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Board of Directors Election

  • The Board of Directors Election takes place from Wednesday, October 4, 2017 through Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

  • GMAR members in good standing will be emailed a link to vote for candidates within their respective areas and categories.
    If you meet these requirements and did not receive an email with link, please contact the office at info@gmaronline.com or (248) 478-1700.

  • Winners will be announced at the General Membership Meeting (GMM) taking place on Thursday, November 9, 2017, and begin their term January 1, 2018. Register for the GMM here »
Affiliate Director

Scott Galloway (incumbent)

As an active affiliate of GMAR I have enjoyed the opportunities to interact with realtors and other affiliates through participation in the committee and teaching courses to Realtors.  As a RPAC major investor I am committed to furthering the objectives and goals of the Realtor community.

My association with GMAR has made me a better attorney by helping me more fully understand the needs of Realtors; I now hope to utilize my skills and experience to move the organization forward for the benefit of its membership. 

I have extensive experience serving on volunteer boards and over 20 years of legal experience assisting buyers, sellers and real estate professionals with residential real estate transactions.  If elected to the Board, I would bring my unique perspective amongst active affiliates to make GMAR a stronger organization and provide even greater value to our members.

Thank you for your consideration.

At Large Director

Anthony Jablonski

As Realtors® we have one of the most unique jobs in the world. We provide the opportunity to fulfill the American dream of home and property ownership. Our profession is constantly being influenced by politics, technology, economics and competitive factors external to our industry.

Today, more than ever before, it is mandatory that we all stay engaged, educated and involved in the process. I would like to represent the members of GMAR on the Board of Directors as a voice of reason and understanding, to keep us represented both as individuals of the organization, our industry as a whole and as Realtors®. I have served on the GMAR Board Directors, and as its Vice President.

I currently sit on the GMAR Financial Committee, Grievance Committee, and Government Affairs Committee. It is a wonderful experience to represent the property interests of my clients, and my fellow Realtors® and learning what I can do to make the business of real estate better for all of us.

The opportunity to serve on the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors® Board of Directors would be an honor, and I ask for your vote.



Brent Belesky

I am honored to serve the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors® as one of your instructors. I truly enjoy interacting with our members and helping others achieve their goals. I look forward to working hard to make GMAR the best value and the best association in the state. This takes dedication and a commitment to deliver the services and education programs available to our members. I have a passion for service and a dedication to deliver meaningful educational events and programs to our membership. Please help me continue our mission to deliver exceptional value to our members by supporting me with your vote. Thank you.

Brent's Experience:

  • NAR/GMAR Instructor
  • Coach/Trainer/Motivational Speaker
  • Pre-License/Broker Prep Licensed Instructor
  • Grievance Committee Member
  • Professional Standards Committee Member
  • Served on many Community Boards for Junior Achievement and Business Networking.
  • Broker

Brent has been a Realtor and a Broker for the last 25 years. In 2009 he was invited by the National Association of Realtors to become an Instructor. He is known for his high energy, practical and fun approach to education. Brent currently serves GMAR as an Instructor and has specialized in legal and ethical issues to include Grievance and Professional Standards. He has chaired numerous hearings and appeals. Brent has a corporate sales background and a BBA in Personal Financial Planning and Investments. He is proud to be a Realtor® and loves helping others achieve their goals.

 


Erin Dobbins

I am a full-time, second-generation Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors®. Originally licensed in 1993, I worked as a Realtor® in my parents’ firm, Century 21 Ted Dobbins Real Estate Company, until 2003. I obtained my broker’s license in 1998 and served as our office manager while maintaining multi-million dollars sales status. I took a hiatus from the real estate industry from 2004, when we sold the real estate company, until 2012 to take care of family matters. During this time I worked as a manager in the bowling industry with emphasis on marketing and promotions.

I was a life-long Taylor resident until 2011 when I moved to Livonia with my husband, Matt. I am an active Taylor Rotarian and served as president of our club in 2016-2017. I served as the Secretary of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #123 and have been a member since 2010. I serve on the board of directors and several committees for the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. I am the co-founder of the Music & Art in the Gardens summer concert series at the Conservatory. In 2017, I helped form and joined the board of the Taylor Farmer’s Market. I am a member of Beaumont Hospital’s Healthy Communities Coalition. I have vast experience organizing events and making decision on behalf of large groups of people and organizations based on their needs and desires.

Building healthy communities is my passion and real estate is in my blood. Residential home sales play a very important part in building great neighborhoods. I believe strong neighborhoods build great communities. Good, ethical Realtors® are paramount to maintaining home values and the integrity of our industry. My goal is to serve and represent my fellow Realtors® by winning a seat on the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors Board of Directors. I appreciate your vote and am available to further discuss my motives and intentions at 734.558.3228 or ErinDobbins209@gmail.com.

 


Katie Weaver

Katie, an 11 year veteran of our great industry, has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to bring to the table as a GMAR Director, helping to make this a #GREATER association. Katie earned her associate broker’s license in 2010, and is the Assistant Branch Manager for Real Living Kee Realty in the Washington/Romeo market.

Katie’s organizational and leadership skills have been developed through years of service to Women’s Council of Realtors. She is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Women’s Council of Realtors Michigan Network, where she has risen through the ranks, serving as a local chapter secretary, vice president of membership and president, before serving as state secretary, governor, and president-elect.

At GMAR, Katie has served as Co-Chair of the Candidate Endorsement Task Force, and well as Chair of both the RPAC and Member Engagement committees. Katie was instrumental in the creation of the annual GMAR Gives Thanks Party, wherein thousands of dollars have been raised for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

Katie is a proud graduate of the inaugural class (2016) of the Michigan Realtors Leadership Academy, MiRealtors training ground for association leadership. She has attended several Achieve Conferences hosted by MiRealtors and has attended The Convention for the last 8 years. She is currently serving a three year term as one of GMAR’S RPAC Trustees, representing you at Michigan Realtors. Katie is a proud RPAC major investor.

Katie is uniquely qualified to represent you as a Director at Large and will bring her diverse experience to the task. She is asking for your vote this fall for 2018 GMAR Director at Large and also for your input on how our Association can better serve you.

 


Kim Hosner (incumbent)

I’ve been a Realtor since 1996. When I was buying my first home and still attending college at Oakland University. The transaction sparked my interest in real estate. I thought I would do it while I finished college. I finished college with a degree in Marketing and continued in real estate. Opened my RE/MAX franchise and got my broker's license in 2003. Although the market crashed shortly after I expanded the company in 2006. We are continuing to grow and currently I have 27 full time realtors.

I joined the GMAR Board of Directors because I have much respect for the organization and my peers that have been in office. I have been part of both grievance and the professional standards board and felt this was the next step in the organization. GMAR leadership and organization far exceeds any other board I have seen, and I wish to continue to serve as your At Large Director.

Experience

  • Board of Directors MIRealsource 2014-2016
  • Board of Directors, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce 2014-2017
  • Grievance Board 2010-2014
  • Professional Standards Board 2015, 2017
  • GMAR Board Directors 2017
  • Habitat Oakland, Women Build Steering Committee since 2014

 


Nancy Robinson

The real estate profession found me when I worked as a purchasing agent for a Colorado home builder when I was needed to help in the sales office. That was when the real estate bug bit me, and in 1984 I achieved my first Broker’s license in Colorado. I’ve been a full-time professional ever since. In 1987 the family said, “Come home.” Our folks were getting older, and we were needed. We moved home. I jumped into the Michigan Real Estate arena and have been with the same company ever since.

My passion for helping people and real estate seem to go together. The real estate profession is ever changing and I think the “family” aspect is important to maintain. We are a family. We are all in this together and keeping that theme makes us even stronger. This vision is my passion. It motivates me.

Just as a ‘family’ has expected behaviors, we, too have our code of ethics. I have been active on the Grievance and Professional Standards Committees at GMAR for many years. Keeping our members educated and motivated by our ethics keeps our association strong and helps our businesses thrive.

The right tools bring success. Our MLS gives our members cutting edge tools to be successful. As a practicing sales agent, I know first-hand the benefits of a powerful MLS. With technology changing at warp speed, keeping in front of new tools is how, as an association, we benefit our members. Working with NAR and the RPR program has also been a way I contribute to the education of our membership.

Together we are stronger. I bring 30 years’ experience as a practicing REALTOR and a vision to grow a stronger Association with a ‘family’ attitude of promoting our members. I would like to give back to an Association that has given me so much.

Thank you for your consideration.

 


Pam Bartling

Although my real estate career began in 2014, the growth and opportunities I have received in this short amount of time have been extraordinary. Serving my fellow Realtors through Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) at the local and state level, and Co-Chairing GMAR’s Young Professionals Network Committee (YPN) has inspired me to seek higher office at GMAR - a position where I can more effectively assist in the improvement of our already great Association.

GMAR has had a tremendous impact on my real estate career, and successes for my clients. Through the constant education, Leadership Academy, and my WCR leadership roles I have become a stronger Realtor, and even more confident leader. I'm excited at the opportunity to use my insights to advance the profession, and respectfully ask for your vote as GMAR Director At Large.

Involvement

  • 2018 Women's Council of Realtors State Governor
  • 2017 Michigan Realtors Leadership Academy
  • 2017 Co-Chair, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Young Professionals Network Committee
  • 2017 State Secretary, Women’s Council of Realtors, Michigan Network
  • 2016 President, Women’s Council of Realtors, 275 Corridor Network
  • 2015 President-Elect, Women’s Council of Realtors, 275 Corridor Network
  • RPAC Major Investor
  • 2017 & 2016 St. Baldrick’s Board Member

Scott Clifford

I am a relatively new Realtor, receiving my license in June 2016. I currently work for Clients First, Realtors in Canton, Michigan.

Prior to becoming a Realtor, I spent most of my adult life in positions of service to others. I served as an officer for U.S. Customs for 10 years. During my 10 year career, I specialized in immigration, and enjoyed studying complex U.S. Immigration Law and applying those laws to case specific scenarios. Contrary to popular opinion, an officer’s job focus is NOT strictly kicking people out of the U.S., but educating and assisting individuals on how to enter and remain in the United States lawfully. It was this part of the job that I truly enjoyed. From there I accepted a position as a consultant/subject matter expert with a law firm in the Detroit area. It seemed like a natural progression, as I enjoy educating and helping. In my position with the law firm, I would assist attorneys in strategizing appropriate visa classifications for corporate relocations and family based petitions.

Sadly, this position did not work out and I could not return to U.S. Customs (I’m too old). Around the same time, I got married and sold my house and moved in with my wife. I was so impressed with how the Realtor handled the preparation and sale of my home. His professionalism spoke to my need to help people, so  I decided to become a Realtor as well; and I LOVE IT. Best decision ever. I am drawn to the position of At Large Director because I am keenly aware that I have much to learn about the industry. I can’t imagine a better way of learning and adapting to such a fluid industry than to be integrally involved in its administration. I believe I am qualified to hold this position because of the experience I gained as an officer and with the law firm. These experiences include effective communication with a diverse audience, comprehending and applying complex laws and policies, maintaining calendars and files, and disseminating information to managers, stakeholders, and outside agencies.

Thank you for your consideration!

 

District 1 Director

Gerry Miller (incumbent)

My core purpose at GMAR is to help its members become more profitable and successful. 
My positive organizational traits will help disseminate the committees and functions within the organization to accomplish this goal. Political advocacy, education, and providing information within today’s “high-tech times” are core to what I believe to be most important to GMAR’s function.

Keeping the Realtor® central to the transaction is what I believe to be our biggest challenge. The question we all need to ask is: “What is our value to the consumer, and do they want to pay for it?” Becoming an educated professional from all aspects of the transaction is key to our success.

My role in improving GMAR would be to add perspective that maybe has not been heard of or vetted. Analyze all issues discussed from both sides, and set policy to favor our membership. Being a grass roots Realtor® provides me a unique perspective to do this.

District 5 Director

John O'Brien (incumbent)

I have been a full time Realtor for over 30 years. During that time I have been extensively involved in committee work for both, then, Western Wayne Oakland County Association of Realtors (WWOCAR) and, now, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors (GMAR).

I was honored to have been named Realtor of the Year by WWOCAR in 2003.

The committees I have served on include Financial Planning, Grievance, Professional Standards, and Government Affairs.

I have been privileged to serve on the current GMAR Board of Directors, as well as previously being elected to serve as Director for three previous terms.

I believe in, and am a contributor to, RPAC, which has evolved into a fundamental watchdog for the real estate industry and its members.

During my years of being a Realtor, I have seen many changes in the real estate industry and, as a Director, strive to keep our association at the forefront of meaningful growth for our members.

Distrcit 7 Director

Angel Holbrook

I am seeking the Directors role for District 7 to assist and apply my experience and expertise with ethics along with offering mentorship to my fellow Realtors. I would like to support GMAR and all members on the many politically challenged topics affecting our industry today to ensure the success of our many colleagues that depend on us for their voice to be heard.

I serve as Branch Manager & Project Manager for the Diggs Group, Inc and Heritage Realty Services LLC, providing real estate management and consulting services to a large client base, covering residential real estate, non-profit and governmental entities, from single family home portfolios, multi-family investments, property management, and commercial real estate projects.

Ms. Holbrook has dedicated the past 18 years of her career in a variety of real estate fields and functions, specializing in distressed real estate projects in our communities in need of rehabilitation and revitalization of neighborhoods increasing the residential values in surrounding communities. Ms. Holbrook s Portfolio of assets managed have exceeded the value of over 67.2 million. Ms. Holbrook has brought positive results to communities by increasing property values and the quality of life to multiple communities, as well as the surrounding residential areas amongst those communities. Ms. Holbrook’s primary focus is to provide exceptional real estate service through her real estate branch she manages through building a quality team of agents over the past two years who believe in providing traditional real estate services and quality living standards to all communities, with the a strong belief in diversity and going the extra mile with equal opportunity housing for everyone.

Angel works closely with the land bank and MSHDA to provide first time home buyers a chance at home ownership to enhance home values and standard of living among economically challenged areas. Ms. Holbrook was recognized for her ability to exceed operational goals, consistently achieved through enthusiasm, motivation, creating a team atmosphere and demonstrating strong leadership skills. Angel has received director’s awards for the level of capital expenditures in project management overseeing rehabilitation projects.  Ms. Holbrook has participated in renovations of communities to Condominiums, including selling of newly renovated condominiums along with large multi-family apartment buildings. Angel has supported executive management with plans and development of new senior tax credit communities, to comply with HUD expectations. Implementing programs for low income families working with the City of Taylor, Detroit, Romulus, and Westland.

Angel has a strong background in landlord tenant laws and legal proceedings, documents and process in accordance with State and HUD guidelines. All projects were successful due to working closely with government officials, local city officials, creating programs for those in need, and making people and communities a first priority. Public relations through local law enforcement teams, social services, community outreach programs for those in need. Angel believes community involvement is crucial to success of a stronger community. Real estate is a way to make a difference in lives providing fair housing and equal opportunity housing with the opportunity for home ownership for all races.

 


Leon Johnson

I have been an agent since 2015. I've worked for a local automotive company for 27 years as a financial analysis. I have a BA degree in Economics from Wayne State University. I absolutely love the real estate industry and look forward to learning as much as I can from as many sources as I can find!

Why do I love the real estate industry? I love helping people and getting to know my clients! I enjoy helping them through the process of making one of the biggest purchases of their life.

The other reason I love the industry is that I started my college career wanting to be an architect. Going into some of the homes in and around the metro Detroit area has been a fascinating experience. I also love the fact that you can make your own hours. So this is an industry I plan to be a part of well into old age!

What do I plan to contribute to the profession as a Board member if I win? My plan is to try and help bridge the gap of a more transient millennial group who may not see home ownership as a need for their lives and baby boomers who have tied their retirement into the purchase of a home.

Also, helping the Detroit area residents gain from the population boom I see coming to the metro area in the next 5 to 10 years.

 


Nicole Scott

I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD) with a bachelors in communications. I am a humanitarian and passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector. I have more than 18 years’ experience as a volunteer and nonprofit practitioner. I also earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Walden University. My MPA concentration is in nonprofit management and leadership.

For the past 10 years I have worked in the field of community development in Detroit. I obtained my real estate license in 2011, working for a nonprofit organization. We managed residential leases and properties for developmentally disabled individuals. I have served on several other national and local boards. Currently I am a member-at-large on my neighborhood association board in Detroit and I was recently elected to the UMD alumni association board.

Serving as GMAR Director will allow me to learn other aspects of real estate. I will be a greater asset to my clients and community. I have been on the sale side of real estate since 2015. Since then I have realized how much I love working with buyers and sellers and how vital my role is as a realtor. The real estate knowledge I have gained compliments my community development work also. Additionally, I enjoy helping individuals and families with making important long and short term housing goals.

 


Toni Jennings (incumbent)

I have been a licensed realtor since 2004 and just recently earned my broker’s license in 2016. I specialize in the ever challenging Detroit market - selling homes, condos and lofts in the Downtown, Midtown, Riverfront, and various Historic Districts and Villages of Detroit. I am extremely passionate about my profession and am eager to continue to learn about all aspects of real estate including architecture and design, community involvement, and most importantly, how to provide more education and stellar service to our consumers.

I was appointed to fill my current seat in the spring of this year. I must admit that with this appointment came a wealth of education only available if you choose to serve in this capacity and I am so happy that I did! I have attended the state required Professional Standards Workshop which has allowed me to serve in my current position and also as a panelist on multiple ethics appeal hearings. I am a member of GMAR's Scholarship, Finance, and Government Affairs Committees, and have most recently participated as a panelist on the Candidate Endorsement Interview Panel.

The time commitment involved in this position is challenging to say the least. In this short time period it has strengthened my resolve to hone my leadership skills, and my assistance has propelled our members to become greater realtors and leaders in our profession. I truly look forward to continuing to serve as your District 7 Director, and gain the knowledge required to accomplish this task. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Appointments/Memberships/Designations:
*Member Board of Directors, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Current District 7 Director
*Member, Women's Council of Realtors Lakepointe Chapter 
*Member, Michigan Association of Realtors 
*Member, National Association of Realtors 
*2017 Hour Detroit Real Estate All Star (Top 5% of sales volume in the Metro Detroit region)
*2016 Hour Detroit Real Estate All Star (Top 10% of sales volume in the Metro Detroit region)
*Member, Board of Directors, Campbell Academy Charter School 
*Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Minority Narcotics Agents
*Youth Mentor, Detroit PAL
*Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)
*Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)
*Graduate Realtor Institute designee (GRI)
*Advanced Home Staging Certification 

Currently Pursuing:
*Certified Luxury Home Marketing (CHLM)
*Certified Residential Specialist  (CRS)
*CCIM Designation

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