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April 25, 2012


Vote Mark McLean for Toronto Real Estate Board Director at Large

by mark mclean

My grandfather used to say “Never ask someone to do a job that you weren’t prepared to do yourself”. For me, they are words to live by and that’s why I am running for TREB’s Director at large. I have received a lot from our board over the years and I think it is time to give back. I have 2 years experience sitting on the Education Committee for OREA under the fine leadership of former TREB President, Maureen O’Neill, and I currently sit on the Leadership Committee for TREB. Outside of organized real estate, I am also a two term member of the Art Toronto Preview Committee for the Art Gallery of Ontario.

I got my real estate licence in 1989 and started my career with Darrell Kent Real Estate on Parliament St working beside TREB’s current President Richard Silver.  With the exception of things like fax machines and email, the process in which we bought and sold real estate stayed pretty much the same up until a few years ago. But as we know, nothing is as constant as change, and things ARE changing. I believe our membership is facing some of the biggest challenges in our history. Not only are we faced with an ongoing dispute with The Competition Bureau, but the pace at which technology is changing our business, the way we are reaching our clients and the speed at which we collect and distribute information has never been faster. These changes are enough to challenge the bravest of people, but I look at it as an opportunity to take centre stage. We need to work together as a cohesive group to raise our game and prove that we are an invaluable service to our communities.

Last year fewer less than 10% of TREB voted for our leadership last year. It is an incredibly easy process. Voting starts on-line June 1st.  Now, more than ever, it is important for you to have a say. I want to actively work with our board to make a difference and I would kindly ask for your support.

Please check out a video I did at REBarCampTO in early May 2012.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Apr 25 2012

    So happy that you’re running for Director at Large! And those voter stats for last year are just shameful….with all the challenges facing our industry, from the competition bureau battles to technology to our clients’ new demands for how they want to buy and sell real estate, it’s high time Toronto Realtors rally and have a voice.

  2. Keith Tarswell
    Apr 27 2012

    I wholeheartedly endorse Mark McLean as Director at Large for TREB. I’ve know him for some 23 years and have come to appreciate his intelligence, dedication, innovative thinking, care, humour and commitment. He is a helluva hard worker too!

  3. jeffgingerich
    May 7 2012

    Love your blog posts and can tell you’ll make a great director. Good luck!

    • May 7 2012

      Thanks Jeff. Much appreciated. Hope you will spread the word!Cheers, m

  4. Jun 1 2012

    You have my vote!


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