2021 KAAR Committees

AFFILIATE

Purpose: Plan activities and events in support of the REALTOR® membership.  Raise funds for the association’s Benevolent Fund (Details regarding this newly created fund will be announced soon.)

Composition:  8-10 affiliate members representing various affiliate membership categories.

Time Commitment: Committee meets 6 times per year. 

Staff Contact: Lyle Irish


BUDGET & FINANCE

Purpose: Assists in formulating annual budget in preparation to recommend to directorate.  Makes recommendations to the directorate as needed concerning financial planning and investment decisions.

Composition: Association Treasurer, Treasurer-elect, President, President-elect, First Vice-President, CEO, and two members from membership at large.  The two committee members at large must demonstrate a strong financial background.

Time Commitment:  One year term. Committee meets 2-3 times per year. 

Staff Contact: Steve Lawson


COMMERCIAL MLS

Purpose: Analyze and recommend Catylist/KAARCIE system improvements, establish procedures, and consider violations of Commercial MLS Rules and Regulations and MLS Policies to maintain system integrity.

Time Commitment: Committee meets 2-3 times per year plus members are expected to assist with Commercial Chapter programming, as needed

Staff Contact: Caitland Orlicz


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Purpose: Adopt, participate and promote service projects to create goodwill between REALTORS® and the public. 

Time Commitment: Committee meets 6-8 times per year plus members are expected to participate in service projects. 

Staff Contact: Caitland Orlicz


COUNTY OUTREACH

Purpose: Identify, recommend and implement outreach efforts to benefit and serve members in the association’s 12 county jurisdictions.  

Composition: One member from each county of the association’s jurisdiction

Time Commitment: Two year term (To establish staggered terms, in 2021 six committee members will be appointed to serve a one year term and six committee members will be appointed to serve a two year term).  Committee meets quarterly. 

Staff Contact: James Holden and Lyle Irish


DIVERSITY EQUITY & INCLUSION

Purpose: Identify and recommend actionable changes to ensure the association is an inclusive and supportive environment for all members.  Additionally, committee members will be assigned to each serve on one other association committee.

Composition: 6-8 members comprised of a minimum of 80% diverse membership (persons of color, differently abled individuals, those identifying as LGBTQI+, etc.).  Applicants must demonstrate involvement in, significant experience or substantial support in organizations outside of the association that support members of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ or other marginalized communities.

Time Commitment: One year term. Committee meets 6-8 times per year.

Staff Contact: Lyle Irish


GRIEVANCE

Purpose: Consider complaints alleging violation of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics or arbitration of contractual disputes and either recommend dismissal or forward to Professional Standards.

Composition: 12-14 members comprised of no more than two members from the same firm or company.  Committee members must have been a REALTOR® member for a minimum of two years.  All committee members are required to attend a mandatory day long training session on January 27.

Time Commitment: Two year term. Committee meets 6-8 times per year or as needed. 

Staff Contact: James Holden


GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS & POLICY

Note: The committee charge is being revised with an increased focus on policy and advocacy over politics. The committee will not be appointed and begin its work until later in the year until the actual committee charge has been finalized. Many of the committee’s previous functions and activities (i.e. candidate interviews) have been moved to the RPAC committee. 

Staff Contact: Hancen Sale


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Purpose: Identify, develop and promote quality professional development opportunities to increase member competency.  Assist in course administration. Plan and host annual Education Summit.

Composition:  16-18 members who will be assigned to serve on one of several education subcommittees.

Time Commitment: Two year term. Committee meets quarterly plus subcommittees meet as needed.

Staff Contact: Carleen Palmer


PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Purpose: Conduct ethics and arbitration hearings in accordance with the association’s Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual.

Composition: Members must have completed two years of service on the Grievance Committee.  All committee members are required to attend a mandatory day long training session on January 27.

Time Commitment: Individual ethics and arbitration hearing panels selected from among the general committee meet as needed. 

Staff Contact: James Holden


REALTORS® Political Action Committee

Purpose: Raise funds, awareness & support for the REALTOR® Party, a bipartisan grassroots organization created by REALTORS® to support, promote and protect homeownership and private property rights.  Recommend RPAC support of various pro-REALTOR® candidates.

Time Commitment: Committee typically meets monthly through October 31, but could complete its work sooner depending on meeting annual fundraising goals set by Tennessee REALTORS®.

Staff Contact: James Holden


RESIDENTIAL MLS

Purpose: Analyze and recommend flexMLS system improvements, establish procedures, and consider violations of MLS Rules and Regulations and MLS Policies to maintain system integrity.

Composition: Not less than five (5) nor more than nine (9) Realtors and not less than three (3) nor more than seven (7) Designated Realtors.  The committee shall also include an elected member from each of the association’s county chapters (elections to be held in January).  All committee members shall be Participants or Realtors affiliated with Participants in the MLS.

Time Commitment: Two year term. Committee typically meets 8-9 times per year. 

Staff Contact: Donna Roach and Jared Hencke


YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Purpose: Engage young REALTOR® professionals to become more involved and informed through events, education and networking opportunities.

Time Commitment: Committee meets 5-6 times per year or as needed. 

Staff Contact: Alex Stevenson