A number of Real Estate Commission members and staff participate extensively in a larger organization composed of real estate regulators and allied organizations in the United States and abroad.
Known as the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), its purpose is better administration and enforcement of real estate license and regulatory laws by providing its members with opportunities to communicate and to conduct research and obtain information on license matters and for professional improvement.
ARELLO membership is organized into six districts with four comprised of the 50 states, U.S. territories, Bahamas and Bermuda ; one of Canada ; and one of members from Europe , Africa , Asia ,Australia and the Far East .
Commission Chairman Allan R. Dameron was elected in 2003 as a District Director and, as such, serves on the ARELLO Board of Directors.
Working committees, training boards and specialized councils carry out the organization’s mission to support jurisdictions in the administration and enforcement of real estate license laws to promote and protect the public interest.
Commission Vice Chairmen Marsha H. Jordan and M. Rick Watts and members Melvin L. “Skip” Alston, Raymond A. Bass, Jr., Sang J. Hamilton, Sr., William C. Lackey, Jr., and Wanda J. Proffitt serve on committees involved with Communications, Fair Housing, Finance, Law, Planning, and Program. They are joined by staff members, Phillip T. Fisher, Executive Director, Mary Frances Whitley, Director of Administration, and Thomas R. Miller, Legal Counsel.
Active on Training Boards – organized to create learning opportunities among members with common interests – are Commission member Hamilton and Emmett R. Wood, Director, Audits and Investigations, with the Investigator Training Board, and Directors Whitley as Chair of the Administrator Board and Miller as Co-Chair of the Commission Member Training Board. Larry A. Outlaw, Director of Education and Licensing, serves as Vice-Chair of the Examination Certification Council and Director Whitley serves on the Information Services Council. Midyear meeting and annual conference planning forums also involve Commission members and staff.
In addition to its ongoing work, ARELLO also recognizes achievement by its member organizations. The Real Estate Commission has recently been honored with a special award in the “Innovative Communication Category” for its unique series of Spanish language versions of Working With Real Estate Agents and Questions and Answers on: Fair Housing, Tenant Security Deposits and Renting Residential Real Estate. Prior awards in the last two years have recognized the Commission’s work in Education, Audits and Investigations and Communications.
This article came from the March 2004-Vol34-3 edition of the bulletin.