Are You Involved?
Monday, July 03, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Today, I want to talk to you about breaking the idea that 20% of our members do 80% of the work at the Association Level. Between serving on a committee, teaching a class, serving on the board of directors, writing an editorial for the local paper or just making an investment in TREPAC, we have a way for each of our 1700 members to get involved in the industry and make a difference. No matter your “Why”, we have the “How.”

At WCREALTORS, we have 13 different committees for YOU to serve on; each of these committees is overseen by our Board of Directors and makes a difference not only in the Association but in the community as well.

First we have our Governmental Affairs & Affordable Housing Committees. The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees the actions proposed by the city councils & planning and zoning of the nine communities in Williamson County as well as the actions coming from the County Commissioners. This committee also interviews potential candidates for each of the elected officials and supports candidates who have in mind the best interests of homeowners and the real estate community. You will see many of our committee members advocating on sign ordinances, streets/roads, trees, business development, park locations and economic development possibilities. Our Affordable Housing Committee is dedicated to bringing affordable housing to Williamson County and educating both REALTORS and the public on these issues!

Want to have some fun with our Events Committee?  This is the committee is responsible for the Annual Super Bowl of Builders, East/West Side Bus Tours, The WC Wild Rive Scavenger Hunt (coming this October). This committee also works with the Golf Committee to put together our Annual Tournament. Our Community Service Committee is responsible for the Annual Williamson County food drive every July. In addition, the community service committee works closely with the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity.

Are you all about professional development? Education, education, education.  In order to survive in this business, it requires education of many kinds. This committee focuses on classes, speakers, designations, and certifications that our members need to be successful. This committee is responsible for the creation of the award-winning Williamson County Specialist Certification. We have classes ranging from Septic courses to Technology training and everything in between for development and advancement of your real estate career.  It is a very important resource for our members.

The TREPAC committee is another political-based committee, their focus is to create a TREPAC Culture within the committee, and help our members make investments in their business! These funds help support the Governmental Affairs initiatives of financially supporting candidates who are REALTOR friendly! TREPAC backs local, state, and national candidates and elected officials who have a proven track record of protecting private-property rights, preserving the dream of home ownership and supporting the vitality of the real estate industry.  Have you made your TREPAC Investment for 2017? Ask us how a $45 investment in your business can save you over $10,000 annually!

Our Membership Committee is vital to the efforts of the Association.  They welcome new members, invite new members to our Events and help retain our Members by planning mixers, events, luncheons and more.  

We also have a Marketing Task Force who are vital in supporting the Association’s marketing efforts to “Get the Word Out” and brining new ideas to the WCREALTORS and WCLife websites and social media! Now that WCREALTORS has an ownership in CTXMLS, we also have an MLS committee which meets monthly to make sure that our members are getting the most from their CTXMLS subscription!

Have you been involved in a committee before? Are you looking to shape the future of the Association and serve on the board? We are accepting applications to serve on the WC Board of Directors through September 8th – visit our website and learn more about becoming a WC Director.

If none of this is of interest you, you can always help the Association with articles, website blogs, and ideas! The Association has a standing publication in both the Round Rock Leader, and the Williamson County Sun, as well as opportunities for quotes and snippets in other various news stories.

We are a busy crew of professionals and members who strive and thrive in this wonderful county.  If you want to be more involved, join us, come let us entertain you, educate you and better your life and career.  Join a committee, get involved, attend classes, come hear from our elected officials about our cities, the future of our economy, or come eat breakfast with a bunch of brokers; we want to hear your input and suggestions.

See you around the soon.  

About the Author:
Suzanne is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University – San Marcos). While at SWTSU Suzanne floated the River regularly, attended Wurstfest, joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, was an OBI for the Theta Xi's and graduated with an Art Degree. Shortly after, Suzanne was asked to open up the Central Texas Market for the Greensheet paper. In her career, she has worked in many marketing positions in the home building industry, which led her down the path she has come to love. The housing industry was Suzanne’s direction to greatness. She worked my way up in several Fortune 500 Home Builders to the level of VP of Marketing. Those were great jobs and great days. When 9/11 happened, the nation panicked and many jobs were lost due to uncertainty in the market place, including hers. At that time she created her own ad agency - Creative Minds where her clients where the home builders who had let their marketing staff go. Suzanne got her real estate license and started selling and listing in 2003 and never looked back. She loves where she is and what she does. Suzanne serves as the 2017 President of the Williamson Count Association of REALTORS®.


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