The Government Affairs Directors (GAD) Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs; political, legislative or regulatory affairs; communications; lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and all other REALTOR® Party initiatives. The Institute is an opportunity for these industry professionals to meet, exchange ideas and best practices, and gain valuable career skills and networking opportunities in order to provide the best value and information to their association and the real estate industry.
Some gals have all the luck! Sure enough, at the Association Executive Institute in San Diego this spring, Lady Luck rewarded two participants who had generously invested in the REALTOR® Political Action Committee – by simply participating in the drawing. The stakes were high (the prizes were iPad minis!) but both winners graciously point out that the chance of winning a nifty techno-gadget was not the incentive. Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES, the MLS serving northern Colorado, and Carol Heins, AE for the Mid-Fairfield County Association in Connecticut, became Major Investors as a result of their investments during the sweepstakes. Both winners noted the importance of investing in their members’ business and remembering who they work for.