Benton Realtor named ARELLO president elect
Karen Crowson – principal broker at Crye-Leike Realtors in Benton and a member of the Benton-Bryant Realtors Association – has been named president elect of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), an international organization.
Crowson, a member of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, will be the second Arkansan named president of ARELLO. Gary Isom, executive director of the Real Estate Commission, was the ARELLO president in 2010.
Crowson said she became senior district vice president – a position on ARELLO’s five-member Executive Committee – in January The president-elect position came open in May when that position was vacated by another Executive Committee member in May.
Crowson was appointed to the Real Estate Commission in 2007 and is on her second, three-year term. That term expires in 2012. In addition to being on the Executive committee, Crowson is a member of the Finance Committee and has been on ARELLO’s Internet Best Practices Study Group, Program Committee and Timeshare Advisory Group.
The ARELLO Nominating Committee chose Crowson to fill the vacant president elect spot and the group’s Board of Directors approved that decision at the end of July. Crowson will be named president pending the approval of ARELLO members at their annual conference this fall in Baltimore.
What is ARELLO? It is an international group that supports regulatory agencies – such as the Arkansas Real Estate Commission — in the administration and enforcement of real estate license laws in their jurisdictions. Crowson said the group emphasizes consumer protection and members of the group are in a unique position to deal with those issues internationally – officials in the United States might pick up some ideas from people with similar positions in, say, Australia and vice versa.
Crowson said the transition to ARELLO is a natural one for her. She has been a real estate commissioner and is a past president of the Arkansas Realtors Association (ARA). That being the case, Crowson said she has been involved with public protection issues as both a Realtor and a regulator and brings, perhaps, a unique perspective to the table.
She said Arkansans are fortunate in that both their Real Estate Commission and the ARA emphasize consumer protection. Because those groups share a similar goal, it makes it that much easier for them to work together.
As for her goals as president, Crowson said she wants to continue the implementation of the ARELLO strategic plan which she helped formulate three years ago. That plan, she said, involves communicating well with ARELLO members and helping make the group stronger by encouraging other real estate regulatory and licensing agencies to join.
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