2019 Board of Directors Election Information

2019 Board of Directors Election Information

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 challenges facing the membership. The role of director 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 2019. 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, 2018
  • Complete the PRO Business Plan class or the District Leadership Institute
  • Complete and submit the Consent to Serve Form by July 3, 2018
  • Be interviewed by the Nominating Committee on July 18 and 20 (the 20th if needed), 2018

The nomination and election timetable:

  • Consent to Serve Forms available on Web site June 19, 2018
  • Business Plan class TBD
  • Consent to Serve forms due at PRO July 3, 2018
  • Nominating Committee interviews candidates July 18 and 20 (the 20th if needed), 2018
  • Nomination by Petition due at PRO August 6, 2018
  • Nominating Committee slate posted on the website August 16, 2018
  • Voting online at www.pinellasrealtor.org September 7-11, 2018
  • Annual meeting and election results September 14, 2018

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.

2019 Board Nominees

Cyndee Hayden – Chair Elect

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 on the PRO Board of Directors since 2014. She served on PRO’s Executive Committee, as Secretary in 2015 and most recently as Treasurer for 2018. Cyndee chaired the RPAC Committee in 2015 & 2016. She Chaired the Public Policy Committee in 2017, and served on the first MFR MLS Advisory Council.

Cyndee is a graduate of District 6 Leadership Institute and was awarded the first Vern Taylor District 6 Leadership Institute Hall of Fame Award in 2017. She is a graduate of the 2017 Florida Realtors Leadership Academy and currently serves as the 2018 Chair of the Florida Realtor®’s Insurance Legislative Think Tank as well as the Florida Realtor®’s Public Policy committee.

Cindy holds the following designations: CRS, CIPS, RSPS, SRS, MPR, TRC, SFR, CLHMS, and PSA. She is a Golden R Presidents Circle RPAC supporter, has been awarded three PRO Service Awards and was honored with PRO’s Achievement Award in 2017. She was also recognized several times in Florida Realtor®’s Honor Society. 

Glen Richardson - Treasurer

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 about 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.

Tom Steck - Secretary

Tom has been a Realtor since 2009, and holds the 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, and is expected to serve as its Chair in 2019.

He has served as a Director on the PRO Board of Directors, and is now seeking the position of Secretary. He has also been appointed to serve on the Florida Realtors’ Board of Directors, as well as serving on several statewide Florida Realtors’ committees.  He also currently serves on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Business Policy Issues Committee, and is one of 21 Florida Realtors out of about 183,000 selected to participate in the 2018 Florida Leadership Academy.

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.

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!

Manuela Hendrickson – Director for 2019-2020

Manuela Hendrickson received her real estate license in 1994; her Broker’s license in 2003 and her Instructor’s license in 2003.

Manuela worked for Realty Executives from July of 1994 to June of 2012, when she and her business partner opened their own Real Estate Brokerage under the name of Global Lifestyle LLC. In July of 2018 Global Lifestyle joined forces with Dennis Realty and Investment Corporation, with Manuela as the Director of Operations of the St. Petersburg office.

Manuela has extensive experience in residential, commercial, second home and investment real estate dealings. In 1998 she has earned her Certified International Property Specialist designation. Manuela also holds the Graduate Realtor Institute designation, E-Pro certified and the Resort and Second Home specialist designation.

In her 24 years of real estate experience Manuela has been very involved at PRO (and formerly the Suncoast Association). She has served on numerous committees: Grievance Committee; Professional Standards Committee; the Ombudsman program; Pinellas International Council, and, for the last year and a half as Director on the Board of Directors. Manuela is looking forward to continuing her service on the Board of Directors of the Pinellas Realtor Organization.

In addition to being an active Broker, Manuela has been teaching real estate courses on all levels for the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate since 2003, as well as occasional classes at PRO. She has been hired in the past to consult with start-up brokerage firms, has acted as an expert witness and does speaking engagements and training sessions upon request.

Ken Breland – Director for 2019-2020

Ken Breland is the Manager of Real Estate Sales for Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, Indian Rock Beach.

Ken received his real estate license in 1977. His real estate specialties include commercial property sales, resort property sales – particularly beach and golf course communities. Having received his Brokers License in 1982, he has nearly 40 years’ experience as broker in charge.

Ken is currently serves PRO with his involvement in the Florida Realtors Board of Directors, MFRMLS Advisory Committee, Grievance Committee, President’s Advisory Group, District 6 Leadership Academy Committee, Nominating Committee (past member), Citation Committee (past member).

Ken’s Community involvement is quite extensive. He has served as: Vice Chair for the City of Tampa Code Enforcement Committee; Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Greater Tampa; Charter Trustee for the National Association of Home Builders; Vice President for the Navy League; Secretary for the Rotary; middle school instruction (volunteer) for Junior Achievement; various positions with the Presbyterian Church; little league coach; and on the Parents’ Advisory Council for the University of Alabama.

Ken has held memberships in several Realtor boards including: Greater Tampa; Citrus County; Corpus Christi, Texas; Bay County, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Lee County, Alabama. He considers Pinellas County an incredible and desirable real estate destination and considers PRO a top association in the US. He is anxious to serve on PRO’s Board of Directors to contribute to PRO’s growth and success.

Linda Wilson - Director for 2019-2020

Linda Wilson is Broker of Wilson & Associates. She has over 20 years’ experience as a Realtor specializing in residential, commercial and property management.

Linda graduated from Nova University with a Business Management Degree. In addition to the Broker designation, Linda holds the Short Sales and Foreclosure designation.

Outside her Realtor professions, Linda has held such positions as: President for the Independent Real Estate Professionals; Former Mayor, Vice Mayor & Finance commissioner for the Town of Redington Beach; Former State Director for the Florida Association of Realtors; Past Vice Chair for the Barrier Islands Intergovernmental Council; Past Board Chairman for the School Advisory Commission, BSCA.  Linda is also a corporate sponsor for Santa’s Angels Charity, Gulf Beaches Recreation/MB Youth Baseball and Softball.

As a Real Estate Professional, Linda believes she has an obligation to ‘give back’ and use her time and talents for the betterment of her profession.

Michael Wyckoff – Director for 2019-2020

Michael Wyckoff is the Managing Broker for Engel & Volkers, Madeira Beach. He has been a realtor since 1991 (27 years), obtaining his broker’s license in 1993.

Michael is a graduate from Florida State University and holds the Graduate Realtor Institute Certification as well as membership in the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB). In addition, Michael is a NAR Certified Negotiation Expert and a NAR Certified Distressed Property Expert. He has experience in residential sales, residential and small commercial property management, REO sales. In addition to being a realtor and then a broker, Michael was also a licensed mortgage broker and a mortgage broker instructor.

Having been in the business for as long as he has, Michael has seen a lot of changes and would like to embark on a leadership path that will allow him to have a positive effect on future changes to the real estate profession.