President’s Message

Lance Warner, S.E.C.
2019 President

As I compose this on my flight from our meeting in chilly Houston to the balmy Great Lakes Region (7 degrees, with 18 inches of snow and 4-foot drifts), I am heartened by the comradery, support, and fellowship I received from old friends at our recent S.E.C. Marketing Conference.  I feel very optimistic about the coming year because of the enthusiasm of the many younger members, candidates, and guests who attend our meetings.

I am blessed with very strong S.E.C. Committee Chairs this year.  I intend to stay out of the way and let them do their thing. That said, there is almost always room for positive change.  The Society has evolved over 58 years, and we are constantly trying to refine and improve our organization and our meetings.

One of my goals this year is to expand our footprint into areas where we have few—or no—members.  Bringing guests to our meetings from areas that are currently underrepresented has the benefit of potentially increasing the inventory of real estate opportunities presented—and it also adds to the brainpower in the room.

With the help of our national sponsor, Chicago Title, we will be trying to identify local real estate organizations and individuals with whom we can partner to present one or more of our Education Foundation’s offerings. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions in this area.  Exchange Authority, our other national sponsor, provides support during and between our meetings with 1031 information and services.  We appreciate both of our sponsors!

I would be remiss if I did not express my appreciation for the solid foundation that Brandon Sanders (and all the others before him) left me to build upon. I feel like the captain of a huge aircraft carrier that is able to steer with just a slight movement of a small joystick.  I look forward to this year, serving as the 2019 President.

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