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On-demand has come of age—the time is now

Mar 06, 2008

Do you know your association officers and directors?Nancy Bolt, CMC, CRMSlegislative endeavors, member benefits, ethics of the association Your officers and directors are dedicated to doing what is best for the entire membership, and the entire industry. But as time goes on, it becomes necessary to bring in new people, new ideas, new strengths and new strategies. Existing officers and directors often work for years as the stabilizing force—maintaining continuity and retaining relationships that have been built and strengthened over time. Together, the old and the new make for a stronger association that may become more effective, especially in legislative endeavors and member benefits. As it nears that time of year again—time to consider and select the coming year's slate of officers and directors—it is prudent to consider officer and director qualifications. After all, electing your board may be the most effective tool you have in obtaining changes you believe would be beneficial. Yes, your choice of elected officials is a very important responsibility, and you should put some time and effort into making these decisions. The people you choose will be, collectively, the spokespeople for your chapter, state and national association, respectively, in industry-related issues. High integrity and a good understanding of the ethics of the association are usually taken for granted as being true of every member, as are knowledge and experience in the industry. Capability to lead and handle the board responsibilities can often be measured by the persons past performance in their business and other association and community activities. Now that I have you thinking, here are a few more points to ponder: •Is the candidate knowledgeable of the duties that the office sought? •Does the candidate's experience complement or enhance those duties? •Is the candidate interested in doing a good job, or just adding a title to his resume? •Does the candidate anticipate having sufficient time to properly execute the office? •Does the candidate have health issues and, if so, does he have an assistant? •Is the candidate capable of working with association staff effectively? •Is the candidate capable of dealing with the publicity—positive or negative—of a high profile position, particularly under duress, and handling possible criticism? •Are the candidate's oral and written communication skills up to the task? •Will the candidate subordinate personal or business biases for the good of all members? •Will the candidate's personal conduct reflect favorably on the association? •Will the candidate's significant other be supportive of his role and the time it takes to do the job effectively? •Is the candidate a team player who recognizes the value of the other officers and directors? Many of these issues are addressed by the American Society of Association Executives, should you wish to research them further. Now that you have given it some thought, here is another point to ponder: Your association has made great strides in educational and legislative issues that have enabled you to work in this wonderful industry and make a pretty decent income. As the association has grown, there has been a greater workload and it is much easier when that workload is shared with others who appreciate what the association represents. Maybe the time has come for you to serve. It need not be as an officer or director if you are not certain you are up to the task. Committee chairs are needed, as well as committee members. Review the list below, choose something you are interested in and make a decision to give it a try for at least one year. Your progress during that time should be positive and rewarding enough to have you looking for something more the next year. You will soon find you have assets and capabilities the association needs to be even better than it is already. So dont just sit around and wish something more was being done—join in and do it! And yes, I am speaking from experience. I started as a Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers chapter treasurer in 1980, served as chapter president twice, was drafted into the Legislative/Government Affairs Committee in 1985 because of my contacts, and havent quit serving in some capacity yet. NAMB Committees: •Advertising •Awards •By-Laws •Communications •Convention •Ethics and Grievance •Foundation and Faculty •Government Affairs •Lenders and Affiliates •Member Services •Membership •Political Action Committee (PAC) •Public Relations •Technology •Trade Show Some of these committees have sub-committees, such as: •Fundraisers •Hospitality •Meeting Notices •Newsletter Contact your local, state or national officers and offer to help make a difference! It may be the best thing you have ever done. Nancy Bolt, CMC, CRMS is president of Sun Mortgage of Southwest Florida Inc. in Fort Myers, Fla. She has served as president of FAMB and was named FAMB Statewide Broker of the Year in 1991. She may be reached at (239) 437-2600 or e-mail [email protected].
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