Professional Development Committee

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2017 Roster

Kendred Manceaux - Chair
Keller Williams Realty

Sytha Minter - Vice-Chair
Horizon Realty

Michelle Busby
Keller Williams Realty

Donna Ciccarelli
Realty Austin

Lynda Conway
Stanberry & Associates

Kay DaSilva
Avalar Austin

Rick Ebert
Austin Landmark Prop. Services

Simon Hall
Platinum Realty Austin

Jackie Horton

Martha Hunke
Super Sotheby's Itl Rlty

Lisa Lewis-Nourzad
Avalar Austin

Debra Martin
Keller Williams Realty

Lisa Messana
Keller Williams Realty - RR

Cathie Richard
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Erhard Sudermann

Jacqui Washington

Linda Welsh
Linda Welsh Realty

Kelea Youngblood - Staff Executive
Austin Board of REALTORS®

Elke Gonzalez - Staff Liaison
Austin Board of REALTORS®

2017 Professional Development Committee Charter

Committee Type: Steering Committee
Committees of the Board that make policy recommendations to the Board of Directors with regard to areas critical to the functioning of the Association. Steering Committees meet monthly or as needed.

Chair: Kendred Manceaux
Vice Chair: Sytha Minter

Mission Statement: ABoR strives to be the training and educational resource for REALTORS®.  The Professional Development Committee will provide a broad and deep range of training and networking options focused on how to become a more successful REALTOR®. The Committee will enhance the education provided to Members as a means to increase their relevancy in the marketplace.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Recommend topics of interest to the membership for continuing education programs to be produced during the year.  Prioritize the topics by member interest and need.
  2. Continue to analyze the courses and instructors that are offered at ABoR to maintain the highest caliber of offerings available.
  3. Identify ambassadors to provide outreach to offices with a specific emphasis on our Academy and Professional Standards courses.


  1. To recommend a variety of topics with the object being the production of educational and training programs throughout the year.  These programs should be produced at an affordable cost and should be delivered in a variety of ways.
  2. Committee members may recommend while staff executive will accomplish the day to day work necessary for the education program.

Board Committee Principles:
Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to minimally interfere with the wholeness of the board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from board to CEO.

  1. Board committees are to help the board do its job. Committees ordinarily will assist the board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for board deliberation. Board committees are not to be created by the board to advise staff.
  2. Board committees may not speak or act for the board except when formally given such authority for specific and time limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the chief executive.
  3. Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff. Because the chief executive works for the full board, the CEO will not be required to obtain approval of a board committee before an executive action. In keeping with the board’s broader focus, board committees will normally not have direct dealings with current staff operations.
  4. Board committees are to avoid over-identification with organizational parts rather than the whole. Therefore, a board committee which has helped the board create policy on some topic will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject.
  5. This policy applies only to committees, which are formed by board action, whether or not the committees include non-board members. It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the chief executive.

Committee Guidelines:

  1. The committee must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  2. The committee members must be REALTOR® member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  3. Committee Chair may serve as Past Chair the following year for consistency.
  4. The committee cannot conduct business without a quorum of committee members present (50% + 1).
  5. The committee will not exceed 20 members.
  6. The Committee Chair has the authority to create a subcommittee or task force with approval by the Board of Directors
  7. The Committee Chair may recommend that the task force or Subcommittee be dissolved once it is determined that the project is complete. This action must be approved by the BOD under the minutes of the Committee.
  8. Subcommittees may continue into subsequent years but the leadership for that subcommittee (i.e. Chair) may shift (Vice Chair would become Chair). However, should Vice Chair not desire the position, such position will be recommended by the Board of Directors.
  9. The chair is required to drop a volunteer committee member after 3 absences from regularly scheduled meetings. This provision may be waived by super majority ¾ vote.
  10. All members subject to censure or removal at the direction of the Board of Directors, under the Volunteer Commitment Agreement.
  11. The Committee, with a super majority ¾ vote, may censure or remove members of the Committee. Any discussion or action of censuring should be conducted during a “closed meeting.”
  12. Comprised of expert liaisons:
    1. Leasing & Property Management
    2. Legal
  • Professional Standards
  1. Electives
  2. Marketing & Business Development
  3. Broker
  • Advocacy/Policy Issues

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