Board of Realtors picks executive vice president

August 16, 1994|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer

The head of a real estate trade group in Plymouth County, Mass., was selected yesterday as executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, the president of the 4,500-member association announced.

Christine A. Vasiliou, executive vice president of the Plymouth County Board of Realtors, will start Sept. 15, said Realtors President Nancy C. Hubble. The group's board of directors and its executive committee unanimously approved a one-year, renewable contract late yesterday.

The board launched a search in June after Fletcher R. Hall, executive vice president for a decade, resigned. Members of a search task force contacted Ms. Vasiliou about the position, then narrowed the field of 200 applicants to three candidates before offering her the job on Wednesday, she said.

The search committee was impressed by Ms. Vasiliou's experience running boards in Plymouth County and, prior to that, in Warren County, N.Y., Ms. Hubble said. She said the committee also liked Ms. Vasiliou's ideas for strengthening the trade group at a time when policy changes by the National Association of Realtors could strain local boards' membership rosters.

The national association has approved allowing real estate agents to join any Realtors trade group regardless of whether the agent works in that group's area. Also, as a member of any board, an agent will be able to use any other board's services.

"This will be very challenging because you could lose members," Ms. Hubble said. "You have to poise yourself not to lose members and hopefully gain members."

Ms. Vasiliou, 29, the first woman to hold the executive vice president post, will manage the board's staff, direct the education, government affairs and public relations departments, and work with the comptroller on the budget. She said she hopes to launch a membership retention campaign.

"Certainly, we'll need to go out to the membership and find out what they expect from the Board of Realtors," she said. "It may mean redefining what we do or redirecting some of our focus. High on the list are educational opportunities and legislative involvement and furthering public property rights."

Ms. Vasiliou has an MBA and economics and management degrees from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y.

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