Kendra McCourt and Kathy Suite Graduate from MAR’s Leadership Academy

2017 MAR Leadership Grads

Pictured from left to right: Leslie Rouda Smith, Kendra McCourt and Shelley Murray; Leslie Rouda, Smith, Kathy Suite and MAR President Shelley Murray; Beverly Rasmussen (1999 SMAR President), Kathy Suite, Lisa Van Tassel (2017 SMAR President), and Kendra McCourt.

Annapolis, MD, April 18, 2017 - Kendra McCourt and Kathy Suite of the Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® (SMAR) were two of twenty-one graduates from the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) seventeenth annual Leadership Academy honored at ceremonies held in Annapolis.

The MAR Leadership Academy was formed by REALTORS® who understand the important role they play in their community and the need to enhance the leadership skills, knowledge, and competencies of fellow REALTORS® interested in making a difference in their personal lives and in their communities. SMAR is a strong advocate and recognizes the importance of this program to our Association’s future.

The MAR Leadership Academy offers an intensive curriculum designed to develop skills in leadership, communications, strategic planning, legislative and government affairs and community involvement. Classes are conducted over 7 months and stress the value of professional and personal commitment to business, charitable and civic endeavors.

“The training has helped me in my new position as manager of the RE/MAX 100 Dunkirk office as well as moving forward in my leadership roles at SMAR,” says Graduate and SMAR Vice President Kendra McCourt, a REALTOR® for 13 years. She continued, “…The connections I have made with this academy have already proven to be a huge benefit for myself, my clients and fellow agents.” “Leadership training taught me tools to bring our membership together, that all points of view can be utilized for the greater good and to be an example in everything you do.” Says Graduate and SMAR President-Elect Kathy Suite, a REALTOR® of 34 years currently affiliated with RE/MAX One in La Plata.

“Today we honor you as future leaders in communities and within our REALTOR® organization,” said 2017 President Shelly Murray. She added, “you have already achieved so much.” 2017 NAR Regional Vice President from Region 10, Leslie Rouda Smith addressed the graduates and guests. Smith encouraged MAR Leadership Academy graduates to stay involved and encourage their peers to also engage in their community and profession. Smith added, “… the highest goal of leadership is to develop future leaders.”

The Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and REALTORS® Property Recourse (RPR) sponsored the 2016-17 MAR Leadership Academy and was recognized for their support.

The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS®, is an affiliate of the Maryland and National Association of REALTORS®. We are proud to serve our members and our community and work to ensure professionalism in the industry. Our volunteers and staff work to offer services to real estate professionals and to provide avenues for our members to become more successful. We proudly work to promote and protect home ownership and private property rights.

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® is the largest Maryland professional trade association serving over 23,000 members and is dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market. REALTORS® is a registered collective membership mark which may only be used by those real estate professionals who subscribe to the REALTORS® organization's strict Code of Ethics, and who are members of the National, State and Local REALTORS® organization. Contact Hannah Sanders, Communications Director 301-274-4406