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HRRA has several councils, committees, advisory groups and action teams. Each fulfills a special function, hosts educational or networking events, or  serves the needs of HRRA and its members in some way. Volunteer members are the heart and soul of HRRA, and your involvement with these groups ensures success for all REALTORS®! Look through the list below to find a group that interests you. All are welcome!

Our Affiliate members provide services and products that are invaluable to our REALTOR® members and the general public. This council meets to discuss how Affiliate Members can reach the REALTOR® members and home buyers/sellers with their marketing messages. Become an Affiliate member of HRRA and reach more than 4,300 REALTORS and other industry pros across Hampton Roads! Members meet the 2nd Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at HRRA Headquarters. 

Affiliates Council 2021 Leadership

Chair: Christie Woytowitz
Vice Chairs: Carrie Sterling Williams, Courtney LaLonde, Sheryll Pyle
HRRA Staff: Unchu Crosby

Formed to address the needs of real estate appraisers, the Appraisers Council’s main focus is to provide education opportunities for HRRA members. Programs focus on education and regulatory matters. Education classes are held throughout the year for members.

Appraisers Council 2021 Leadership

Chair: Betsy Hughes
Vice Chair: Brooks Sinnen

This council represents REALTORS® who specialize in selling, leasing and managing commercial real estate. Members include appraisers, attorneys, title companies, lenders, developers, and other entities associated with commercial sales and leasing.

Commercial Alliance 2021 Leadership

Chair: David Tunnicliffe
Vice Chair: Rob Waring

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Works directly with the Community Association Institute and Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to assist condo communities in the education of their boards. The group also keeps REALTORS® up to date on condominium law. Members meet the 3rd Thursday of every other month at 1 p.m. at HRRA Headquarters.

Common Interest Community Forum 2021 Leadership

Chair: Jennifer Ireland
Vice Chair: Julie Ulrich

HRRA Staff: Stacey Mason

Community Involvement Advisory Group
2021 Leadership

This group oversees HRRA’s “REALTORS® Have a Heart” community volunteer efforts.

Chair: Sherry Snyder
Vice Chairs: Yvonne Covey, Tina Flowers

HRRA Staff: Victoria Hecht


REALTORS® Have a Heart is an effort of HRRA’s Community Involvement Advisory Group, which plans and organizes association volunteer events at charities and nonprofits across The 757 to give back to the community that the association serves. Events are help six times per year, including a massive one-day, “big-build” home renovation annually to benefit a local veterans, like the one featured in this video:

Past REALTORS® Have a Heart activities have included summer beach cleanups during the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Save the Bay Day; landscaping and other projects at the Virginia Zoo; spring cleanups at the local Ronald McDonald House; winter cleanups at Edmarc Hospice for Children; food distribution and pantry organization at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center; warehouse and thrift store projects for the Union Mission and Habitat for Humanity; grounds and maintenance projects for Camp Hope Haven; and assisting in home construction during a Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads “Blitz Build,” among others.

REALTORS® Have a Heart also is prepared to do crisis projects, such as the door-to-door “bucket brigade” relief efforts to hundreds of Virginia Beach homeowners impacted by massive flooding following Hurricane Matthew (see video below).

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee 2021 Leadership

Chair: Gladys Fain
Vice Chairs: Louis Eisenberg, Katrina Griggs

HRRA Staff: Norma Pagan

Designed to allow REALTORS® to participate in the public policy process at the local, state and national levels, Government Affairs protects the professional interests of all Hampton Roads REALTORS®. Our primary goals are to protect private property rights, promote economic development, and maintain a pro-business environment conducive to the practice of real estate.

Government Affairs 2021 Leadership

Chairman

Kimberly Plourde

HRRA Staff

Stacey Mason

Vice Chairs : Chesapeake

Karen Newins, Thomas Thrasher

Vice Chairs : Suffolk

Leigh Anne Parks, Susan Jenkins

Vice Chairs : Norfolk

Louis Eisenberg, Cristina Wray

Vice Chair: Franklin/Smithfield

LaToya Adkins-Sweat

Vice Chairs : Portsmouth

Gary Bunting, Joshua Curry, Sherri Thaxton

Vice Chairs : Virginia Beach

Cyndi Houser, Jackie Feagin

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The Grievance Committee is tasked with providing a preliminary review and screening of ethics complaints and arbitration requests which are filed with the Association.

Members must meet the following criteria: REALTOR® membership is current and active; the member has received updated training in the Code of Ethics; the member has attended a Professional Standards Training Seminar within the past two years; and the member has no pending Code of Ethics charges. Any Grievance Committee member found in violation of the Code of Ethics shall be dismissed from the Committee for the remainder of their term.

Members meet via conference call throughout the year as needed to review complaints.

If you are interested in joining the Grievance Committee, complete the application and return it to HRRA.

Grievance Committee 2021 Leadership

Chair: Robert Cardona
Vice Chair: Frank Filippone

The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Political Action Committee is the political arm of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association, and it exists to assist the Association in achieving its goals in the realm of politics. Stated simply, RPAC is your voice in politics! Learn more about RPAC here.

RPAC Fundraising Committee 2021 Leadership

Mary Ross Ellsworth

Chair: Mary Ross Ellsworth
HRRA Staff: Norma Pagan

Membership Advisory Group 2021 Leadership

Chair: Deborah Baisden
Vice Chair: Sherry Maser
Members: Barbara Sgueglia, Edwin Rucker, Mary Ross Ellsworth, Tim Gifford

Our main goal is to foster growth in the new construction arena through networking, education, and social events throughout the area. The New Homes Council is a wonderful arena to voice suggestions for the new construction industry within Hampton Roads and to elect to affect change on a local level.

New Homes Council 2021 Leadership

Chair: Monique McClellan
Vice Chairs: Colby Raymond, Charlotte Trux

New Homes Annual Conference and Expo Staff Liaison: Crystal Cronin

New Homes Education Staff Liaison:  Denise Barnes

This Council meets to discuss issues of vital concern to brokers, owners and sales managers.

Owners/Managers Council 2021 Leadership

Chair: Nelene Gibbs
Vice Chairs: Mia Roberson

HRRA Staff: Arlene Lawrence

This council provides a venue where area property managers can join together to discuss property management issues.

Property Management & Leasing Council 2021 Leadership

Chair: Lee Halyard
Vice Chairs: Phil Kazmierczak, Rodney Fentress

HRRA Staff: Stacey Mason

Members must attend and sign in to a minimum of three (3) PMLC meetings to be eligible for the Distinguished Property Manager of the Year award through Circle of Excellencesm (COE).

This popular group discusses housing trends, legal issues and forms, bringing in area attorneys to speak and answer questions. 

REALTOR®/Lawyer 2021 Leadership

Chair: Brenda Tokarz
Vice Chair: Phil Kazmierczak
HRRA Staff: Stacey Mason

Resale Council 2021 Leadership

Chair: Alan Thompson
Vice Chairs: Stephanie Scott, Kim Johnson

HRRA Staff: Victoria Hecht

Resources

“That’s Who We R” Advisory Group 2021 Leadership

Katie Verhalen

Chair: Katie Verhalen
Vice Chair: Jessica Riegel
HRRA Staff: Victoria Hecht

HRRA REALTOR® difference video

HRRA "I am one®"/REALTOR® difference

Here at HRRA we’ve been working on a project that you can add to your toolkit as a real estate licensee and “I am one®”-proud REALTOR® member of the National Association of REALTORS®. HRRA's new "I am one®”/REALTOR® difference video may be downloaded for use in your personal marketing, shown at sales meetings and in listing presentations, posted on office websites and more. Featuring seasoned and newer REALTOR® members of HRRA, the video showcases REALTOR® professionalism and ethics; the REALTOR® advocacy role in fighting for the rights of property owners; REALTOR® service to community and the client; and, of course, REALTOR® pride, among other things.The term "REALTOR®" is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is an active member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Proclaim your REALTOR® pride. Start by downloading this video for your use and sharing today.

Posted by Hampton Roads REALTORS Association on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

YPN serves active, career-minded real estate professionals who want to serve the community, educate themselves on the latest technology and industry practices, and network with fellow REALTORS®.

Young Professionals Network (YPN) 2021 Leadership

Tracy Mosley

Chair: Tracy Mosley
Vice Chairs: Courtney LaLonde, Elaina Kirk, Stacie Gosiene

HRRA Staff: Khedejah Been

HRRA’s YPN group was the first in the state of Virginia among only six other local and state YPN chapters. Created from NAR’s REALTOR® magazine annual issue of “30 under 30”, NAR has recognized the need to reach out to younger real estate professionals who want to stay on top of the latest tools and resources. Check the HRRA Events Calendar for all upcoming events with YPN.

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