Romeo Manzanilla

Romeo Manzanilla

2020 President, Austin Board of REALTORS

Franklin D. Roosevelt once famously said, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” In a historical year like this one, where a global pandemic has forced us to swap in-person meetings with Zoom calls and open houses with virtual alternatives, our industry has been learning how to sail the rough waves of uncertainty. The pandemic has changed our association for the better by making it even more innovative and resilient. And I can confidently say that the Austin Board of REALTORS® has been working harder than ever by steering the ship through uncharted territory, providing strong leadership and valuable digital and remote resources to help REALTORS® best serve their clients.

Announcing our 2021 Officers

In mid-June, the ABoR Board of Directors appointed the 2021 officers for the ABoR and ACTRIS MLS Boards of Directors. We have a rock star line-up: 2021 President Susan Horton of John Horton Realty; 2021 President-elect Cord Shiflet of Moreland Properties;  2021 Secretary/Treasurer Job Hammond of Dash Realty; and our 2021 Immediate-past President, of course, is yours truly. We are looking forward to representing you, your association and your MLS next year.

Keep an eye out for the nomination slate for our 2021 board of directors election. It should be announced by the time this publication goes to print! In the meantime, you can see our current ABoR and ACTRIS board members here. Also, members who are interested in becoming a director can still petition to be on the ballot. Those wanting to learn more about this process can review the requirements here

Shop ‘til You Drop

The Austin Board of REALTORS® is proudly hosting an online ABoR REALTOR® Store! REALTORS® can order the products they need online from the comfort of their home (or car, let’s be real) and pick them up curbside at ABoR headquarters. This zero-touch process is both convenient and safe, and we’re adding more products to the online shop — from signs to our growing number of safety supplies to lockboxes — every week. Even though ABoR staff is working remotely and practicing social distancing, this great member benefit allows us to serve you more efficiently now and in the future. Visit our online REALTOR® Store at

News You Can Use

Another benefit we’re thrilled to roll out is our partnership with the Austin Business Journal. Now our members can get a digital subscription for just $50 — a 60 percent discount from the regular price. As one of the top publications covering our region’s must-read business news, having an ABJ subscription is invaluable when it comes to staying in touch with our market — from getting updates on the latest information on commercial deals to changes in our economy. Staying up-to-date on the local news helps our REALTORS® serve their clients better — which is why having discounted access to the Austin Business Journal ranked high on our list of potential member benefits when we surveyed our members last year. Claim your account at


As an ABoR member, you can expect discounted and competitive prices for Academy classes. Not only will you be taught by award-winning instructors; our courses won’t break the bank. And now, through ABoR On-Air, you can take live, online courses from the comfort of your own home. Plus, your FREE 18-hours of CE license renewal is included as part of your ABoR membership! Sign up for an ABoR On-Air course at

Inman Select

This nationally industry publication is basically a guide to all things real estate. Find opinion pieces and the latest technology trends from Inman. As part of your ABoR membership, you have FREE access to an account, a $199 value! Activate your account today at

At ABoR, our aim is to help our members be the most engaged and professional REALTORS® in the nation, as well as true connectors in their community. Look for even more benefits over the coming months as our leadership continues to install changes that will help us during this unprecedented voyage. All aboard!