Saluting Columbus REALTORS® Leadership Academy Graduates!

Columbus REALTORS® is pleased to congratulate its Leadership Academy’s graduating class of 2015-2016.

The Academy was established six years ago and is one of the Association’s premier programs, where graduates must 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. This year’s graduating class includes:

Bethany Alexander, Broker/Owner of 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, Alexander 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, served as co-chair of the Young Professionals Network for the Lancaster Board of REALTORS® and currently serves as a Director for the Lancaster Board of REALTORS®. Alexander 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 Columbus resident and Worthington businesswoman who has been in real estate since 2002. She specializes in residential real estate, and currently serves on the Columbus REALTORS® Residential Education, Governmental Affairs and Scholarship committees. She’s a former member of the Foundation Fundraising and Standard Forms committees. Beekman has also 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 Columbus businesswoman. Licensed since 2007, she specializes in residential real estate. She’s a recipient of Columbus REALTORS® One Million Dollars Sales Award, a 2015 recipient of its“10 Under 40” Award, and a 2015 Spotlight on Community Service honoree. She currently serves as a member of Columbus REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Committee and is a member of the Hilliard, Northwest and Tri-County area realty associations and of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Davis 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, 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, and holds the Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) professional designations, as well as the National Association of REALTORS® e-PRO (technology) Certification. She currently serves as a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Committee and is a past member of the Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors and 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®. She 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”. Finchum is a past president of the Madison County Area Realty Association, 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, Era Real Solutions Realty, is a Lewis Center resident and a Westerville businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 1988. She holds the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Foreclosure Intervention Specialist (FIS) and the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) professional designations, as well as Columbus REALTORS® Certified Affordable Housing, REALTOR® (CAHR) Certification. She is a recipient of Columbus REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award, a member of its 25 Million Dollar Sales Award Club, and currently serves as a member of the Governmental Affairs, Professional Standard and Residential Standard Forms committees. She is a past member of the Affordable Housing, Builder/REALTOR® Alliance, Business Technology, Grievance and Sales Advisory committees. Harless is also a current member and former vice president of the DKLM (Delaware Knox Licking Morrow) Suburban Area Realty Association, is a founding member of the Central Baptist Church, an American Red Cross blood donor and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Brian Kemp
, 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 holds the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) professional designations. He is currently serving a three-year term on the Columbus REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee and as a member of the Benevolence and Governmental Affairs committees. He’s 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. Kemp also 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, RE/MAX Connection, REALTORS®, is a Blacklick Ohio resident and a central Ohio businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 2007. She holds the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation and is a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Million Dollar Sales Awards Club. She currently serves as a member of Columbus REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Committee and as a member of the Young Professionals Network (YPN). Kim is also a past member of the Gahanna Area Realty Association, and 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 Consultants, is a Dublin resident and businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 2010. She holds the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) professional designations, is a member of Columbus REALTORS® Ten Million Dollars Sales Award club and is currently serving a three-year term on the Recognition and Sales Awards Committee and as a member of the Foundation Fundraising and Governmental Affairs committees. She has served as a trustee of Columbus REALTORS® Foundation and as a past co-chair of its Fundraising Committee. Lockett is a volunteer on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board, 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 businessman who has been in real estate since 2001, specializing in residential real estate and property management. He’s a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Five Million Dollar Sales Award Club, currently serves as a member of the Governmental Affairs and Scholarship committees, and has served on the Affordable Housing, CORPAC Fundraising and Residential Standard Forms committees. Long is a Board member of the Scott Sellers Memorial Fund, a coach for the Worthington Youth Boosters, and a volunteer fundraiser for Our Lady of Peace Church.

Mary Sguerra, HER, Realtors®, is a Columbus resident and Westerville businesswoman who has been in residential real estate since 1981. She’s holds the At Home With Diversity (AHWD) and the Certified Affordable Housing, REALTOR (CAHR) professional certifications, is a recipient of Columbus REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award, a member of its 25 Million Dollar Sales Award Club, and a Spotlight on Community Service honoree. She is a current member of the Affordable Housing, Governmental Affairs and REALTOR® Care Day committees, and is a past chair of the Residential Member Services Committee. Sguerra is 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, is a volunteer at St James the Less Church and for Meals on Wheels.

Koretta Tennant, Keller Williams Capital Partners, is a Columbus resident and Worthington businesswoman who has been selling residential real estate since 2012. She holds the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) Designation and is a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Five Million Dollar Sales Award Club, a 2015 Spotlight on Community Service honoree and a 2014 recipient of its “Rising Star of the Year” Award. She also currently serves as a member of Columbus REALTORS® Foundation Fundraising, Governmental Affairs and REALTOR® Care Day committees, and is a past member of Columbus REALTORS® Builder/REALTOR® Alliance (BRAC) Committee. Tennant 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. She is also an instructor for Keller Williams City Wide. 

Kelly Thacker, HER, Realtors®, is a Lithopolis resident and businesswoman who has been in residential real estate sales since 2004. She holds the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation and is a current member of Columbus REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Committee, a past member of its Communication Committee, a CORPAC and REALTOR® Care Day participant, and a past member of the Southeast Area Real Estate Association. Thacker 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.