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Mehringer began her management career in 1988 and has managed multiple branch offices for high profile companies including Fred Sands Realtors®, John Douglas Company and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Westlake Village and Beverly Hills. As the former Vice President and Regional Manager for Fred Sands Kathy developed and supervised the company's training program and was the legal liaison responsible for forms and policy development.
Kathy Mehringer joined Compass in December of 2015 where she assumed the role of Broker of Record and Director of Risk Management for the Southern California, Northern California and San Diego regions. Her focus is on expansion, compliance supervision, educational outreach, risk management, professionalism, claims/dispute resolution as well as contract and transactional education.
Kathy has been a member of the California Association of Realtors® ("C.A.R.") since 1977 and currently serves as a State Director. Over the years she has held multiple prominent committee positions, most notably as chair and vice chair of the Standard Forms Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with overseeing the extensive library of forms utilized by agents throughout the state. Kathy also served on the Residential Purchase Agreement Study Group which was instrumental in providing direction for the past five revisions of the RPA currently used statewide prior to December 2021. In 2003 she was presented with the Realtor® of the Year award from Conejo Valley Association of Realtors® and in 2013 received one of C.A.R.’s highest honors when she was elected “Director for Life”. Kathy’s service to the industry over the years is broad in scope and includes participation including but not limited to the following committees and leadership positions:
California Association of REALTORS® ("C.A.R.")
Defense Strategy Committee: Chair 2022
Defense Strategy Committee: Member 2012-2014
Fair Housing Policy: Regional Representative 2022
Transaction & Regulatory: Member 2022
Legal Affairs Forum: Vice Chair / Chair 2012 / 2013
Legal Action Fund: Member 2004-2008 / 2016-2021
Federal Issues: Vice Chair / Chair 2009 / 2010
Liaison and Executive Committee: 2012 / 2015
Distressed Property Task Force: Member 2011 / 2012
Buyer Representation Task Force: Member 2022
National Association of REALTORS® ("NAR")
Director: 2010 - 2014
Legal Action Committee: Member 2022 - 2024
Risk Management Committee: Member 2019-2021
San Diego Association of REALTORS® ("SDAR")
Risk Management Committee: Member 2018-2022
Risk Management Committee: Vice Chair/Chair. 2008/2009
Risk Management Committee: Member 2007
Multiple Listing Service (MLS): Member 2016-2018
Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® ("SRAR")
Risk Management Committee: Chair 2022
Risk Management Committee. Founding Member 2008-2022
Ethics & Arbitration Committtee: Member 2022
Procuring Cause Task Force: Member 2021
Professional Standards: Member 2007, 2009, 2010
Ethics and Arbitration Policy Committee: Chair 2007
Conejo Valley Association of REALTORS® ("CVAR")
President Conejo Valley Association of Realtors® 2000
Grievance Committee: Member 1992-1997
Board of Directors: Director 1997-2001
Greivance Committee: Chair 2001-2005
Asset and Building Managment: Member 2004-2007
Throughout her career Kathy has been passionate in her quest to promote education and professionalism within the industry. As a former instructor for the Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI) she taught Agency Law and Ethics. During the financial meltdown in 2007 – 2012 Kathy provided Short Sale Risk Management seminars throughout the Western United States, specifically California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii.
She established working relationships with senior management from major lending institutions, government sponsored enterprises and law enforcement agencies and routinely moderated and participated in lender panels with the goal of building a greater understanding and partnership between lending institutions, regulators and the real estate community.
She is a respected advocate for the prevention of mortgage fraud and has conducted Fraud Prevention and other real estate related seminars for/with Lenders, Freddie Mac, the Department of Real Estate, the California State Bar Association, the Women’s Council of Realtors®, Professional Standards Committees and law enforcement including the FBI, IRS and local enforcement agencies.
In addition to her ongoing industry contributions Kathy is an ardent supporter of America’s Veterans. She demonstrates her gratitude for their sacrifice through charitable contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation. In 2003 Kathy founded and maintained a Memorial Fund for the son of Southern California resident and Iraq war combat causality, Sergeant Michael Bitz, United States Marine Corps.
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