VAR welcomes two new staffers

From CEO Scott Brunner:

Shaun Jillions will join the VAR staff September 1 as VP of public policy. Shaun comes to us from the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, where he has served as legislative policy director, a position that included direct lobbying, regulatory oversight, and policy development.

Shaun is a Portland native, earned his undergraduate degree form San Diego State University and his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law.  He is also the former lobbyist for the City of Henderson, Nevada, which at the time of his work there was the fastest-growing city in the U.S.

Shaun has extensive land use and property rights policy experience and knowledge of the REALTOR® organization that I believe will enhance VAR’s public policy efforts and well-serve our 31,000 members.

Also, former General Assembly member and DPOR chief Jay DeBoer has come to VAR as a contractor/staff attorney in our legal department. Jay earned undergraduate and law degrees from William & Mary. In the General Assembly he represented his Southside Virginia district for 20 years before appointment by Governor Warner as head of the Virginia Department for the Aging. In 2006 he was named by Governor Kaine to lead the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, which includes the Real Estate Board and Appraisal Board.

During his tenure there, he strengthened the agency’s customer service orientation and a fostered a strong working relationship with VAR. Jay brings considerable expertise in real estate License Law and regulation, and will serve as VAR’s staff liaison on those issues. 

He’ll also be working with Blake on the Legal Hotline and other risk management programs. I believe he’ll be a credit to our association and a great resource for our members.


I’m delighted to have two people of such high caliber and expertise joining our team, and I know they will only enhance the talented VAR staff we already have in place.

Welcome, Shaun and Jay.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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