“BETTER TOGETHER” is the theme that I picked for this year. Since December of 2019, I knew that Diversity, Inclusion, and Teamwork would be the focus of my year as president in 2021. Well, little did I know that our lives would change so drastically last year: the pandemic, racial issues, social distancing, the economy, and more. Now more than ever, I think the theme “BETTER TOGETHER” fits perfectly and it now has a deeper meaning. The tree represents TIGAR as the trunk and roots of our association and the hands as leaves represent our members, REALTORS®, and affiliates who are vital to the growth of our association.
We, as individuals and as an association, have gone through an exceedingly difficult year and despite everything that was thrown at us, we kept going and thrived. I must thank Tony Capitelli, our CEO, and our wonderful Staff, for keeping the association running and for being so flexible and innovative. Thank you to our 2020 President, Jackie Barndollar-Landry, for your leadership. You kept us together through our weekly zoom meetings and your experience guided our members through this new landscape.
Now that we have adjusted to our “new normal”, it is time to continue growing as individuals and as an association. We are going to work harder to bring more Diversity, Inclusion, and Teamwork to our association, so that all members from different cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientation, etc., feel welcome and included. Let’s work as a TEAM.
WE NEED YOU! Bring your ideas, your energy, your passion to your committee and be part of the solution! We have many different committees that are working really hard to bring relevant information, education, and benefits to our members and the community. Also, we are creating new committees, such as Global, LatinX, and Charity.
I feel blessed to be your president for the new year. I am bringing my energy, passion, humor, and my Colombian spark to serve as the first female Hispanic president in our association. I am calling all of you to HELP make our association the best it can be. It is not the work of one, but of our collective effort that will benefit us all!
Let’s make 2021 a year to rejuvenate, reconnect, and rise! Let’s be BETTER TOGETHER!
With much respect,
2021 TIGAR President