2011 Immediate Past President
Sears Real Estate
928 Belmont Avenue
Springfield MA, 01108
Springfield resident and broker/co-owner Kevin Sears of Sears Real Estate, in Springfield, will serve as immediate past president of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) in 2011.
As the immediate past president of the Association, Sears will serve in an advisory capacity to the MAR president, act as an association spokesperson, and assist in the administration of the affairs of MAR between meetings of the MAR Board of Directors. In this role, he also will serve on the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors during 2011.
A REALTOR® since 1994, Sears served as MAR President in 2010. Prior to being elected president, Sears served as president-elect in 2009 and MAR secretary-treasurer in 2008. Sears was also the 2007 Government Affairs Committee Chair and was a MAR director for seven years. In addition to serving on the Finance, REALTOR® of the Year and Professional Standards Committees, Sears served three consecutive one-year terms as chairman of the state Association’s REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) from 2004 to 2006. He has been involved with the association’s International Council of REALTORS®, and has served on the MAR Business Planning in recent years. In 2006, Sears was named the Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year.
Sears has served the REALTOR® organization as a Federal Political Coordinator to Bay State Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield) for over 10 years. He served as a Trustee of the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) from 2007 to present, and is currently the 2011 Chairman of that committee. He has served as a member of NAR’s Board of Directors from 2008 to present, and participated in NAR’s home build to support Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Home Delivery, an initiative to construct new homes for hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. He also served on NAR’s REALTOR® Political Involvement Committee from 2003-2008. Sears graduated as a member of NAR’s 2007/2008 inaugural Leadership Academy class.
On the local level, Sears was a director and chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for the REALTOR® Association of the Pioneer Valley (RAPV) in 2006 and has been a member of the committee since 1994. A past president of his local association, he also is a former treasurer and secretary of the RAPV, and a past chairman of its Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. Additionally, he was a member and former chairman of the RAPV’s Communications Technology Task Force, and has served on the association’s RPAC Sub-committee since 1994. Sears was selected as the 2006 REALTOR® of the Year for the REALTOR® Association of the Pioneer Valley.
In his hometown, Sears is a member and former director of both the Rental Housing Association of Greater Springfield and the local Forest Park Civic Association. He also is an active member of the Springfield Rotary Club, and a director of the Mason Wright Retirement Community, an assisted living facility that provides housing for low-income seniors and elderly residents in the Greater Springfield area, and a Little League coach.