NC REALTORS® William C. Bass Leadership Academy Announces Class of 2019

The NC REALTORS® William C. Bass Leadership Academy recently selected its Class of 2019, including members that geographically represent the majority of the state. The candidates are:

Chester Bartlett, Carolina Smokies Association of REALTORS®

Cristina Grossu, Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association

Phillip Johnson, Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®

Amanda Martin, Long Leaf Pine REALTORS®

Tim McBrayer, Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

Dave Noyes, Hendersonville Board of REALTORS®

Melissa Polce, Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association

Sandy Stewart, Mid Carolina Regional Association of REALTORS®

Lisa Thomas, Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®

Adam Upchurch, Topsail Island Association of REALTORS®

Katie J. Wangrin, Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®

Candidates were selected by an anonymous, Candidate Selection Committee of NC REALTORS® members and were chosen based on interest in elevating their personal and professional leadership skills, commitment to the industry, future potential as a REALTOR® and leader in the industry, and personal and professional characteristics to ensure a “diverse, non-discriminatory, geographically representative and forward-thinking” class.

The NC REALTORS® William C. Bass Leadership Academy is a ten-month training and development program exclusively for NC REALTORS® that identifies, inspires and mentors emerging leaders in real estate. This leadership development program is designed to guide each participant through their own self-discovery process and teach the necessary skills to become a more positive influence within the community and the industry. The academy is open to all NC REALTORS® in good standing.

Courses begin in December with five retreats during the year across North Carolina including one retreat in Chicago, IL visiting the National Association of REALTORS® headquarters. It concludes with the graduation ceremony during the NC REALTORS® Convention & Expo in September.

“Embracing leadership and all of the qualities and characteristics that make a good leader great is the foundation for the NC REALTORS® William C. Bass Leadership Academy,” stated Stephanie Walker, ABR, CRS, GRI, RSPS, SFR, SRES, president of Stephanie Walker and Associates and NC REALTORS® 2016 REALTOR® of the Year. “As one of the early academy graduates, I personally witnessed and experienced the value it creates for the association, industry and REALTOR® graduates.”

In 2016, the official name of the program was changed to honor of William C. Bass – an NC REALTOR® with a legacy of leadership and dedication to REALTORS®, the association, and the industry. Bass was also an early champion of the academy and helped steward its success throughout the years.

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