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About GKAR

GKAR Committees

2021 Descriptions & Rosters

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.

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Advocacy Committee

The GKAR Advocacy Committee meets every other month on the first Monday at 1:00 pm.

Assignment: Meet the NAR minimum standards for participation in 2021 Calls for Action of 20% by promoting the REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts; exceed RPAC Goal set by NAR by 120% by hosting two participation fundraisers; provide endorsement of local legislators; and host semi-annual Legislative Update Forums open to all Members.

First Last Role Office
Tammy  Dykema Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Jason Machnik Vice-Chair Herbert Machnik Law Firm
Callie Reed Staff Liaison GKAR
Natalie Rowe Chair RE/MAX Advantage
David Wells Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI

 

Community Relations Committee

The GKAR Community Relations Committee meets on the first Friday of the month at 10:00 am.

Assignment: Coordinate, promote, and participate in Community Events –Bowl for Kids’ Sake; Walk to End Homelessness; Habitat for Humanity; Day of Service for Veterans; SkeleTour event; and Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

First Last Role Office
Audrey Andrews Member Lake Michigan Credit Union
Ben Barber Member Keller Williams Kalamazoo
Charlie Bradford Chair / Director Liaison Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®, Inc.
Cam Cavanaugh Member Five Star Real Estate
Maggie Harma Member Independent Bank
Joe Huizar Member Consumers Credit Union
Ellen Jarl Member Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®, Inc.
Alex Jeffries Member CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Dave Klima Member Aardvark Home Inspectors, Inc.
Jessica MacDonald Member Greenstone Farm Credit Services
Ryan Maneke Member Arbor Financial Credit Union
Peggy Napier Vice-Chair Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Monica Neyyer Member ERA Reardon Realty
Jodi Noble Member Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®, Inc.
Kelly Patterson Member Next Door Photos Kalamazoo
Robin Pompey Staff Liaison GKAR
Mary Beth Sons Member Redzone Realty Group, LLC
Jennifer Valente Member Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Kathi Vlachos Member KALSEE Credit Union
David Wells Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Ethel Wilkey Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI

 

Grievance Committee

The GKAR Grievance Committee meets 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.

First Last Role Office
Heather Atteberry Staff Liaison GKAR
George Betten Vice-Chair Betten Real Estate
Melody Stirk Chair Keller Williams Kalamazoo

 

Membership Committee

The GKAR Membership Committee meets monthly, two Wednesdays prior to the Board of Directors' Meeting.

Objective / Assignment: Support and promote Membership through New Member Orientation and the New Member Welcome Program. / Review new GKAR REALTOR® and Business Partner Membership requests, provide a New Member Welcome program, review Appraiser Member benefits to enhance their value and recognition; review GKAR Emeritus benefit applications for approval; and promote the value of GKAR Membership.

First Last Role Office
Michelle Bennett-Siwula Member CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Candie Jent Staff Liaison GKAR
Kathy King Director Liaison Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®, Inc.
Lori Knoll Ambs Member RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Amy Krumm Vice-Chair Five Star Real Estate
Nico Lopez Member EXP Realty LLC
Monica Neyyer-Gill Member ERA Reardon Realty
Jodi Noble Member Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®, Inc.
Steve Revor Chair Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Cyndi Trobeck Member Cornell & Associates

 

MLS Committee

The GKAR MLS Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm.

Objective / Assignment: Develops, interprets, and enforces MLS policies and rules. / Provide solutions for streamlining MLS system.

First Last Role Office
Sam Bartlett Staff Liaison GKAR
Dawn Beltz Member Golden Star Realty
Tim Brown Director Liaison RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Cam Cavanaugh Member Five Star Real Estate
Jennifer Copeland Member Five Star Real Estate
Kerry Keefer Fischer Member Five Star Real Estate
Amy Krumm Member Five Star Real Estate
Marcia Miller Vice-Chair Marcia Miller Realty, LLC
Carl Phalin Chair Jaqua, REALTORS®
Dave Phillipson Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Gloria Royal Member ERA Reardon Realty
Cheri Schulz Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Tom Seelbinder Member Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Sarah VandenBerg Member AmeriFirst Appraisal Division
Jason Veenstra Member EXP Realty LLC
Marty Wagar Member Wagar & Associates, Inc.

 

Professional Development Committee

The GKAR Professional Development Committee meets on the first Friday of the month at 8:30 am.

Objective: Coordinate Professional Development Committee Presents series; Market Area Updates presented by Southwest Michigan First, Fair Housing, REALTOR® Safety, Appraiser, Lender and Title Panel discussion, and Back to Basics/RE201

First Last Role Office
Heather Atteberry Staff Liaison GKAR
Michelle Bennett-Siwula Member CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Michele Brown Chair Lakes & Country Real Estate
Marissa Harrington Vice Chair Five Star Real Estate
Ellen Jarl Member Jaqua, REALTORS®
Rich LaPorte Director Liaison CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Jeff Lee Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Jessica MacDonald Member GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Steve Revor Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Mary Beth Sons Member Redzone Realty Group, LLC
Jennifer Valente Member Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®

 

Professional Standards Committee

The GKAR Professional Standards Committee meets 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, a Member of the Grievance Committee for two years, and attend additional education.

First Last Role Office
Heather Atteberry Staff Liaison GKAR
Brian Bay Vice-Chair ERA Reardon Realty
Debbie Giddings Chair Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®

 

Risk Management Committee

The GKAR Risk Management Committee meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:30 am.

Objective / Assignment: Review and revise standard forms, contract language, and disclosures. / Provide GKAR Members Forms Update session by individual or panel.

First Last Role Office
Sam Bartlett Staff Liaison GKAR
Dawn Bradley Member Devon Title Company
Jennifer Copeland Member Five Star Real Estate
Lee Crossley Member Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®, Inc.
Suzzette Deaux Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Jim Douglass Member RE/MAX Advantage
Charlie Etter Member M. Charles Etter P.C.
J.R. Fulton Member No-Frills Realty
Janis Havice Member Lakes & Country Real Estate
Sandy Jurich Member Buyer's Choice Realty
Rich LaPorte Member CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Jason Machnik Member Herbert Machnik Law Firm
Carol Oudsema Chair Greenleaf Realty Properties
Brandon Rausch Vice-Chair Acura Real Estate
Al Rowe Member RE/MAX Advantage