SCAORCard – Issue #004 – From the CEO’s Desk

State of the Organization Annual Report

As we all plan to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, I thought it would be appropriate to summarize what SCAOR accomplished in 2016 and summarize where the association is heading in 2017. Together, we have a responsibility to fulfill the Strategic Plan which includes providing clear communications, leading valuable advocacy initiatives, implementing robust technology and training programs and creating value propositions that reflects the interests of the members.

First, thank you for the warm welcome as your new CEO. I would also like to thank the 2016 BOD and Search Committee for believing in me as your next association executive. I am honored to lead such a diverse and progressive association of real estate professionals. I am also grateful to work with an educated and passionate staff. Each staff associate brings a diverse skill set to the organization and I look forward to growing those skill sets in 2017.

The membership status is strong and growing. As of November 30, there were 1,390 primary members, 125 secondary members, 434 Multiple List Service members and 41 Affiliates. As we transition to Bright MLS, a regional MLS of over 80,000 subscribers covering six states, my goal will be to sustain membership at all levels. This will take a commitment from staff to communicate to the membership why it is important to remain a member of SCAOR.

For 2017, I will closely monitor our work in connection to the Strategic Plan with a special emphasis on developing better value propositions and informing members of the Bright MLS conversion date. To communicate more effectively, I have asked staff to add a Bright MLS banner to the monthly SCAORcard. Network Manager, Ben Kunde, and I will be adding information to the SCAORcard on a monthly basis to keep the membership up-to-date on everything conversion related. If you have questions about Bright MLS or any other topic, please call me at the office or email me at

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the 2017 SCAOR President Brigit Taylor and the new BOD. The first meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2017 at 9 am at SCAOR.

Happy Holidays!

Merritt Burke IV


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