Leadership Academy

The Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy develops leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential through job-related and community activities, creating a network of industry experts across the state who are actively involved in improving our Association and profession.

Objectives of the Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy:

  1. To identify emerging Realtor® leaders and potential Association leadership
  2. To empower those individuals to maximize their leadership potential
  3. To encourage those individuals to effectively participate in Association committee/leadership roles
  4. To ensure those individuals are avid advocates for the real estate industry

Who should apply?

Ideally, applicants may have served on the Local Realtor® level and/or have potentially had some experience at the state (Michigan Realtors®) or national (NAR) level. Applicants will have demonstrated an energetic commitment to expand their knowledge and involvement in the industry.

As only a limited number of participants will be selected annually, applicants who are not selected for a given year are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

What is the commitment?

There are four sessions throughout 2017:

  • February 13-14, 2017 – Detroit, MI – Leadership: Team-Building, Networking, Conflict Resolution, Placemaking 
  • April 25-26, 2017 – Lansing, MI – Advocacy: Legislative Issues, Government Affairs, Media Relations
  • Mid-July, 2017 (2 days) – Kalamazoo, MI to Chicago, IL – Governance: Association Leadership, Effective Meeting Management, Finance, Energizing Your Association
  • September 26-27, 2017 – Grand Rapids, MI – Finale: Goal Setting, Communication, Graduation

Attendance is mandatory at all 4 sessions. If a participant misses one session, the session can be attended the following year; however, they will not graduate until the following year.

How do I apply?

We have closed the application process for the class of 2017. Thank you to all who applied. 

Questions? Contact:

Andrea Bretz, Project Manager

Jennifer Morden, Project Specialist


Class of 2017

Pam Bartling - Greater Metropolitan
Al Block - Greater Metropolitan
Rob Buelow - West Michigan Lakeshore
Kamal Cheeks - Detroit
Lisa Coe - Grand Rapids
James Cristbrook - Greater Metropolitan
James Dewling - Livingston County
Jodie Franklin - Ann Arbor Area
Pete Holoway - Greater Lansing
Alan Jeffries - Greater Kalamazoo
Esther Leonard - Battle Creek Area
Marianne McCreary - Livingston County
Frank Rhames - Lenawee County
Mark VanDusen - Southwestern Michigan

Class of 2016

Robbin Barnes - Greater Metropolitan
Nicole Bartolomucci - Livingston County
Ashley Dietch - Grand Rapids
Terry Frewen - Greater Lansing
Chris Germain - Upper Peninsula
Karen Greenwood - Greater Metropolitan
Karla Huitsing - Grand Rapids
Stephanie Jones - Upper Peninsula
Greg Miller - Greater Kalamazoo
Debi Raymond - East Central
Natalie Rowe - Greater Kalamazoo
Fred Pickens - Detroit
Michelle Teitsma - West Michigan Lakeshore
Katie Weaver - Greater Metropolitan