Inside this Issue – Winter 2009

Welcome to the 2009 winter issue of the S.E.C. Observer. Tom Langel, S.E.C. President, chose leadership as the theme for his article, and he opens it with a quote by Augustine — “Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the long course of the rivers, the vast compass of the ocean, the circular motion of the stars…but they pass by themselves and don’t even notice.”

William Stonaker, S.E.C., CCIM, and Mark Johnson, S.E.C., CCIM, past presidents of the Society, offer their observations and suggestions on how to navigate the market during this economy. Rod Stewart, S.E.C. presents Part II of his article, “Marketing Property in Troubled Times.” All of the articles are designed to give you inspiration, ideas, and strategies to close more transactions.

Lance Warner, S.E.C., 2009 President of the S.E.C. Education Foundation, outlines the goals of the Ed Foundation Board for the coming year; and Debbie Sullivan, S.E.C., is “In the Spotlight.

Once again, the articles published under “History Files” could have been written today, but Cliff Weaver wrote “How to Increase Your Income” in 1974; Richard Reno speculated about “Land Covered with Land” in 1974; and in 1977, Hunter Quistgard clearly defined “Market Price.”

Enjoy this issue, and as always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and articles to be considered for publication. Please contact the S.E.C. office via email

Jackie Hellingson
S.E.C. Observer Editor

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