Trade & Foreign Investment Committee
CEO, Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors
In 2016 Chip Ahlswede was named CEO of the Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® (BH/GLAAR). BH/GLAAR is the trade association for the 11,000 real estate professionals in the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood. BH/GLAAR has been an active advocate for homeownership, property rights, and responsible land use policies in Los Angeles since 1903. Since Chip’s joining BH/GLAAR, the organization has grown to become the largest REALTOR® Association by membership in Los Angeles County, and has focused on empowering its members in their real estate industry business interests.
As CEO, Chip has overseen the expansion of the association’s global and international trade efforts. In 2016 BH/GLAAR was named the ambassador association to the French organization for real estate professionals – FNAIM. Beginning in 2017, BH/GLAAR began exhibiting in the largest international real estate expo in the world – MIPIM each March in Cannes. BH/GLAAR has also conducted trade missions for its members to China, Greece, France, and this year will be going to Japan as well.
Prior to joining BH/GLAAR Chip co-founded Government Affairs Strategies, LLC in 2010 – a full-service public affairs firm dedicated to assisting businesses, organizations, and individuals in their political efforts. The partners of GAStrategies focused on helping businesses and associations across the country develop government and public relations departments. Their collective 60+ years of government and public relations experience implement creative solutions and initiatives to accomplish legislative, elective, and PAC goals.
Chip has been a featured presenter to local, state, and national organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives, Public Affairs Council, National Association of REALTORS(R), National Apartment Association, and others.