Board of Director Elections

Congratulations to the 2019 Board of Directors Candidates!

The election runs from August 13 – August 31, 2018. Eligible voters will receive their ID and password from Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) on August 13. To assure the election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender: 
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Read more about the candidates below:

Aarica Coleman

Aarica Coleman, Broker with Metro Elite Realty and Senior Project Coordinator at Minneapolis CPED, Housing Policy and Development division, has over 17 years public and private industry experience, including corporate representation, public administration, policy, affordable housing management and development and mortgage financing. She currently serves on the Minneapolis Area REALTORS® Governmental Affairs committee and is chair of NAREB-Twin Cities’ chapter. “I am committed to and passionate about realizing the dream of ownership through education and advocacy; both for REALTORS ® and the communities we serve and represent. Real estate, as vast as it is, is a key economic driver and as REALTORS® we are charged with leading, guiding, and advocating and educating the public and each other.” Outside of real estate, Aarica enjoys sporting events with her two sons.


Paul Ekstrom

Paul Ekstrom’s background in Real Estate started as an individual agent in October 2006 as the market was entering the foreclosure crisis. He started forming a team in 2010 and bought his brokerage in late 2017.

“I feel I would be a strong addition to the Board of Directors with MAAR because of my experience both on the agent side and now as a new broker. I feel education of the agents of MAAR is our greatest opportunity. I want to help our agents become more professional, more knowledgeable and better trained to help their clients.”

His home and office are both in Andover where his wife and daughter work at as well. Paul is one of the founders of HOPE 4 Youth, which provides services for the homeless youth in Anoka County. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, golfing, boating and spending time with his family.


Max Loff

Max Loff is co-founder of the Clients for Life Group at Keller Williams Integrity Lakes. He grew up in real estate and finance, and continues to grow with every client. He believes there should always be a why and his “why” is a sweet little girl named Kaia, a semi-rotten dog named Boden, and the ability to make a difference with each client and industry interaction.

Max has been apart of the YPN, Marketing and Finance committee at MAAR for almost his entire real estate career. Fascinated by the ability to make an impact through the association and his peers, he strives to be actively involved in all facets of MAAR. Naturally, his next step in his growth is being able to join the B.O.D. and continue to make a positive impact and growth on MAAr members and the industry as a whole. 

When Max is not working, he enjoys spending time with family, friend, and out on the golf course or lake!


Sara Pipal

Sara Pipal has been involved in the Real Estate Industry for over 20 years. In more recent years, she has worked for CB Burnet, CB Highlands Properties & KG Realty. She was elected as a Director for the Heartland Association of Realtors. She also served as a Chair on the MLS Committee, and she was a member of several Committees and Taskforces.  She earned the 2016 & 2017 Association Achievement Award & RPAC 2017 Capitol Club Award. Sara is also a licensed RE Instructor and she is passionate about teaching & mentoring new agents to become successful Realtors.

“I feel that my experience as a Board Member in another State and being a Realtor in Howard Lake will bring a different perspective. I would like to be an advocate for Realtors in small towns as we encounter different challenges.” 


David Pope

David Pope was born and raised on a farm in South Central MN. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Agriculture Economics, David moved to Southwestern MN starting his real estate career as a farm manager having been a licensed real estate professional since 1993 specializing primarily in farmland.  After marrying Patty Zuzek in 2012, David and Patty have partnered in their real estate businesses working closely together to assist each other.  David has learned much about residential real estate while sharing his knowledge regarding selling farmland.  David is a strong proponent of  RPAC, is a member of REALTORS® Land Institute and participates on various NAR, MAAR, & RLI committees.  If selected, David looks forward to growing & promoting MAAR while gaining a better understanding of MAAR and those it serves.


Matt Wandzel

Matt Wandzel enjoys making connections and using those connections to better the real estate industry.  Each day in real estate brings new experiences and new challenges which keeps him on his toes. Matt’s involvement in the Young Professionals Network has been a wonderful experience and he looks forward to the opportunity of continuing that leadership while on the Board of Directors. Outside of real estate, he has a passion for all things cycling, including leading a cycling club and organizing bike races.