RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—The Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches (RAMB) and the Realtor Association of Miami-Dade County (RAMDC) announce their merger into one association. The organization’s new name will be the Miami Association of Realtors (MIAMI) once the name is approved by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This is the largest merger in the history of NAR, bringing together 23,000 Realtors in South Florida and forming the largest Realtor association in the nation.
Merged Association – Leadership, Benefits, Products & Services Jack H. Levine, president of Levine Realty, Inc., will serve as the first chairman of the Board of the new MIAMI Association. Levine considers this historic merger a milestone that will benefit all—the 11,500 members of each organization, the local real estate industry and business community, and the buying and selling public.
“Together, we are uniquely positioned to provide South Florida Realtors with the most comprehensive and leading-edge real estate marketing tools and services available that will enhance how MIAMI members serve their clients,” said Levine. “In addition, consumers will now have access to more combined tools and resources in South Florida than almost any other market. This unprecedented development further strengthens the South Florida real estate market’s position as a world-class destination and expands international opportunities which will result in even more demand for local real estate.”
Serving with Jack H. Levine will be Residential President Oliver Ruiz, Commercial President Ron Kohn, Broward County President Terri Bersach and Presidents-elect Martha Pomares, Ralph De Martino, Patricia Delinois, Betty Gonzalez, John Dohm and Natascha Tello.
RAMB Chief Executive Officer Teresa King Kinney will serve as the CEO of the merged association. The merger became effective on August 2, 2010. A merger celebration and installation event, which will also highlight the association’s 90th anniversary, is planned for October 15, 2010, at Jungle Island in Miami.
“It is a great honor to help lead this new merged association, which combines the rich histories, large memberships and powerful programs of two very successful organizations, providing unlimited new opportunities for the future,” said Kinney. “We remain committed to excellence, innovation and serving our more than 23,000 members who represent every specialty of real estate, including Residential, Commercial and international.”
The association hosts more than 600 member seminars and events each year and offers more than $30,000 in free premium marketing tools and services to each of its members to contribute to their success and help them better serve consumers. The new association includes a Residential Association, a Commercial Association, a Broward County Board of Governors, an award-winning International Council and an Educational Foundation.