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2 Floridians in NAR’s 2024 Leadership Academy

Carlos Melendez (Florida Premier Realty of the Palm Beaches) and Patricia “PJ” Smith (Naples Golf to Gulf Real Estate) are two of 20 chosen for the program.

CHICAGO – The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced its 2024 Leadership Academy class, and out of 20 members participating in the year-long program, two hail from Florida.

Carlos Melendez (Florida Premier Realty of the Palm Beaches) and Patricia “PJ” Smith (Naples Golf to Gulf Real Estate) will participate in a wide range of educational experiences as part of a nationwide community of volunteer leaders.

“Participants will learn the history, structure and inner workings of NAR, while gaining key insights designed to prepare them to serve in prominent leadership roles at all levels of the association,” according to NAR in announcing the 2024 class.

“The Leadership Academy serves as an invaluable platform, nurturing our emerging leaders and equipping them to shape the ever-evolving terrain of American real estate,” says 2024 NAR President Tracy Kasper. “NAR’s commitment to talent development and professional growth will help this class bring about meaningful change at the local, state and national levels.”

2024 NAR Leadership Academy roster

  • Susan Annoura (Texas)
  • Marvette Artis (North Carolina)
  • Janette DeWitt (Kentucky)
  • Marc Dickow (California)
  • Dominique Felix (Guam)
  • Todd Henson (Missouri)
  • Felicia Mares (California)
  • Christopher Matos-Rogers (Georgia)
  • Tikola McCree (North Carolina)
  • Carlos Melendez (Florida)
  • Jason Miller (Minnesota)
  • Suzanne Miller (Illinois)
  • Billie Parrott (Montana)
  • Chandra Patterson (Virginia)
  • Crissy Rumford (Colorado)
  • Patricia “PJ” Smith (Florida)
  • Erin Stumpf (California)
  • Annette Wedgewood (Wyoming)
  • Katherine Wright (Georgia)
  • Brandy Wuensch (Texas)

The program starts in January and ends in November 2024 at NAR NXT, The Realtor Experience, in Boston. NAR has more information about its Leadership Academy, including individual session summaries and resources for prospective 2025 applicants, on its website at:

Interest in joining NAR’s 2025 Leadership Academy? The application period runs from December 2023 through February 2024.

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