It is the season for football, pumpkins..and VPAR Elections !

kimi dornanHappy fall ! It is the season for football, pumpkins, and beautiful weather.

Welcome to the new format of our new website . The VPAR website has been revamped and is much more efficient for our members. You can register for classes and events, pay bills, and find many other resources to help you with your business on the VPAR site. There is also a blog which is full of timely real estate related updates and details on upcoming VPAR happenings. We are transitioning The Realtor Update to our blog section. Please give us feedback on our new look. I thank our CEO Jim Wetzel for his hard work redesigning the VPAR website. This is one of the many projects that Jim has taken on since coming to VPAR. Jim has settled in quickly in his new role and is doing a great job. Thanks to VPAR staff members Cindy Anderson and Jo Daly for all their efforts and hard work.


Fall continues to be a busy time at our Association. Our annual trade show and signature event RealtorFest was held on September 23rd at its new location at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Congratulations to Chair Lindsay Pennington, Vice Chair Sheila Dann, Staff Liaison Jo Daly, and all of the RealtorFest Committee for a great event! Thanks also to all our sponsors and vendors.

I want to highlight a few of our upcoming events in October:

Election Week Happenings at VPAR:
Monday, October 20th
Please come out and vote at the VPAR Election on Monday, October 20th. Be a part of choosing your future leadership team. You can find information about our candidates on our blog. Many of the candidates will be stopping by your offices in the coming weeks to say hello.

SchoonersAfter you vote be sure to stop by at our October Social at Schooners from 5pm to 7pm. It is co- sponsored by the Member Relations Committee and the PYPN (Peninsula Young Professionals) .

Tuesday, October 21st
Join us the next morning at VPAR for the General Membership Breakfast at 8:30am
to hear the election results and for a great program called “We are the R! One City, One Future: VPAR and the Newport News Comprehensive Plan”. The program will be facilitated by REALTOR® Michael Carpenter, Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee for Newport News, and VPAR Legislative Consultant Susan Gaston, a member of the Committee. Come share your valuable feedback and be a part of the comprehensive planning and visionary process with the City of Newport News Planning Department. Your support and feedback to the City is so valuable and demonstrates once again how VPAR reaches out to serve the communities that we all call home !

Annual Brokers Retreat

Friday, October 31st

All managing and associate brokers please mark your calendars for the VPAR Annual Broker Enhancement Retreat on Friday, October 31st from 9:30am to 2:00pm at Founders PointeFounders Pointe in Carrollton, VA. Our guest speaker Nobu Hata, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® will moderate a panel discussion Serve, Attract, Retain: Best Practices on Building a Future-Proof Brokerage It promises to be a great day of training and networking for all.

I look forward to seeing many of you next week at the VAR Conference in Virginia Beach. We are lucky to have this event nearby so come out and see all that the “VAR’s Real Show” has to offer on October 8th and 9th. Have a great fall, and see you around VPAR!

Kimi Dornan, 2014 President
Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

Meet the Candidate Series: Chandra Patterson – Treasurer

Chandra Patterson - HeadshotChandra Patterson – SFR, SRS – Rose & Womble Real Estate
Candidate for Treasurer
I have been a licensed REALTOR and an active member of VPAR since 1994. I currently serve as Treasurer and would like to serve another term. VPAR has been in transition with the changes in staff. During VPAR’s absence of a CEO, I worked with the Interim CEO and Executive Committee to take on the financial responsibilities ordinarily handled by the CEO. Now that we have a new CEO, I’ve been working with him in this transition period. I believe it would be helpful to continue as Treasurer while we complete this transition.

I’ve been involved in the Association serving on various committees (Budget and Finance, Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Professional Standards, to name a few) from the very beginning of my real estate career. It has allowed me opportunities to learn and grow with experiences that broadened my perspective and understanding of this industry. I’ve gained so much because of it. Therefore, I feel it is just the natural progression for me to give back and be of service to the Association membership.

I am a 2009 graduate of the Virginia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy and currently serve as a VAR RPAC Trustee, NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) and Public Policy Coordinating Committee member for NAR. I have always demonstrated a strong commitment to being involved in various activities of the Association. Serving as Treasurer for a second term would continue that commitment. My flexibility, open-mindedness to new ideas, and analytical skills will be major assets to the Board.

Once elected, my primary goal is to assist this Association in its efforts to continue to be fiscally responsible and to find additional ways (outside of dues billing) for increasing our revenues such as offering innovative educational opportunities for members to sharpen their “tools” with the latest market trends and technology information. Additionally, I would also like to assist this Association with continuing to provide information on up-to-date industry related public policy issues as well as maintaining VPAR’s presence as the primary real estate source in the community. As Treasurer and Board Member, I will proudly represent you, the members, on all issues. Thank you for your support!


REALTOR SAFETY: Statement From NAR 2014 President Elect Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy

“As both a REALTOR® and an Arkansan, I am saddened by this morning’s news of Beverly Carter’s untimely death. My heart goes out to her family, her friends, her co-workers, and everyone whose life Beverly touched in her 49 years with us.

Working in real estate involves risk and, unfortunately, that risk takes many forms. As an industry, we collectively work very hard to promote safety awareness among our members. We are fully committed to educating REALTORS® about potential threats and providing them with resources to protect themselves.

I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by keeping safe and looking out for each other.”


The Arkansas REALTORS® Association is collecting donations in Beverly Carter’s name through their Hearts & Homes program. For more information, visit

NAR’s REALTOR® Safety resources include articles and blog posts, presentations and videos, webinars and training courses, and tools at

Meet The Candidate Series – Andy Cohen

Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

Meet the Candidates

Andy Cohen - ThumbnailAndy Cohen – GRI, SRS – Abbitt Realty Company LLC
President Elect

My name is Andy Cohen. I have been a Realtor since 1988. Prior to that I spent seventeen years in the foodservice industry, managing cafeterias, restaurants and bars. I also spent five years as a morning radio personality. I am currently an Associate Broker with Abbitt Realty Company, LLC.

I am from Teaneck, NJ, where I graduated from Teaneck High School. I attended The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, where I earned a B.A. in political science and sociology. As a Realtor, I have earned the GRI and CRS designations, as well as the designations of CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and MCSP (Master Certified Sales Professional) from the National Association of Homebuilders.

I have served our Association as a member of the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president, as a member of the new homes committee, and, this year, as a member of the Board of Directors. I was honored in 1997, and again in 2012, to be recognized with the Realtor Community Service award. I have also served, for the past eight years, as a member of the Peninsula Housing and Builders Board of Directors, and have served five terms as Chair of the Sales and Marketing Council.

In our community, I served as a youth basketball coach, as a trustee of the Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, including three terms as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, including two terms as president. I look forward to serving the members of VPAR as, together, we meet the challenge of remaining vibrant, and relevant, in a rapidly changing technological environment.