Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups are the foundation of Greater Chattanooga REALTORS®’ governance structure, focusing on specific issues and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for implementation. Provided below are the descriptions of each volunteer opportunity. Should you wish to attend a committee meeting as a guest, please refer to our Meeting Policy.
Sign-up & Appointment Process
2023 President Steven Sharpe will work in conjunction with his appointed 2023 Chairmen to match the scope of each committee’s work with the strengths and relevant experience of interested volunteers. Committee appointments will be confirmed mid January 2023, via e-mail from Association Staff.
Our goal is to accommodate as many members as possible while also considering available space and the overall makeup of each committee. Therefore, appointment considerations will be given to committee size and diversity (i.e., member type, firm size, geographical representation, gender, etc.). All applicants will be considered, but some applicants may not get an assignment for the following year. Unless otherwise noted in the description, terms are one (1) calendar year. In order to prevent stagnant thinking, the President will consider the number of consecutive years a member has already served in a particular area.
Per the Bylaws, any member of a committee or task force who fails to attend three (3) regular meetings in one (1) calendar year shall be construed as resignation.
BUDGET & FINANCE: Formulates the annual budget and makes recommendations concerning financial planning and investment decisions. Staggered, two-year terms. Meets 4-6 times each year.
BYLAWS: Reviews Bylaw recommendations from NAR for implementation at the local level and any local issues that may arise and contemplate a Bylaws amendment. Meets as needed.
MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE: Establishes and maintains policies for the residential and commercial MLS system, MLS data compilation, and related services (i.e., lockboxes, market reports, tax data). Meets monthly. NOTE: Does not appear on the committee sign-up, as the committee members (9 Participants and 2 Subscribers serving two-year, staggered terms) are elected by the MLS Participants.
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS: Reviews ordinances and policies that may impact REALTORS® in conducting their business successfully and ethically and to promote the preservation of the right to own, use, and transfer real property. Works with elected officials on issues impacting property values and quality of life in Greater Chattanooga. Meets monthly.
REALTORS® POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (RPAC): Solicits RPAC contributions and educates members on their role in the REALTOR® Party to Vote, Act & Invest to protect and promote home ownership and real estate investment. Assists in the planning of RPAC-related events, including the annual Participation, Major Investor, and Red White & Thank You events. Meets 6-8 times a year.
RPAC TRUSTEES: Conducts interviews of those running for elected office to (1) Determine their stance on issues that affect the real estate industry; (2) Educate the candidates on said issues and views; and (3) Determine which candidates to recommend to the Board of Directors and TN RPAC Trustees for financial support. Training is required prior to service. NOTE: Does not appear on the committee sign-up due to certain eligibility requirements. Contact Christy Auld for additional information.
Outreach & Events
AMBASSADORS: Helps engage members by promoting Association programs and services within their offices. NOTE: Does not appear on the committee sign-up, as applications will be pushed out to Managing Brokers to appoint someone from their office.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: Supports the ongoing partnerships with Habitat for Humanity & Snack Packs. Plans and executes fundraisers, including Tee Up & Wine Down for Habitat and Trivia Night for Snack Packs. Meets monthly.
DIVERSITY INCLUSION: Promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity within the real estate industry and encourages an Association culture that embraces and celebrates our differences. Plans annual recognition of Fair Housing Month. Promotes Fairhaven and the At Home With Diversity certification. Meets bi-monthly and may become monthly as the scope of the committee grows.
PLACEMAKING: Identifies local opportunities to create and/or transform an unused public space into a welcoming community destination through use of NAR grants.
SCHOLARSHIP: Oversees an Association-funded, need-based scholarship program for first-year college students.
COMMERCIAL SERVICES ADVISORY GROUP: Provides guidance regarding commercial-specific programs and services, including but not limited to the commercial listing service, education, and networking offerings for our commercial practitioners. NOTE: Does not appear on the committee sign-up, as the President appoints this committee from among those who complete a Commercial Council membership form made available to Catylist subscribers.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Identifies, educates, and grooms futures Association leaders; Oversees the Leadership Academy curriculum, application and selection process. Staggered, 2-year terms of recent graduates. Meets 2-4 times in the 1st Quarter and then bi-monthly to monitor programming in preparation for the subsequent year. NOTE: Does not appear on the committee sign-up, as recent Leadership Academy graduates comprise this committee.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ADVISORY GROUP: Provides guidance on programs, services, and communications to engage our youngest (in age or years in the business) members.
GRIEVANCE & PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS: Local members will serve on Tennessee REALTORS®’s Grievance and Professional Standards Committees. The Grievance Committee reviews arbitration requests and ethics complaints to determine whether they meet the criteria for referring to the Professional Standards Committee for a hearing. Annual training required. Sign-up for these committees is handled by Tennessee REALTORS®. NOTE: Does not appear on the committee sign-up as this procees is facilitate by Tennessee REALTORS®.