Annapolis, Md. – Brigit Taylor of ResortQuest Delaware and Joseph Wilson of Condominium Realty – both members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) – were among 22 graduates from the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) 16th Annual Leadership Academy honored at ceremonies held recently in Annapolis.
 
The MAR 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.
 
CAR, 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 MAR Leadership Academy offers an intensive curriculum designed to develop skills in leadership, communications, strategic planning, legislative and government affairs, and community involvement and interaction. Classes are conducted over seven months and stress the value of professional and personal commitment to business, charitable, and civic endeavors.
 
               
(From left) 2016 MAR President Bonnie Casper, MAR Leadership Academy Graduate Brigit Taylor, and 2014 NAR President Tom Brown.
 
Taylor has been a member of CAR for four years and has served on its Board of Directors. She currently serves on the CAR Finance Committee and is President-Elect of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS®.
 
“I am honored that I was selected to participate in the MAR Leadership Academy as a representative of CAR,” Taylor said. “What a rewarding year it was. Each session was full of inspiration, learning, and laughter. We had healthy, open discussions each and every session. Upon return to the Shore from each session, I was able to share and apply all of what I gleaned from the previous day’s session with my sales and support team.”
 
               
(From left) 2016 MAR President Bonnie Casper, MAR Leadership Academy Graduate Joseph Wilson, and 2014 NAR President Tom Brown.
 
Wilson has been a member of CAR for four years and is a current member of the Board of Directors. He also chairs the association’s REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and Government Affairs Committee. Wilson is also an RPAC Trustee for MAR.
 
“The MAR Leadership Academy was a rigorous seven-month course that emphasized organizational leadership and planning, professional conduct, communications, and government affairs,” Wilson said. “Throughout the course, we had the opportunity to spend countless hours with several professionals from around the state in classes led by masters of each topic. I hope to be able to bring back the lessons I learned to the local association and would highly encourage other individuals in my association to take advantage of such an excellent learning opportunity.”
 
               
Joseph Wilson (left) is presented the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award by Academy Vice Chairman Blaine Williamson of the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS® (right).
 
In addition to completion of the program, Wilson was awarded the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, as the graduate who best demonstrated Maclin’s character and ideals through faith, integrity, and a deep commitment to community and real estate endeavors. This award was created by colleagues from the class of 2002 and was presented by Academy Vice Chairman Blaine Williamson of the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS®.
 
“Congratulations to Brigit and Joe for this impressive accomplishment,” said CAR President Linda Moran. “It was certainly a proud day for Coastal REALTORS®, especially after one of our most active members won the humanitarian award. It was a well-deserved honor and we are privileged to have both Joe’s and Brigit’s leadership in our association.”
 
“Today we honor you as future leaders in communities and within our REALTOR® organization,” said 2016 MAR President Bonnie Casper during the Annapolis ceremonies.
 
Steve Brown, the 2014 President of the National Association of REALTORS®, also addressed the graduates and guests, encouraging them to get involved and get their peers involved.
 
“The greatest sign of leadership that one can achieve is to gather a group of people together to achieve one common goal,” Brown said.
 
REALTORS® Property Resource and the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union sponsored the 2015-16 MAR Leadership Academy and were recognized for their support during the ceremonies.
 
More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®
 
Coastal Association of REALTORS® is the leading local advocacy group in the real estate industry on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Coastal REALTORS® works in partnership with its members to promote home ownership and preserve, protect, and advocate private property rights. The organization supports 1,000 REALTORS® who serve Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. For more information on Coastal REALTORS®, visit www.coastalrealtors.org.
 
More about the Maryland Association of REALTORS®
Maryland Association of REALTORS® is the largest Maryland professional trade association serving over 23,000 members and is dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market. For more information on MAR, visit www.mdrealtor.org.
 
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