To TBR’s REALTORS® and Affiliate business partners:
Thanks for a great year! We have made great strides in getting recognition for ALL that you do for our local community! It helps bring home our message that REALTORS® are truly locally driven, and there is NO industry that “gives back” like REALTORS® and our business partners.
We started out the year with our Habitat Build in conjunction with FSU Student Habitat for Humanity to construct a home for a very deserving member of our community. I’m reluctant to start naming those who have helped for fear I will forget someone, but I must thank Sarah Kosturko and Debbie Williams for spearheading this effort.
This spring, TBR members hosted a water station for the Tallahassee Marathon, which benefits the American Lung Association. Thanks to Nancy Stedman for allowing us the opportunity to assist in this community event and Nathan Newell for being the volunteer coordinator. Next up was a great professional float in the annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade.
Later in the spring, REALTORS® for Relay continued to excel in collecting donations for the American Cancer Society, raising over $19,000. Once again, the lion’s share was raised by Gerri Roberts, who recently passed away and will be sorely missed by all of us.
As the summer faded and everyone was getting ready to go back to school, we contributed over 150 backpacks and many pounds of school supplies to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Children’s Home Society, and the Early Learning Coalition. Many of our members attended the Annual United Way Kick-off program, chaired by our very own Virginia Glass.
In October, we had a great time at my Presidential Gala at GoodWood. My heartfelt thanks to Trina Searcy, Sonia Jewell, and the entire Social Committee for organizing and coordinating a successful party and fundraising event. The party featured DeepWater band, 101 Catering, Vegas Casino Nights, and games and raffles, including our fun Diamond Plot. As most of you know, I lost both of my parents to cancer. This year our community also lost our little buddy Trent McElroy at age ten, and in the TBR community we know past-presidents who have battled cancer. Consequently, the American Cancer Society was my chosen charity to be the beneficiary of your donations—an amazing $5,000 for local services and research to help find a cure.
November, we launched our inaugural “Hoofing it for Habitat” 5K run at Centerville Conservancy, and its success is thanks to Mariela Santurri, Christie Orros, Nancy Stedman, and many other volunteers. This was actually Mariela’s idea, and will kick off our 2015 Habitat Build. We ended up with 123 participants and about 30 volunteers—pretty good for our first time out the chute.
Premier’s Annual Thanksgiving Together, which Pepper Ghazvini started in 1997, was TBR’s featured volunteer spotlight for November, and in December our members have the chance to help our community through Christmas Connection, the Salvation Army’s “REALTOR® Ring a Bell,” and Toys for Tots.
Another one of my initiatives this year was to improve communication and cooperation with some of our other local organizations, including The Chamber, Tallahassee Builders Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Springtime Tallahassee, and Visit Tallahassee. We attended many of their events—the Chamber Retreat in Amelia Island, TBA “Hardhat Happy Hours,” various panels at meetings, etc.—and they attended some of our REALTOR® Socials and other events. I hope that this may lead to some joint ventures with these organizations in the future.
I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to get more of our REALTORS® to contribute the minimum of $15 “fair share” amount to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) to increase our participation levels. I’m not sure how much all of our members realize the impact of RPAC on their profession; not contributing is like showing up at a potluck dinner with nothing but your appetite! However, we did end the year with 26% of our members investing in RPAC and raising more than $32,000 (208% of our goal). Thank you to all the members that did choose to invest in their profession.
I enjoyed getting to know more of you REALTORS® and Affiliate business partners on a more personal level. Part of what I love about REALTORS® is we aren’t so much competitors—we cooperate with each other, we depend on each other for our livelihoods.
Thanks very much to all of the past leadership of TBR, particularly my mentor, Immediate Past-President Frank McClean, for guidance and suggestions.
I think the Number One thing that I learned from my year as President is how much our staff does for us! Our CEO, Steven Louchheim, is so on top of every aspect of our industry; we are truly blessed to have him on our team. He makes the leadership process a smooth transition from president to president, with the consistent guidance that assures all of us a good year. Susan Ray with her behind-the-scenes suggestions and influence, helps keep us on track. Paul Galloway keeps us on the cutting edge with our extensive technology, and Nicholas Propst is quick to assist members at the helpdesk. Sonia Jewell makes sure that we stay on task with all our social and education responsibilities, and Jo-Anna Dolloff is ready to help our membership, whether it’s someone just joining or veteran REALTORS® and Affiliates. Keri Matewa is always friendly and informative: “It’s a beautiful day at the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS®!”
And if you’d like, you can thank me for helping turn the real estate market around during my Presidency!
Jeffrey D. Doxsee, Sr.
2014 TBR President
Capital Property Consultants