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President's Message January 2018
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy, Healthy and prosperous New Year. In the nine months that I have been your President, I am so happy to share some of our accomplishments in 2017.
The 2017-2018 Executive Committee and Board of Directors have implemented many of the goals we proposed to initiate in 2017. The change in our support staff brought many transitional issues and growing pains, but with all that, we accomplished a successful Fall meeting held in Chicago on October 31st and November 1st, dovetailing with the National Association of REALTORS convention. We had a Leadership Class run by the Past President of the Real Estate Brokers Institute combined with other speakers and topics designed to open the world of International business to all and attracting many of our international members who were also in attendance for NAR.
Our Membership is growing too. Over 100 members have already renewed their memberships for 2018.We will be going on an annual membership basis and will not be prorating memberships going forward.
We launched a new member effort with special reduced membership fee for only our new members for 2018.
We have welcomed CCIM as a new Principal Member and many CCIM members have joined FIABCI-USA.
We will again be able to offer a 50% discount on MIPIM registration to our members who wish to attend MIPIM in Cannes, France in March.
FIABCI-USA Local Councils are flourishing; Houston, Miami, Wash DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Hawaii and our newest Council in Orlando, are the important grassroots Local Council communities of FIABCI-USA. We have received several inquiries from members hoping to start a Council in their local areas. Local Councils, good programing, meeting regularly and member leadership is the valuable component for growth and increased business opportunities.
The Renaissance of FIABCI-USA has become a reality. I have had the pleasure and honor of watching and participating with our amazing group of leaders. As we face the New Year together look for more exciting announcements.
Susan Merdinger Greenfield President of FIABCI-USA