Realtors executive Hall leaving

April 23, 1994|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer Sun Staff Writer Kim Clark contributed to this article.

Fletcher R. Hall, executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors for the past decade, will resign June 1, the president of the 4,500-member trade association said yesterday.

Mr. Hall will leave the board to work as special projects director for Hartung Weber Publishing Inc., publisher of Maryland Magazine, said Nancy C. Hubble, board president. Mr. Hall could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Ms. Hubble credited Mr. Hall with launching a weekly advertising newspaper and strengthening the industry's political influence. Several weeks ago, she said, executive board members and former presidents of the association began discussing Mr. Hall's three-year contract, set to expire in October.

"We have been talking back and forth, and Fletcher decided to resign and take this job," said Ms. Hubble, who declined to discuss the details of the negotiation. "It was mutual and amicable."

Arthur Davis III, a past president who participated in the talks, said negotiations never got under way regarding a new contract.

"Fletcher indicated he'd be leaving, and that's when the discussions started," centering around how long Mr. Hall would remain on the job, said Mr. Davis, now president of the Maryland Association of Realtors.

Ms. Hubble said Mr. Hall was not asked to step down.

She credited him with pushing for legislation on behalf of the real estate community and with offering Realtors advertising alternatives through Real Estate Review. Mr. Hall began publishing the weekly paper in October, committing $1.2 million for a minimum one-year pressrun.

Ms. Hubble denied a report in the Daily Record that the board may have soured on Mr. Hall because Real Estate Review has lost thousands of dollars its first six months.

"We expected to lose money for a year, and we have turned it around," Ms. Hubble said, noting that the paper has grown to 48 pages. "The newspaper is doing very well. The public and other Realtors have accepted it. We deserve a place in the publishing community."

She said she will appoint a task force to search for a new executive vice president.

Besides starting the paper, Mr. Davis said, Mr. Hall lobbied on behalf of legislation such as the commercial lien bill -- which allows brokers to file liens against landlords for uncollected commissions -- and a City Council measure that allows first-time homebuyers to pay half their tax bill at settlement and the rest in six months. "Fletcher's been very prominent in board activities for 10 years or so and handled a number of important matters for board before the state legislature and City Council," said James O'Conor, chairman of the board of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn. "He was head of the ship during some very important times. He'll be missed."

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