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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Monday, October 05, 2015

7 Things You Didn’t Know About MAAR CEO, Bill Wald

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1. What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

I’m excited about working with an organization with an excellent reputation nationally.
I’m a member-driven person who wants to make sure our benefits match what the members need. Homes are a consumers’ single, most expensive investment decision of their lives. Our members help them make that decision. We as an association need to make sure we are meeting the needs of REALTORS® so they can best serve the public.
In my role, I’m looking to expand what we offer, while keeping in mind that we should be proactive and show members where the trends are going.

The best part of working for an association is the relationships you build. Some of my best friends are members who I’ve worked closely with over the years. I’m also interested in the generational philosophy and how to balance the technology and communication differences between millennials and baby boomers.

2. What’s something we would be surprised to learn about you?

I don’t drink coffee, so you see me with a soda. I love doing laundry; the washer and dryer are the two most important appliances I own. I am also meticulous about my lawn. I don’t love shopping in stores but I do like shopping online. In fact, I’m a marketers dream; I buy what’s new and techy. I have multiple laptops, phones and gadgets. My favorite apps are Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat and the OnStar App.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to golf, read and garden. I also love being near the water. I used to coach a USS swim team and a park district team. I played rugby and want to learn how to play lacrosse and to fence.

4. Do you have a favorite football team?

I love the Patriots. Years ago, I was visiting some friends in Massachusetts and they took me to a Patriots game. It was how the Boston – Cambridge people supported the team that really turned me into a fan.

5. When you have a day off how do you like to spend it?

I’m new to Minnesota but I went to Lake Minnetonka and loved it. I’m a huge water person and plan to buy a boat in the future. I also went to the state fair and had some cotton candy, taffy and funnel cakes.

6. What’s one thing you’ve purchased to get ready for the MN winters?

I bought an expedition Norway jacket and it’s currently on its way from Germany. I have one because it gets pretty cold in Chicago too but the new one will be even warmer!

7. We understand you love to read. How many boxes of books did you bring to Minnesota?

How did you know? I had seven boxes of books delivered. They were not small boxes either. The movers gave me a hard time about it. One of my favorite books is “Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire” by Alan Axelrod. I am a historian and I’ve really enjoyed reading about Alexander the Great and George Patton and I think they are the two best generals in the world.



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