Leadership Insights from the 2017 Class

Keller Williams – Ballantyne

“Leadership means guiding others to use their specific talents to complete tasks in pursuit of an important goal. Leadership also means being able to provide guidance that ultimately leaves others feeling as though they have accomplished something together they could not accomplished on their own.”

Tammie is extremely active in the community and volunteers for Guardian Ad Litem, Friendship Trays, and even works for the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections on election days. She is a partner with Social Venture Partners and is also the proud founder of “Pancakes for a Purpose,” an annual fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research in memory of her late husband who lost his battle to the disease.

The McDevitt Agency

“Leaders, through example, character and hard work are able to guide a group to accomplish a shared goal while fostering a positive debate of ideas and encouragement to contribute to the group’s goals.”

Sophia truly believes in the spirit of volunteerism and giving back! She’s a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, Sherry Strong and a number of cancer research organizations and children’s charities. She’s also active with the Junior League of Charlotte where she serves as Events Chair

Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association

“To me, a leader recognizes and appreciates the individual strengths and characteristics  of his/her team members and knows how to utilize each of them to achieve a shared vision. Sets an example but is willing to learn from others. Communicates clearly, and also listens and discerns.”

During Dana’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, sewing, spending time with family, playing with her 120 lb. puppy, and exploring her adopted home state of NC. She volunteers for the Daughters of the Nile, whose purpose is to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children worldwide.

RE/MAX Executive

“Leadership is the ability to give direction and guidance to a group with the
best interest of the group being the top priority.”

Joe is a Rowan County native and a UNC Charlotte graduate. He was raised in a “real estate family” and spent his early career as a middle school math and social studies teacher before seguing into residential real estate.

Keller Williams – Ballantyne

“A leader should make everyone feel included and be resourceful. My clients call me “The Resourceful Realtor®” because a good leader always uses his or her resources wisely to arrive at solutions to problems.”

Alyson loves the Carolinas and spends her time between Charlotte and her family farm in South Carolina. Originally from New Orleans, she believes in giving “lagniappe” to all her clients. “Lagniappe” is the Louisiana custom of generosity, a little something extra neither expected nor demanded.

Housing Opportunity Foundation

“My idea of leadership is stepping outside the box to motivate a group of people to achieve a common goal.”

Bryan works tirelessly to support the efforts and mission of the Housing Opportunity Foundation, the association’s charitable arm. Bryan also assists with the Workforce Housing Certificate Program and serves as the staff liaison for the Fair & Affordable Housing Advisory Group.

Equity NC Real Estate

“True leaders lead by example and are able to effectively communicate their vision. But I also believe leaders are team players, should have fun, work smart and live big. Real leadership includes patience while fostering confidence, motivation and respect which leads to trust and results!”

CherylAnne not only enjoys an active career in real estate but also brings a unique perspective with an extensive background in nursing, particularly in the area of mental health as well as service as a Life Empowerment Coach.


“A leader inspires, guides, mentors and challenges groups and/or individuals. However, true leaders encourage the leadership and innovation of all on the team, knowing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Julie is a Charlotte-area native and started her career in real estate in 2000 and worked in a number of roles – from recruiting, to relocation, to office administration, sales and now management. Before real estate Julie studied Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

Cottingham Chalk Hayes Realtors®

“A strong leader is trustworthy, has good judgement and is able to make thoughtful decisions. Therefore leadership is the ability and willingness to step forward to help others and contribute to a greater cause.”

Jordan is a recent graduate of Clemson University where she studied Financial Management with an emphasis in real estate. She’s also done volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and the Oconee County Human Society.

Southern Homes of the Carolinas

“Leadership is the best source of energy to inspire, influence and motivate others. A true leader shares his or her power with passion and knows when to delegate and when to just step up, and complete a task in order to achieve a goal.”

Marbelia is a native of Venezuela and has been in real estate since 2002, when she worked in new construction. Although she has extensive volunteer background with the association through the Foundation, Diversity Council and Education committees, she assists in her local community with translation and other needs at her church and a free community clinic in Huntersville and Cornelius. She also enjoys raising awareness about the homeless and human trafficking.

T.R. Lawing Realty, Inc.

“A strong leader is trustworthy, has good judgement and is able to make thoughtful decisions. Therefore leadership is the ability and willingness to step forward to help others and contribute to a greater cause.”

Ever the humble leader, Sallie notes that her very best attributes are her daughter and husband who make her proud and keep her grounded.

5 Points Realty

“I believe leadership is the ability to lead or influence others by example in character, humility and knowledge. I also believe leaders should display service excellence, integrity, continual improvement, motivational support and loyalty as well as the ability to actively listen.”

Beverly made Charlotte her home in 1999 after moving from Chattanooga, TN. When she is not practicing real estate, Beverly enjoys volunteering her time as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Youth Rowing organization, Charlotte’s first and largest youth rowing travel team.

Keller Williams – South Park

“Leadership is the ability to arise a sentiment in people that is greater than the individual.”

Michael is a native of Lima, Peru and has a strong background in corporate finance, operations and project management, which makes him a perfect fit for the Association’s Audit Budget & Finance Committee. Michael also has strong ties to the Latin American Coalition where he served as Chairman in 2015 and as a board member and treasurer from 2009-2014. Notably, Michael received the Distinguished Award for Service from the Latin American Coalition in 2015.

Young Realty & Associates

“Leadership is the ability to determine a need and then being able to execute and get the desired results through every suitable means.”

Shaleen is passionate about many things, especially real estate and advocacy, but her family is first and foremost. When Shaleen is not with a client, she can be found with family or donating time through her philanthropic efforts to raise awareness for Children with Autism.

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Carolinas

“Leaders provide vision and direction as well as possess the ability to execute the goals of an organization, all while exhibiting strength and confidence.”

Melissa received NCAR’s Rising Star Award in 2016 and was the 2015 Vane Mingle Rookie of the Year. She places high value on integrity and a hard day’s work but believes one should also have a passion to serve and make a positive impact in someone’s life each day.  

A look at the 2017 class in action

Want more information on the Leadership Academy? Contact leadership@carolinahome.com or 704.940.3149.

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