NC REALTORS® 2019 Elections

The online elections to elect the 2019 NC REALTORS® President-Elect, Regional Vice Presidents, Finance and Budget Committee members, Issues Mobilization Committee member and NAR Directors will take place from 12:00:01 am on Monday, August 13 to 11:59:59 pm on Thursday August 16, 2018.   REALTOR® members and Association Executives are eligible to vote and must have had their member information reported in the NC REALTORS® NRDS system no later than July 14.  Members reported after July 14 will not be able to access the ballot—our voting service will not have your information.

How to Vote:

  • When the election begins, eligible members may access the voting site at or through our website at and click on the “Vote” banner at the top of our home page. If you use an ad blocker, you may need to turn off the ad blocker software and refresh the page.
  • Once you have accessed the voting site, log in with your:
    1)  NRDS number and,
    2)  Your email address on file with your local Association as of July 14.


Contact your local Association if you do not know your NRDS number or are unsure what email was noted in your member record.    The combination of your NRDS number and email address gives you access to the ballot.

If, after obtaining  the correct information from your local Association, you are still having problems voting, contact Donna Peterson at   A response will be provided during business hours, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Election results will be posted on our website at by the close of business on August 17.

Candidate Information

President-Elect (Elect one candidate)

Maren Brisson-Kuester photoMaren Brisson-Kuester
Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association

For the past 15 years, I have been a Broker/REALTOR® with Cottingham Chalk Hayes REALTORS® while maintaining top producer status since 2006.  From 2014-16 I served as president of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association/CarolinaMLS.

Since 2005 I have been extremely active in our industry associations with my recent roles listed below:

  • Local:  Charlotte Association Board of Directors (2014- 2017); Carolina MLS Board of Directors (2011-2018); Charlotte Executive Committee (2014 2017); RE and Building Industry Coalition Board of Governors; Executive Committee (2008-2009, 2018); Housing Opportunity Foundation (2014-2017).
  • State:  NC REALTORS® Board of Directors (2006-18); NC REALTORS® Executive Committee (2018-2019); NCRPAC Trustee (2017-2020); NCRPAC Region 8 RPAC Chair (2014-17).
  • National:  NAR Director (2014-2018); Consumer Communications (2015-2016); Membership Policy/Board Jurisdiction (2016-2017); Strategic Thinking (2018); Budget Review (2018).


  • RPAC Chairman’s Award – 2015, 2016, 2017
  • RPAC Hall of Fame Member – 2018
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business – 2017
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40 – 2016
  • CRRA REALTOR®-of-the-Year – 2016

I have chaired and championed for organizations such as:  Classroom Central, Charlotte Preparatory PTA, Operation Christmas Child, Jacob’s Ladder, Levine Children’s Hospital and Charlotte Family Housing.  I consistently dedicate my talents in ways to promote economic growth for our entire region.

As a native North Carolinian, I grew up in Weddington.  After attending The University of SC, I moved to Charlotte; where I am raising my two sons, Reid and Dillon.  I feel blessed to have spent my life here; from the waters of Lake Wylie to the coastline of Topsail Island.

I have been relentless in my efforts to improve our industry and our communities.  It is because of this unending drive to serve that I ask for your support in becoming your 2019 President-Elect!

Issues Mobilization Committee (Elect one candidate)

Tracey Swanson photoTracy Swanson, ABR, GRI, RSPS, SFR, SPS, SRES
Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®

I am EXCITED about the opportunity to run for a position on Issues Mobilization Committee 2019.  I have been a Realtor for 11 plus years.  I bring 20 years of honorable United States of Marine Corps service to the table.  I have integrity, honesty, and courage to work with others to make strong and fair decisions to protect our private property rights and housing affordability in NC.  I promise to serve with the utmost fairness in making decisions for ALL NC property owners.

Local Board Committees

  • Board of Directors 1/1/2016 – Current
  • Election Committee 01/01/2017 – 12/31/2017
  • Strategic Planning 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017
  • MLS Committee 01/01/2017 – 12/31/2017
  • Election Committee 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016
  • Nominating Committee 01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
  • Education Committee and Vice Chair 01/01/2014 – 12/31/2014
  • Legislative/PAC Committee 01/01/2012 – 12/31/2013
  • Professional Standards Committee 01/01/2008 – 12/31/2008
Finance Committee (Elect three candidates)

Bill Aceto photoBill Aceto, Green
High Country Association of REALTORS®

My name is Bill Aceto a member of High Country Association of REALTORS® in Boone, and I am honored to announce my candidacy for 2018 Finance and Budget Committee for NC REALTORS®.  I became involved with NC REALTORS® in 2014 when I attended the annual legislative meetings in Raleigh and completed the NC REALTORS® Leadership academy in 2015.  The academy was a excellent opportunity that allowed me to meet the current and future leaders of our REALTOR® organization and provide a foundation of the inner workings of our organization.  I have also served on the Legislative Committee & Information Management Committee. At the local level I have served on the MLS Committee, Treasurer of both MLS & Board, currently President Elect for 2019.   Professionally I am broker co/owner of Blue Ridge Realty & Investments, LLC; a real estate firm with 35+ agents with 6 office locations & Co-owner / BIC of Blue Ridge Professional Property Services, LLC; a property management company that handles Long Term Rentals, Vacation Rentals, POA Management, & Absentee Home Care.  I look forward to continue to serve the REALTOR® community and ask and thank you for your vote and confidence as we aim for continued success as NC REALTORS®.

Donna Atherton photoDonna Atherton, ABR, GRI, RSPS, SPS, SRES
Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®

I feel that getting involved is important for personal growth and to further our profession.  Since becoming a North Carolina REALTOR® in 2012, I have served on the education committee, budget and finance committee, nominating committee, bylaws/policy committee, strategic planning committee and board of directors.   In addition, in 2016 I was honored to be the recipient of the Rising Star Award.

Prior to real estate, I was with Krispy Kreme in international sourcing.  I have travelled to many different countries and appreciate the cultural differences as well as what we can learn from each other.   In 2008 I earned an MBA from Gardner-Webb University.

I would be honored to serve on the Finance and Budget committee.

Laurie Knudsen photoLaurie Knudsen, GRI
Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association

I am once again honored to have the opportunity to submit my application to be part of the Finance Committee.  I understand that the stewardship of an organization is of the utmost importance.  Having served as both Treasurer and President of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association and the Carolinas Multiple Listing Service, I know that a sound financial basis allows an association to make the best decisions for its membership, as opposed to making decisions based on the lack of resources.

Since the end of my term as President of our local association, I have continued to serve on the Audit Budget Finance and Professional Standards Committee, as well as an NC REALTORS® director. I am and always have been proud of being a REALTOR® and serving both the community and the membership of our association in order to serve my profession.   I would truly appreciate the ability to serve our membership in this capacity.

John Wood photoJohn Wood, GRI
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

I am honored to be a Candidate for the NC REALTORS® (NCR) Finance Committee.  As a REALTOR® since 1988 I have developed a passion to serve our industry in a variety of ways.  Over the last 13 years I have actively served my local board in Raleigh (RRAR), NCR, and NAR in a variety of capacities including as RRAR President (09), NCR Regional Vice President (10/11) and NAR Director for 5 years (09-13)  Currently I am a member of the Triangle MLS Board of Directors, a committee member of the NCR Raleigh Real Property Operations Committee (Heck-Andrews)  and serve in several roles at RRAR including Professional Standards, Mediator, and New Member Instructor for the Code of Ethics.

The NC REALTORS® Finance Committee falls within the passion I have in serving our industry.  I am a strong believer that associations should be good stewards of our member’s dues dollars.  Those that have served with me in the past have witnessed that I am always prepared for the meetings and have taken pride to understand the financials.  From 2009 to 2012 I was deeply engaged at RRAR, NCR, and NAR to help find solutions so those organizations could not only survive those difficult times, but to also continue to serve the members that needed the help and support of their REALTOR® Associations.

As the proud Broker/Owner of RE/MAX United based in the Triangle my daily focus is to serve the REALTORS® at our company.  Outside of real estate I’m actively involved in my Rotary Club, my Church and in Boy Scouts.

Thank you for your Support and Vote to serve on the NC REALTORS® Finance Committee.

NAR Director (Number of Directors to be elected determined after July 31)

Lou Baldwin photoLou Baldwin, GRI
Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®

I will be honored if, elected, to represent North Carolina REALTORS® as an NAR Director. I will bring experience having served 6 years as a Director and serving on numerous NAR Committees including Strategic Thinking, Realtor Party Member Involvement, Realtor Political Involvement, Broker Involvement Council, Meetings & Events, Member Communications and Consumer Communications, where I currently serve as the Past-Chairman. I have served on NAR Presidential Advisory and Work Groups, including current service on the NAR Brand Work Group. I am a 2011 Graduate of NAR’s Leadership Academy. I have served as the Federal Political Coordinator to U.S. Senator Richard Burr for 24 years and was honored to receive NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator Meritorious Service Award in 2017. I am a Crystal R President’s Circle Major Donor to RPAC.

I believe the depth and breadth of my experience will allow me to serve you well as a Director.  While my experience is deep, such as my NAR Committee Chairmanship, I also have a wide breadth of experience through 18 appointments to 11 different NAR committees, work groups or academies.

As a Past-President of NC REALTORS® and a past two-term local President, I will bring a local, state and national perspective to this opportunity. My service as an NAR Director will always be active, I will not just fill a seat but will actively lead in delivering great outcomes for our membership, our communities and our nation. I am grateful to have been named your 2017 NC REALTOR® of the Year and I am passionate about continuing to serve. It is truly an honor to be a “REALTOR® in the Arena.”

I will greatly appreciate your support for NAR Director.

Sandra O'Connor photoSandra O’Connor, ABR, CIPS, CRB, GRI
Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association

I am a candidate for NCR NAR Director.  It was a privilege to serve as NAR’s Region 4 Vice President representing the states of KY, TN, SC and NC in 2015. That allowed me to also serve on NAR’s Executive Committee.  In 2014 I was named NCR’s REALTOR of the Year. I served as NCR President in 2009 and Treasurer 2006-2007.  I was a member of NCR’S Executive Committee from 2003-2010 and in 2016. I served as an NAR Director from 2008-2013 and currently since 2016. It would be a privilege to continue to represent you.

With your help I would like to represent NCR.  I believe a Director should have the skills to advocate and communicate with members and NAR.  Through my current service as an NAR REALTOR® Party for Campaign Services member I am in touch with issues that affect our industry and our ability to do business together.

As a member of the RPAC Hall of Fame and six years as a Federal Political Coordinator I am sensitive to issues that promote and protect private property rights.  I will be a strong and fair representative for NCR.

Our business is nothing if it is not a relationship business.  Through my participation I have had the opportunity to establish some strong relationships and to seize the opportunity to develop new ones. If I am sitting in that seat, it is you who will be seated there!  As an NAR Director I will be available to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions and will bring back timely information. I will work to connect you wherever you would like to be connected, one relationship at a time.  Thank you for your consideration and your vote!

Patrice Willetts photoPatrice Willetts, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SRES, SRS

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the NAR Director candidates. This is the opportunity you have to vote for the NCR member that you feel does their best to represent you on the national level. It has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career, advocating for you, serving you and working hard to understand our industry needs.

Advocating for property rights and the needs of our industry is the foundation of my desire to serve as an NAR Director. I have been active at the national level in many different ways, from serving on the Flood Insurance Committee, Issues Mobilization Committee, to helping to rewrite policy for Land Use, Property Rights and Environment Committee.  Public Policy Coordinating Committee is where I am serving now.

In 2013 I had the honor of serving as your North Carolina REALTORS® President. It was an exciting and very busy year. During that year, while at National Association of REALTORS® meetings in Washington D.C., I had one of the most memorable opportunities; with the help of many, I was privileged to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington on behalf of you, the NC REALTOR® member.

Often times, we are given opportunities to serve in exciting ways. I currently have the honor of serving as the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman David Rouzer in D.C.  In this role I am personally in touch with the Congressman and his staff, as regulations and legislation are considered in Washington.

As a Golden R®, member of the Presidents Circle and NAR RPAC Hall of Fame, I work to stay involved and informed. I respectfully ask for your vote to serve you on the national level as an NAR Director from North Carolina.

Stephanie Walker photoStephanie Walker, ABR, CRS, GRI, RSPS, SFR, SRES
Outer Banks Association

Why I ask for your vote?
You deserve someone who can and will make a difference.  Someone who will make certain the voices of the North Carolina REALTORS® are heard at the National Level.  You deserve a Director who can pick up the phone or send an email to have a current issue addressed expeditiously. Someone who will assist our NCR members find opportunities best suited to their expertise at the national level.

National Association of REALTORS® Experience
I have been actively engaged at NAR since 2005, serving as committee Chair 5 times and Vice Chair 3 times.  I have been appointed to 4 Presidential Advisory Groups (PAG) including Professionalism, National Flood Insurance, Election, and NFIP Implementation and was a member of the Workgroup who designed NAR’s Resort Property Certification (RSPS). Most recently I served on both the Commitment to Excellence and the Interpretations and Procedures Advisory Boards. I have also served as a member of the Expanded Leadership Team serving as Liaison in 2015.

It is my honor to have served as NCR President in 2011, as an NAR Director since 2010 and to currently serve as Chair of the NCR Leadership Academy.

I am happy to address questions or issues any time and I appreciate your consideration.

Stephanie Walker
2011 NCR President, Golden R, RPAC Hall of Fame, PC

NAR Experience Highlights:

2015 -2018 NCAR NAR Director
2015 NAR Liaison to AEC
2015 Expanded Leadership Team
2013/14 Chair, Interps & Proc. Adv. Bd
2014 Chair, Medium Board Sub Council
2014 Local Leadership IEC
2014 PAG, NFIP Implementation
2014 Elections PAG
2013 PAG Flood Insurance
2013 PAG Elections
2012 Chair, Professional Standards Committee
2011 Vice Chair, Professional Standards Com.
2008-2009 PAG, Professionalism
2006-2018 Professional Standards Committee
2008 Resort Certification Committee
2005-2008 Resort Committee

Bruce Williams photoBruce Williams, AHWD, CRS, GRI
Brunswick County Association

My commitment to the REALTOR® family is evidenced by over 26 years of continuous service through elected positions, volunteer roles and community outreach opportunities at the local, state and national levels.

Giving back to the communities in which we live is essential to maintaining the level of professionalism that customers/clients expect and deserve. In my roles as president of the GRRA and BCAR, I worked with colleagues to ensure volunteerism was a core objective. Examples of this focus include Get a Kid Ready for School, Bicycles for Kids, Holiday for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, etc.

My commitment to my own professional growth as well as that of the boards on which I have served has led me to teach workshops, facilitate planning sessions statewide, support continuing education, mentor and explore new approaches to staff and agent development.

My roles at the national level have included participation in Diversity, Education and NAGLREP committees. State level I have served as NCREEF, CRS president, Executive Committee member, Leadership Academy Commissioner, Governance Task Force, Strat planning Voting task force and NC REALTORS® Board of Directors.

I value my experience serving as NAR Director for over 7 years as part of the REALTOR® family and I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to represent you as an NAR Director.

Regional Vice President (One candidate elected in each region by members of their region only)

Connie Corey photoRegion 3 – Connie Corey, GRI, SLS
Greenville-Pitt Association of REALTORS®

It is with great honor that I have been asked to seek the office of RVP for Region 3.  Having held many positions within Greenville-Pitt Association of REALTORS®, NC REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®, I have seen many changes over the past 31 years.  There have been many volunteers that are no longer with us or active within our Association.  I feel having been continually active in many aspects of our Association, I can bring history, knowledge and vision to our future advancements.  We are an Association of diversity, education, political advocacy, consumer protection and member advancement.  Our Association has accomplished great things over the last decades.  We have a strong voice in Raleigh and Washington, DC.

I think my experience will bring valuable input into the decisions that are going to need to be made by our Executive Committee.  We are strong financially and ethically.  However, there are forces that are coming at our industry daily.  We have some huge struggles and challenges ahead of us.   With your vote and support, I would like the privilege to serve as RVP for Region 3 and be a voice for all our members.

Thank you again, for the opportunity to continue to serve our members.

Julia Tucker photoRegion 4 – Julia Tucker, ABR, CSP, Eco Broker, GRI
Durham Regional Association

I believe in service before self and thus I am seeking the position as Region 4 RVP.  Having held a North Carolina Real Estate license for the past 33 years has taught me much.  I love the real estate business and I would like the opportunity to give back to the profession that has been so good to me.

Being a past president of Durham Regional and Orange Chatham Association of REALTORS® has well prepared me for this position as has graduating from NCR Leadership Academy and Triangle Leadership Academy.

It would be my honor to represent the NCR members of Region 4.

Penny Boyles photoRegion 6 – Penny Boyles, CRS, GRI
Winston-Salem Regional Association

Originally from Wilkes County, I’ve lived in Yadkin County, Forsyth and Stokes County.  My real estate career allows me to enjoy the more rural countryside of Stokes, Surry, Yadkin & Wilkes in addition to the Winston-Salem and small surrounding communities.  I understand the challenges REALTORS® face working in the rural areas as well as the issues that arise in working with larger municipalities.

Self-employed from age 25, I started my real estate career with a large franchise firm in 1992. I opened my own firm in 2011.  This familiarity of large and small firms offers me a unique perspective of the industry.

I am proud to be a REALTOR®. I believe involvement and volunteering for our local and state associations is not only instrumental in our professional development but also helps build long-lasting relationships with other like-minded REALTORS® across the state and country.   I have found my fellow REALTORS® to be extended family and I enjoy being someone they can trust with their questions, concerns and referrals.

Service includes:

Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®
President: 2011
Board of Directors:  2004, 2010 – 2012 & 2017.
Committee involvement: 2010 – 2018 incl. Social, Education, Community Service, Nominating, MLS, Budget & Finance, Joint Legislative, Administrative, RPAC/REALTOR® Party, Strategic Planning
Committee Chairs:   Social, Nominating, Budget & Finance, Administrative committees.
MLS Committee: Chair 2012 & 2017, Vice-chair 2011 & 2016
Task Force committees:  100th Anniversary and the Appraiser/Mortgage Lender/REALTOR®

Board of Director Liaison:  2010
President: 2017
Board of Directors: 2011 – 2013, 2016-2018

Board of Directors – 2010 & 2011, 2016
REALTOR® Partners Committee member

Other Professional Achievements:
In 2017, I was honored to receive the Thomas W. Lambe Hall of Fame Award – WSRAR’s coveted lifetime achievement award.

Community Involvement:
President, King Chamber of Commerce 2008.  Board of Directors, 2007
King Lions Club, Director 2017

Jennifer Frontera photoRegion 8 – Jennifer Frontera, BPOR, SFR, At Home with Diversity
Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association

Over the last 20 years, I have served my local Association, Carolina Regional REALTOR® Association in a variety of positions.  President in 2012. I continue to serve at a local level as a director of the Housing Opportunity Foundation. I have had the opportunity to serve on both the State level with NC REALTORS® and with National Association of REALTORS®. Currently at NC REALTORS®, I am on the Forms Committee, Joint Forms Committee and also serve as a Director. I believe in giving back to the industry that has been my career, my life and extended family for over 20 years. In serving, I have found that I always receive far more than I have given. I would like to continue that service by running as a candidate for the Region 8 RVP. I will give the same dedication to the position of RVP as I have to all of the other positions that it has been a privilege to serve.

Renee Cooney photoRegion 9 – Renee Cooney, ABR, SRES
Carolina Smokies Association

Hello, I am a native of Macon County and have extensive roots in the WNC area.  My ancestry dates back 200+ years to the founding of Western North Carolina. I attended Southwestern Community College, where I earned dual degrees in Surveying Technology and Civil Engineering Technology. I am a licensed North Carolina Professional Land Surveyor and a Notary Public for NC. I attended Cumbie & Trull School of Real Estate in Asheville prior to acquiring my North Carolina Real Estate Broker license in 2012.  I am the Owner & Broker-in-Charge for Legacy Properties by Renee, LLC, a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NC REALTORS®) as well as the Multiple Listing Service. I am participating in the 2018 class of the William C. Bass Leadership Academy with NC REALTORS®, which will enhance my leadership abilities and allows me to represent our WNC realtor area.

I was the 2016 Realtor of the Year for Carolina Smokies Association of REALTORS®. I was also the 2015 & 2016 President and 2017 State Director for the Carolina Smokies Association of REALTORS®. I continue to chair the Education Committee and the sit on Scholarship Foundation Committee for my local association. I teach the Real Estate Prelicensing & Post licensing courses at Southwestern Community College as well as serving on the SCC Real Estate Advisory Committee. I am involved in the North Carolina Society of Surveyors and the local Nantahala Chapter of the organization.  I am past President of the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) for Macon Early College and Past President for East Franklin Elementary School PTO. I am the proud mother of three beautiful children. I enjoy gardening, hiking, sewing, reading, learning, teaching and traveling.

Mark Parker photoRegion 10 – Mark Parker
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

It has been my honor to have served as many different Chairs of Committees, as well as the Secretary Treasure (2014), President Elect (2015), President (2016), Past President (2017) for the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®.  While serving I have gained a deep appreciation and knowledge of all that our association does for its members and the welfare of homeowners’ rights.  Although I may be taking on a little more of a back seat position to allow new leadership to come forward, I pledge to continue to work diligently on behalf of all our members.  I feel it is important to give back to an organization and profession that has been good to me.  It is for the reason I wish to continue to stay involved and by serving as the Regional Vice President for Region 10 I can continue to bring back vital information to our members that can impact our industry.  Additionally, I am considering becoming a little more involved on the State level so this position will help me learn more if the intricacies at that level.

I respectfully ask for your consideration and thank you for your support to be elected as Regional Vice President for Region 10.

Be Epic. Be an NC REALTOR®.