Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) 2018 President Steve Crorey reported to the mega board forum on Tuesday that his group started live-streaming their board meetings in 2018. Besides being open to members to attend in person at the board office, live-streaming allows members who may not be able to come to the meeting to stay informed as to what their association is doing and to witness the board in action. The mega board forum found the concept interesting and presented the idea as one of their main takeaways from the meeting when they reported back to the Local Leadership Idea Exchange Council Closing Session.
Crorey said the ABoR members have embraced the idea, with hundreds of additional members watching the broadcast who would not normally have attended in person. When the group outfitted their building, they had already built the infrastructure into the structure, so it was not difficult to implement the cameras and technology, but with FaceTime and other tools, associations should be able to duplicate this procedure fairly easily. In today’s environment calling for greater transparency of leadership and trying to get more members involved with our associations, this is a great idea to bring to boards of all sizes, not just the mega boards.