The ABoR Bylaws provide the complete detail of the nominating and board election process in addition to outlining the opportunity for members to propose additional nominees through a petition process.
In April 2018, an ABoR membership vote approved changes to the Board Nominating and Election process in our bylaws. Below is a helpful Q&A about these updated processes:
What are the eligibility requirements to serve on ABoR’s Board of Directors and how long can someone serve?
Members interested in applying for the Board of Directors must meet the following qualifications:
- The applicant is currently a primary or secondary REALTOR® Member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®;
- The applicant has been a primary or secondary REALTORS® member of ABoR for three (3) consecutive years within the five (5) years prior to the commencement of service;
- The applicant is not a member of the Nominating Committee that nominates him or her;
- The applicant has submitted to ABoR a written notice of willingness to serve; and
- The applicant has taken the “REALTORS® Pledge” prior to commencement of service.
Directors are nominated to serve a 3-year term. They may serve up to 2 consecutive 3-year terms.
How can I apply to serve on the Board of Directors?
The Nominating Process officially launches May 15 of each year, when ABoR publishes the positions to be filled and the candidate application. Applications must be submitted by June 30 to be considered. Review the full nominating timeline here.
How are candidates vetted by the Nominating Committee?
Each candidate submits an extensive application, including information about professional designations, professional references from within the real estate community, service to the industry by way of ABoR or a NAR affiliated real estate organization (ie. Women’s Council of REALTORS®), ABoR, TAR, and NAR Committee Service, and a professional resume. Professional references are vetted by two separate members of the Nominating Committee, ethical and legal violations designations are checked on the TREC website and with TAR and NAR. The candidates then participated in an interview with the Nominating Committee. This extensive process ensures the candidates moved forward are highly qualified leaders that represent a diverse set of Board members.
The Nominating Committee will nominate two persons to stand for election for each of the Director positions that will be open in the following year. If, after reasonable effort, the Nominating Committee is unable to recommend two candidates for each position, then it may nominate fewer candidates. The election slate will be announced to ABoR primary and secondary REALTOR® members no later than August 31.
Who is on the Nominating Committee and how are they chosen?
The Bylaws dictate that the Nominating Committee must consist of 7-9 REALTOR® Members. The committee must consist of two (2) sitting directors and may not include the sitting President or Past President. The bylaws also indicate that the committee (including its chair) is appointed by the Board of Directors, excluding the sitting President and Past President.
What is the timeline and process for the Board of Directors Election?
The Board of Directors election will take place in mid-October each year. Each primary and secondary REALTOR® member eligible to vote will be able to cast one vote for each of the open positions (ex: five open positions = five votes). The candidates with the highest number of votes shall be deemed the winners of the election.
If you’re not advanced by the Nominating Committee as a Board Candidate, how can you get on the ballot?
Following the report of the Nominating Committee to the membership before August 31, a member not nominated may add their name to the slate by filing a petition. The candidate must notify the CEO if they wish to file a petition. ABoR provides the Board-approved petition form and a current membership count to determine the number of signatures needed at that time. The petition must be signed by 1% of the membership with no more than 25% of the signatures from any one company. A petitioner may begin gathering signatures as early as June 1 that year. The petition and gathered signatures must be filed with the CEO prior no later than October 1.
When a seat on the Board of Directors is vacated, how and when is it filled?
The Bylaws indicate that “vacancies among the Officers and the Board of Directors shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors". The term of any person elected as an at-large Director as a result of a vacancy shall continue until the next annual election.