Arizona Association of Realtors names new CEO

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The Arizona Association of Realtors will have a new chief executive officer as of Dec. 1.

Michelle Lind, who is currently the trade group's assistant CEO and has served as primary legal advisor for the association since 1999, will replace Tom Farley, who is stepping down after four years as CEO and 15 years at the association overall.

"Michelle is a proven industry leader and respected across the real estate spectrum -- from the local to the national level. Her institutional knowledge of AAR, as well as her leadership, industry involvement and member interaction, were critical to the executive committee as it made this decision," Holly Mabery, the trade group's 2012 president, said in a blog post announcing the decision.

Lind came to the Arizona Association of Realtors 20 years ago as outside legal counsel. She became the trade group's in-house general counsel in 1999 and later became senior staff liaison to the association's risk management committee and assistant CEO in 2008.

"Long term, my goal is to maintain a high level of understanding of the trends and developments in both the residential and commercial segments of the real estate industry," Lind told Inman News.

"By doing so, I hope to anticipate challenges and trends impacting the real estate profession, and assist the AAR leadership and staff in developing proactive responses."

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