I won’t bore you with the details of why I’m running, or why I think I’m qualified. If you really want to know, please check out the “campaign site” at VoteForJayT.com.
Yes, I created a website just for this endeavor. Of course I did. It’s kind of lame, I’ll flesh it out in the coming days. There’s even a Facebook Page. It’s even lamer.
Some long-time reader is probably thinking, “Jay Thompson, on an Association Board of Directors? Isn’t this the guy that’s blasted the National Association of Realtors in the past?”
Listen, I am not the biggest fanboy of the NAR and Association politics. And no, I have not been assimilated nor sold out to the NAR, AAR, SAAR or any form of AR. I decided a couple of years ago that whining and complaining on the sidelines was an incredibly inefficient means for affecting change. I could fill a blog with article after article about who should do what with regards to any Realtor Association. And some people would read it. Maybe even act on it. And some people would think I’m an idiot. Almost nothing would get accomplished.
The bottom line is this. If you want to try to improve things then know the politics, policies and bureaucracies in place practically demand that you do that from within. I’ve seen that as a member of NAR’s Multiple Listing Issue sand Policies Committee, the Arizona Association of Realtors Communication & Technology Committee, and the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Technology Committee. It’s how these things work. If you want change, you need to participate and help move change forward.
SAAR is a wonderful association, filled with extremely dedicated staff, volunteers, and members. Is it perfect? Of course not. Can it be better? Sure it can. Can I help? I think so.
My name is Jay Thompson, and I approve this message.