The Arizona Association of REALTORS (AAR) announced that effective December 1, 2012, Michelle Lind will become the new Chief Executive Officer for the association. Lind currently serves as the General Counsel and Assistant CEO. She has been involved with representing AAR for 20 years and has served as the primary legal advisor to the association since December 1999. Lind will replace Tom Farley, who is stepping down after 15 years, the last four as CEO.

As the Chief Executive Officer, Lind will oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the largest trade association in Arizona. “Michelle Lind’s extensive knowledge of AAR and the needs of our members will ensure a seamless transition,” said Holly Mabery, 2012 AAR president. Michelle’s passion, experience and knowledge guarantees that AAR will continue to have a bright future in the years ahead.”

As Lind transitions into her new role in the coming weeks, all senior staff will remain at AAR under her leadership. When asked for her view of the coming year, Lind said, “AAR is one of the most powerful and influential forces in Arizona. Under the continued direction of Government Affairs Vice President Nicole LaSlavic, Arizona REALTORS® are in very good hands. Nicole and her team are already well-positioned for the 2013 legislative session. The association has entered into an agreement for continued legislative and political affairs services with Farley.

“When it comes to education, there is no better advocate than Senior Vice President of Professional Development Barb Freestone. Barb is a 30-year industry veteran with a track record of raising the bar in both continuing education and designation courses. The Arizona REALTORS® Business Interface (ARBI) will continue to be a priority for AAR. Upon its launch, REALTORS® will be able to monitor and manage their current business online with one simple, intuitive dashboard. Led by Senior Vice President of Information Services Ron LaMee, AAR’s Business Services team will continue providing our members with technology services to assist them in their business. AAR’s Risk Management team plans to continue the forms development process, its incredibly successful mediation and ombudsman program and professional standards programs that make such a difference in our industry.”

Michelle is the author of Arizona Real Estate: A Professional’s Guide to Law & Practice. She received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (ASU), graduating summa cum laude, and her law degree, graduating cum laude, from ASU College of Law (now the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law). She is a State Bar of Arizona board-certified real estate specialist.

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