President’s Farewell Message - Think RE*Link: San Gabriel Valley Real Estate

Posted by | December 05, 2012 | Features, News | No Comments

As I reflect on all that has happened in my life personally and professionally in 2012, I am most proud of the many achievements I have had as the President of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS. I began this year striving to make a difference for our members in this difficult economic climate. The Arcadia Association of REALTORS started the year with 1775 members and we have not only retained our membership in a challenging market, our membership increased by over 100 members (up 7% YTD). The success of our members was always the main focus behind every decision we made this past year. With Andrew & Stephanie’s support, we beefed up our education 3 fold with relevant classes to help our members make more sales and get educated!
Through education, we provided more services than ever to our members. We increased communication through our new website we launched earlier in the year and we provided broker/member outreach programs (ex: New Member Orientation Reception). I am also very proud of starting the AllStAARs Toastmaster group for our members who would like to improve their speaking and presentation skills. I am very proud to be the founding President of this amazing group. This year Andrew Cooper and I focused on reducing expenses without sacrificing services. The Budget and Finance Committee did an amazing job changing the culture of our association. We made smart decisions that will benefit all the members in our great association.
We did so well this year, I was asked to be a panelist at the California Association of REALTORS President’s Forum. I had the pleasure of sharing the amazing things we are doing in Arcadia with President’s and President Elect’s throughout the state! On the panel, they asked what my favorite and least favorite moments were while I was President of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS. There are many things I really enjoyed about this Presidency. I really enjoyed making a difference for our members and I enjoyed the relationships I made this year. The most challenging responsibility is having the weight of the Association on my shoulders. I realize many of our members are struggling this year. Business has been difficult but I hope you took advantage of all the education your association offered this year because education will improve your business and help you grow as a professional so you are competitive in this market. I would like to thank all of my Board of Directors, committee chairs, committee members, amazing association staff, volunteers, AFFILIATES, and a huge thank you to Andrew Cooper, (in my opinion one of the best AE’s in the country), for a great team effort this year. I hope you, as members, felt the difference! I surrounded myself with great people who shared my vision and passion for making a difference. I had a phenomenal year as your President of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS and I look forward to a promising future.
In closing, I hope I have inspired others to follow in my footsteps and to get involved with our great Association! The Presidency actually forced me to grow professionally and personally and I am a better person because of it. I had to learn how to become more efficient with my time and I surrounded myself with hard working people. Everyone told me my business would suffer during my Presidency. I thank God every day that they were wrong. I had the best year of my career! Thanks again for everyone’s support and I loved representing you all this year as the President of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS!

About Ryan Asao

Ryan Asao is a Monrovia real estate agent and founder of Think RE*Link. Ryan currently serves as President of his local BNI and Toastmasters chapter and is a board member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals - MSELA Chapter and Mt. San Antonio College Foundation. He is also President Emeritus of the Arcadia Association of Realtors. When he's not working, Ryan is deeply involved with the activities of his family, volunteering with local schools and soccer organizations.

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