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 is 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 2020. 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:
The nomination and election timetable:
- Consent to Serve Forms available on Web site June 18, 2019
- Business Plan class July 9th, 2019
- Consent to Serve forms due at PRO July 2, 2019
- Nominating Committee candidate interviews July 15, 2019
- Nominating Committee slate posted on the website July 26, 2019
- Nomination by Petition due at PRO August 6, 2019
- Voting online at www.pinellasrealtor.org September 5-10, 2019
- Annual meeting and election results September 13, 2019
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.
Nominating Committee’s Slate of Officers and Directors for 2020
- Chair Elect: Glen Richardson
- Treasurer: Tom Steck
- Secretary: Manuela Hendrickson
- Heather Breckenridge
- Major Easthagen
- Carolina Conner
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 prior to the annual election. Nominations by the Nominating Committee will be posted on the Association website at least forty (40) days prior to the election. Nominations by petition will be posted on the Association website at least twenty (20) days prior to the election. Voting via electronic ballot will happen in September.
Board positions that are continuing with their term(s):
- Chairman of the Board
- Cyndee Haydon (this position was elected last year)
- Past Chair
- Kevin Batdorf (the current year’s chair automatically fills this position)
- Ken Breland (serving the second year of a two year term)
- Linda Wilson (serving the second year of a two year term)
- Michael Wyckoff (serving the second year of a two year term)
- Fred Hintenberger (appointed based on Broker status of the largest firm)
- Rachel Sartain (appointed based on Broker status of the largest firm)
- James Schanz (appointed based on Broker status of the largest firm)
- CPAR Chapter Chair
- Glendora Merchant
- CPAR Chapter Chair Elect
- Lars Kier
2020 Board Nominees
Glen Richardson - Chair Elect Nominee
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 is 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 over 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 condominium market, multifamily properties, and real estate investing.
Tom Steck - Treasurer Nominee
Mr. Steck graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in political science.
Upon graduation, Mr. Steck was hired by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Headquarters) in Washington, D.C, and worked there for three years. After returning to Florida, he was hired by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services – now called the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Always desiring to “give back”, Mr. Steck has served on the Pinellas Opportunity Council’s Board of Directors, Secretary for Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA; one of two sex abuse agencies in Pinellas County) Board of Directors, as well as chairing its Governance Committee.
He was appointed to the Pinellas Charter Review Commission for 2015-16, required by law to make suggestions for improving and streamlining the County’s Charter, which is the County’s governing document. He was elected by his fellow members to serve as the Commission’s Vice-Chairman.
Mr. Steck obtained his real estate license, and thus entered a new field of endeavor in residential real estate. He was able to take the necessary courses online, passing the state real estate exam the first time. He also obtained the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, one of the most prestigious in the world of real estate. Because of the importance of negotiating in this industry, he qualified for the Real Estate Negotiating Expert (Rene) designation. Due to his desire to provide the best service to his clients in the most professional manner possible, he has just recently obtained the newly created National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement.
He has for the past several years served on the Pinellas Realtor Organization’s (PRO – representing over 8,500 realtors) Public Policy Committee, in 2018 becoming its Vice-Chairman. As a member of this committee, he attended Great American Realtor Days for several years, taking the Realtors’ message to Tallahassee in meetings with the County’s legislative delegation. He now serves as the Key Contact for State Sen. Darrell Rouson, is a Florida Association of Realtors Director, and has graduated from both the District 6 and Florida Realtors’ Leadership Academies. For 2018, he had been appointed to the Legislative Think Tank, Key Contacts Subcommittee, and the REALTOR Party Member Involvement Committee. He has also served the past two years on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Business Issues Policy Committee.
In 2019, Mr. Steck was named PRO’S Chairman of the Public Policy Committee, and also serves as Secretary of PRO’s Board of Directors. In addition to continuing service as Senator Rouson’s Key Contact, Florida Realtors also named him Key Contact for State Representative Wengay Newton.
He has proudly served his peers in these capacities, and is desirous of continuing to do so as the PRO Board Treasurer for 2020!
Manuela Hendrickson – Secretary Nominee
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 over 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 is currently serving as a Director on the Pinellas Board of Directors. Manuela is looking forward to continuing her service as your 2020 Secretary for 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.
Heather Breckenridge - Director Nominee
I have enjoyed working in the local Real Estate industry for just over 15 years; I am licensed as a broker associate with a background in mortgages and hold a degree in Interior Design. Because of my background and my love of architecture, it seemed only natural that I would pursue this everchanging and exciting industry. I have helped hundreds of people buy and sell their properties and I can proudly say that I absolutely LOVE my job!
I pride myself on being a reliable, knowledgeable resource for my customers, and enjoy working with and helping to teach and educate new agents to assist in creating a standard of excellence in our field.
I specialize in condominium and home sales in the local St. Petersburg area. I enjoy working with customers who are looking to downsize, also love working with snowbirds and first-time homebuyers!
Most of my business is generated from personal referrals and repeat customers. Relationships are very important to me, including those of my peers such as other Realtors, title agents, lenders, appraisers and inspectors. I enjoy working as a team to make the process as smooth as possible for my customers.
I live in St. Pete with my son Tucker and our pets. I love to work hard and enjoy all that this beautiful city that we call home has to offer! We enjoy the beach, camping, traveling and ALL of the amazing art, architecture and culture that our city and surrounding areas offer. We are so very fortunate to live in such a beautiful and lively place!
Carolina Conner - Director Nominee
Carolina Conner is from Bogota, Colombia. She is the Spouse of a retired U.S Military Veteran. Carolina is a community builder with a strategic vision of leadership and growth. A professional with over 15 years of experience in Organizational Development, Training, Talent and Career Development. Experienced working with multicultural teams and leading transition programs. Carolina provided career and employment services for over five years to 1500 service members, per fiscal year, in transition to the civilian life for two of the largest military installations at Fort Hood and Fort Bragg. Recognized for outstanding performance, academic scholar and winner of “The Yellow Rose of Texas” award presented by former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry.
Carolina graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University Libre de Colombia. She obtained a Title of Specialist in International Business form the University of Bogota, Jorge Tadeo Lozano and continued studies in the United States with a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership; honor graduate Suma Cum Laude, Delta mu Delta from Webster University.
Carolina’s passion is helping people reach their educational, professional, and financial goals. Carolina is currently a Realtor, Mentor, Advisor, Entrepreneur and Veteran Advocate supporting different local non-profit organizations and boards such as HOH MSPN, Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network, HPWA Hispanic Professional Women’s Association, ALPFA Association of Latino Professionals for America, American Legion Auxiliary, Pinellas County Lunch Pals and Pinellas International Council.
Carolina found Real Estate an excellent career where she can continue helping families and specialized in Military Relocation. She lives in Clearwater, Pinellas County with her husband Jason and two daughters Alejandra & Gabriela.
Major Easthagen - Director Nominee
Major Easthagen started his career in Real Estate in 2017 and today oversees The Major Group, a team of real estate professionals that work together in all areas of the industry. The Major Group works in all counties in and around the Tampa Bay area with referrals through our network around the globe.
Major Easthagen has an extensive track record of success. Major worked for many years in the corporate sector in pharmaceutical sales. With companies Johnson & Johnson, J&J Medical, Vistakon, before taking on the role of regional manager at Luxottica Retail, a global leader in eye health. He oversaw a team of over 100 optometric doctors, opticians and eye care professionals. Major managed patient care and created programs that successfully aligned with corporate goals. He was a top performing regional manager from 2011 to 2015.
Today, The Major Group is part of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and works with both sellers and buyers in the luxury real estate market. We work with a diverse clientele base that includes local, national, and international buyers and sellers in residential and commercial sales. Our clients buy in the luxury sector, second homes, primary residences, first time homebuyers, relocations and everyone in between as our vision states, “For every lifestyle, a luxury experience awaits…”. This is the hallmark of our incredible group of Realtors® and real estate professionals. Major also owns a separate company, Periwinkle Pines, which provides staging, interior design, redesign, and home décor providing services exclusively for his clients and often for the clients of colleagues.
The Major Group is currently working with an affordable housing organization “Tampa Bay CDC” and multiple network colleagues, local and state elected officials, and his brokerage to bring home ownership to a new clientele base as the market allows for more transitional housing in the community in which The Major Group lives. This is an important project to make sure there is the ability to be a homeowner at all levels of the community. This project is to add 100+ homes in Pinellas and Pasco counties in a new style of “Revitalized Living”.
In December 2018, Major was asked to join the Board of Directors for Florida Realtors. In February 2019, Major was approached to join the Realtor PAC as a sub-chair for Marketing and Culture. In January 2020, Major will take over as the Vice Chair of the Legislative Business and Research Committee for Florida Realtors. Major is also a 2020 Nominee to join the Board of Directors for Pinellas Realtor Organization. He will also take on the role of Vice Chair of the Realtors PAC for Pinellas Realtor Organization.
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty asked Major to join the Cartus “A” Team in August 2018 and he is part of the USAA Rewards Broker Referral Network Program. Major is also a Military Relocation Specialist and New Home Construction Specialist. Major is studying for his Broker’s license and looks to complete the program in Fall 2019.