Richard Boas, Jr. of Berkshire Hathaway began his real estate career in 1994; and he currently works as a real estate team with his son, Richard. He has earned several real estate designations, including his Broker’s License; and he has won numerous sales awards.
Richard has served on a variety of committees at the Association and the LCAR Board of Directors as Treasurer and Secretary. In 2016 he was honored as Realtor of the Year.
Richard is a lifetime resident of Lancaster County and grew up in Lancaster City’s West End. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served at Travis Air Force Base in California.
He and his wife, Joy, live in Lancaster City. He has been blessed with two beautiful daughters, a son, stepson and two amazing grandsons.
The following is a transcript of Richard’s speech at the Annual Banquet on January 24th when he was installed as LCAR’s 2019 President.
Good evening, and welcome to the 102nd Annual Banquet of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors!
First and most important, I want to recognize and celebrate all the amazing and hard working Realtor members of our Association — so many top professionals that I have come to respect and know so well over the years. Whether a salesperson, manager, or broker/owner, you make it happen everyday. You are tireless, knowledgeable and resourceful — and always strive to make a positive difference in the lives of your clients. I am so proud to represent you in 2019, and I appreciate your trust.
I’d like to acknowledge and thank our outstanding professional staff at LCAR, led by Frank Christoffel, III. Thanks to Judy, Tracy and Gwenae for all you do behind the scenes to ensure our Association runs smoothly and for always being there to provide support and guidance to our members. I’d like to thank Frank Christoffel, IV for his role in helping our Association keep an open line of communication with all of our elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. Our LCAR-PAC helps ensure we have a voice on issues that are important to our members.
I’d like to acknowledge the excellent job by past president Doug Foltz last year — always so professional and efficient. I’m thinking Doug earned a few gray hairs last year, but his steady and positive leadership helped the Board of Directors manage a challenging year as our Association completed the transition to Bright MLS.
I’d like to recognize our 2018 LCAR Volunteer of the Year, Bev Hosler, and her efforts serving on the Community Partnerships Committee . . . great job, Bev! Thank you to all of our members who volunteer their time on behalf of our Association — it is appreciated so much. For members who haven’t already done so, please consider volunteering some of your time and getting involved at LCAR. You will find satisfaction in helping to make a difference in our Association and in our community.
To each and every one of elected officials and our PAR representatives, on behalf of LCAR thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be with us this evening. You are always willing to consider our perspective when you make decisions that impact our Association and our industry. We cannot ask for more and we truly appreciate your ongoing support.
When you are in our business for a while, the Realtor community becomes like an extended family, your business family. As we look back on the last 12 months, I feel that the loss of so many in our family should be acknowledged . . . Rob Cooper, Rick Hallgren, Julie Dinkel, Ryan Martin and Rhonda Goss. All were great friends to many of us. Rob in particular was a mentor to so many in our Association, myself included. Their loss is a reminder that life can change in an instant for any one of us. No matter how relentless and hectic our schedules can be sometimes, always keep the most important thing in our lives–our families and close friends–our top priority.
Looking forward to 2019, I am very optimistic! To the 2019 officers and directors, you have a large responsibility; and your experience, knowledge and leadership are very much appreciated. I am confident you will help our Association navigate the inevitable changes in our profession and make sound decisions that will guide LCAR in 2019 and beyond.
In closing, I am very blessed to share this evening with my beautiful wife, Joy; her parents, Carl and Barb Kreider; my daughters Katie and Kelly; and my son, Rich, and his wife, Nicole.
On behalf of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors, I’d like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019! Let’s make it a great year!