Columbus REALTORS® selects Leadership Academy Class of 2016-2017!

Columbus REALTORS® is pleased to announce that it has selected 12 outstanding REALTOR® members to participate in its Leadership Academy class of 2016-2017.

The Academy, established six years ago, has become one of the Association’s premier programs. REALTORS® participating in this program will complete an in-depth nine-month curriculum designed to develop their expertise in business, public speaking, leadership, government, outreach and, of course, the real estate industry.

The selection process includes completing a comprehensive application and interviews with the Leadership Academy Advisory Board. Below are brief introductions of members selected for our incoming class of 2016-2017. Pictures/bios

Kelly Abbott, HER, Realtors®
Licensed since 2007, Kelly is a longtime Canal Winchester and Bloom Carroll resident. She is a successful agent, team leader (Kelly Abbott & The “A” Team) and satellite office owner in Canal Winchester concentrating in the areas of residential, commercial, short sales, and relocation. In Canal Winchester, she is a member of the Canal Connection, the CW Labor Day Committee, former director of the Peggy Woods Scholarship Pageant, and CWJRD commissioner and coach, a current BCAB cheerleading coach, and a member of the Lithopolis United Methodist Church. She is actively involved in supporting Canal Winchester and Bloom Carroll sports programs as well as other charitable organizations in her community such as Courage, Conquer and Cure. She is currently a Partner Agent, as well as a member of the HER President’s Club and Double Diamond Award Recipient.

Patti Betts, HER, Realtors®
A resident of Millersport and Pickerington/Reynoldsburg businesswoman, Patti has been a residential real estate agent since 1989. She has earned several company awards as well as the Columbus REALTORS® Ten Million Dollar Club award, is a member of the Tri-County Area Realty Association and volunteers for Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio, Lifeline of Ohio and Organ donor awareness. Patti is also a very active volunteer for the Baltimore United Methodist Church.

Karleya Chard, HER, Realtors®
Licensed since 2013, Karleya is an Upper Arlington resident and businesswoman whose team (The Chard Group) focuses on residential real estate and investment. She is a member of the Northwest Area Realty Association, REALTOR® Care Day Committee, Young Professionals Network (YPN), Thrive Moms, Delta Gamma House Corps, and First Community Church. Karleya also volunteers with the Community Shelter Board and Meals on Wheels.

Jennifer Courtright, Keller Williams Consultants Realty
Licensed since 2012, Jennifer specializes in residential real estate, is a property manager, and rental property investor. A long time Central Ohio resident, currently residing in Marysville, she is a member of the Young Professionals Network (YPN) and volunteers at Marysville Grace Church. As an animal lover, Jennifer has also volunteered for RescuedOhio, Cause for Paws, the Capital Area Humane Society, and served as Director of Home Visits for Happy Tails of Central Ohio.

Joan Defenbaugh, Keller Williams Capital Partners
Licensed since 2007, Joan is a lifelong Columbus resident whose team in Worthington focuses on residential real estate and working with investors. She holds the e-Pro Technology Certified designation, is a Technology Ambassador for her company and a networking member of COREE (Central Ohio Real Estate Entrepreneurs). Joan is also a DotCertified trainer and serves on the Finance Committee for Keller Williams Capital Partners. She is a member of the Candace's Crusaders team and participates in the annual Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K. (American Brain Tumor Association).

Lisa Gibbs, HER, Realtors®
A New Albany resident and successful businesswoman with HER's The Raines Group, Lisa was licensed in 2002 and specializes in residential real estate. She has earned the RELl Re-Marketing Specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert, Professional Property Stager, Certified New Homes Sales Professional, and Military Relocation Professional designations. Lisa is also the 2016 president of the New Albany Realty Association and a volunteer with the New Albany Woman's Network.

David Gill, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Calhoon Co.
Licensed since 2012, David is a South Side resident and Columbus businessman specializing in residential real estate. He has earned the Columbus REALTORS® One Million Dollar Club award, and has served on the association’s REALTORS® Foundation Board and Affordable Housing Committees, and as 2016 Co-Chair of its REALTOR® Care Day Committee. David is also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity,  Homeport's Army of 1000, the Hilliard Area Realty Association, 2016 President of the Grandview chapter of AmSpirit Business Connections, and volunteers for Lifecare Alliance (Meals on Wheels), Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio.

Fran Link, HER, Realtors®
A Columbus resident and Westerville area businesswoman, Fran has been licensed since 1998, and specializes in residential real estate. She is a member of Columbus REALTORS® One Million Dollar Club, has served on the Association’s Affordable Housing and REALTOR® Care Day committees, and is a recipient of the Floyd Wickham Bronze Award. Fran has served as assistant chair of Lenoir Enrichment Group that helped send kids to summer camp and as director of Triedstone Hope Outreach, an organization established to make life-changing differences in the lives of youth, adults and families in Columbus.

Misty Linn, Core Ohio
Licensed since 2006, Misty both lives and works in the downtown Columbus area. She is a member of OTENA (Old Town East) and the Midtown Area Real Estate Association, for which she served as President in 2009. Misty has also served on the Columbus REALTORS® Government Affairs, Grievance, and Professional Standards committees.

Dee Nutter, Keller Williams Capital Partners
A Worthington resident and businesswoman, Dee has been selling residential real estate since 2003.She has earned the designations of Certified Sales Professional and Certified Professional Property Stager Realtor Consultant. She serves on the Agent Leadership Council for her company and has been a volunteer for Bishop Watterson Alumni, Bishop Watterson Athletic Association, and St. Brigid of Kildare School. Dee is also an active member  of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Ted Oatts, Broker/Owner, Worthington Realty
Ted is a Worthington businessman and resident specializing in residential and commercial real estate since 1974. He has served on many committees and as a director for the Columbus REALTORS® and Ohio Association of REALTORS®, and is the 2016 Columbus REALTORS® secretary. He holds the National Association of REALTORS® Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and the OAR Graduate REALTORS® Institute (GRI) designations and is e-PRO certified. Ted is also a recipient of OAR’s REALTOR® of the Year Award and its Distinguished Service Award. He is currently serving a three-year term as president of the Ohio Baptist Foundation, and is a former president of the Commercial Real Estate Exchangers (CREE) and of the Independent Brokers Association (IBA). Ted just completed a three-year term (2013-2015) on the Worthington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a founding Lifetime Member of Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, and has served as a member of the Choir/Special Music and Personnel Committee at Dublin Baptist Church.

Rob Riddle, New Albany Realty
A resident and businessman in New Albany, Rob has been licensed since 2012 and specializes in residential real estate. He is a board member for the New Albany Walking Classic and volunteers for New Albany Presbyterian Church. Rob also serves on the Scholarship Committee for the New Albany Realty Association, the New Member Committee for Rotary International, and is on the National Board of Directors for the University of Kentucky Alumni Club.

Columbus REALTORS® is central Ohio’s largest professional association, representing more than 7,300 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.