared Arnold Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Michele Brown RE/MAX Advantage
Cam Cavanaugh Five Star Real Estate
David Clark Nederveld Engineering & Surveying
Lee Crossley Jaqua, REALTORS®
Brett Cummings Keilen Law
Curt Dinkelmeyer Devon Title Agency
Charlie Etter M. Charles Etter, Attorney
Collin Forrest Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
J.R. Fulton No Frills Realty
Janis Havice Lakes & Country Real Estate
Gracie Kayany Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Trisha Kidd Jaqua, REALTORS®
Jason Machnik Veritas Law Group
Carol Oudsema Greenleaf Realty Properties
Brandon Rausch Acura Real Estate
Joe Richards Keller Williams Kalamazoo
Ryan Rider Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Al Rowe RE/MAX Advantage
Suzanne Sloan Jaqua, REALTORS®

Make the Most of your Membership!

When you get involved, you open up a world of opportunities to build your network, your resume, and your business. Take advantage of the exciting benefits and opportunities available to you at GKAR.

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