Proving their resiliency and ability to adapt during a global pandemic, members of the Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS® (R-BAR) gathered virtually on Thursday to kick off the new year. During the 2021 Virtual Installation members celebrated the association’s new leadership team.
Keynote speaker Karlton Utter, Real Estate Instructor, excited the audience with an animated presentation calling for REALTORS® to take action and be authentic as real estate professionals. The event included a special message from National Association of REALTORS® President-elect Leslie Rouda Smith, and the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® 2021 President Christopher Raad, who officially installed the 2021 R-BAR Board of Directors.
The following REALTORS® will lead the local association through 2021. R-BAR President Erica Ramus, Past President Angela Tolosky, President-Elect Marshall Lytle, Treasurer Gregg Guydish, Secretary Jerry Amadio, and Directors Antonio Borelli, Jason Burkholder, Mark Chaknos, Tyler Miller, David Renninger, Marisol Torres, and Victoria Venezia.
R-BAR President Erica Ramus shared a motivational speech; highlighting the resiliency of REALTORS®, their duties to serve local communities and consumers and the importance of advocacy. Erica recounted the advocacy efforts to support the reopening of the real estate industry during the initial pandemic shutdowns. Erica reiterated that through association efforts and member engagement, REALTORS® defend fair housing, promote access to home ownership, preserve private property rights and support the overall betterment of local communities. Ramus calls on local REALTORS® to educate, empower, and advocate in 2021.