Legislative Meetings Experience Part Three

The forum for First Vice President candidates exemplified the best display of leadership. Charlie Oppler, moderator Tom Salomone, and Sherri Meadows demonstrated an amazing depth of experience, a thorough grasp of the issues, and most of all beautiful grace and class to each other, and to the room.

This is it! The Board of Directors meeting Saturday morning! It is governance at its most interesting, passionate, and intricate best. These are the issues and the personalities that shape our REALTOR® future. So much work and research have gone into the preparation for these next several hours.

Put all the State Presidents and Presidents-Elect in one room for a couple hours, and the ideas flow! We all face similar challenges and opportunities, but the multiple solutions that come out in these sharing sessions are truly inspirational.

At the Board of Directors meeting, I was thinking about the 1.3 million members of the National Association of REALTORS® and how proud I am to be participating in the determination of critical going-forward decisions.

Raphael Barta

Raphael Barta is an associate broker for Century 21® Riverstone in Sandpoint, Idaho. Raphael has been a resident of Sandpoint for the past 17 years. His real estate practice is focused on commercial and investment properties, and development representation. Raphael’s background includes 25 years of commercial property development experience with hotels, office buildings, retail centers, apartment complexes, and warehouse parks. He is a three-term president of the Selkirk Association of REALTORS®, two term North District vice president for the Idaho REALTORS®, and currently the 2018 state president for the Idaho Association of REALTORS®. He has been selected the REALTOR® of the Year for the Selkirk Association twice, in 2012 and 2015.

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