VOL. 126 | NO. 167 | Friday, August 26, 2011
Blakeney Named MAAR’s New Leader
By Sarah Baker
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors has named Melanie Blakeney as its executive vice president, effective Dec. 1.
She succeeds longtime executive vice president Jules Wade, who retire in November from the local trade organization for real estate professionals.
Blakeney currently is executive vice president of the MAAR Commercial Council and Multiple Listing Service. She came to MAAR in 1999 from the Lafayette Board of Realtors in Louisiana, where for a decade she served as president and CEO.
Previously, she was executive officer of the Norman Board of Realtors in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this position,” Blakeney said in a prepared statement. “Everyone, from homeowners to Realtors, is aware that we still face a challenging economy. But I am continually amazed by the dedication and professionalism of our members and by the resiliency and character so often displayed by residents of the Memphis community. It will be a privilege to work in partnership with all of them in the coming years.”
MAAR president Leon Dickson called Blakeney the “best choice among many well-qualified candidates,” adding, “We had a nationwide search for what is a very important position. In the end, the strength of leadership and the grace under pressure that we have all seen from Melanie were the very qualities that inspired us to select her for this new role.”
Wade started at MAAR in 1981 as director of membership services. He held that position for three years before becoming executive vice president in July 1984. Much has changed in the real estate industry since then, Wade said.
“The members of this association have been extremely loyal through years of great change,” Wade said in a statement. “In spite of challenges, they have excelled on many fronts. They have promoted legislation that protects property owners. They have dedicated themselves to the enhancement of education programs and professional standards in the industry.
Blakeney’s technology background and experience from leading other associations will bode well for the 101-year-old organization. But “even more important,” he said, “she has earned respect and built strong relationships in both the residential and commercial real estate communities.”