Greater Regional alliance of realtors®

GRAR Leadership Academy

This exclusive, year-long program offers a dynamic blend of experiences, education, and opportunities that are intended to foster a new generation of real estate industry leaders that are diverse in age, career experience, companies/brokerages, service specialties, geographic location, and gender. The class size is determined by the Candidate Review & Development Committee and is typically limited to 20 members per year.

We are pleased to introduce the Class of 2020 & 2021

Brittany Arraut 

Shawn Beatty

Pete Bruinsma

John Dinehart

Erin Fester

Brooke Finlan

Charles Fisher

DeShawn Gholston

Curtis Gross

Maria Kauffman

Elizabeth Klopp

Kevin McCarty

Ryan Prichard

Shantonya Scott

Gregg Teegardin

Megan Tefft

Kevin TerBeek

Lance Tiffany

Jordan Torrez

Alexandra Tremain

Brett Vredevoogd

Michael-Jay Williams

Angela Worth

Programming will focus on

  • An Inside Look at GRAR’s Leadership Team & Its Meetings
  • Effective Networking Techniques
  • Building Strong Business Relationships
  • Diversity, Inclusion & Implicit Bias
  • Community Involvement & Volunteerism
  • Public Policy & Legislative Advocacy
  • Wire Fraud & Cyber Security
  • REALTOR® Safety
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Real Estate Technology & Tools
  • Continuing Education Credits (including legal)
  • We will include some social activities too!

Book Club: Read & Discuss The Color of Law, Chapters 1-3

Jim King will be our Book Club facilitator. Jim is a graduate of the GRARLA Class of 2014, serves on the West Michigan Regional Forms Committee, and is the Chairperson of GRAR’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advancement Task Force. Discussions will be had in a closed Facebook group.

Book Club: Read & Discuss The Color of Law, Chapters 4-6

Jim King will be our Book Club facilitator. Jim is a graduate of the GRARLA Class of 2014, serves on the West Michigan Regional Forms Committee, and is the Chairperson of GRAR’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advancement Task Force. Discussions will be had in a closed Facebook group.

Book Club: Read & Discuss The Color of Law, Chapters 7-9

Jim King will be our Book Club facilitator. Jim is a graduate of the GRARLA Class of 2014, serves on the West Michigan Regional Forms Committee, and is the Chairperson of GRAR’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advancement Task Force. Discussions will be had in a closed Facebook group.

Book Club: Read & Discuss The Color of Law, Chapters 10-12

Jim King will be our Book Club facilitator. Jim is a graduate of the GRARLA Class of 2014, serves on the West Michigan Regional Forms Committee, and is the Chairperson of GRAR’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advancement Task Force. Discussions will be had in a closed Facebook group.

Complete NAR’s Online Fairhaven Simulation Program

This interactive exercise will challenge you. It may frustrate you. It will certainly expose you to thought-provoking situations that will help you effectively address instances of bias in your own transactions.

Implicit Bias Presentation & Interactive Discussion with Gracie Harkema

RPR Training

Legal Update

Topics to be chosen by GRARLA participants.

Mini-hackathon

GRARLA will break into small groups from 1:30 to 3:00. Each small group will be asked to propose a solution to an industry problem and offer a presentation to the full group from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Observance of the Board of Directors Meeting

Happy Hour

GRARLA Social Happy Hour w/update from President Jodi Smith on the progress of the Spirit of Cooperation Initiative

Participate in a volunteerism project.

Project and cause to be identified by GRARLA participants.

Real Estate Safety Program

Attend REBarGR

Attend MR Convention in Traverse City

CE credits

Social Happy Hour.

No agenda, just fun!

Mini-hackathon

GRARLA will break into small groups from 1:30 to 3:00. Each small group will be asked to propose a solution to an industry problem and offer a presentation to the full group from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Graduation at the Annual Installation & Awards Program

GRARLA Attendance Policy:  100% attendance is encouraged in order to successfully graduate the GRARLA program.  However, we understand that participants might have a preplanned trip an unexpected event arise. Therefore, one absence may be approved administratively with no requirement for a make-up session.  Any additional absences will require approval by the Candidate Review & Development Committee and a make-up session might be required.

We are proud of our GRARLA Alumni

If you are undecided if GRARLA is for you, please feel welcome to reach out to any one of our alumni members to ask about their experiences and the bonds that they have formed with classmates.  Below is a roster (by year) of our graduates:

Class of 2019:  Jeannie Berger, Brandi Block, Jeff Czubak, Adam Fuller, Brandon Garnaat, Santiago Gomez, Kamie Jakeway, Laura Kelso, David Klein, Chasity Kopernik, Mitchell Luban, Kirsten Nairy, Charlie Peterson, Nicole Rinks, Shellie Silva, Cherie Smith, Tom Smolinski, Sarah Takens, Halley Vredenburg, and Scott West.


Class of 2018:
  Brenda Bolin, Lacey Connor, Ashley Dane, Sherlynn James, Antonio Holbrook, Rachel Major, Darryl Matthews, Kyle Naumann, Steve Robrahn, Kristin Ruther, Joshua Schaub, David Scheid, Rustin Scott, Brooke Krebill, Paul Spica, Steve Stuckey, Corrin Timmer, Seth Vanderwey, Amy Jo Weller, and Andrea Zoet.

 

Class of 2017: Nick Adado, Maria Blackmer, Paul Bunce, Micah Childress, Adam Connor, Amanda DeLong, Laura Featherston, Will Friend, Becca Greenhoe, Teresa Hoffman, Chad Jurgens, Wendy Katerberg, Jessica Lemmon, Dan Moralez, Andrew Norden, Jordan Painter, Scott Sharda, Dan Steffee, Hank Steffes, Lindy Tanis, and Kyle Visser. 

 

Class of 2016:  Brett Beimers, Robert Brown, Alix Criswell, Mollie Dauser, Darren DeFever, Lindsey Dykstra, Michelle Gaudreau, Kendra Havemeier, Jason Jenkins, Jacob Lietaert, Cory Maguire, Melissa Mitchell, Scott Myhre, Joshua Nawrot, Patricia Round, Leslie Ruppel, Heather Rus, Brooke Sines, and Melissa Thompson.


Class of 2015:
  Connie Bennett, Brian Clinger, Michael Courtright, Charlene Hammontree, David Jackson, Tina Johnson, Dave Kiel, Diana Meyer, Bryant Mitchell, Zach Newhof, Amalia Nunez-Marin, Beau Otis, Jodi Rogers, Mallory Strotheide, Mike VanderWoude, Rachael Veldkamp, Sheri Volkhardt, Carrie Vos, and Laurie Zokoe.

 

Class of 2014:  Jim Blehm, Yvette Blehm, Rory Byrne, Patrick Fase, Larissa Frody, Ron Hudson, Jim King, Beth Mans, Wyatt Martin, Cindy Nelson, Jayne Overbeck, Hanna Partlo, Tracie Rich, Susan Stoddard, Craig Stolsonburg, Lisa VanderLoo, Greg Williamson, and Wayne Wu.

 

Class of 2013:  Melanie Abraham, Bev Boerman, Mark Brace, Robin Decker, Brian DeSmit, Diane Ebbers, Michelle Gordon, George Guyott, Jeanine Herlacher, Susan Kazma, Scot Kellogg, Melissa McDermott, Ingrid Nelson, Adam Paarlberg, Susan Pastoor, Linda Pell, Amy Reedy, Jessica Tucker, and Michelle VerMeulen.

GRAR Staff Contact:  Pam VanLuven