It is a privilege to hold the office of 2021 RAC President. Our RAC organization is home to the best of the best relocation appraisers. The relationship of our appraisers with our relocation clients creates a special bond benefiting both parties. RAC has evolved to include not only relocation work, but complex residential assignments and litigation, with many members involved with Expert Witness Testimony.
Membership in RAC spans our country from the East Coast to the West Coast and North to South. Our members provide a network for knowledge, training, market trends, national issues, and sharing ideas culminating in respect, and friendship.
The year 2020 will long be remembered. As appraisers we are flexible in our profession, and are used to making changes, whether it be a change in the market or a new regulation from the industry. But 2020 dished out the CoVid-19 pandemic. Every state dealt with the pandemic differently from lock-downs to continuing to work as an “essential worker.” Each member and their business found a way to make it through.
While we found it necessary to cancel our annual conference for 2020, we continued to remain in touch with digital Town Halls and meetings, and to provide information and education to our members. Our business meetings and membership meetings continued. One administration ended and another begin via a Ring Meeting.
There was not a live opportunity to give thanks to our outgoing Past President, Craig Stebner. Craig carried the organization through 2020 amid all the unusual events. He maintained a steady communication with RAC’s clients and members. His experience in the relocation industry and how he has shared his wisdom and leadership has been a plus for the RAC organization. We thank you, Craig.
As we go forward into 2021, we are hopeful that the pandemic will be controlled, and so we begin our plans for our annual conference to be held in Plano, Texas, September 16 – 17, 2021. Mark your calendars now. The Conference Committee is planning on an outstanding event.
Heading into 2021, as RAC President, the emphasis for this next year will be on Membership and Member Services. More communication and participation with our RAC clients, sharing with each other, touting our members achievements, and continued education with regular Town Halls are on the agenda.
It is an honor to represent RAC as your President. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, special committees, and members to promote RAC. The door is always open for your ideas, concerns and comments.
Sherry L. Kaley
RAC President 2020-2021