What Does It Take To Serve on the PRO Board of Directors?
Are you a leader who engages in strategic thinking and understands real estate industry issues? Or maybe you have the ability to inspire others and engage them in building a strong real estate community. Perhaps you like to build consensus in groups and enjoy nurturing networks. Maybe your strength lies in financial and business expertise or understanding emerging technology with an eye on how it can help in real estate. If you do, it’s time to consider service on the PRO Board of Directors.
The PRO Board of Directors operates in a manner designed to make effective use of director creativity, productivity, and time resources. Directors are expected to focus on the big picture while creating a vibrant real estate community with solutions to the issues and challenging facing the membership. The role of directors is to develop association policy and to ensure healthy resources for now and in the future.
The Nominating Committee has the task of seeking a slate of candidates for 2018. The vacant positions are Chairman-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Directors for two-year terms.
Members who are interested in being interviewed for potential candidacy should complete the Consent to Serve Form now available on the website. Anyone interested in being selected to serve on the Board of Directors must also complete the Leadership Institute this year or in a prior year or attend the Association Business Plan session Qualifications required by the bylaws to serve on the Board of Directors:
- Be a member in good standing, with dues paid by April 30
- Complete the PRO Business Plan class or the Leadership Institute
- Complete and submit the Consent to Serve Form by July 5
- Be interviewed by the Nominating Committee on July 18
The nomination and election timetable:
- Consent to Serve Forms available on Web site June 19
- Business Plan class TBD
- Consent to Serve forms due at PRO July 5
- Nominating Committee interviews candidates July 18
- Nomination by Petition due at PRO August 5th.
- Nominating Committee slate posted on the website August 15.
- Voting online at www.pinellasrealtor.org September 5-11
- Annual meeting and election results September 15
There are many challenges and exciting times ahead. PRO needs members committed to strengthening the real estate profession and providing business tool to help members achieve success.
The Nominating Committee is selected annually by the Chairman to find qualified candidates for each open position that would best represent our diverse membership.
These members have all signed a Consent to Serve and were interviewed by the Nominating Committee. They were subsequently chosen by this member committee to serve the organization in the chosen position(s).
“Additional nominations for any office shall be made by written petition addressed to the President/CEO and signed by seventy-five (75) REALTOR® members. The President/CEO must receive petitions at least thirty (30) days (August 5, 2017 ) prior to the annual election.”
Board of Directors Candidates
Kevin Batdorf (by petition)
Christine Knighton (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Glen Richardson (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Cyndee Haydon (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
2 Year Directors
Jill Long (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Todd Pillars (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Tom Steck (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Kevin Batdorf – Chair Elect (by petition)
A full-time REALTOR since first licensed in 1993, Kevin quickly became a top salesperson at ERA Lambrecht & Associates, Inc. Education and training has always been important to Kevin. He achieved the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation in 1994 and was in the first class nationwide to earn the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) Certification. Kevin also obtained the coveted TOP GUN status by completing course and production goals achieved by only 1% of ERA agents nationwide. In 1996, Kevin created the first mentor program of its kind for real estate agents. This, along with an outstanding training program directed by his mentor Chris Christian, elevated salespeople by building confidence, sales techniques and transaction skills. In 1997, Kevin obtained his broker license and was immediately recruited by several brokerages. After managing more than 100 agents and creating a training and compliance program for a large brokerage, Kevin opened his own brokerage in 1999. Batdorf & Associates, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial sales and real estate consulting. Additionally, Kevin offers consulting services to other brokers.
From the beginning of his career, the importance of giving back to your industry was driven home by his mentor, brokers and other leaders in the real estate business. Kevin has taken this to heart. First serving on the Grievance committee and MLS committee in 1996, he has continuously served the association. While serving on the board of directors for St. Petersburg Suncoast Association of REALTORS (SSAR), Kevin was instrumental in initiating and facilitating the merger to create Pinellas REALTOR Association (PRO).
In recent years, Kevin has excelled in several leadership roles, including Treasurer for PRO’s 2016 board of directors, Chairman of St. Anthony’s Triathlon and PRO’s Key Contact for St. Petersburg city council member Ed Montanari. In 2015, while chairman of the Professional Standards committee, he drafted the current Ombudsman Program and Citation Policy, which streamlines the ethics complaint process. In 2016, Kevin agreed to represent PRO on the MFR MLS Advisory Council (MAC). The council is composed of representatives from all association stakeholders of MFR and vets all suggestions to improve the MLS. The council members elected Kevin to be the Chairman of the MAC. Additionally, since 1997, Kevin has been a Mediator for SSAR and then PRO resolving commission disputes between brokers with a 100% success rate!
Kevin is also active at the state and national levels. For the past 6 years, he has served and continues to serve on the board of directors for Florida REALTORS (FR) and works on the Professional Development committee. Kevin is proud to represent PRO and FR as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and as a contributor to the NAR Professional Standards Committee.
REALTORS are at a crossroads, and we need strong leadership. Kevin has the knowledge, experience and skill set to lead our members into the future.
Christine Knighton – Chair Elect (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Christine’s passion for the Real Estate Industry began while working in her father’s construction business by handling the bookkeeping including assisting with bidding for projects and handling contractor trade lines. Christine is also very proud of her 20 years in the Banking/Finance Industry. Her knowledge gained from her work as Vice President of Loan Operations, Sr. Credit Analyst, and Sales Manager for Residential loans provided her a solid foundation for the transition to a full time Realtor in 2010.
Christine began her Real Estate career by co-founding the successful Brandi Christine Team. As a leader of the team Christine actively works with clients selling or buying real estate as well as maintaining a focus on team building. Christine has coached several team agents and enjoys the opportunity to coach them through complicated transactions, provide accountability, goal focused team framework, and mostly be a part of their professional growth & success. Christine is a full time Realtor® She is very tenacious and understands the power in cooperation & education when negotiating the right terms for her clients. She knows her clients’ needs & wants, she listens, she cares, she is dependable, and she communicates honestly!
Christine has consistently served the Realtor® Industry and believes in giving back to the profession at not only the local level but also the State & National Organizations. She also believes that being a producing agent working side by side with other Realtors® brings additional value to leadership roles. Christine is approachable and focused on the Realtor® members best interest. . Christine’s combination of lending and real estate experience, her knowledge of the Tampa Bay area, being a Producing Team Leader, and having a passion for this industry offer a unique skillset for leadership.
Her recent volunteer positions are listed below:
2017 – Florida Realtors®
Land Use, Property Rights, Sustainable Development Subcommittee
YPN Advisory Committee
Board Leadership Forum
Legislative Think Tank
Board of Directors
2017 – Florida Realtors® District 6 Leadership Institute Chair
Florida Realtors Great American Realtor Days- Tallahassee
2017 – Pinellas Realtor Organization
Treasurer, Executive Committee & Board of Directors
YPN – Chair
Public Policy Committee
Pinellas International Council Member
2015-2016 -Florida Realtors® Board of Directors & Various Committees
Florida Realtors Great American Realtor Day – Tallahassee
Pinellas Realtor Organization – Director, YPN, PIC, Public Policy Committee
2014 – Florida Realtors® Board of Directors
Florida Realtors District 6 Leadership Institute Alumni
Florida Realtors Great American Realtor Day- Tallahassee
Pinellas Realtor Organization – YPN
2011-2017 – Del Oro Groves Estates Homeowners Association – Treasurer, Secretary, Board of Directors
Glen Richardson – Secretary (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
St Petersburg Realtor® Glen Richardson believes a commitment to professionalism, ethics, and research are key in successfully helping client’s with their real estate needs.
With a long career in the ever-changing world of computer software, Glen understands the value of expertise, research, and education. He brought these values into real estate in 2011. He understands the importance of internet search tools, when starting to look for a new home or preparing to sell a home. His knowledge of these tools along with the local markets provides an additional source of information, often shortening the search time.
As an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), he learns the needs of his buyers early and respects the value of their time. He’s relentless searching for properties that meet the needs of his customers, educating them on current market conditions, potential pitfalls, and achieving their desired results.
With 20 years in sales, he has come to understand communications between agent and customer is perhaps the most important and yet overlooked factor in the success of a relationship. Glen is first to ask how best to communicate with his clients. Whether following up on showings or delivering results to his customers, he believes in consistency and promptness.
It is his viewpoint that the best home values are achieved by knowing the market, the property, and the client. He is resolute that a home be shown and shown well if it is going to get the best price in the shortest time. He takes the time to do just that. For Glen and his customers, it is all about sharing knowledge.
He has extensive sales experience internationally, having lived, worked, or traveled to five continents. Glen lived in Europe and the Mideast for over 13 years and understands well international culture and customs.
As a long time waterfront resident, Glen knows a great deal waterfront living and he is passionate about boating, kayaking, diving, and the water in general.
In addition, he loves urban architecture and Downtown St Pete. He has an extensive knowledge and experience with the local condo market, multifamily properties, and real estate investing.
Cyndee Haydon – Treasurer (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Cyndee Haydon is a full time Realtor® and Broker Associate with Future Home Realty. She has been a member of PRO since 2005 and has served in many state and local capacities as an advocate for Realtors®. She has served on the PRO Board of Directors since 2014; Executive Committee and Secretary 2015, Chaired RPAC Committee 2015 & 2016 and Chairs Public Policy Committee this year as well as on the first MFR MLS Advisory Council. Cyndee Is a graduate of D6 Leadership Institite and currently is in the 2017 Florida Realtors Leadership Academy Class. Holds the following designations: CIPS, RSPS, SRS, MPR, TRC, SFR, CLHMS, PSA, is a Golden R Presidents Circle RPAC supporter, has been awarded two PRO Service Awards and recognized several times in Florida Realtors Honor Society.
2 Year Directors
Jill Long – Director (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Licensed Professional since 1995 with outstanding performance for the past 23 years, with Multi-Million Dollar Sales each year. One of the most dedicated and committed Realty groups working in the Pinellas County Area. As a Native of Pinellas County, Jill Long knows our Community and sees the potential growth for vast areas in the Tampa Bay Area.
Jill Long is Owner and Broker of J. Long Realty Group.
Todd Pillars – Director (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Todd Pillars is one part Technologist, one part Marketer, one part Creative, and all Entrepreneurial. After almost two decades as an I.T. Consultant Todd picked up a camera and made the switch from analytical to creative, becoming a professional photographer. Now Todd combines all his experience into a recipe for success as a REALTOR® in Pinellas county.
As a Florida licensed Broker Associate and Florida licensed Real Estate School Instructor, Todd shares his in-depth knowledge of the real estate transaction combined with practical, hands-on marketing, sales, and business building experience to provide outstanding support and is known for his stellar customer service. He was awarded the West Pasco Board of Realtors 2014 Rookie of the Year and holds the GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) and Green designation from the National Association of Realtors as well as the RSPS (Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist) certification.
Todd is a Past Chair for the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce (Chairman of the Board for 2015-2016 Trinity-Odessa Chamber of Commerce), Past Chair of the West Pasco Board of Realtors Education Committee, a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Pasco (Class of 2015), and member of the Board of Directors for the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Todd is a Certified Go-Giver Coach with National Best Selling Author, Bob Burg, and teaches others how to increase business, and referrals, by giving. He is an avid photographer and shares his home in New Port Richey, FL with his wife Robin, two school-age children, Delana and Micheal, and their rescued Malinois (Belgian Shepherd), Riley.
Tom Steck – Director (Nominating Committee selected candidate)
Tom has been a Realtor since 2009, and holds the prestigious Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation , as well as the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification. He has served for several years as a member of the Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO) Public Policy Committee, helping to determine which candidates for local public office deserve PRO’s endorsement – and if truly deserving – PRO’s financial support.
He was elected to serve on the PRO Board of Directors, and is now seeking a second two-year term. He has also been appointed to serve on the Florida Realtors’ Board of Directors.
Tom has over 35 years’ service in Federal, state, and county government. After graduating from the University of Florida, he was first employed as a program analyst (budget), at NASA headquarters, Washington, D. C. During his time with NASA, he had a tour of duty with the Executive Staff, Center Director, at the Kennedy Space Center here in Florida. He also attended Office of Management and Budget (OMB) visits to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as well as NASA facilities in Slidell and Michoud, Louisiana.
After returning to Florida, Tom was employed by the Florida Department of Health and Human Services (now Department of Children and Families) as a unit supervisor, training specialist (providing up to 16 week training classes for new hires), and as a Senior Human Services Program Specialist. In the latter position, Tom provided policy guidance and interpretation to unit supervisors, other agencies, and elected officials’ staff in response to constituent information requests.
He also served on several statewide committees interpreting new Federal policy before implementation by the state. A case review guide he coordinated and prepared for the District’s unit supervisors in their review of subordinates’ case work was adopted by Tallahassee for use statewide. One of the innovations in case reading statistics he developed helped reduce worker turnover in the Pinellas-Pasco DCF district by half, according to his second-level supervisor.
Tom held a social worker position with the Pinellas County Department of Human Services, and was a teacher with Pinellas County Schools, teaching students at risk of dropping out of school.
He has held several political party posts, and has volunteered with United Way Suncoast as a member and Chairman of committees reviewing nonprofit agency funding requests. Tom has also volunteered with CASA domestic violence shelter, rising to serve as Governance Committee Chairman, Board member, and Board Secretary.
Most recently, Tom served as Vice-Chairman of the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission, which is assembled once every eight years to review and make changes to the County Charter (which serves as the County’s “Consitution”).
He has also served as a Member, Pinellas Opportunity Council (POC) Board of Directors, and a member of the Largo Chamber of Commerce (last two positions representing HRS/DCF).
Tom brings all these various experiences serving in medium to large agencies to bear on the issues facing PRO, as it continues to lead the way in helping to provide our Realtors more tools to effectively serve our clients!