Message from CLTA President, Dia Demmon
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
It is truly a great honor and privilege to represent CLTA as this year's President. It is with extreme deference to those who preceded me that I embark on this journey. As CLTA's 112th President, I am committed to upholding the high standards set by previous leadership and embracing the opportunity to collaborate with many talented, devoted, and knowledgeable members and staff to successfully navigate challenges and create positive outcomes in the year ahead.
Our Immediate Past-President, Kevin Chiarello, is deserving of both recognition and gratitude for his strong leadership and guidance throughout his term, as well as his dedicated service to CLTA throughout many years.
The CLTA has a rich history of member engagement through volunteerism. I have tremendous admiration and respect for the many dedicated individuals who devote their time and subject matter expertise through their CLTA service, from the Board of Governors across all of our Committees, Subcommittees, and special task forces, and inclusive of a myriad of associated detailed work products, conference calls, meetings, outreach and other activities. We are an organization blessed with an incredible spirit of service!
We are also very fortunate to have an incredible staff, led by Craig Page. Craig has contributed immeasurably throughout his 25-year tenure with CLTA. As many members know, Craig has built valuable relationships with regulatory, legislative and trade association influencers and works tirelessly to further our mission and navigate potential industry threats, which often requires quick decisioning and involves long days at the office and in meetings and late nights at the Capitol. Craig is joined by a small but powerful and efficient team of three; Cynthia Groom, Anthony Helton, and Heather Starkey. Together they provide incredible support to us and I will personally rely on their guidance and direction during the upcoming year.
Legislative and regulatory matters have dominated our priorities in recent years; this year is proving to be no exception with privacy legislation at the forefront. But we are also experiencing a rapidly changing climate with technology driving the real estate landscape in new and different ways and our workforce aging out in many instances contributing to a skills shortage. Accordingly, I am particularly keen on attracting new talent to our industry and providing tools and educational resources for talent development. As President, I plan to do a great deal of listening to ensure that I am representing the needs of our membership. Case in point, at our August Board of Governor's meeting, we will ideate and discuss strategic priorities.
In closing, I'd like to reiterate how very grateful and honored I am to preside over such a great organization. I am both amazed and humbled by the deep-rooted commitment of our fantastic CLTA staff, my fellow Board of Governors members, and our multitude of committee volunteers, whose collective passion for the industry and CLTA are extraordinary! Here’s to working together towards a prosperous and productive year ahead!