The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® officers ensure our statewide association remains the most complete resource for real estate professionals in Oklahoma.
The state is divided by the Directors into six districts with a District Vice President (DVP) elected from each area; District 6 represents all Oklahoma commercial brokers actively engaged in commercial real estate. Each DVP serves for two years as a liaison between their district members and OAR, promoting the development and progress of the member boards in their respective districts and attending and promoting attendance at OAR educational functions, meetings and conferences.
Jeff Shaffer, District VP
Renee Hoover-Payton, District VP
Sarah Carlsson, District VP
Gary Griffith, District VP
Susanna Lorg, District VP
Association Meetings Committee
The Association Meetings Committee plans, promotes and hosts the annual Education Conference & Trade Show and conferences for OAR members. This committee is responsible for selecting the location, speakers and menus for the state meetings. It’s a very active committee that encourages participation from each local board/association throughout the state. The committee meets several times a year. The term varies from one to two years.
Staff Liaison:Haley Meyer
Association Membership Committee
The Association Membership Committee’s “Purpose & Responsibilities” are to oversee new member materials and orientation, recruitment of affiliate members, volunteer engagement programs, and other membership functions. Specific responsibilities including working with OAR’s staff to review the new member online packet and provide suggestions for improvement in design and/or content; reviewing the current affiliate member structure and making any suggestions for additional affiliate member ‘levels’ or benefits that may accrue to affiliate members; and considering opportunities for engaging and recognizing member volunteers. They also review member volunteer activities in the community, and suggest nominees to go forward for NAR’s Good Neighbor Award.
Audit & Finance Committee
The Audit & Finance Committee prepares the annual budget for OAR and presents the budget to the Board of Directors for approval. The committee approves financial reports for presentation to the Board of Directors and ensures that OAR’s reserve funds are properly maintained. It’s also responsible for recommending and reviewing non-dues income programs for OAR members. It monitors the OAR office building and recommends repairs or modifications when needed. The committee meets three times a year to monitor OAR’s financial status.
Staff Liaison:Ceci Noble
The Commercial Committee is made up of OAR members and other practitioners who work in commercial real estate. With this goal in mind, it will be an active committee. The committee meets several times a year. The term varies from one to two years.
Communications & Outreach Committee
The Communications & Outreach Committee shall work to promote the image of both Oklahoma REALTORS® and Oklahoma’s real estate industry and make recommendations accordingly regarding public awareness campaign(s) utilizing various forms of media.
Contract Forms Committee
The Contract Forms Committee will review all OAR-created forms available through OAR’s zipForm®6 Library to ensure the forms are usable and current with federal and state laws. The committee shall make recommendations to the OAR Board of Directors for changes to existing forms, as well as for the creation of other contract or transaction forms the committee deems necessary. This committee will likely meet several times each year. The term is for three years.
The Executive Committee is the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, District Vice Presidents, the Immediate Past President, and one Presidential Appointee, plus the Association’s Chief Executive Officer as ex-officio, non-voting, member. This Committee conducts the affairs of the Association in accordance with the Bylaws, policies, and instructions of the Board of Directors and reports on action taken between any regular meetings of the Board of Directors.
Government Affairs Committee
The Government Affairs Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on positions regarding legislation. The committee reviews and provides recommendations for OAR positions on proposed OREC actions and activities. The committee members have the opportunity to lobby at the Capitol concerning important legislation affecting REALTORS®. This committee generally meets three times a year. Terms are three years.
Life Membership Committee
The Life Membership Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for OAR Life Members. The committee meets once a year in late spring or early summer. The term is two years.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating qualified REALTOR® members for leadership roles of OAR. By reviewing ballots received from local boards and members, the committee selects candidates for the OAR elected officers, state directors and Region 9 Vice President. The committee also makes recommendations to the Governor for OREC commissioners each year and meets two to three times a year. The term is one year.
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee helps plan, organize and monitor education opportunities for OAR members. The committee also plans educational opportunities for instructors, local board/associations, and works with the Association Meetings Committee to provide continuing education programs at the Education Conference & Trade Show. The committee plans, promotes and conducts the REALTOR® Institute following budget and curriculum guidelines and meets several times a year. A majority of committee members must hold a GRI, CRB, CRS or CCIM designation. The term ranges from one to three years.
Staff Liaison:Haley Meyer
Professional Standards Committee
The Professional Standards Committee examines complaints referred to it and determines if the complaint has sufficient substance to warrant an ethics hearing. It determines whether issues are arbitrable, and if so, whether arbitration is mandatory or not. The committee then conducts ethics and arbitration hearings for those allegations of ethical violations that need it. The committee meets on an as-needed basis, and the term is three years.
Staff Liaison:Mel Ramsey-Thompson
Real Estate Issues Committee
The Real Estate Issues Committee supports or opposes state and local issues and questions that affect the real estate industry in Oklahoma. It promotes and strives for the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating REALTORS® and others to take a more active and effective part in governmental affairs. The committee meets on an as-needed basis; the term is three years.
REALTOR® of the Year Committee
The REALTOR® of the Year Committee’s purpose is to receive nominations for the annual REALTOR® of the Year award from member boards/associations and REALTOR® members, whether board/association members or members-at-large, and from the nominations received, shall choose the Oklahoma REALTOR® of the Year. The committee shall consider the nominees’ REALTOR® spirit, activity in civic affairs, activity in member board/association, activity in State Association, activity in National Association, business accomplishments and other information submitted in selecting the Association’s REALTOR® of the Year. The recipient of the award shall be recognized during the REALTOR® of the Year event.
Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for setting goals and strategies in the OAR Strategic Plan. The committee meets once a year to review the Strategic Plan, makes plans for the future of OAR and then forwards its recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. The term is two years.
Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Board
YPN’s purpose is to connect, engage, inspire and empower REALTORS® to be successful in real estate through education, mentorship, business development and networking. We are a group of members who are young at heart or young in the business committed to bringing energy and passion to the real estate community.
Staff Liaison:Kristin Matuszewski