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Message from the President

Dear Fellow CFCAR Members,

You’ve heard the saying, “One step forward, two steps back.” Yes, some might think it’s been that kind of year for CFCAR.

We’ve come through a year that was filled with both challenges and victories. We were faced with hard choices with dwindled financial reserves; challenges in serving our outlying board’s members; and more.

Despite all this, we persevered. We brought back the Hallmark Awards in a big way; hosted a dynamic and insightful Outlook Conference; found a dedicated team of professionals in our new association management team at the Orlando Real Estate Network; updated the CFCAR Strategic Plan; revamped and added relevant content to our website at; and continued to pursue the goals and initiatives set out in our rededication to all members within our overlay district.

How reassuring it’s been to know that we can count on all of you regardless of what faces us. Today, our association, like the hundreds of members who together make up this NAR-chartered group, is stronger for its uphill climb.

On behalf of the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS®, please allow me to extend my personal and genuine appreciation to each and every one you for your valuable contributions to this 11-county overlay board. Specifically:

    • To all our board members and committee chairs — it has been an honor to work with you. Thank you for your commitment to our industry and this association.
    • To our dedicated and generous sponsors — your support allowed us to grow, fulfill our mission and plan for a brighter than ever future.
    • To each and every CFCAR member who stood with us. Thank you all!

It’s temping to look back and at our commercial-only focus with respected leadership that is now 15+ years in the making and turn nostalgic. Yet we have really only just begun. We are honored and excited to be your commercial REALTOR® professional home, with a body of commercial knowledge and alignments with national commercial designations. We look forward to growing and improving. What will we look like over the next 15 years? We certainly are headed in the right direction with:

    • Access to Florida Realtors® & NAR services such as the Florida Realtors® Legal Hotline, RPR Commercial, Form Simplicity and more;
    • Expanded and enhanced Hallmark Awards recognizing best of the best in the CRE market;
    • Monthly programs and events including emphasis on education, networking, and deal-making;
    • Alliance with a NAR-backed CIE that will support and expand your businesses’ technology needs;
    • Dedicated team of association managers and assigned professionals.

As we occasionally take one step back, at CFCAR we continue to take TWO STEPS FORWARD. For me, it’s been THAT kind of year. As we proudly share our MISSION STATEMENT, we hope to stand with you in 2020 and beyond:

The mission of the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS® is to protect and promote the interests of its members; provide the education, business development, and recognition opportunities that will drive their success; and to make a positive, lasting impact in the communities we serve.

The Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS® is the premier association for REALTORS® and professionals in all segments of the commercial real estate industry who ascribe to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Through the growth and development of its members, the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS® will advance the professional practice of commercial real estate and the prosperity of the community.

We offer our best wishes and happiness to you and your families during this holiday season as we all look forward to a successful 2020!

With appreciation and respect, I thank you for the honor to have served as your 2019 CFCAR President.

Carol Tanner, CCIM

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