Committee Descriptions and Composition

Leadership strives for geographic diversity in committee appointments

Unless otherwise noted, appointments are for one year


Administrative Coordinating Committee

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

Description: To oversee all administrative functions of the association.


Association Headquarters & Staffing Needs Committee

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

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.

Staff Liaison: Dave Phillips


Association Services Coordinating Committee

Composition: 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.

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.

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Commercial Industrial & Investment Committee

Composition:  Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 25 members.

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.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Convention Committee

Composition:  Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 35 members.

Description: The committee promotes participation at the TriplePlay* convention by person-to-person outreach to members in local districts.   The committee also recruits volunteers to moderate educational sessions and serve as ambassadors at the convention.  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 Association of Realtors® (NJAR) and the New York State Association of Realtors® (NYSAR).  It serves three purposes for PAR: provides Realtors with an opportunity to earn up to 14 hours of continuing education; creates networking opportunities with Realtors® from across the nation and abroad; and serves as a source of non-dues revenue for PAR.

Staff Liaison: Lisa Aaron


Credentials Committee

Composition: Chair, approximately 15 members.

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 January 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.

Staff Liaison: Kim Smith


Diversity Committee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 25 members.

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.

Staff Liaison: Kim Shindle


Finance Committee

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

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

Staff Liaison: Jim Antonio


Grievance Committee

Composition:  Chair, Vice-Chair, one member appointed by each local association which participates in the Statewide Professional Standards Cooperative, and additional appointments made by the President for geographical balance.

Description:  The committee serves as a pool of potential panel members for ethics complaints and arbitration requests filed as part of the Statewide Professional Standards Cooperative, as well as those that may be filed in local associations that require administrative assistance.  The committee also promotes awareness and education about the Realtor® Code of Ethics and related enforcement processes.    Meetings are held (in conjunction with the PAR Professional Standards Committee) three times a year at the scheduled PAR Business Meetings, and Grievance Panels meet throughout the year as cases are filed.  Meetings during the PAR Business Meetings involve discussions about specific aspects of the Code of Ethics driven by topics suggested by the committee and/or yearly changes to the Code.  Members of the committee should be experienced current or past members of local or state Grievance and/or Professional Standards Committees.

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Horizons Committee

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

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.

Staff Liaison: Dave Phillips


Independent Expenditures Committee

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.  Members interested in an appointment must complete and submit an application form.

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. 

Staff Liaison: Jennifer Shockley


Keystone Analytics Committee

Composition: Fifteen (15) Trustees, one (1) Trustee shall be selected each from the membership of, and in the manner selected by, the following: Legislative Committee, Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC), nine (9) Trustees, one from each of the nine (9) Districts, shall be appointed by the President, with the consent of the Executive Committee. The term of these nine (9) Trustees shall be for three (3) years and shall be staggered, two (2) Trustees may be appointed who shall not be required to be members of the Association; and two (2) of which shall be Staff Trustees who shall be non-voting members of the Committee. The appointees from the committees/board have a one year term.  Two staff members serve as non-voting members of the committee. Term limits are three consecutive, three-year terms.  Members interested in an appointment must complete and submit an application form.

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. 

Staff Liaison: Jennifer Shockley


Legal Action Committee

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

Description: The Legal Action Committee 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. 

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Legislative Committee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 65 members.  All members of Legislative Subcommittees serve on 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. Along with staff, Legislative Subcommittees identify issues which are forwarded to the Legislative Committee for consideration.  Subcommittees are: Business Issues, Land Use and Local Issues, and Specialized Practice Issues.  Terms are for one year and are appointed by the President.

Staff Liaison: Derenda Updegrave


Business Issues Subcommittee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 15 members.  All members of Legislative Subcommittees serve on Legislative Committee.

Description: In general, legislative subcommittees are the “working groups” that review legislation and regulatory initiatives, and make recommendations for support or opposition of specific issues to the Legislative Committee.  Specifically, the Business Issues Subcommittee reviews legislation and studies issues that have a broad impact on the industry as a whole (i.e. licensure, taxation).  Members of the subcommittee are voting members of the Legislative Committee; terms are for one year and are appointed by the President.  The subcommittee meets via conference call prior to each regularly scheduled PAR Business Meeting and at other points during the year as necessity requires.  Subcommittee members are also asked for input on issues via email communication from staff.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Land Use and Local Issues Subcommittee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 15 members.  All members of Legislative Subcommittees serve on Legislative Committee.

Description: In general, legislative subcommittees are the “working groups” that review legislation and regulatory initiatives, and make recommendations for support or opposition of specific issues to the Legislative Committee.  Specifically, the Land Use and Local Issues Subcommittee reviews legislation and studies issues that concern property rights (i.e. eminent domain, urban renewal).  Members of the subcommittee are voting members of the Legislative Committee; terms are for one year and are appointed by the President.  The subcommittee meets via conference call prior to each regularly scheduled PAR Business Meeting and at other points during the year as necessity requires.  Subcommittee members are also asked for input on issues via email communication from staff.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Specialized Practice Issues Subcommittee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 15 members.   All members of Legislative Subcommittees serve on Legislative Committee.

Description: In general, legislative subcommittees are the “working groups” that review legislation and regulatory initiatives, and make recommendations for support or opposition of specific issues to the Legislative Committee.  Specifically, the Specialized Practice Issues Subcommittee reviews legislation and studies issues of concern to particular segments of the industry such as appraisers, commercial practitioners, and property managers (i.e. landlord and tenant issues, wage attachment). Members of the subcommittee are voting members of the Legislative Committee; terms are for one year and are appointed by the President.  The subcommittee meets via conference call prior to each regularly scheduled PAR Business Meeting and at other points during the year as necessity requires.  Subcommittee members are also asked for input on issues via email communication from staff.

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Hensil


Member Services Coordinating Committee

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.

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.

Staff Liaison: Leah Krnjaic


Professional Standards Committee

Composition:  Chair, Vice-Chair, one to five members appointed by each local association which participates in the Statewide Professional Standards Cooperative, and additional appointments made by the President for geographical balance.

Description:   The committee serves as a pool of potential panel members for ethics and arbitration hearings conducted as part of the Statewide Professional Standards Cooperative, as well as those that may be filed in local associations that require administrative assistance.  The committee also promotes awareness and education about the Realtor® Code of Ethics and related enforcement processes.  Meetings are held (in conjunction with the PAR Professional Standards Committee) three times a year at the scheduled PAR Business Meetings, and Hearing Panels meet throughout the year as cases are heard.  Meetings during the PAR Business Meetings involve discussions about specific aspects of the Code of Ethics driven by topics suggested by the committee and/or yearly changes to the Code.  Members of the committee should be experienced current or past members of local or state Grievance and/or Professional Standards Committees.

Staff Liaison: Hank Lerner


Public Policy and Political Advocacy Coordinating Committee

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 and Vice Chair of each subcommittee of the Legislative Committee; the Chair of the Keystone Analytics Committee; the Chair of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee; One Government Affairs Director employed by a Member Board as selected by the President;  One Executive Officer from a Member Board that has no Government Affairs Director (or equivalent) as selected by the President; The President Elect; Two Members selected by the President who will serve for terms of one (1) year, or until their successors are appointed and qualified.

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 grass roots 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 andlegislative process regarding issues involving the use and ownership of real estate. Promote homeownership and the availability of adequate, safe and decent housing to Pennsylvanians; support education and research in homeownership opportunities; provide assistance to organizations and groups that deal with housing issues/needs; provide grants for the temporary relief of victims ofdisaster such as floods, fires, and storms.

Staff Liaison: Jennifer Shockley


REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)

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. 

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

Staff Liaison: Sherri Pursel


REALTORS® Political Action Fundraising Committee

Composition: There are nine committee members which includes an appointed chair and vice-chair. This committee is a one year appointment made by the PAR president.

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.

Staff Liaison: Sherri Pursel


Screening Committee

Composition: There shall be a Screening Committee consisting of the Immediate Past President who 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.

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

Staff Liaison: Kim Smith


Standard Forms Feedback Panel

Composition:Chair and Vice Chair and the Chair and Vice Chair of Standard Forms Oversight Committee.  Approximately 50 members.

Description: The Feedback Panel is a standing subcommittee of the Standard Forms Oversight Committee.  The main purpose of the Panel is to facilitate member feedback on standard forms issues.  The Panel is larger than the Oversight 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 Oversight Committee, though the insights of the Panel are considered when the Oversight Committee makes decisions. 

Staff Liaison: Desiree Brougher


Standard Forms Committee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair, approximately 25 members.

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.

Staff Liaison: Desiree Brougher


Strategic Oversight Committee

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

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.

Staff Liaison: Dave Phillips


Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Committee

Composition: Chair, Vice Chair and approximately 15 members.    

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-chapter.

Staff Liaison: Kevin Smith

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