Dear fellow RAHB members,

I know many of you are interested in the recruitment process for RAHB’s new CEO. Our CEO Selection Committee has reported that they’re on schedule and the position will be posted shortly.

The CEO Selection Committee has worked with a hiring company – Optimum Talent – to create a posting that I’m sure will generate a lot of interest. I know that the Committee is working very well together and I’m confident they will identify a great list of qualified candidates.

I would like to thank the interim CEOs – Kim and Carolyn – for providing great leadership during this time of transition. Staff morale is high and RAHB is continuing to function effectively and efficiently. We are fortunate to have dedicated and resilient staff members who are committed to providing great service to RAHB members.

At yesterday’s meeting the Board of Directors also heard an excellent presentation from ORTIS on their history as an organization and the services they offer to ORTIS members. With the announcement of ORTIS and the Ontario Collective (OC) agreeing to blend their MLS® Systems, we are considering all options with regards to our data-sharing arrangement with ORTIS. Both RAHB and ORTIS are unwavering in support of the principle of open access to MLS® data for all REALTORS®. They reassured us that RAHB data is extremely important to their members – just as their data is important to all of us.

Over the coming weeks I will keep you informed regarding the progress of both the CEO recruitment process and the ongoing data-sharing options/negotiations. We will also be issuing a survey to members to request your feedback regarding TREB – i.e. interboarding, TREBHomes, access to data, sales and listings, etc. So please keep an eye on your e-mail for that survey – the information collected will be very beneficial to make decisions moving forward.

This is an important and busy time for our organization. Thank you for your ongoing interest in RAHB’s activities and please don’t hesitate to contact me personally if you have questions or comments.

Congratulations Raptors – We the North!

Bob Van de Vrande, B.Comm., M.B.A., B.Ed.
2019 RAHB President
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington