Meet the 2018 Leadership Team.


Portrait of Jay Mitchell

Jay Mitchell

ABR, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, RSPS, SFR, SRES

President

Local Association: Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

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Jay Mitchell started his real estate career in 2004 with GSH Real Estate, now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty. He was named GSH Rookie of the Year, and has since added to that list: Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association (HRRA) Rookie of the Year; HRRA Rising Star of the Year; HRRA REALTOR Salesperson of the Year and HRRA REALTOR/Broker of the Year.

A broker since 2009, Jay leads three offices in the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach. In addition to his duties as a broker, Jay serves as the 2018 President of Virginia REALTORS®, having served on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2013. He has chaired several Virginia REALTORS® committees, including: Virginia REALTORS® RPAC Trustees; Public Policy and Legislative Bill Review, and Strategic Planning. He also served Virginia REALTORS® as President-Elect and Vice President. Jay serves on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Directors and the NAR Broker Involvement Council.

A political junkie, Jay leads the NAR Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) team for Virginia’s U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, and also serves on the FPC team for U.S. Representative Bobby Scott. Previous to these assignments, he served as the FPC team leader for U.S. Representative Glenn Nye.

Jay’s community involvement is clear in his commitment to Rotary International, where he now marks 25 years as a member, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a three-time local president. In addition, he serves or has served with numerous other local non-profit organizations, including Gulfstream Goodwill; HRBOR (Hampton Roads Business Outreach); Virginia Chorale and the Talbot Park Civic League in Norfolk, where he lives.

Jay dove into real estate after 24 years in television news, starting at the fledgling CNN in 1981, and working for every major network during his career. He won many newsroom awards along the way, including the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award and Emmy Awards.

Jay holds broker licenses in Virginia, North Carolina and Nebraska, and is a graduate of the Virginia REALTORS® Leadership Academy class of 2009. His alma mater is Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and he served several years as president of his state alumni board.

Portrait of Beckwith Bolle

Beckwith Bolle

President-Elect

Local Association: Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®

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Beckwith Bolle began her real estate career in 2004 at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  She continued her success by moving to Carter Braxton Real Estate in 2008, earning her broker’s license in 2010 and opening Carter Braxton Preferred Properties in historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia the same year.

Beckwith has been actively involved with the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) since 2004 – serving on and chairing the Governmental Affairs Committee, and the RPAC Committee as well as the DAAR Board of Directors where she served as the President of the Board in 2013.  She has won several awards from DAAR including 2010 REALTOR® of the Year, Community Service Award, and was inducted into the DAAR Honor Society.

She has served on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2014, most recently as the 2017 Vice President. Her state committee involvement includes being a member of the Public Policy Committee, Legislative Bill Review Committee, Investment Management Committee, and the RPAC Trustees where she served as Chairman in 2016.  Beckwith has expanded her service to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), serving on the RPR Advisory Council, Housing Opportunity Committee, and the NAR Board of Directors.  She has also been reappointed to the RPAC Major Investor Council for a second year.

Active in her community, Beckwith served as a member of the Loudoun County Chesapeake Bay Stakeholders Group, and has been very involved on the Board of Directors for Ashburn Soccer Club and subsequently served as their president for four years.  She has also coached competitive gymnastics for twenty-eight years.

A long-time resident of Loudoun County, Beckwith currently resides in Leesburg.

Portrait of Kemper Funkhouser

Kemper Funkhouser

Vice President

Local Association: Harrisonburg/Rockingham Association of REALTORS®

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Kemper has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate marketing and brokerage, which includes a portfolio of residential and commercial properties. As Chief Operating Officer and Supervising Broker of Funkhouser Real Estate Group, Kemper oversees all of the company’s daily operational functions. The company offers residential brokerage, commercial brokerage and property management services throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

 

Kemper was recognized by his peers as the local REALTOR® of the Year in 2009, having served as President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of REALTORS® (HRAR).

A member of the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2011, Kemper has also served on numerous state committees throughout the years, including serving as Chair of the Risk Management Committee in 2010, and Chair of the Strategy Committee of the BOD in 2016.  In addition, Kemper is a graduate of the 2006 Virginia REALTORS® Leadership Academy, and was the recipient of the Virginia REALTORS® Code of Ethics Leadership Award in 2014.

Since 2004, Kemper has served at the National level (NAR) on a variety of committees, sub-committees and advisory boards.  He is a Past Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee, and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Real Property Valuation Committee, and Business Issues Committee. He is also a graduate of the 2008 National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy.

Kemper has a Master of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University. He is also a certified instructor of REALTOR® Ethics and an adjunct professor of real estate at James Madison University.

Kemper lives in Harrisonburg with his wife Ashleigh, son Peyton and daughter Alexandra. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf with his son and traveling with his family.

Portrait of Pat Sury

Pat Sury

GRI, CRB, CRS

Treasurer

Local Association: Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®

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Pat Sury is the Vice President of Relocation & Business Development for Montague Miller & Company in Charlottesville, Virginia and has been an active member of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) since 1998, serving as its president in 2005. Since joining CAAR, Pat has been awarded all the local association’s prestigious awards including REALTOR® of the Year, Sales Associate of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Ethics in Action.

In addition to Pat’s volunteer service with her local association, she has been a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2011, and prior to serving on the Board, Pat has chaired, or been a member of, 18 Virginia REALTORS® committees or work groups. She is a graduate of the Virginia REALTORS® Leadership Academy and a major RPAC donor.

In October 2017, Pat was named the Virginia REALTORS® 2017 REALTOR® of the Year in recognition of all her accomplishments and the many contributions she has made to the REALTOR® community.

On the national level, Pat has served several terms on NAR’s Risk Management and Federal Taxation Committees, and has also served on the Federal Financing and Housing Policy Committee. In 2018, Pat will serve on NAR’s Conventional Financing and Policy Committee.

Outside of the realtor industry, Pat completed a three-year chairmanship position with Central Virginia’s American Red Cross. Her background in accounting, budgeting and treasury from Monsanto Company and Anheuser-Busch Companies has been an asset to her throughout her career. Pat is a former CPA and holds an MBA from St. Louis University.

Portrait of Claire Forcier-Rowe

Claire Forcier-Rowe

ABR, ABRM, CRB, CRS, GRI, MRP, SRS, SRES

Immediate Past President

Local Association: Richmond Association of REALTORS®

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Claire believes that “it is important to be involved and active within our real estate industry so we are aware of changes that will impact our clients and our business.”  She knows that as an association if we remain active and engaged plus communicate with our representatives with an open dialog, we are best prepared to implement and react to changes while continuing to encourage homeownership.

Licensed since 1994, Claire received and was recognized numerous times for sales production.  When asked what she is most honored to have been awarded, she will tell you that three awards are most near to her heart.  They are Virginia REALTORS® Manager of the Year in 2011, Fredericksburg Area Association (FAAR) REALTOR® of the Year Award in 2011 and the FAAR Hall of Fame Award in 2013. Claire is also a graduate of both the Virginia Leadership Academy and the NAR Leadership Academy.

After spending years serving her local association in Fredericksburg and finally becoming President in 2011, Claire could also be found volunteering on the state level.  Since 2012, Claire served on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors, most recently as the 2017 President.  On the National level she served as an NAR Director plus the Conventional Financing and Policy Committee, Risk Management Committee and the Leadership Academy Advisory Group.  This year, Claire is looking forward to representing Virginia on the Public Policy Coordinating Committee.

Portrait of Terrie Suit

Terrie Suit

MBA, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Local Association: Virginia REALTORS®

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Terrie L. Suit was appointed as chief executive officer of the Virginia REALTORS® on September 23, 2013. Terrie’s real estate background began in 1985 as a REALTOR® and later transitioned into a twenty-year mortgage lending career.

In 1996, Terrie received a gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Several years later she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where she served the 81st District for nearly a decade. During her time as a delegate, Terrie served as chair to the General Laws Committee, the Housing Sub-Committee and the Virginia Housing Commission. As a delegate, Terrie was recognized by legislative peers and constituents as an expert on housing policy to include real estate licensure, common interest communities, landlord tenant issues, real estate finance, foreclosure, and building and fair housing issues.

In April of 2011, Terrie was appointed by Virginia’s Governor to be Virginia’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.   As an Army daughter and a Navy wife, Terrie worked diligently to fulfill the Governor’s goal of making Virginia “the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

As Virginia REALTORS®’s chief executive officer, Terrie has also served at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) level on multiple committees and workgroups.

Terrie is a graduate of both Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington, and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Terrie and her husband, Tom, reside in Stafford County.