Following 11-plus years in the real estate industry, Becca Linnig officially takes the reigns to lead the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® as she steps into the role of president. She intends to build upon the success of her predecessor, Jim McGiffert, who will stay connected to the Association and the Board of Directors as immediate past president.
In addition to time well spent as an agent, Becca also has applicable experiences and expertise to apply to her new leadership role. Learning what she offers and what she has in store for the Association is a matter of asking her a few simple questions. We did. Here’s what we learned.
Q: Being successful in the real estate industry takes fortitude. To what do you attribute your success?
A: My mother. She gave me a strong base and taught me to be a strong woman. She taught me that if I jump she will be there and that we’ll be alright.
Q: What leaders in real estate (or other lines of business) influence you?
A: Deborah Corso, who runs her own life insurance business, has been a strong leader and mentor to me over the course of 20 years. Paula Serven and Patrick Lewis are both incredible leaders and I will keep them in my sights as I strive to model what they have done. Howard Lein, my current broker, always has an ear to listen to me when I have something I need to talk about. He’s been a great support to me. And finally, Larry Hibler, my first broker, who always had time for me as I was learning the business. I have so much respect for him as does the industry.
Q: From your perspective, how is SAAR significant? Different?
A: SAAR is unique in our industry because we are more than an association. We run five businesses out of the SAAR headquarters. It takes a lot to keep this organization going and the fact that the board and committee members are hard-working volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts toward its success is beyond significant.
Q: What’s would you like members to know about you? About what’s in store for SAAR?
- I want to impress upon our members that I am approachable. My business card has my personal cell phone number on it so members can reach out to me directly. It’s important that I’m reachable and that members know this.
- I’d like to make sure we provide value to our membership. I want to help members be better prepared to help their clients; be it residential, commercial or property management.
- I’d also like to continue and grow our programs, which improve the community.
- I believe it’s very important we continue to be involved with the state and national associations by participating in their meetings and conferences.
- It’s also important to keep us relevant. The big push now is to keep REALTORS® relevant, and we are! Consumers may shop online, but they buy in person and that’s who we are.
Q: What single piece of advice can you give to someone in any facet of the industry?
A: I can sum that up in a quote that has come up a few times recently. “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.”