By Riki Markowitz

The two primary associations leading the real estate industry in Central Texas are a significant resource to thousands of local professionals. The Austin Board of REALTORS and the Williamson County Association of REALTORS provide their members with the tools to be successful. Leadership at each of these associations make a tremendous impact on not only the industry but also how you do business. From critical, mandatory education to essential lead generation tools and the MLS to networking and volunteer opportunities, it’s the leaders of these organizations who make it their priority to make a difference in your lives as real estate professionals. Knowing who these leaders are and what they stand for is an integral part of plugging into the industry that bolsters your career and income opportunities.

The Austin Board of REALTORS just wrapped up its 2019 elections, filling several new leadership positions. Between now and January, incoming President Kevin Scanlan and fellow board members will be thinking about their plans for growth and member engagement.

ABoR’s governing body consists of 15 members. Each member serves a three-year term. Here are the 2019 new and returning board members.

Kevin Scanlan

Kevin Scanlan

2019 President

Scanlan’s plans for his coming term are to contribute his time and industry knowledge in support of developing the skills of all members. “I have several important goals in mind,” says Scanlan, which includes, “improving transparency of the inner workings of the organization — on the board and the staff levels.” In pursuit of this goal, Scanlan is committed to attending town hall forums, broker meetings, and also engage one-on-one with agents and brokers.

Romeo Manzanilla

Romeo Manzanilla

2019 President-Elect

In his role as broker in charge of a large real estate company, Manzanilla understands the importance of compromise and collaboration. Some of his main goals are to increase the board’s audience and engage with members through social media, video and broadcasting board meetings. “It is my platform that ABoR should have a focus on helping members by equipping them with the tools and education they need to elevate their value proposition to clients and raise professional and ethical standards.”

Currently, Manzanilla is also active at the state level by participating on the Texas Association of REALTORS’ (TAR) Professional Standards Committee and serving as a TAR mediator. He is an active community volunteer with organizations like Foundations Communities and Habitat for Humanity.

John Crowe

John Crowe

Returning Board Member

In 2019, Crowe is enthusiastic about building on previously established momentum — “from cleaning up plumbing bylaws to setting up the foundation of the future.” He anticipates engaging members in more meaningful ways and encouraging participation, especially via social media, podcasts, events, “you name it!”

Cord Shiflet

Cord Shiflet

Returning Board Member

Shiflet says his goals for 2019 are simple. “Listen to our members and deliver tools to help us all do our jobs better.” To that end, Shiflet adds that in his fellow board members, “I’m lucky to be surrounded with smart, careful thinkers.”
As far as collaborating with surrounding MLSs, Shiflet wants to find ways to partner with our professional neighbors.

Kent Redding

Kent Redding

Returning Board Member

Redding views a director position at ABoR as an opportunity to volunteer and give back his time and resources to the REALTOR community — one that has “blessed my socks off the past 15 years.”

“As a director, one of my personal goals is to actively encourage input from members with an emphasis on making sure all voices are heard.” The collective goal, says Redding, should be to continue building trust and serving the ABoR membership community so that they can serve clients at the highest level.

Job Hammond

Job Hammond

2019-2021 Board Member

In his first year as a member of the Board, Hammond’s platform consists of increasing education. “I have personally invested over 2,000 hour worth of training, completing nearly 200 courses and earning 21 real estate designations and certifications.”
Hammond also has an eye on the emergence of disruptive technology. He will step up his game in order for this industry to remain relevant and stay in the best position to respond to the changing market.

Shay Millheiser

Shay Millheiser

2019-2021 Board Member

Millheiser’s background in construction, low-income housing advocacy and luxury real estate will bring a unique voice to the table. Some of her goals are to get younger real estate professionals more involved with policy initiatives, volunteering and understanding the decisions that are made for them.

Austin Stowell

Austin Stowell

2019-2021 Board Member

Stowell has more than 15 years of experience as a broker and working with Austin’s real estate bureaucracy. He has two primary goals for his time as an ABoR board member: “Continue the drive for board transparency and cultivate an environment in which the board and members can take a more active role in land use issues at the municipal level.” To accomplish these platform positions, “I hope to have the collective voice of the local real estate community weigh in regularly on items at City Council that impact affordability in Austin.”

Anne Wheeler

Anne Wheeler

2019-2021 Board Member

“The principles that guide me,” says Wheeler, “are transparency, accountability and responsibility.” Wheeler is committed to creating and providing venues so she can listen to members’ ideas, concerns and hopes — especially regarding governance changes.

After 35 years as an Austin REALTOR, a year serving as an ABoR director and a past MLS Advisory Committee member, Wheeler has had the opportunity to work with a team to revise bylaws and now revise governance policies. “I want to continue along that path,” she says. “The synergy of ideas from all of us is far better than any one person’s singular position.”

Ashley Holmes Jackson

Ashley Holmes Jackson

2019-2021 Board Member

“My goal is to work with the other directors to continue to move ABoR forward in a positive way — by increasing transparency, member outreach and opportunities for education and volunteerism,” says Holmes Jackson. “I want to make sure that we all continue to be on the forefront of evolving technology and market practices.”

Susan Horton

Susan Horton

2019 Secretary/Treasurer

A practicing REALTOR and managing broker, Horton has been in the residential real estate sales, title, mortgage and property management industries since 1990. She is very active in Austin’s professional community as a Legislative Management Team member with ABoR, a TAR TREPAC trustee for four years and a WCR past officer. Additionally, Horton is a three-time Platinum Top 50 REALTOR winner.

Brian Talley

Brian Talley

2018-2020 Board Member

A fifth-generation Texan, Talley is the founder of Regent Property Group, a local boutique brokerage. The Austin Business Journal has awarded Talley a Top 25 Residential Real Estate award, and he’s the recipient of the Platinum Top 50 award.
In 2019, Talley wants to focus on technology and possibly expanding the MLS. “We will continue to focus on education, advocacy and professionalism. I work hard to keep a 30,000-foot view of the industry and technology innovation that we hear about in the news.” Talley will also consider MLS expansion with an open mind while staying firm in his commitment to protecting ABoR members.

Ryan Rodenbeck

Ryan Rodenbeck

Director, 2018-2020

Rodenbeck is an owner of Spyglass Realty and Investments and was named a top producing agent by Austin Business Journal. “In 2018, we took steps that will allow us to move much faster in 2019,” says Rodenbeck, who is setting his sights on finding new platforms for members interested in more collaboration, communication and cooperation with colleagues and clients. “I’d also like to explore tools and partnerships that further protect our members and allow ABoR to offer benefits that are more innovative than any other REALTOR association.”

Robert McKenna

Robert McKenna

2017-2019 Board Member

Bob McKenna has been an ABoR member for 13 years. He has served on a variety of committees, including Professional Standards and MLS Strategic Policy. On the state level, he has been a participant on TAR’s Professional Standards Committee since 2012.

Jonathan Boatwright

Jonathan Boatwright

2018-2020 Board Member

After spending 16 years as an internet technology professional, Boatwright went on to co-found Realty Austin and serve as the company’s CTO. Boatwright earned his real estate license in 2004 with interest in combing residential real estate and the latest technology tools. Today, Realty Austin is a 415-person team and has been named a top independent real estate firm in the city.

Charlotte Lipscomb

Charlotte Lipscomb

2018-2020 Board Member

Lipscomb’s family has been in Texas for four generations, and she has had her REALTOR license since 1984. She treasures her ability to give back to the community and has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year by ABoR. Causes she has supported and continues to support include Women’s Symphony League of Austin, Ballet Austin, Preservation Austin, Coats for Kids and more.

About five years ago, Lipscomb helped establish the Austin Portfolio Real Estate/Keller Williams Luxury International office.

Steve Crorey

Steve Crorey

2019 Past President

Crorey, a lifelong Texan, has been a Broker/REALTOR and member of ABoR since 1989. Throughout his time at the Austin Board of REALTORS, he has served on several committees, including Professional Standards (Chairman), Community Relations (Chairman), Bylaws, Grievance and Scholarship. Crorey sits on the Texas Association of REALTORS’ (TAR) Professional Standards Committee, and he’s an active TREPAC investor.
Crorey has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer since 1993 and Habitat for Humanity since 2007. In 2012, he was an ABoR

Community Service Award recipient.

Networking is a critical tool for success in the real estate business. Knowing a little about the people you meet helps break the ice. RL