Louisiana REALTORS - The State of the Association Address

Posted: May 9, 2013 10:30 AM
Updated: Jun 6, 2013 1:21 PM

Louisiana REALTORS® - The State of the Association Address

To our members,

Over the past three weeks, I have been especially thankful for the wonderful volunteer leadership base of Louisiana REALTORS®, both past and present. Because of you, the Association is strong, vibrant and resilient.

During a powerful thunderstorm on Friday, May 10, 2013, lightning struck the rear roof of 4639 Bennington Avenue, causing a fire that destroyed our Association's home of 37 years. While the building was just a physical structure, it held many treasured memories. Business and personal contents were deemed a total loss, but we are thankful that the fire started at dawn, when the building was vacant. Notwithstanding this significant loss, the Association must move forward with the same goal for the future: meeting the needs of our members.

Our short term challenges have been many, but they have been effectively overcome thanks to the great leaders we have in place today. The staff and leadership team have worked tirelessly with insurance adjusters, disaster teams, space planners and technology support personnel to ensure that the Association's operations continue with minimal interruption.

We have successfully relocated to temporary headquarters across the interstate at 5555 Hilton Avenue, Suite 320 (adjacent to the Marriott and Best Western). We have offices and conference facilities that allow us to function as an organization, and we are ready to serve our members. Come see us soon.

Having learned lessons from disasters of the past, our data and records were fully backed up, and we were operational two hours after the lightning struck. We then moved forward with the step-by-step crisis plan that was in place.

A Facility Committee has been appointed to analyze the settlement from the insurance company and to review options of owning, leasing or relocating to a new site to meet the current and future needs of our Association.

Please click here to review a photo slide show of the damaged building. Thank you for your continued support of the Association. It will take all of us to construct a great facility that we can all be proud of and call our Louisiana REALTORS® home.

Sincerely,

Malcolm Young, RCE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer

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