From the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association
Apopka resident Mike McGraw, a past president and current member of the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association Board of Directors, has been elected as the 2019 Florida Realtors secretary. The election took place during the 2018 Florida Realtors Annual Convention & Trade Expo, August 8 – 12, in Orlando.
As secretary of the 180,000-member Florida Realtors, Mike, RE/MAX Central Realty, will take on a significant role for the Sunshine State’s largest trade association.
“As evidenced by his years and years of continuous involvement with the REALTOR organization and the REALTORS Political Action Committee at all levels, Mike truly cares about REALTORS and the homebuyers and sellers they serve,” says ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC. “I am fully confident that we will all benefit from his thoughtful and committed leadership.”
Mike has a particular interest in efforts to advocate on behalf of REALTORS and private property owners, and in fact, ran his campaign on that platform. “The work of the REALTORS Political Action Committee and the REALTOR Party is critical to issues such as affordable housing and flood insurance,” explains Mike. “For example, REALTORS in Florida are adamant about protecting the doc-stamp funded Sadowski Housing Trust Fund, which is intended to be a dedicated source of money for housing assistance.”
ORRA Chief Executive Officer Cliff Long points out that having a member elected to a state leadership position is a real achievement for a local REALTOR association. And, Mike is the first ORRA member to be part of the Florida Realtors top-tier leadership team since Dean Asher, Don Asher & Associates, Inc., was president of the organization in 2013.
“Mike’s victory was a victory not just for ORRA members but for all Florida REALTORS,” says Long. “Because of his willingness to visit every district during his campaign, he is familiar with the voices and the concerns of REALTORS throughout the state.”
Mike received votes from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. He also received the recommendation of the Florida Realtors Nominating Committee in addition to endorsements from eight local REALTOR association (including ORRA, of course).
Mike is currently a realtor of RE/MAX Central Realty and is a member of the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association Board of Directors. Over the years, Mike has served in the top echelons of REALTOR® organization leadership, including the elected positions of president of the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association (2011) and president-elect of the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service (2017-2018). He has also held a wide variety of committee member and chairmanship responsibilities on the local, state, and even national levels. Mike currently serves on the Florida REALTORS Finance Committee, which is a pre-requisite for the secretary position.