Stan Collins is the CEO of the Columbus Association of Realtors®, a founding organization of Homeport that has been deeply involved with Homeport since its inception in 1987. The CEO or president of Columbus REALTORS® has historically served as a Homeport Board of Director.
Working with Realtors® has been Mr. Collins’ lifetime career. It has helped him form firm personal beliefs in the benefits of association, in the benefits of individuals continuing their education and in the benefits derived by helping raise the bar of professionalism.
Mr. Collins is active with the Ohio Association of Realtors® and currently sits on its Executive Committee and a number of other statewide committees. He is also active with the National Association of Realtors®, serving on its Professional Standards Committee, Standards and Interpretations Advisory Board and Association Executives Certification Board. A Realtor® Certified Executive, Mr. Collins is also a certified mediator.
Mr. Collins believes that involvement in the community opens the door for advocacy. He has been an active member of a number of service clubs including the Downtown Breakfast Optimists Club, the Downtown Lions Club of Columbus and Sightsavers, Inc. He is past chairman of the Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank. His wife, Marianne, is executive director of the Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
Homeport’s mission to create safe and affordable communities mirrors a core of my own beliefs. We know that homeowners move far less frequently than renters, and become embedded in the neighborhood and community – and stay longer. The homeowner feels a greater stake in their neighborhood and so is also more likely to volunteer in their community. It only makes sense that people who live in a neighborhood will feel a vested interest and volunteer their time and talents to better their community.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
Just come to a Homeport event – and it is likely you will find some way to volunteer your own talents to benefit the mission of Homeport and the community.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
It’s about family. Homeport’s mission helps families accomplish the American dream of homeownership.