Congratulations to the 2014 recipient of the Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy Award: Susan Renfrew!
Susan is Broker and Co-Owner of Renfrew Real Estate in Greenfield, MA as well as an MAR Past President. Susan has served on several MAR Committees and served as the past-president and treasurer of the Franklin-Hampshire County Association of REALTORS® now known as RAPV. Read more about Susan and her tremendous work and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels below.
Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy Award
Originally established to honor the exceptional work in public policy and property rights advocacy of REALTOR® Richard C. Dils, the Public Policy Award honors a REALTOR® who exemplifies hard work and commitment to government affairs affecting REALTORS® and the real estate profession. The Award is presented annually at the REALTOR® Day on the Hill to a REALTOR® who commits his or her time, voluntarily, to the betterment of the profession through tireless policy advocacy, efforts to understand legislative issues, and involvement in government affairs and the REALTOR® political action committee. Past recipients include:
Richard C. Dils, Richard C. Dils Real Estate –posthumously
David Wluka, Wluka Real Estate Corp. - 2011
Steven Ryan, Esq. MAR General Counsel- 2012
Jeanette Tighe, EXIT Realty Corp- 2012
Judy Moore, The Higgins Group REALTORS ®- 2013
Susan Renfrew, Renfrew Real Estate- 2014 Award Eligibility
MAR members or staff, including those who are also legislators or state officials. No one on the selection Committee is eligible.
Government Affairs activities to be considered when deciding who may be deserving of the Award:
- Serving on the Government Affairs Committee locally, at MAR, or NAR.
- Participation in REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill.
- Attending NAR Mid-“Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy Award”, Mid-Year Legislative Meetings, and Capitol Hill visits.
- Attending or speaking at local and/or state public hearings.
- Meetings with local, state, or federal legislators and officials.
- Educating REALTORS® and/or the public on land use and private property rights issues and the value of RPAC.
- Other extraordinary volunteerism in government affairs
About the Past Recipients
Broker and co-owner of Renfrew Real Estate in Greenfield, Susan is the 2014 recipient of the Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy award. Susan was the 2008 President of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®. Since her term as president ended, Susan has served on several MAR committees.
At the state association, Susan served as president-elect in 2007, vice president for professional development in 2006, and as vice president of legal affairs from 2003 to 2005. A former two-term MAR regional vice president for western Massachusetts in 2000 and 2001, she also served three consecutive years as co-chairperson of the MAR Business Plan Work Group from 1998 to 2000. In 2002, Susan received the state association’s prestigious Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award, and has earned her Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and Certified Buyer Representative (CBR) professional designations.
Nationally, Susan is serving a second consecutive term on the National Association of REALTORS® Housing Needs Committee and was a member of the NAR Board of Directors in 2007. On the local level, she served on the Nominating and Strategic Planning Committees in 2004 and 2005 of the Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley. She is a former director of the once Franklin-Hampshire County Association of REALTORS® (F-HCAR), now part of the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley.
A REALTOR® for over two decades, Judy Moore has been very active with both MAR and NAR. Judy has been a member of the MAR Board of Directors since 1995, and previously served as president-elect in 2003, vice president of professional development in 2002 and regional vice president for Greater Boston in 2001. In addition, she is a former chairperson of the Personnel Committee and the MAR Charitable & Educational Foundation, and has been active on the association’s and serves on MAR’s Finance, EVP Evaluation, Agency, Bylaws, Business Planning, Milton H. Shaw Award and Government Affairs Committees in recent years. Moore, is a charter member of the MAR International Council of REALTORS®, and received the association’s Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award in 2001. A past president of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®(GBAR) a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, she was honored as Realtor of the Year by the GBAR in 1998.
In addition, Judy has been a member of the National Association of REALTORSr® (NAR) Board of Directors in Leadership Forum and Research Committee and has served on the NAR Education, Housing Needs and Research Committees in recent years, has been recognized as a National REALTOR® Political Action Committee Life Member, and an active member of the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR) for many years. She served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of WCR in 1994.
Currently Moore serves on several committees and is the RPAC NAR Major Investor Liaison and Federal Political Coordinator to Congresswoman Katherine Clark. Moore has earned her Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI), Leadership Training Graduate (LTG), and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) professional designations. Currently Judy serves as NAR Major Investor Liaison and continues to be a force in the political realm.
Jeanette Tighe, Regional Director of EXIT Realty Corp. International in Woburn, served as Vice President of Government Affairs in 2005 and 2006.
As vice president for government affairs, Tighe coordinated the initiatives of the MAR Business Plan relative to public policy issues, grass-roots organizational efforts, and legislative and political action activities of the association. In addition, she served as a liaison between leadership and all work groups formed under the MAR government affairs umbrella. She became a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her appointment as a focus area vice president.
Tighe has been a REALTOR® Political Action Committee Trustee since 2002, past chairman of the Charitable & Educational Foundation, and served as a member of the Government Affairs and Education Committees. Tighe received the Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year Award in 2000. She served as 2001 President of the Eastern Middlesex Association of REALTORS® (EMAR) in 2001 and as secretary in 1999. At EMAR, she has served as chairman of the Realtor® Community Service, Personnel, Government Affairs and Finance Committees as well as chaired the Real Estate Academy and REALTOR® Political Action Committee.
On the national level, Tighe served on the National Association of REALTORS® Membership Policy & Jurisdiction Committee in 2005 and has earned her Certified Residential Broker (CRB), Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and Leadership Training Graduate (LTG) professional designations. Jeanette Tighe continues to be a strong voice in the REALTOR® world and maintains her status and activity in the political sphere as a National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee Major Investor.
Steve Ryan served as acting Executive Vice President as well as General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® until 2011. Steve was hired by MAR in 1994 and estimates that he answered nearly 10,000 questions on the MAR legal hotline during his time with MAR. He also served as the association’s chief lobbyist and worked with MAR’s contract lobbyist, Delaney & Associates, representing the real estate community on Beacon Hilll.
Steve is a graduate of Bentley College, the New England School of Law and attended the graduate tax program at Boston University Law School. Prior to joining MAR’s staff he worked as a volunteer prosecutor in Middlesex County and a conveyancing attorney for First Eastern Mortgage Corporation.
A REALTOR® since 1976, David Wluka was MAR President in 2006. Additionally, he served five consecutive terms as focus area vice president of Government Affairs from 2000-2004 and served in 2004 on MAR’s Executive, Finance and Milton H. Shaw Award Committees. He was 2003 and 2004 chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and was a member of the Business Planning and Agency Implementation Committees. He has been a member of the association’s Finance, Agency, Bylaws, Business Planning, Candidate Certification, and Structural Audit Committees in recent years, and served as MAR’s regional vice president for Greater Boston in 1996. Wluka received the MAR Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Wluka also served on the NAR Board of Directors, beginning in 2001.
David served as chairman of the NAR Smart Growth Program Advisory Group in 2006, the NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee, and the NAR Education Work Group in 2006 as well. In 2003, Wluka served as chairman of the NAR Land Use, Property Rights & Environment Committee, and he was vice chairman of NAR’s Public Policy Coordinating Committee in 2002. David received NAR's Federal Political Coordinator Meritorious Service Award in 2014.
On the local level, Wluka served as president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) in 2000. He also is a former clerk of the GBREB and served as MLS president in 1993 and 1994. Additionally, he is a past chairman of the GBREB Communications Committee, has served on the Government Affairs Committee since 1999 and participated on its Strategic Planning and Personnel Committees. Wluka received the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s REALTOR® of the Year Award in 1994.
Richard C. Dils
Past MAR President and REALTOR® Richard C. Dils, a broker/owner of Richard C. Dils Real Estate in Shelburne Falls, brought a passion for the protection of private property rights to his volunteer work, his community, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Vermont, and nationally throughout the United States.
His work within the REALTOR® Association was multi-dimensional: a major RPAC donor, sought as an industry expert to give testimony to the legislature, participation in town hearings, commit meetings, chair of the Government Affairs Committees in both Vermont and Massachusetts, active in Land Use issues at the National Association of REALTORS®, and concerned business practitioner and resident.
Dick Dils believed in the protection of private property rights. As a consummate researcher, Dick donated countless hours to educating REALTORS®, public officials, and the community regarding issues impacting the right to transfer real property. He provided encouragement and inspiration to all who took an interest in Government Affairs. With his passing in 2008, the industry lost one of its finest private property advocates. It is in his honor that the Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy Award has been established and continues Dick’s legacy of REALTOR® advocacy.