The Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) announced that Chris Pennycook is its 2017 president.
Pennycook entered the profession in his early 20s and quickly became the top-producing agent at the companies where he worked, says the association. Each year since 2006, he has ranked among the top one per cent of all Realtors in Canada in the Royal LePage network.
“When you walk into the boardroom of the Manitoba Real Estate Association, your hat goes on to work for what’s best for the profession as a whole and the clients and communities we serve,” says Pennycook. “We represent the needs of the entire membership and we keep the public at the forefront of our efforts.”
In commencing to lead the 2,200+ member association, Pennycook and the 2017 MREA board of directors will focus on strategic and community building opportunities, says the association.
Pennycook says he is enthusiastic about strengthening the real estate market through initiatives that promote and bring business, trade and jobs to Manitoba.
The MREA strategic plan also includes deeper provincial policy research and advocacy work and the planned roll-out of a modern, integrated online and classroom learning system. “Newly expanded capacity in the professional standards department and improved member dialogue plans will provide Realtors with modern tools to elevate professionalism and to engage the Realtor community with government to build stronger communities,” says the association.
Pennycook also chairs the Real Estate Insurance Alliance of Canada claims committee at MREA and has served on the sales division executive council at WinnipegRealtors for a number of years. He served on the board of directors of the Children’s Hospital Foundation for approximately 15 years and is a recent past chair of the family division’s capital campaign. He is actively involved with various charitable and community organizations in Winnipeg.
“I love getting up to work every day,” he says. “Few people get to do something that they really enjoy and I know how fortunate I am. It’s an honour to serve and I’m excited about what’s ahead.”