Locally Grown: State and Local Involvement

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Getting involved in your local or state association is important. But how do you juggle volunteering with all your other responsibilities? Is there a secret sauce to volunteering?

Learn from 3 seasoned industry leaders about why they got involved, and why they still stay involved to this day. There are ROIs to volunteering, but how are they related to your bottom dollar? Even if you are still new to the profession, learn why your voice is still essential.

Meet Ellis, Eloise, Arlene & Teresa

Ellis Gardner, CRS, is a former NFL professional football player and leader of the new generation of Real Estate Professionals. As a 22-year veteran REALTOR®, Ellis is an expert in making modern technology & marketing techniques work for success and is constantly back in the classroom learning and relearning every faucet of practicing real estate. Anchored by RRC’s Certified Residential Specialist designation, he has achieved a dozen other certifications and designations including the C2EX endorsement. The psychology of winning he honed in a variety of sports has translated into a distinct advantage for his clients. “Strategy” is the hallmark of Ellis’ consultations. When Ellis is not out selling homes, he volunteers as a local board member at Greater Chattanooga REALTORS®, at the state level with RRC and both Tennessee and Georgia Young Professional Networks at nationally with RRC and NAR committees. In order to bring this wealth of experience full-circle, Ellis teaches pre-licensing for night school and weekends in the Fall and Winter planting the love of learning in our next recruiting class. Ellis is a native to the Chattanooga area with deep local family roots there. In the 1980’s he did spend eight years in the Midwest and Southwest as a member of the NFL’s Chiefs, Colts and Oilers/TITANS. Additionally, Ellis holds a Professional Engineer’s license, so when he says, “Go With a Pro!” he is prompting you to choose a Realtor with a proven success track record and no stranger to hard work.

Eloise Eriksson Martin, CRS is a second-generation REALTOR and grew up learning the many different areas of real estate, from home building and residential sales to land development and commercial - always knowing the importance of relationships. Eloise and her son, James, have worked together for 15 years, forming a strong working partnership and dynamic team to deliver superior service.

Eloise Eriksson Martin, CRS has served as President of the MetroTex Association of REALTORS (5th largest association) and is serving her third time as Past President Appointee for the Board of Directors. She serves on the Public Policy Infrastructure Committee for the TEXAS REALTORS Association and the Federal Taxation Committee for the National Association of REALTORS. She is the recipient of the NAR – REBAC Hall of Fame, TEXAS REALTORS Distinguished Service Award and the WCR Ebby Halliday Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Eloise is a graduate of the 2000 TRLP Leadership Program and has given back with a scholarship every year since graduation for an upcoming leader going through her local leadership program.

Teresa Pitt, CRS is a native of Eastern North Carolina, 41-year spouse of her high school sweetheart and Air Force Retiree, Dalton, and mother of two wonderful adult sons, Jamaal (PhD) and Anton. Rounding out the family is her lovely daughter-in-law, Camille, and Grandson Cali, and adorable mini dachshund, Mavis. Licensed in 1994, my real estate voyage began in Fayetteville, NC. Because of her husband’s military career, in June of 1997, her family relocated to Raleigh, NC. Service, commitment, loyalty, industry passion, committee involvement, and various leadership roles illustrate her 27-year real estate career.

Teresa credits the bulk of her success to a philosophy she adapted from the start of her journey; treating everyone with the utmost dignity and respect, being completely and totally honest always, and sticking to the “Golden Rule” of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Arlene Kim-Kawamoto, CRS has been a Realtor® and licensed broker serving Hawaii for 32 years. Born and raised on the island of Oahu, I am very familiar with Oahu market trends, the diversity of our people and their needs. She finds it a joy in helping people find the property that suits them best.  There's nothing more rewarding to me than a satisfied customer! 

Learn from 4 seasoned industry leaders about why they got involved with their local and state associations, and why they still stay involved to this day. There are ROIs to volunteering, but how are they related to your bottom dollar? Even if you are still new to the profession, learn why your voice is still essential.

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