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RAPV Committees

2016 Committees


Reviews issues of interest to affiliate members and works toward opening communication channels with REALTOR® and Affiliate members. Commitment: Meets 7-8 times a year.

Chairman: Tony Sanches
Director Liaison: Janise Fitzpatrick
Staff Liaison: Kim Santos 

Serves as the association's community liaison. Identifies areas of charitable need and provides community outreach by the membership and volunteer leadership within a defined grant policy.  Develops programs and events to raise funds in support of the RAPV Charitable Fund.  Encourages community service activity of all members.  Commitment:Meets 10-12 times a year.

Chairman: James Townsend-Butterworth
Director Liaison: Sue Drumm
Staff Liaison: Kim Santos


Plans, develops and promotes the annual Education Fair & Expo to include keynote speakers, professional develop classes, and expo.  Commitment: Meets 9-10 times a year. 

Chairmen: Ray Hoess-Brooks and Brian Risler
Director Liaison: Ray Hoess-Brooks
Staff Liaison: Laura Herring

Finance Committee

Oversees preparation of monthly reports and all financial matters relating to Association and Charitable and Education Fund operations.  Prepares the annual operating budget for review and approval by the Board of Directors.  It is helpful you have a financial background to serve on this committee.  Committee membership is by presidential appointment.  Commitment: Meets 7-8 times a year.

Chairman: Edward Alford
Director Liaison: Edward Alford
Staff Liaison: Ben Scranton and Erin Percoski


Educates members on advocacy and how it affects REALTORS® and homeownership.  Keeps abreast of legislative proposals affecting real estate on a national, state and local level.  Maintains relationships with legislators.  Plans and participates in MAR REALTOR® Day on the Beacon Hill.  Coordinates the Legislative Town Monitor program.  Conducts a RPAC campaign.  Defines the purpose and benefit of RPAC & NAR PAF involvement, and the NAR REALTOR® Party.  Oversees the candidate endorsement/recommendation program and the independent expenditure program.  Commitment:Participants are asked to attend the MAR Day on Beacon Hill and the Association's Legislative Breakfast.  Meets 7-8 times a year. 

Chairman: Shawn Bowman
Director Liaison: Edward Alford
Staff Liaison: Ben Scranton

Grievance Committee

Review complaints regarding ethics and arbitration issues and determines appropriate course of action.  Board of Director approval required to serve on this committee. Prerequisite: Requires attendance at full-day Professional Standards Procedural training. Commitment: Meets once a year, and then as needed (upon Association's receipt of an ethics complaint or arbitration request).

Chairman: Paula Smith and Vinny Walsh
Staff Liaison: Ben Scranton

Professional Development Committee

Responsible for planning education opportunities relevant to REALTOR® personal and professional growth separate from the Education Fair & Expo.  Responsible for planning designation and certification courses, annual fall event, "If the REALTOR® had only known" series, top producer roundtable, sales rally, risk reduction, and topics relevant to the challenges in the current market.  Committee membership is by presidential appointment and Board of Directors approval.  Contact Laura Herring at 785-1328 if you are interested. Commitment: Meets 8-10 times a year.  

Chairman: Don Thompson
Director Liaison: Kelly Bowman
Staff Liaison: Laura Herring

Professional Standards Committee

This group serves as the pool from which Ethics and Arbitration hearing panels are formed.  Board of Director approval required to serve on this committee. Contact Ben Scranton at 785-1328 or if you are interested.  Prerequsite: requires a minimum of 1 year active service on the Grievance Committee and a full day of Professional Standards Procedural training. Commitment: Meets as needed.  Serves as a chairperson or panelist as needed. 

Chairman: Luci Giguere
Staff Liaison: Ben Scranton


Reviews applications, interviews and awards scholarships to children of members and association staff entering their freshman year of college.  Conducts fund-raising activities. Commitment: Meets 7-8 times a year.

Chairman: Eileen Fowler
Director Liaison: Shawn Bowman
Staff Liaison: Kim Harrison

Strategic Planning Committee

Members create a strategic plan which is designed to direct the activities of the Association.  The Plan assumes close cooperation of Directors, committee chairs, committee members and staff.  It is reviewed and updated annually to ensure industry changes are integrated into the focus.  Meets 2-3 times a year.    ​ 

Chairman: Richard R. Sawicki, Jr.
Director Liaison: Richard R. Sawicki, Jr.
Staff Liaison: Ben Scranton and Laura Herring

Active participation in YPN helps new and young-at-heart real estate professionals (regardless of age) excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in three areas: the REALTOR ® Association and Real Estate Industry, Peer Networking, and Technology Outreach.  Plans the Lunch & Learn Tech sessions and accompanying social hour at locations across the Pioneer Valley.  The YPN assists the association in serving new and young professionals and provides networking opportunities.  Commitment: Participants are asked to secure sponsors for tech training and networking events.  Meets 7-8 times a year.  Open to REALTORS® only.

Chairman: Amanda Abramson
Director Liaison: Elias Acuna
Staff Liaison: Laura Herring