Meet Your President

Laurie Knudsen’s Bio

Early years
Born in Brooklyn. Grew up there and in Huntington, Long Island. The oldest of five children.

Broker-in-charge (BIC), Ballantyne office of Helen Adams Realty. BIC with the same firm since 2004. General sales manager, same firm, 2006-present. BIC with Coldwell Banker Flouhouse/United, 1998-2004. Manager of the Year, Coldwell Banker United, 2003.

Associate’s degree in nursing, State University of New York (Farmingdale), 1971.

October Oct. 3, 1949.

Three grown children, all married. Eric is a software developer who lives in Ballantyne and has two children; Diane is a homemaker in San Diego with three children; and Greg is an attorney in Chicago.

Association leadership/committee experience
Association Board of Directors (2005-present), president-elect (2010), treasurer (2008, 2009), CMLS Board of Directors (2003, 2008-present), National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Board of Directors (2008-present), North Carolina Association of Realtors® (NCAR) Board of Directors (2005-present), Audit, Budget and Finance Committee (2008-present), Real Estate Weekly Task Force (2009), Housing Opportunity Foundation Committee (2008), Website Design Task Force (2007), Professional Standards Committee (2005-2007), Nominating Committee (2005), Grievance Committee (2001-2003).

Community involvement
Active at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Serves on the social justice committee and is an Eucharistic (lay) minister.

Neighborhood, home style
Lives off Carmel Road north of N.C. 51, in a 51-year-old traditional, two-story home.

Exercise, especially running. Runs about 15 miles per week. Also likes travel, especially visiting national parks. Favorite so far is Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah. Plans to see Glacier National Park in northern Montana next September.

If I were not in residential real estate, I would …
Join the Peace Corps.

Favorite book
“Trinity” by Leon Uris. “The characters and family dynamics were so real to me,” she says.

Favorite quote
When Yoda of “Star Wars” says to Luke Skywalker, “There is no try, only do.”

Most inspired by
Her maternal grandmother, Angie Falco, who came to the U.S. from Italy when she was 4. Her mother died when she was 8, and she left school to raise her siblings. Nonetheless, she learned to read. She worked in a sweatshop in the garment district of New York City and raised two daughters by herself after her husband left the family.

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