Councils, Committees, Task Foces, Forums
Affiliates, A Council of the OABR promotes business relationship and the services of OABR Affiliates to REALTOR® members. Promotes the ethical business practices of Affiliate members. The Council contributes the “Affiliate Advocate” column in the FOCUS Newsletter, sponsors the OABR new member orientation and provides networking and charity events throughout the year.
- Lisa Powell, 2018 President Affiliates Page
Diversity Task Force promotes equal opportunity in housing and diversity within the real estate industry; examines cultural diversity and minority issues in the Omaha area; promotes OABR activities to heighten the awareness of diversity within the real estate profession; identifies the equal opportunity and cultural diversity concerns and needs of OABR members and makes recommendations to the OABR Board of Directors regarding those concerns and needs. Task Force Page
- Ervin Youmans, Chair
Education Forum provides education and professional development programs to serve member needs. Oversees the OABR New Member Orientation program. Provides the Knowledge is Power (KIP) programs on timely topics of interest to real estate professionals.
- Carmen Bunde, Vice Chair
Executive Committee includes the elected officers of the OABR Board of Directors (President, President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer). Monitors the job performance of the CEO, reviews proposed bylaw changes, reviews agenda for all Director meetings, and makes interim decisions on behalf of the Board of Directors when authorized.
- Mark Leaders, 2018 Chair
Governmental Affairs Committee monitors governmental entities impacting the real estate industry in the Omaha area. Interviews political candidates and makes recommendations for Nebraska RPAC contributions. Organizes RPAC fundraising efforts. At the direction of the Board of Directors participates in grassroots lobbying efforts. The Committee consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and up to 30 members. Subcommittees for RPAC and Candidate Interview report to the Committee.
- Joe Gehrki, Chair
Issues Mobilization Task Force works to oppose or support issues which impact real property in the Omaha Area. Accepts contributions. Supports grassroots lobbying and educational efforts related to key issues. Issues Mobilization funds are not used to support candidates. Decisions are consistent with the strategic plan and the policies of the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS.
- Doug Dohse, Chair
- Susan Clark, Vice Chair
MLS Users Group monitors and makes recommendations to the Great Plains REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors regarding the use and functionality of the Paragon MLS System.
- Kelly Jourdan, Chair
Nominating Task Force consists of eleven members including the President as Chair, the President-Elect as Vice-Chair, and the immediate Past President; each serves a one-year term. In addition, eight REALTOR® Members, with no more than two from the same firm, serve staggered, two-year terms. All vacancies are appointed by the President. If the name of any member of the Nominating Task Force is submitted to the Nominating Task Force for consideration as a Director or Officer of the Board, such member shall dismiss themselves from the Task Force and the President will appoint an alternate REALTOR® member to serve in their place.
- Mark Leaders, Chair
Owners & Managers Forum provides for networking and the exchange of information and ideas. Reviews current issues and provides feedback.
- Monica Lang, Co-Chair
- Vince Leisey, Co-Chair
Past Presidents Advisory Committee provides for networking and the exchange of information and ideas. Reviews current issues and provides feedback.
- Monica Lang, Chair
RPAC Fundraising Task Force works in conjunction with the Governmental Affairs Committee coordinating local efforts to raise funds for the Nebraska REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Task Force Information
- Bill Swanson, Co-Chair
Safety Committee monitors the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS® office and surrounding premises for the protection of members, staff and guests.
- Rich Edwards, Chair
Social Events Forum reviews member needs and makes suggestions for programs, products and services to the board of directors. Identifies potential member-discount programs; plans and implements member-networking social events; implements community projects to enhance the image of REALTORS® in the community. Also reviews the eligibility of new members. Forum Page
- Bill Swanson, Chair
- Deda Myhre, Vice Chair
Young Professionals Network (YPN) is an opportunity to network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communcation, and seeking out mentoring opportunities. YPN is a group of professional real estate agents who all belong to the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS® and are under the age of 40.
Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), Omaha Chapter is a network of successful REALTORS® empowering women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders.