Arkansas Realtors get dues increase, new CEO
For one thing, dues for 2011 have been increased by $60. For another, Realtors were informed by ARA President Mike Henry that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andy Schaus had turned in his resignation.
The ARA Board of Directors, during a Monday Meeting in Rogers, approved a measure to increase annual state dues from $100 to $160. The primary reason for the increase, according to Secretary-Treasurer Dana Powell, is that membership numbers are expected to decline over at least the next three years.
There are 7,337 Realtors in Arkansas and the ARA expects that number to drop to 6,613 members in 2013 — a decrease of 9.87 percent.
Board members also learned that Schaus had resigned from the ARA on Sunday. Miki Bass, chief operating officer, has been appointed acting CEO. Meanwhile, an ARA search committee will start looking for a permanent CEO.
Both Schaus and Bass have been with the ARA since 1997. Schaus has worked in a volunteer capacity with the ARA for longer than that, however.
Update: Well, it seems some unidentified members of the Arkansas Realtors Association didn’t like our use of the Realtor logo that originally illustrated this article. In fact, the ARA threatened to get a lawyer involved should the logo not be taken down, claiming only members of the National Association of Realtors can properly display the logo.
While it seems that using the Realtor logo may well be fine and dandy under the fair use doctrine of U.S. Copyright Law (particularly since the ARA has singled out First Arkansas News in enforcing the use of its logo) and posting a cease and desist letter from an attorney here would provide hours of amusement, I’ve decided to replace the aforementioned logo with a photo of an enthusiastic Asian man sharing advice that will promote our good health. Why? It’s not the intention of this publication to run around picking fights with people over issues that are decidedly minor.
So, eat your rice, kids. You’ll grow up big and strong.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.