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GRAR recognized for its vision

At the most recent conference of the National Association of Realtors, the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors was recognized as one of 37 associations across the country to complete the Pinnacle Program, a management training initiative aimed to help leaders better prepare themselves for changing technologies, shifting consumer needs and relevant customer service.

There are more than 1,400 associations nationwide.

Participating in the Pinnacle Program were Andy Burke, 2014 GRAR president; Toni Connors, 2014 GRAR president-elect; Linda Wilson, 2014 GRAR secretary/treasurer; Steve Babbitt, 2012-2013 GRAR president; and Jim Yockel, GRAR chief executive officer.

“You are the finest example of Realtor association leadership,” said Dale Stinton, CEO of the National Association of Realtors, during the graduation speech in New Orleans last week.

Only 2.7 percent of Realtor associations in the United States have qualified for the certification, which required completion of six distinct leadership modules, over a three-year period. The highly specialized program was designed, created and delivered by New York Times best-selling author Stefan Swanepoel and association strategist Jeremy Conaway.

“The GRAR board of directors realized that the best associations know how to custom-tailor programs, products and services to keep their offerings fresh, relevant and valuable in their effort to support the ever-changing needs of their members,” said Burke. “Our completion of The Pinnacle Program positions our members to thrive and advance in the undeniably changing real estate environment.”