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GCAR Board of Directors

Jay Christiana
President

Kendal Baker
Director

Christopher Culihan
Director

Cindy Quade
Director

Tom McGroder
President-Elect

Janet Besheer
Director

James McClenaghan
Director

Kathleen Sullivan
Director

Jeffrey Decatur
Secretary-Treasurer

John Bevilacqua
Director

Rory O’Connor
Director

Melissa Woodcock
Director

Susan Sommers
Past President

Kirsten Blanchard
Director

Michelle Poccia
Director

Linda Yetto
Director

The governing body of the Association shall be a Board of Directors which, as of January 2020, will consist of 11 members as follows:

  1. the three (3) officers of the Association;
  2. Seven (7) elected Realtor® Members of the Association; and
  3. the immediate past president of the Association

The seven (7) elected Directors shall be elected to serve for terms of three years, except that at organization, one-third of the elected Directors shall be elected for terms of one, two, and three years, respectively, or for lesser terms as may be necessary to complete the first fiscal year. Thereafter, as many Directors shall be elected each year as are required to fill vacancies.

Help set high standards for one of the largest Realtor® Associations in New York.

As a director of one of the most prominent Realtor® Associations in the state, GCAR leadership members are recognized throughout the Capital Region for the difference they make in the lives of the more than 3,000 members through the decisions they make and the standards they set.

Board member responsibilities include:

  • Attendance at GCAR board meetings (6 bimonthly meetings per year).
  • Directors may not miss more than two board meetings to remain active on the board.
  • Attendance at the annual NYSAR Leadership Conference.
  • A commitment to invest in RPAC.
  • Service as an ambassador of the Association promoting the Association, GCAR’s products, tools and services and information to your firm, the membership at large and the community throughout the year.
  • Participation in GCAR events throughout the year.

At least two (2) months before the annual election, a Nominating Committee of 5 Realtor® Members will be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the immediate past president of the Association as Chairperson and 4 other Realtors®. The Nominating Committee shall select one candidate for each office and one candidate for each place to be filled as a director of the Association. The report of the Nominating Committee shall be provided to each Member eligible to vote at least three (3) weeks preceding the election.

Additional candidates for the offices to be filled may be placed in nomination by a petition signed by at least 10% of the Realtor® Members eligible to vote. The petition shall be filed with the Chief Staff Executive at least two (2) weeks before the election. If the petition is determined to be properly completed and contains the necessary number of valid signatures, the Chief Executive Officer shall post the additional nominations. The Chief Staff Executive shall send notice of such additional nominations to all Members eligible to vote before the election.

No other candidates for office may be placed in nomination other than by the Nominating Committee or by petition as set forth above.

The election of Officers and Directors will take place at the annual meeting. Election will be by ballot; provided, however, in the event that no candidates are placed in nomination by petition then the Secretary may cast a single vote for each nominee placed in nomination by the Nominating Committee and thereupon each candidate shall be duly elected to the office to which they were nominated.

Candidates for a GCAR Officer position must have served on the GCAR Board of Directors or another board/association of REALTORS® board of directors and/or an MLS Board of Directors for a minimum of three (3) years. Combined service is permissible.

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