Ever year, the president of CCIAOR & CCIMLS changes as a new REALTOR® takes the helm. The CCIAOR & CCIMLS president serves as the chairman of the board of directors. Here is a question and answer session with the 2016 President Laura Usher.
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I grew up in Glastonbury, CT but spent all my summers in Orleans. My parents moved to the Cape full time in 1970. I’m a graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston and began my career in mortgage lending and then in sales for an international sporting goods company. I’ve been married to my husband, Kevin, for 36 years. We have 3 children, ages 28, 30 & 32, two on the west coast and one on the east coast. I’ve been a REALTOR® since 1993, and I have worked at Kinlin Grover Real Estate in Brewster for the past 13 years.
I love to travel, and 11 years ago I received my designation as a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) after completing course work in Rome. I met one of my future business partners there, and today we are working together on a real estate development project in Panama.
Q: You keep trying to better yourself not only for personal reasons but for work as well. Can you elaborate?
A: Yes, I always try to challenge myself in different aspects of my life. In 2008 I fulfilled a long-held dream when I enrolled in a French immersion program at The Institut de Francais in Villefranche-sur-mer, France. I am currently working on a degree at the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge. It is always a thrill to be on campus and to have access to the world-class libraries and museums at Harvard.
I currently serve on the MAR Board of Directors, and I am a Trustee of the MAR Charitable Foundation. I also sit on the Mediation and Government Affairs Committees. I volunteer with WGBH, the French Library in Boston and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston.
Q: When and how did you decide to start becoming more involved with the CCIAOR Association?
A: The simple answer is I got involved because someone asked me. And I’m so glad I did! I felt it was my time to give back to the Association and to our community. Being a part of a 2300+ member organization really is a big thing, and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to serve our Association. When I attended my first NAR conference in 2004 and saw over 25,000 people in attendance, I realized that I was part of something much greater than I realized! My goal since then has been to not only focus on my career but on the greater good of my Association.
Q: Are all the pieces in place to get where the Board wants to go and for you to assist the Association?
A: The pieces are absolutely in place. We have a strong, cohesive Board who makes decisions, creates policy, etc.
I feel like I started my journey here at the Association at an exciting time with our new CEO and employees who are poised to handle whatever is needed. There are so many new initiatives and exciting things happening in our industry, and I am genuinely thrilled to be President during this time.
Q: What’s your role as President and what’s on your agenda for 2016?
Commitment, leadership, education & involvement! One of the most important roles in leadership is to identify and nurture future leaders for our Association. They need to understand the role they can play to bring their experiences and expertise to the table. Just as someone did for me. One initiative set forth by NAR this year is the nationwide partnership with the Boys & Girls Club. We’ve already met with our local representatives and plan to get our members involved in this venture. We will keep you appraised of this and other projects throughout the year.
See CCIAOR’s Winter 2016 Newsletter below: