See below for descriptions of our various committees and their mission. The committees are important to the association as they are needed to accomplish the Association’s Strategic Plan and Business Plan's objectives.

Committee applications are open annually from September 1st to October 30th.

Applications for new committee members are reviewed in Q4 of each year. Those who are accepted begin their commitment on January 1st.

Affiliate Committee

The Affiliate committee exists to enhance GMAR's value to members and support the Realtor community by sharing Affiliates' real estate-related expertise through educational programming and networking opportunities. The Affiliate committee promotes the relationship between Affiliates and REALTORS® by providing member organizations exposure to GMAR members.

Chair: Peter Chirco
Vice-Chair: Jeff Fletcher
Liaison: Stacie Andrew

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our nation and neighborhoods are becoming increasingly diverse. REALTORS® seeks to work effectively with all clients to assist them in achieving the dream of homeownership. The Diversity Committee seeks to expand the knowledge and sensitivity of REALTORS® to diversity and inclusiveness issues, offering education about Fair Housing and cultural sensitivity.

  • Promoting equal opportunity in housing and diversity within the real estate industry
  • Encouraging members to learn about diversity and fair housing and identify opportunities for doing so.
  • Promoting changes in real estate business practices to reflect the growing cultural diversity within the communities we serve.
  • Encouraging broader minority member participation in the association and its leadership.
  • Sharing diverse knowledge, expertise, analysis, and information with members.
  • Promoters of fair housing.

Chair: Angelque Whidby
Vice-Chair: Lakina Fulks
Liaison: Traci Dean

Financial Planning Committee

Responsible for reviewing the budget and financial policies of the Association. The committee recommends policies for the investment of funds, monitors monthly statements, and reviews requests for non-budget items that other committees submit for approval.

Treasurer: Dee Dee Ohara-Blizard
Liaison: Marnie Gray

Global Initiative Committee

The mission of the GMAR Global Initiative is to support GMAR members who participate or have an interest in conducting business in global markets. We provide education and networking activities by helping establish fruitful business partnerships around the world. We actively promote the Metro Detroit area as a global destination and foster strong relationships with local organizations representing diverse, ethnic, and cultural communities throughout the region.

The GMAR Global Alliance Committee shall consist of a chair, vice-chair, and 3 to 4 GMAR members appointed by the President for a two-year term with no term limits. Members appointed to this committee must display interest and enthusiasm in the development and implementation of the GMAR Global Initiative as outlined in its mission statement.

Chair: Justin Oliver
Vice-Chair: Caroline Chen
Liaison: Grant Meade

Government Relations Committee

Encourages member awareness and participation in the legislative and political process. Activities include meeting with and cultivating relationships with local and state public officials who make decisions impacting private property rights. Committee members also participate in the screening of candidates running for an elected position.

Chair: Justin Oliver
Vice-Chair: John McArdle
Liaison: Grant Meade

Grievance Committee

Reviews all ethics complaints and requests for arbitration for potential hearings before the Professional Standards Committee. Prerequisite: At least five years as a full-time real estate licensee (MI or another state) and as an active REALTOR® with the most recent two years a member of GMAR or the equivalent recognized by the Chair. Mandatory training is provided for all committee members.


Chair: Doug Gartley
Vice-Chair: ​​​​​​​Gretchen Solai
Liaison: Pauline Olszewski

Member Engagement Task Force

The Member Engagement Task Force strives to create a membership experience that is unique, engaging, and meaningful by continuously providing every member with compelling opportunities for professional enrichment. The task force's activities work to ensure that members - both new and long-tenured - feel an emotional and intellectual connection to the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors® that deepens commitment to membership.

Chair: Kathy Culkeen
Liaison: Stacie Andrew

Placemaking Task Force

GMAR provides Placemaking Grants of various sizes to partnerships between Realtors® and local governments. As a place becomes desirable, properties around the place increase in value. Placemaking, in a nutshell, is an economic driver. The task force meets to review, approve, and enforce grant applications.

Chair: Kathy Coon
Vice-Chair: James Iodice
Liaison: Grant Meade

Realtor® Political Action Committee (RPAC)

The only grassroots and issues mobilizing force that exists to protect and promote the tradition of homeownership and real estate investments. The committee continuously strives to raise funds to support candidates that support homeownership and property rights.

Chair: Gordon McCann
Vice-Chair: Kevin Hultgren
Liaison: Grant Meade

Technology Task Force

The GMAR Technology Task Force works to improve Association technology for the benefit of the membership. 

Chair: Geoffrey Leach
Board Liason: Devon Smith
Liaison: Kevin Tshiamala

Young Professionals Network Committee (YPN)

YPN helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas:

  • REALTOR® associations. Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national associations.
  • Real estate industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends.
  • Peers. Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.
  • Community. Become exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.

Chair: Claudia Hernandez
Vice-Chair: Michael Brown
Liaison: Hannah Deacon