Annapolis, Md. – Joni Williamson, president and associate broker of ERA Martin & Associates in Salisbury and secretary of the Executive Committee of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) Board of Directors, was one of 20 graduates from the 2018 Maryland REALTORS® 18th Annual Leadership Academy honored at ceremonies held recently in Annapolis.
 
                     
(From left) Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy Chair John Harrison, Academy Graduate Joni Williamson, and Maryland REALTORS® President Boyd Campbell.
 
The Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy was formed by REALTORS® who understand the important role they play in their community and the need to enhance the leadership skills, knowledge, and competencies of fellow REALTORS® interested in making a difference in their personal lives and in their communities.
 
Coastal, one of 16 local REALTOR® associations in Maryland, is a strong advocate and recognizes the importance of this program to the association’s future.
 
“The Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy offers an intensive curriculum designed to develop skills in leadership, communications, strategic planning, legislative and government affairs, and community involvement and interaction,” said Academy Chair John A. Harrison of the Anne Arundel County Association of REALTORS®. “Classes are conducted over seven months and stress the value of professional and personal commitment to business, charitable, and civic endeavors.”
 
Williamson received the W.H.C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship, presented by 2014 Maryland REALTORS® President J. Russell Boyce. The scholarship is awarded to the graduate who best demonstrates integrity, a desire to lead, and a high ethical standard, both professionally and through community involvement.
 
                      
Williamson receives the W.H.C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship from 2014 Maryland REALTORS® President J. Russell Boyce.
 
Williamson was also awarded the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award by her peers as the graduate who best demonstrated Maclin’s character and ideals through faith, integrity, and a deep commitment to community and real estate endeavors. The award was created by colleagues from the Class of 2002 and was presented by Harrison.
 
                      
Williamson receives the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award from Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy Chair John A. Harrison.
 
Williamson said the academy was an amazing experience that truly helped her prepare for her role as a leader within her company, association, and community.
 
“Each session over the seven-month course focused on a different aspect of leadership, from communication to diversity training to government affairs, and each one taught me so much about myself and working for others,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting other like-minded REALTORS® and affiliates from all over the state and was humbled to hear about their experiences and learn and grow from each other. I look forward to using the knowledge and skills I’ve gained to better the organizations with which I’m involved.”
 
This is the third year in a row that a Coastal member has received the academy’s David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, and the second year in a row that a Coastal member has received both the Maclin award and the W.H.C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship.
 
“We are so incredibly proud of Joni and we feel privileged to have her leadership, values, and experience on our Board of Directors,” said Coastal President Joel Maher. “It takes a lot of work and dedication to complete this program, and the knowledge that our graduates bring back with them really helps us to better serve our members.”
 
“Today we honor you as future leaders in communities and within our REALTOR® organization and thank you for your willingness to step into a leadership role,” said 2018 Maryland REALTORS® President Boyd Campbell at the ceremony. “You have already achieved so much.”
 
The MRIS Investors and REALTORS® Property Resource sponsored the 2017-18 Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy event.
 
For more information, visit www.coastalrealtors.org.
 
More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®
 
The Coastal Association of REALTORS® is fortunate enough to represent over 1,000 real estate professionals in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. These members are engaged, informed, and active in their communities. They support the American dream of homeownership, as well as the purchase and use of all types of real property. They are local. They are accurate. They are trusted. They are REALTORS® and affiliate members. For more information on Coastal, visit www.coastalrealtors.org.
 
The Maryland REALTORS® is the largest Maryland professional trade association serving over 24,000 members and is dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market.
 
The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark unique to real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Rayne / 410-641-4409 / sarah@coastalrealtors.org