Committed: Building Bridges With Our Strategic Partners

From left to right: Jonathan Richards, ABoR's new Lead Trainer and Marketing Representative and President of Austin Young Real Estate Professionals (AYREP); Danielle Archambault, ABoR Events and Business Development Supervisor; Cheryl Jenkins, President of Austin Association of Real Estate Brokers (AAREB); Lori Goto, President of Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA); and an ABoR volunteer.

Networking is more than just card-slinging. It’s about building relationships by helping each other out from time to time. That’s how ABoR views the relationships we’ve built with our Strategic Partners. In the past, however, our partnerships were bound primarily by the signatures penned on paper. Seeing past partners when they presented to the board, we often shook hands, not seeing them again until the following year. But as our partnerships strengthened and the number of ABoR members continued to grow, we saw the value in working directly and actively with these groups.

Working in collaboration with these organizations is providing growth to our members both professionally and personally. They can find resources for their specific needs and expand their networks.

- Danielle Archambault, ABoR Events and Business Development Supervisor

Taking a more structured approach, we have rolled out a strategy to create more opportunities for leadership and bridge the gaps between us by cross-promoting our shared initiatives, allowing us to get to know our Strategic Partners better. Our partners now play a role at many of our events—such as our New Member Orientation, ABoR’s Industry Awards and Installation, and even our happy hours—enriching our association along the way.

“We have solidified our relationship by making sure that we are truly engaging our members, not only through ABoR but through our Strategic Partners,” says Danielle Archambault, ABoR Events and Business Development Supervisor. “Working in collaboration with these organizations is providing growth to our members both professionally and personally. They can find resources for their specific needs and expand their networks.” Taking on a greater appreciation of the various cultures each strategic partnership brings to our Association, Archambault believes these partnerships provide our members with a more holistic perspective of the industry as the city continues to grow and diversify. In other words, we’re creating a more unified community. We’re working better together.

Get to know some of our 2019 Strategic Partners below.

Austin Young Real Estate Professionals (AYREP)

President: Jonathan Richards, Lead Trainer and Marketing Representative, AYREP Liaison at ABoR

Mission Statement: Innovative professionals committed to connecting Austin’s real estate community through education and networking.

Fun Fact: This year they’ve set a goal to raise $10,000 for Austin Pets Alive!, which means several four-legged friends have made cameos at the events. “We’re getting the word out that we are the official YPN in Greater Austin and provide support and networking, so people don’t feel lonely in the business.”

Events to Check Out:

Membership: There is no official age limit to join Greater Austin’s official YPN. “It’s about being young at heart,” says Richards. “If you’re energetic and have a passion for this industry, you can join.”  

Austin Association of Real Estate Brokers (AAREB) aka Black REALTISTS® of Central Texas

President: Cheryl Jenkins, Freedom 512 Real Estate Group

Mission Statement: Black REALTISTS® of Central Texas supports various agencies in Austin while maintaining an active role in the community by offering scholarships, training, homeownership assistance, and counseling to low-to-moderate income individuals.

Future Goals: AAREB plans to participate with Business and Community Lenders of Texas, Habitat for Humanity, Austin Area Urban League, and other sister real estate organizations to promote Fair Housing. “We synergize with several other local organizations to educate what is often an underserved population with information on homeownership, generational wealth building, and investment potential,” says Jenkins.  

Membership: ­­Membership is open to all REALTORS, brokers, and affiliates, regardless of race, creed or color.

Event to Check Out:

  • August 1: Membership Mixer at Jack & Ginger's at the Domain from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Upcoming events will be posted on the group's Facebook page.

Asian Real Estate Association of America Austin (AREAA)

ABoR volunteers at an AREAA Happy Hour

President: Lori Goto, Realty Austin

Mission Statement: AREAA Mission is dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professional that serve this dynamic market. 

Working with ABoR: AREAA participates in a number of ways, including sitting on the Communications Sounding Board group.

Membership: They do not have to be Asian to join, just a part of the real estate industry.

Events to Check Out:

  • September 15: Lunch and Learn; info TBD.
  • December 5: Member appreciation event; info TBD.
  • “We also have national, global, luxury event, and leadership events, as well as events with all of the AREAA Chapters they can attend throughout the year,” says Goto. Information for the events will be posted here.

National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)

Co-Chairs: Julie Nelson, eXp Realty; and Erin Morrison,

Mission Statement: To advocate on behalf of the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community as it relates to housing and discrimination laws.

Working with ABoR: Co-chair Erin Morrison sits on the ABoR Diversity Council, and NAGLREP has been working with ABoR to increase ABoR member awareness of our organization, as well as national equal housing issues. “We are always working on fair housing issues and legislation on a national and local level we help agents network with and build referral relationships with over 2,000 LGBT agents and allies nationally, and help agents build their businesses,” says Nelson.

Membership: The group welcomes both LGBT real estate professionals and allies. Austin chapter members are encouraged to become members of the national NAGLREP organization but can learn about the group first by dropping in on one of their local events!

Event to Check Out:

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)

Founding Chapter President: Lise- Renee Lucci, JP and Associates REALTORS®

Mission: To increase the rate of sustainable Hispanic homeownership by empowering the real estate professionals that serve the community.

Future Goals: Working on NAHREP's Hispanic Wealth Project. Through multiple initiatives, the group aims to increase the current level of multigenerational household Hispanic wealth from $13,700 in 2013 to $41,100 by 2024. The group will be actively working on educating the professional community between November 15 and December 15 for Hispanic Wealth Month.

In the Community: Like many of our strategic partners, Lucci says the group works actively with other local organizations. “We have worked with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to welcome the new city manager, with The Real Estate Business School to create a course to educate the community on opportunity zones, with The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on their Startup Superstar Initiative, with El Mundo to support their 10th annual Back to School Event, with Old Republic Home Mortgage to bring Michael Maher to Austin, with SAFE Place, BCL of Texas, and with Freddie Mac as a part of their Purchase Market Workshop on ‘Cultural Agility.’”

“The only requirements to join are to be a professional in the real estate industry. You do not have to speak Spanish to join our familia,” Lucci says. “If you have Spanish speaking clients, will have Spanish speaking clients, or could have Spanish speaking clients, your home is here with us!”

Events to Check Out:

  • July 26: Learning on Lake Travis.
  • September 26: NAHREP National Convention at L'Attitude in San Diego! Luci says last year was the inaugural L'Attitude event, where top producing real estate professionals, industry experts, and corporate executives convene for four days of education, networking, and entertainment. “This year’s event will be the largest ever, attracting over 10,000 professionals across a variety of industries with expertise in real estate, technology, education, and the arts,” Lucci says.
  • October 30: Wealth & Business Rally. Info TBD here.

National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM)

President Elect: Kerri Parker, Starstate Realty

Mission: NARPM® provides resources for residential property management professionals who desire to learn, grow, and build relationships.

Designations and Certifications Provided:

  • Residential Management Professional (RMP®)
  • Master Property Manager (MPM®)
  • Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®)
  • Certified Support Specialist (CSS®)
  • Certified Maintenance Coordinator (CMC)
  • Certified Residential Management Bookkeeper (CRMB)

Working with ABoR: “Our members participate on the Legislative Management Team to give a voice for property managers in such important matters as tax law, legislation, legal document requirements, accounting practices, insurance, building codes, zoning and utilities,” says Kerri Parker.

Membership: NARPM® offers different types of membership (Professional members, Associate Members, Support Staff, and Affiliate members) and everyone in the property management business can participate.

 Events to Check Out:

  • August 24: Bat Cruise networking and membership drive. Info TBD.
  • September 17: Scary but True Property Management Stories, Halloween edition. Info TBD.
  • December 7: Christmas Party at Steiner Ranch Steak House. Info TBD.
  • Information for these events will be posted here.

Residential Real Estate Council (RRC)

President: Mary Miner, Nextage Lone Star Realty

Mission Statement: The Residential Real Estate Council, formerly known as the Council of Residential Specialists, was established in 1976 to provide real estate brokers with shared knowledge and tools. Recognizing the need for advanced education, the Council developed training courses for sales agents and established the Certified Residential Specialist Designation. The Council is recognized as the leading provider of real estate education and networking for residential real estate agents, and the CRS Designation is considered the most prestigious designation a real estate agent can achieve.

Fun Fact: The group supports several charities, and this year RRC and WCR teamed up on hosting a Cake Auction for TREPAC that raised over $11,000.

Membership: Many agents decide to join RRC while they’re working toward their CRS Designation, since membership provides access to discounted registration fees to education and access to select members-only benefits. You may apply for your membership and designation simultaneously, for a fee of $75 in addition to the membership fee of $195.

Events to Check Out:

  • September 15: Annual RRC State Luncheon in Fort Worth. RRC has quarterly luncheons throughout the state. The luncheon includes a two-hour class updating REALTORS on tax changes.
  • January 12 - January 19, 2020: RRC will be offering two CE classes included in the Texas Association REALTORS® Cruise price.

Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR)

President: Jennifer Lish, Freedom 512 Real Estate Group

Mission: We are a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as business leaders in the industry and in the communities we serve.

Working with ABoR: “We have been working with ABoR in sharing information with our members and encouraging members to attend classes, meetings, and events,” Lish says. The group has been doing this during our REALTOR® Orientation and through the Diversity Council.

Fun Fact: The percentage of members who referred business to another member annually is 54% and the number one reason cited for doing Women's Council member-to-member referrals: "Council membership means a high-level business leader who will follow through on client needs."

Membership: Lish says WCR members value their membership, saying it gives them a sense of professional pride and satisfaction, and that WCR provides members with skills and information to deal with a changing business environment.

Event to Check Out:

  • Upcoming events will be posted here on the group's Facebook page.


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