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NEFAR’s Global Business Council


Purpose: The purpose of NEFAR's Global Business Council is to enhance the professionalism of Realtors involved in international transactions by providing education, information and networking resources.

Its mission is to educate Realtors and the northeast Florida business community on the dynamics of the international real estate customer, promotes the benefits of the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and collects, organizes and distributes information to NEFAR members and other groups or organizations about international real estate.

What's different? The Global Business Council is a specialty council of NEFAR and has a $25 annual fee for membership.

The leadership: Missi Howell of Watson Realty is the 2012 chairperson of the Global Business Council.

NEFAR's Education Coordinator Evonne Moody is the staff liaison. NEFAR's committees, councils and task forces don't have actual staff, but they do have a NEFAR staff person assigned to their respective committee, council or task force as a liaison. The liaison coordinates information and activities for the respective council, in cooperation with the Council chairperson. Each staff liaison has a separate, regular job function within NEFAR – they are a liaison to the Council only.

Membership: The Global Business Council is comprised of NEFAR's Realtor members and affiliate/business partners which include a number of professions including lenders, pest control, title insurance, home warranty and real estate attorneys.

Who can join: Any NEFAR member can join, as well as members of other Realtor associations.

Meetings: Currently, the Global Business Council holds quarterly breakfast meetings which are open to all NEFAR members, and monthly planning meetings open to Global Business Council members. The monthly planning meetings are generally on the second Thursday of each month and are on the NEFAR calendar.

Breakfast meetings usually start at 8:30 a.m. and are usually held at NEFAR's main office, although they occasionally meet elsewhere. Monthly planning meetings are also held at NEFAR.

Attendance varies, but typically the networking breakfast meetings have 40-50.

Cost to attend: There is usually no charge for Global Business Council members to attend the breakfast meetings. Guests are charged $5. There is a $25 membership fee to join the Global Business Council, which covers the general operating expenses of the Council, such as printing brochures and other promotional expenses.

Meeting agenda? Each quarterly breakfast meeting usually has a guest speaker with a topic related to international business concerns. Previous speakers have included Steve Grossman, CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown; and Zola Szerencses of Orlando, chair of the Florida Realtors Global Networking Forum and the National Association of Realtors presidential Liaison to Hungary.

Other events? The Council periodically has social events at various local ethnic restaurants.

— by Michele Gillis

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