Each candidate was asked the following question:
How will you use your skills for the benefit of the Association and its members?
Here’s what they had to say:
Jeff BONNER – Salesperson, City Brokerage, Hamilton
I will endeavour to attend all meetings and get up to speed on current Board concerns and agenda items as a first step. From there, I will watch for opportunities to volunteer my time and talents, whether it is in Board functions, committee work or other situations, in cooperation with my fellow directors and in consultation with the CEO and Board Executive. I will continue to consider information presented, seeking to understand through further study and critical questions as necessary before coming to firm decisions. I will also continue to watch for opportunities for RAHB to influence public policy for the greater good, such as when the Municipal Land Transfer Tax issue was quietly being raised at city hall, and not hesitate to raise such concerns at the Board level for consideration and appropriate response as a professional association.
Working in a team atmosphere comes naturally to me, this is key in any decision making group. As a committee member, vice-chair, and upcoming chair for Government Relations at our Board I’ve had a unique opportunity to learn about, and advocate for our profession on local, provincial and national levels. I’m not afraid to stand up for what is best for our membership, but I can recognize when it is time to listen and learn. I have a good ability to sift through and simplify complex ideas, for example I created the ‘why should you go to the AGM in 60 seconds’ video earlier this year.
Sean COWAN – Salesperson, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services, Brokerage, Burlington
I have a strong contact with local media outlets. I think I can get our message out to consumers in a way we want.
Kathy DELLA-NEBBIA – Salesperson, Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage, Hamilton
I have the ability to analyze and assess information, to listen to all sides and make independent judgements, and fact based decisions for the betterment of the membership as a whole. I have a love for learning and have developed strong critical thinking skills to make those informed decisions. I have passion and when I commit to something I put in tremendous effort and do the things that need to be done to be effective in my role. I am a forward thinker who is definitely not afraid of change or growth. Believing that you always need to move forward. I’m highly ethical and believe in transparency and democracy. An excellent communicator with great interpersonal skills. I believe in everyone’s right to express their opinion and that this should always be respected and also delivered respectfully. I believe in the power of brainstorming and strategic planning. I am excited about the future of our industry.
Jim DUSCHL – Salesperson, RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc., Brokerage, Waterdown
Moving both Board & it’s members forward in a positive direction.
Gary GOULDSBOROUGH – Broker, City Brokerage, Hamilton
I will actively participate in meetings analyze and make suggestions on motions before the board.
Steve HOLMAN – Salesperson Martel Commercial Realty Inc., Brokerage, Burlington
- Participation/leadership on committees
- Thoughtful participation in board meetings
- Support for CEO Represent RAHB externally
My background in real estate combined with my strong financial, ethical and reasoning skills will enable me to provide sound and logical direction which will benefit RAHB and our members with quick, decisive and insightful participation. This will ensure we stay on track and continuously move forward.
You can rely on me to be a dependable and valuable contributor in helping the board directors make rational decisions through sound analysis for the benefit of our members. I will represent the interests of our members at all times.
Valentina PASQUINI – Salesperson, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty, Brokerage, Stoney Creek
My strong communication skills, and professionalism will help address specific issues involving our members, the general public, and our industry.
Lou PIRIANO – Broker of Record, L. Piriano Real Estate, Brokerage, Waterdown
- –Two full years on the Board of Directors—experience-> effective leadership
- –currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors
- –Chair MLS Committee, Chair Regional Rules Task Force, Regional Governor
- –2 years of service on audit and finance committees
- –pivotal involvement in the Regional initiative and MLS® Rules
- –my passion is to drive costs down for our members
- –participated in 2014 fees reduction from $48 to $42/month
- –voted in December/2014 dues holiday (remember that free month?) so a 20% reduction
- –I know how to get things done for you
–My goal: MORE and BETTER services for LESS MONEY!
Andrew ROBERTSON – Broker of Record, Keller Williams Complete Realty, Brokerage, Hamilton
I will work diligently and collaboratively to accomplish the tasks and projects as set out by the Board Members in a timely fashion, always bearing in mind to promote the professionalism of our industry.
Roman RADOJEWSKI – Broker Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage, Ancaster
I have volunteered with the board since 2005. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a finance and marketing background. I am a professional who listens, takes directions, gives input and holds responsibilities given as the corner stone of the person I am.
Dave SOHAL – Broker of Record, Bridgecan Realty Corp., Brokerage, Hamilton
Well experienced in the business
Bob VAN de VRANDE – Broker of Record, Apex Results Realty Inc., Brokerage, Burlington
I am often told that one of my most valued skills is to ‘see the big picture’ and to provide visionary direction to the organizations where I am privileged to serve. I am willing to work with others but also to challenge the status quo and look for new solutions to existing and future issues. Most importantly I see RAHB as being a service organization that must serve the needs of its members in the most effective way possible. Ensuring that all decisions are made with the objective of “Empowering our members to succeed” would be my goal as a director of RAHB.
Richard WEIMA – Salesperson, Right At Home Realty Inc., Brokerage, Burlington
Being Open to Discussion and Change about non preforming practices, bylaws and mandates that negatively impact the Dues Paying Realtor Member. Reforms to answer the many questions about why there are barriers to appearing professional to the Public ie 3 MLS Board listings and numbers for 1 property (soon to be 2 with Regional)
David ZALEPA – Salesperson, RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc., Brokerage, Waterdown
As director I will use my skills to make sure that we are getting maximum value for our membership dues. I want to see members get more value for the money they invest in our board.
Watch for more information about the candidates coming to you in your email inbox soon.
As well, plan to come to the RAHB office to meet the candidates on November 11 – this is your chance to talk to them about their priorities if they are elected.
Lots of goodies at the Annual Election Meeting!
Whether you prefer to vote online or vote in person, be sure to come out to RAHB’s Annual Election Meeting on
Wednesday, November 25 – there’s more on the agenda than just the election!
- Scholarship presentations to exceptional students
- Important bylaw changes that will affect the makeup of the Board of Directors
- A look at what your association and Board of Directors have accomplished over the last year
- Swearing in of the 2016 RAHB Board of Directors
- Draws for RAHB dues
- Continental breakfast
All this, plus, as a thank you for pre-registering for the AEM, you will receive a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card! That’s right! Simply pre-register online at http://registration.rahb.ca/MainList.aspx or by contacting Camryn at the RAHB office (905.529.8101 x 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org) before midnight, Sunday, November 22 and your Timmie’s gift card will be waiting for you when you check in at the Annual Election Meeting! But remember – you have to pre-register to get the gift card.
Here are the details about the Annual Election Meeting:
When: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – registration 10 a.m. – meeting
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington
Watch for more details about electronic voting, proxy deadlines and the Annual Election meeting coming to your email inbox soon! In the meantime, here’s the election schedule:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – Slate of candidates to members
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Meet the candidates – RAHB office, Karan Barker Lounge.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 17, 18 & 19, 2015 – Electronic voting
(http://evoting.rahb.ca/ElectionList.aspx – note: this site is active only from 12:01 a.m. on November 17
until 11:59 p.m. November 19.)
Monday, November 23, 2015, 9 a.m. – Deadline for depositing proxies with the Association
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Election Meeting for 2016 Directors