HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1947, the Lafayette Real Estate Board began when several brokers united and joined the National Association of Real Estate Boards, after agreeing to adopt and enforce the Code of Ethics, and protect the use of the term REALTOR® in Lafayette.
In July of 1961, the Board changed its name to the Lafayette Board of REALTORS® (LBR). In these early days the organization operated out of the old Evangeline Hotel on Jefferson Street. It worked hard to assist its REALTOR® members by making their daily tasks easier with the standard forms and access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which was launched in 1960. Ask any longtime member and they will surely remember coming by the office to pick up printed MLS sheets which would be added to their MLS book.
In 2005, the Lafayette Board of REALTORS® changed its name once again; this time to reflect the economic growth of the area and the regional aspects of real estate. The new name, REALTOR® Association of Acadiana (RAA) is reflective of the organization’s growing jurisdiction and servicing of six parishes: Lafayette, Vermilion, Acadia, St. Martin, St. Landry and Iberia.
Today, the REALTOR® Association of Acadiana is a professional membership association for more than 1400 REALTORS® Members and over 150 Affiliate members who support and are connected to the real estate industry. The REALTOR® Association is the 3rd largest local association in the State of Louisiana and its members represent the best in the profession as they willingly adopt the Code Ethics and continuously learn about the issues and changes affecting the real estate industry.
In 2017, the RAA celebrated 70 years of service to its members and the real estate industry. This milestone recognizes the organization’s evolution of service and innovation on its members behalf. Over the last 70 years the goals laid out by the organization’s founders are not much different from today: be a united front to advocate for home ownership rights, promote high standards for its members by strict adherence to the Code of Ethics and providing high levels of service to its REALTOR® members.
The association is governed by a Board of Directors and served by volunteer committees. These dedicated volunteers have contributed countless hours of service and are the reason for the association’s success and longevity.
JOIN A COMMITTEE
2019 Committee Volunteers
REALTORS® & Affiliate Members
The REALTOR® Association of Acadiana Needs You!!
We know your time is limited but we need your help. The success of a membership association greatly depends on participation of its volunteers. Listed below are the standing committees for you to consider.
You must sign up for committee choices each year, as they do not carry over.
Please indicate your choices. All the committees are open to both REALTOR® and Affiliate members, except where noted.
Most committees meet a total of 3 to 4 times a year.
BUDGET & FINANCE
Reid Smith, Chairman
Reviews quarterly financial statements; recommends board finances to adequately fund board services; and prepares and revises annual budget.
Events & Community Outreach Committee
Brent Bourque & Jeremy Clostio
Responsible for events such as the Gumbo Cook-Off and REALTOR® Appreciation Day.
Don Perron, Chairman
Recognizes members for their Board activity, professionalism, education and community service.
Shannon Higginbotham & Joy Cobert
Conducts quarterly new member orientation programs & promotes membership.
Cultural Diversity Committee
Suzanne D’Ambrosio & Paul Gardner, Chairman
Promotes awareness of fair housing practices through seminars and programs.
Jason Ray, Chairman
Monitors proposed municipal, state and national legislation affecting the real estate industry and promotes awareness to membership.
Professional Development Committee
Kelly Streva, Chairman
Coordinates continuing education classes and Brown Bag Lunch & Learn seminars.
Professional Standards Committee **
Wendy Howell, Chairman
Arbitrates business disputes and conducts ethics hearings in cases of alleged violations.
Leslie Guillory, President
YPN is a group of career minded real estate professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest looks, resources and networking opportunities available to them as a REALTOR® member.
Property Management Council
Janine Day, Chairperson
The committee is dedicated to supporting members who deal in property management either on the commercial or residential side.
* Note, please email Susan Holliday if you are interested in this committee. All applicants will be reviewed by the Executive Team. The Treasurer will make recommendations to the Board of Directors for three new members every year.
** Must complete Professional Standards training before assignment (REALTORS® only)
The following are links to all committee and Board minutes for 2017 – present.
Board of Directors:
RCA Board of Directors:
Events & Community Outreach Committee:
YPN Advisory Board:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chief Executive Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Holliday serves as CEO for the REALTOR® Association of Acadiana. Holliday joined the organization in August of 2013 to lead one of the largest local REALTOR® associations in the State of Louisiana. Susan is responsible for the overall administration of the Association’s day-to-day activities as well as managing the Association’s staff. She works closely with the officers, Board of Directors and committees on all RAA programs and operations.
In 2017, Susan received her RCE (REALTOR® Association Certified Executive) which is the highest professional designation for REALTOR® Association Executives given by the National Association of REALTORS®. The RCE designation exemplifies goal-oriented association executives with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.
Susan has been in association management for over 20 years. Prior to joining the REALTOR® Association of Acadiana, Holliday was the Executive Director of the Lafayette Bar Association.
Holliday graduated of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor degree in Public Relations. She is active in Kiwanis of Acadiana and One Acadiana.
Member Services Director | email@example.com
Ellen has been greeting new members since 2013. Prior to joining RAA, she was the Administration for one of RAA’s member brokers, Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate.
She is responsible for meeting with and setting up all new RAA members. Ellen is the moderator for the closed Facebook group, RAA Talk. She instructs members on the Supra System and coordinates the Supra Keys and Lockboxes.
Intern | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffani is a part-time intern with the association. She has been with RAA since August of 2016 and is currently pursuing a degree in accounting at the University of Louisiana. Tiffani helps to coordinate the RAA Pages in the Homefinder as well as update and send out the Weekly REALTOR® newsletter. She also helps execute any graphic design work and gives a little flare to the association.
Assistant CEO | email@example.com
Julie is responsible for membership maintenance, semiannual member services billing and annual dues billing. She works with the Membership committee in planning new member orientation. Julie is certified in Arbitration and Ethics Administration from the National Association of REALTORS®.
She is the staff liaison to the Membership, Honor Society, REALTOR® of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, Lloyd G. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award and Peer Award Committees. Julie also works with the Acadiana Political Action Team (ACPAT) and coordinates Membership Luncheons and Installation/Awards luncheons.
MLS Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary joined the association in September of 2008. Prior to her to work at the association, she was the Retail Sales Coordinator for Chabill’s Tire and Service, and the former Executive Director of the Louisiana Independent Tire Dealer’s Association.
Mary is responsible for administering the Multiple Listing Service and all MLS related services including MLS Rules & Regulations in compliance with NAR policy and insures the integrity of MLS content. She creates and distributes training documentation for basic and advanced MLS classes and conducts MLS training classes for new members as part of new member orientation. Mary coordinates and trains the members on Centralized Showing Service and Instanet Forms.
She is the staff liaison for the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance, MLS Committee and Property Management Council.
Communication / Professional Development Director | email@example.com
Sara joined the RAA in September of 2014. Previously she worked in Client Relations for Hub Enterprises. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of Louisiana.
She coordinates and schedules all continuing education classes and seminars. She leads the marketing and public relations efforts for the association including social media. Sara is the staff liaison for the Events, Professional Development, Cultural Diversity, and YPN Committees. She is also responsible for the implementation and execution of REALTOR® Appreciation Day, Gumbo Cook-off, Affiliate Appreciation Day, and YPN events.
Sara is also heavily involved in the University of Louisiana Alumni committee. She resides in Lafayette with her husband Beau and daughter, Adaline.
The REALTOR® Association of Acadiana is a proud partner with One Acadiana. The RAA strives to give back to the community where our members are assisting clients in finding the perfect home and commercial property.
The REALTOR® Association of Acadiana holds their signature Gumbo Cook-off in October every year, where the proceeds benefit three local charities on a three-year cycle. This cycle is benefiting Maddie’s Footprints, Habitat for Humanity and Lane’s Legacy.