Columbus REALTORS® selects Leadership Academy Class of 2015-2016!

Columbus REALTORS® is pleased to announce that it has selected 12 outstanding REALTOR® members to participate in its Leadership Academy class of 2015-2016. 

The Academy, established 5 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 2015-2016. Pictures/bios

Bethany Alexander Mills, Broker/Owner, Mills Realty & Management Co., is a Lancaster resident and businesswoman who has been in real estate since 2006. Although she specializes in investment and residential real estate, Bethany is currently concentrating on training/mentoring agents, and managing a growing brokerage with a strong focus on serving the community. She is a 2015 recipient of Columbus REALTORS® “10 Under 40” Award, a member of Toastmasters, and serves as co-chair of the Young Professionals Network for the Lancaster Board of REALTORS®. Bethany is the founder and president of The Key to Giving – a non-profit organization designed to mentor individuals, businesses, schools and communities in creating their own passion projects.

Jodi Beekman, Keller Williams Capital Partners, is a Lewis Center resident and businesswoman who has been in real estate since 2002. She specializes in residential real estate, serves on the Columbus REALTORS® Standard Forms Committee and, for nine years has served as a member of the Scholarship Committee. Jodi has served in many volunteer positions with Olentangy Local Schools for the last eleven years, and currently serves on the Olentangy Local Schools Attendance Boundaries Committee.

Katherine “Katie” Davis, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Calhoon Co., REALTORS®, resides in Upper Arlington and is a Northwest area businesswoman. Licensed since 2007, Katie specializes in residential real estate. She is a 2015 recipient of Columbus REALTORS®’ “10 Under 40” Award and is a 2015 Spotlight on Community Service honoree. Katie is also a member of the Hilliard, Northwest and Tri-County area realty associations and the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She served as the 2014-2015 vice-president of the Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, volunteers for the Decorator’s Show House benefitting the Columbus Museum of Art, and is a member of the Upper Arlington Women’s Club and former volunteer for Flying Horse Farms.

Elizabeth “Liz” Finchum, ASP, CDPE, e-PRO, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Leading Edge, resides in South Charleston, Ohio and is a London, Ohio businesswoman. She has been in residential real estate since 2007. She is past President of the Madison County Area Realty Association, past member of the Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors, and past member of its REALTOR® Care Day committee. She has been recognized several times for her sales volume by RE/MAX and the Ohio Association of REALTORS®. Liz was honored by the Ohio Senate for Outstanding Achievement in 2011 and, in 2010, was selected Madison Chamber of Commerce Board of Director “Member of the Year”. Liz is a past president and current Director of the London Lions Club, volunteer for Saint Patrick's Catholic School London, Coover Society member, and a board member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Fundraising Committee.

Mandy Harless, ABR, CAHR. CDPE, CRS, FIS. GRI, RE/MAX Impact, is a Lewis Center resident and a Westerville businesswoman. She has been in residential real estate since 1988. She is a recipient of Columbus REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of its ® 25 Million Dollar Sales Award Club. She currently serves as a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Business Technology Forum and of the Governmental Affairs and Professional Standards committees. She is also a current member and former Vice President of the DKLM (Delaware,-Knox-Licking, Morrow) Suburban Area Realty Association. Mandy is a founding member of the Central Baptist Church, an American Red Cross blood donor and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Brian Kemp, CNE, GRI, ILHM, Keller Williams Capital Partners, is a resident of Pleasantville, Ohio and a Worthington businessman. He has been in real estate since 1988, specializing in residential sales, luxury homes and lakefront properties. He is a past member of the Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors, a recipient of the Columbus REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2008, was selected as Columbus REALTORS® Salesperson of the Year. He is currently serving a three-year term on the Columbus REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee. Brian serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, has served as Chair of Worship and Arts at First Community Church, and as a Board member and Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Lory Kim, ABR, RE/MAX Connection, REALTORS®, is a Blacklick Ohio resident and a central Ohio businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 2007. She is a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Million Dollar Sales Award Club and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). She’s also a past member of the Gahanna Area Realty Association. Lory currently serves as a member of the Gahanna Chamber of Commerce and of Columbus Young Professionals. She’s a team lead for the America Brain Tumor Association and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Kost Team Softball and Macedonian Women’s Group.

Holly Lockett, Keller Williams Consultant Realty, is a Dublin resident and businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 2010 and has received the Columbus REALTORS® Five Million Dollar Award. She currently serves as a trustee of Columbus REALTORS® Foundation and co-chair of its Fundraising Committee, and is a member of the Recognition and Sales Awards Committee. For Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Holly is a volunteer on the Development Board, and was previously Membership Chair, on the Woody Hayes Celebrity Golf Outing committee, and is co-founder and co-chair of the hospital’s annual Holiday Party. She is also a volunteer/fundraiser for the Flying Horse Farms and a past volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Matthew Long, HER, Realtors®, is a Worthington resident and Worthington businessman who has been in real estate since 2001, where he specializes in residential real estate and property management. He’s a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Five Million Dollar Sales Award Club and has served on the Affordable Housing, CORPAC Fundraising and the Residential Standard Forms committees. Matt currently serves as a Board member of the Scott Sellers Memorial Fund, is a coach for the Worthington Youth Boosters, and a volunteer fundraiser for Our Lady of Peace Church. 

Mary Sguerra, AHWD, CAHR, HER, Realtors®, is a Columbus resident and Westerville businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 1981. She’s a recipient of Columbus REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award, member of the 25 Million Dollar Sales Award Club, and a Spotlight on Community Service honoree. She is a current member of the Affordable Housing and REALTOR® Care Day committees, and a past Chair and member of the Residential Member Services Committee. She is also a recipient of the City of Columbus Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2012, and currently serves as an area representative and on the Public Relations Committee for Forest Park Civic Association. Mary is also a volunteer at St James the Less Church and for Meals on Wheels.

Koretta Tennant, CNE, Keller Williams Capital Partners, is a Columbus resident and Worthington businesswoman who has been selling residential real estate since 2012. She is a member of the Columbus REALTORS® One Million Dollar Sales Award Club, a 2014 recipient of its “Rising Star of the Year” Award, and is a 2015 Spotlight on Community Service honoree. She is a current member of the REALTOR® Care Day Committee and a past member of Columbus REALTORS® Builder REALTOR® Alliance (BRAC) Committee. Koretta has also served on the Board and as chair of the Facilities Committee for Camp Mary Orton and as a Captain coordinator and board member for myTeam Triumph.

Kelly Thacker, ABR, HER, Realtors®, is a Lithopolis resident and businesswoman who has been in residential real estate sales since 2004. She is a past member of Columbus REALTORS® Communication Committee, a CORPAC and REALTOR® Care Day participant, and a past member of the Southeast Area Real Estate Association. Kelly is Secretary of the Bloom Carroll Kiwanis Club, Co-advisor to the Bloom Carroll Key Club, chair/volunteer for the Lithopolis Honeyfest, and volunteer at Crossroads Church.

Columbus REALTORS® is central Ohio’s largest professional association, representing more than 6,800 real estate professionals.