David MacKenzie succeeds outgoing president David Powell. MacKenzie becomes 112th president 40 years after his father Gordon was president and will lead over 1,800 members active in the local real estate market.
In only a few other occasions in Winnipeg Realtor 112 year history has a father-son combination presided over the longest running real estate association in the country.
In Gordon MacKenzie's case, he was instrumental in getting Winnipeg Realtors own piece of real estate, its office building located at 1240 Portage Avenue, built in 1975. It has proven to be a terrific legacy and still very much a hive of activity with the boardroom constantly booked for board of director, standing committee and task force meetings.
David MacKenzie started his real estate career in September 1981 and has been involved in organized real estate ever since. Did he have any choice in the matter? Let him answer that one himself.
"There is no question my father strongly influenced me to get involved in organized real estate once I made the commitment to be a realtor," said MacKenzie. "As a successful real estate broker/owner in his own right, he was able to impart first-hand to me the importance of getting involved and contributing to the well-being of your profession."
Will one of his two sons follow suit?
"Like my dad, I will let them decide on their own if they want to pursue real estate as a career," said MacKenzie. "I know I have no regrets and look forward to my 34th year in the business."
David MacKenzie, together with Derrick Sigmar, are broker/owers of Sigmar MacKenzie Real Estate Services Ltd. Sigmar MacKenzie offers both real estate and appraisal services. It was established in 2002 and is located in Old St Vital at 575 St Mary's Rd. Sigmar's father, Murray Sigmar, also headed up Winnipeg Realtors in 1982.
David MacKenzie has been chair of many standing committees and served as a director of Winnipeg Realtors for at least three different terms. Prior to coming back to join the executive in 2014, MacKenzie was President of the Manitoba Real Estate Association in 2008. He has also served as a Manitoba regional director on the Canadian Real Estate Association's board of directors.
Currently he chairs the industry's Real Estate Insurance Alliance, which looks after errors and omissions insurance claims made by the public in Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces.
"The public is protected when working with a realtor in case they feel they need to make a claim for an error or omission," said MacKenzie. "Much of our effort on the Alliance, besides dealing with some claims, is on making sure realtors are keeping up on changes in legislation, regulations and business practices, so claims can be significantly reduced."
As like most of his fellow realtors, MacKenzie volunteers in various capacities and has been active coaching both flag football and hockey in the the St Vital community.
What is on his to do list for members?
"First I will say we have a strong board of directors and a solid support staff, so it is very much a team effort in delivering services our members expect and deserve in order to serve the public well." said MacKenzie. "During my year we will sharpen our tools and make a commitment to enhance what we can deliver wherever possible."
A new Condo Act is coming into effect on February 1st, a new version of our MLS system is out this year with plans to revamp our Commercial Property Information Exchange and Winnipeg Realtors is partnering with the Manitoba Real Estate Association as the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Home Expressions Show at the end of March, so you can appreciate there is lots to get going on as this new year unfolds.