Committee Descriptions and Composition

Leadership strives for geographic diversity in committee appointments

Unless otherwise noted, appointments are for one year


Administrative Coordinating Committee

Description: To oversee all administrative functions of the association.

Composition: the President, President Elect, First Vice President and Treasurer.


Association Headquarters & Staffing Needs Committee

Description: The committee is responsible for making recommendations regarding the needs of the physical building of the association and working with the Chief Executive Officer in regards to the staffing, budget and employee benefits programs.

Composition:  Chair, and four members; two must be Past Presidents, one is the current Treasurer. Other than Treasurer, members serve one four year term. 

Staff Liaison: Dave Phillips


Association Services Coordinating Committee

Description: The Association Services Coordinating Committee will identify, focus and coordinate all programs, products and services that are delivered to Member Boards, specialty groups and Institute Affiliate Members.

Composition: The Association Services Coordinating Committee shall be composed as follows: The Chairs of the YPN Advisory Committee, the Commercial, Industrial and Investment Committee, Diversity Committee, Professional Standards Committee and the Grievance Committee; One (1) representative each from the Appraisal Forum and the President/President Elect Forum; One (1) Executive Officer from a Member Board to be elected by the Executive Officers at an annual forum; One (1) representative each from the Small, Medium and Large Member Boards to be elected at an annual forum (See Article XI, Section 4); The First Vice President; and Three (3) members selected by the President who will serve for terms of one (1) year, or until their successors are appointed and qualified.

Staff Liaison: Mike Barth


Commercial Industrial & Investment Committee

Description: The mission of the committee is to serve Realtors® who buy, sell, lease, manage or appraise commercial, industrial and investment real estate by working with PAR to promote, educate, legislate and communicate commercial business to members. The CI&I Committee meets a minimum of three times a year, primarily at the regularly scheduled PAR Business Meetings. CI&I meetings usually include an informational presentation in addition to conducting the actual business of the committee. The business of the committee includes discussing topics of import to this segment of the real estate industry and, where required, making recommendations to the PAR Executive Committee. The committee is occasionally called upon by Specialized Practice Issues Subcommittee to review and provide input on proposed legislation or regulations. The CI&I Committee includes representation from the Commercial Overlay Boards, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® and the Certified Commercial Industrial Members.

Composition:  Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 25 members.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Convention Committee

Description: The committee promotes participation at the TriplePlay* convention by person-to-person outreach to members in local districts. The committee meets three times a year during the regularly scheduled PAR Business Meetings. If the need arises for any additional meeting, members would meet by conference call.

*TriplePlay is held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ in December each year. This convention is developed in conjunction with the New Jersey REALTORS® and the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR). It serves three purposes for PAR: provides Realtors® with an opportunity to earn continuing education; creates networking opportunities with Realtors® from across the nation and abroad; and serves as a source of non-dues revenue for PAR.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 35 members.

Staff Liaison: Lisa Aaron


Credentials Committee

Description: The committee is responsible for the certification and registration of Directors and Alternate Directors and its members act as tellers at meetings of the Board of Directors. The Credentials Committee meets during the Winter Business Meetings. However, members of the committee are required to be in attendance during all three sets of Business Meetings to assist in certifying and registering the Directors. The committee is also responsible for distributing the Member Response Systems (MRS) to the certified Directors Wednesday morning prior to the beginning of the Board of Directors Meeting. If the need arises for any additional meeting, members would meet by conference call.

Composition: Chair, approximately 15 members.

Staff Liaison: Kim Smith


Diversity Committee

Description: The mission of the committee is to promote and support equal opportunity and cultural diversity among practitioners and consumers in real estate in the Commonwealth. Members are currently redefining the goals of the committee based on a new strategic plan. In general this involves: 1) advancing the objectives of and developing an inclusive association by involving a diverse representation of members; 2) providing professional development, knowledge and support to real estate professionals and; 3) promoting the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. The committee meets three times a year during the PAR Business Meetings and periodically via conference calls. Members are frequently called upon to serve on a subcommittee to fulfill a specific objective.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 25 members.

Staff Liaison: Kim Shindle


Finance Committee

Description: To oversee the finances of the association and the investing of its funds.

Composition: PAR Treasurer serves as Chair. Nine members, those appointed serve a three year term. Term limitation of two, three-year terms.

Staff Liaison: Jim Antonio


Grievance Committee

Description: The committee, along with the Professional Standards Committee, administers the statewide Professional Standards Cooperative and promotes awareness and education about the Realtor® Code of Ethics and related enforcement processes. Joint meetings are held three times a year at the scheduled PAR Business Meetings, focusing on proposed NAR changes, administrative issues for the Cooperative, and other relevant topics suggested by the Committee. Members of the committee should be experienced current or past members of local or state Grievance and/or Professional Standards Committees.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, up to 10-15 members.

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Horizons Committee

Description: The Committee is the strategic thinking arm of PAR set up to generate questions, identify issues and recommend items to be added to PAR’s Strategic Plan.

Composition: There should be a committee made up of 10 to 15 members not included or part of leadership.

Staff Liaison: Dave Phillips


Independent Expenditures Committee

Description: The Committee will evaluate, consider and approve funding independent expenditures on behalf of local associations, political action committees and others who seek to use these services for political, marketing and other purposes. The Committee will timely review all requests for services to ensure that no such independent expenditures are provided to support issues, positions, and/or candidates that conflict with issues, policies, and/or candidates supported by the association or a local association.

Composition: There shall be a maximum number of seven (7) members. Five (5) members shall be Qualified Members, as defined in Section VI of the Independent Expenditure Committee Rules and Regulations, who are not current members of: the Realtors® Political Action Committee; the Legislative Committee; or Keystone Analytics®. The member appointees are eligible for three consecutive, three-year terms. The Chief Executive Officer and a Staff member appointed by the Public Policy and Political Affairs Director of the association shall be non-voting members.

Staff Liaison: Jennifer Shockley


Keystone Analytics® Committee

Description: To enhance and promote the objectives of PAR by providing survey research and related consulting services to members, local associations, and others who seek to use these services for political, marketing and other purposes. Members of the committee are called Trustees. They will approve all services for Survey Research, Data Retrieval, preparation and distribution of Survey Results and other advisory services provided in conjunction with any request or service. The committee meets several times a year and/or as needed

Composition: One Trustee from each Association District, plus one representative of the Legislative Committee and the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC). District appointees are eligible to serve three consecutive, three-year terms; committee appointees serve for one year. Two staff members also serve as non-voting members of the committee.

The following Districts have openings for 2016: 3, 6 and 9.

Staff Liaison: Jennifer Shockley


Legal Action Committee

Description: The Legal Action Fund provides assistance to PAR, member associations and individual members when they are involved in legal actions that have a significant impact on the practice of real estate. Meetings are generally held during the scheduled PAR Business Meetings, but Trustees meet via conference call when necessary to respond to time-sensitive requests.

Composition: Chair, elected by Trustees. Five Trustees serving five-year terms, only one appointment each year.

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Legislative Committee

Description:The mission of the committee is to systematically review legislative and regulatory initiatives for their impact on Pennsylvania’s real estate industry. The committee meets during the PAR Business Meetings to review, discuss, and recommend specific positions on legislation and regulatory initiatives.

Composition: Chair; Vice Chair; three appointees per District (two appointees as selected by the District and one appointee as selected by the President); One Government Affairs Director employed by a Member Board; and One Executive Vice-President from a Member Board that has no Government Affairs Director (or equivalent) as selected by the President.

Note: PAR will not be making appointments to the Legislative Committee but will forward any names to 2016 President for consideration.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Legislative Forum

Description: The Forum shall meet at each business meeting of the Association prior to the meeting of the Legislative Committee for the purpose of identifying existent and emerging federal, state, and local issues that impact upon the ownership and use of real property and/or the business of real estate licensees generally.

Composition: Composed of up to three (3) members from each of the local associations as appointed by the respective association.

Note: PAR will not be making appointments to the Legislative Forum but will forward any names to the local associations for consideration.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Member Services Coordinating Committee

Description: To identify, focus and coordinate all services directly delivered to association members including, but not limited to, education, training, insurance, legal and endorsement/discount programs. Support development of educational products and programs for Members and member Boards.

Composition: The Members Services Coordinating Committee shall be composed as follows: The Chairs of the Legal Action Committee, Convention Committee and Standard Forms Committee; One (1) representative each from the Small, Medium and Large Firms to be elected at annual forum (see Article XI, Section 4); The Treasurer; and Five (5) members as selected by the President who will serve for terms of one (1) year, or until their successors are appointed and qualified.

Staff Liaison: Leah Krnjaic


Professional Standards Committee

Description: The committee, along with the Grievance Committee, administers the statewide Professional Standards Cooperative and promotes awareness and education about the Realtor® Code of Ethics and related enforcement processes. Joint meetings are held three times a year at the scheduled PAR Business Meetings, focusing on proposed NAR changes, administrative issues for the Cooperative, and other relevant topics suggested by the Committee. Members of the committee should be experienced current or past members of local or state Grievance and/or Professional Standards Committees.

Committee members may also serve as part of the Hearing Panelist Pool, which provides panel members to hear ethics complaints and arbitration requests, but are not required to do so. Other members of the Hearing Panelist Pool are appointed by the local associations that participate in the Cooperative.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, up to 20-25 members.

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Public Policy and Political Advocacy Coordinating Committee

Description: To identify, focus, and coordinate the association’s legislative, public policy and data mining efforts. To collect and disburse contributions to support or oppose federal, state and local issues that impact upon the ownership and use of real property; to support grassroots lobbying and education efforts on issues relating to the interest of real property users and owners. To improve public policy by encouraging and stimulating REALTORS® and others to take a more active and effective role in government decision making and legislative process regarding issues involving the use and ownership of real estate.

Composition: The Public Policy and Political Advocacy Coordinating Committee shall be composed as follows: the Chair and Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee; the Chair of the Keystone Analytics® Committee; the Chair of the Realtors® Political Action Committee; Chair of the Realtors® Political Action Fundraising Committee; the Government Affairs Director and Executive Vice President that serve on the Legislative Committee; the President Elect; and five (5) Members selected by the President.

Staff Liaison: Jennifer Shockley


Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC)

Description: This committee is involved in providing funding for political candidates at the national, state and local levels.

Composition: Trustees elect Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer in January. Eighteen Trustees (two from each District) with three year terms. Term limitation of two, three year terms. Appointments rotate around Districts.

The following Districts have openings for 2016: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

Staff Liaison: Sherri Pursel


Realtors® Political Action Fundraising Committee

Description: The PAR RPAC Fundraising Committee focuses on providing local associations assistance with RPAC education and tools necessary to develop and implement RPAC fundraising plans which will meet PAR’s RPAC goals.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, and approximately 10 members which usually includes an Association Executive and Government Affairs Director

Staff Liaison: Sherri Pursel


Screening Committee

Description: The Screening Committee reviews candidate applications to determine if the candidate meets the qualifications of Office.

Composition: the Immediate Past President shall act as Chairman, one (1) representative from each District who shall be selected by the District at a District Meeting called by the District Vice President during the first business meeting of the association each year, and two (2) Past Presidents, one of whom shall be appointed by the President and one of whom shall be elected by the Past Presidents Council. The District representatives selected shall be a District Vice President not running for election, or an individual who has served as a Director of the association for two (2) of the last six (6) years, or a past elected Officer.

Staff Liaison: Kim Smith


Standard Forms Committee

Description: The committee is charged with the creation and improvement of PAR’s standard forms. It is the responsibility of the committee to ensure that all of PAR’s standard forms remain legally compliant and continue to fill the needs of the members and marketplace. The committee meets three times per year during the PAR Business Meetings to review, discuss and make decisions about the content of new forms, changes to existing forms, or concepts for new forms. When necessary, the committee will meet by conference call to follow up on issues discussed at the Business Meetings.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 25 members.

Staff Liaison: Desiree Brougher


Standard Forms Feedback Panel

Description: The Feedback Panel is a standing subcommittee of the Standard Forms Committee. The main purpose of the Panel is to facilitate member feedback on standard forms issues. The Panel is larger than the Committee by design, with the intent of providing ideas and comments about standard forms from those who are not involved with standard forms issues on a regular basis. The Panel meets three times per year during the PAR Business Meetings to provide suggestions and improvements to the content of new forms, changes to existing forms, or concepts for new forms. The Panel does not officially recommend action to the Committee, though the insights of the Panel are considered when the Committee makes decisions.

Composition:Chair and Vice Chair of the Standard Forms Committee, approximately 50 members.

Staff Liaison: Desiree Brougher


Strategic Oversight Committee

Description: The Strategic Oversight Committee is responsible for the development of a strategic plan to guide the association’s long-term direction and to measure the association’s progress against the goals established by the strategic plan. The Committee shall report to the Executive Committee.

Composition: PAR Officers and one Executive Officer from a Member Association elected by the Executive Officers at its annual forum.

Staff Liaison: Dave Phillips


Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Committee

Description: The purpose of the YPN Advisory Committee is to foster networking opportunities for all Realtor® members who are inspired with youthful exuberance to explore, discuss, and share new practices and technologies in the practice of real estate. The Advisory Committee will also provide operational leadership and guidance to local Realtor® associations who have or are in the process of forming a YPN sub-network.

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair and approximately 15 members.    

Staff Liaison: Kevin Juliano

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