Meet The Candidates – 2018 Board of Directors & Officer Nominees



The Nominating Committee is proud to announce the following slate of Officers and Directors for consideration by the membership: (click names of candidate for video)



2018 President Elect

(1 Year Term)


Carla Carney

Golston Real Estate

Carla Carney earned her Real Estate License in Virginia. Since then, she has apprenticed with some of the industry’s top agents and coaches such as Brian Buffini to enhance her understanding of the market and all aspects of real estate. Being a long time resident of Virginia, Carla sells residential properties in Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Yorktown and the surrounding areas. Specializing in New Construction, Military, and Investors, Carla has the expertise necessary to assist her clients as they realize their real estate goal. Carla specializes in finding first time homebuyers the right home for them in the quickest time possible and with easy financing, often with low down payments.

As Managing Broker with Golston Real Estate, Carla utilizes exclusive marketing tools to ensure her listings are widely exposed across the internet, showing each listing to its best advantage, ensuring each listing stands apart from the competition. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Liberal Arts from the University of Saint Leo and Thomas Nelson Community College that provide the solid background on which her career is built. Carla served in the United States Navy Reserve for eight years. During her real estate career, she has obtained her Brokers License, Instructor License, MD License, Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), and ePRO designations. Carla is a member in good standing of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors (VPAR), where she in on the Board of Directors and she is the Chair of RPAC. She serves on several committees that include Public Policy, Professional Standards, and Public Relations, Budget and Finance, and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in addition to the REIN Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Carla helps the community by assisting and donating to Habitat for Humanity and feeding the homeless .In Carla’s free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, and cooking where she is the Owner and Manager of Celebrations Banquet and Catering for over 11 years in Newport News VA.


Board of Directors

There are Six (6) nominees for Four (4) 2018 – 2019 Director Positions.

(2 Year Term)


Keith Canty

Carrington Real Estate Services

Keith is a successful REALTOR and managing broker who has extensive experience and proven success working with Tidewater agents at the local and state level.  He believes in exceptional customer service and works tirelessly to ensure that Realtors are well served by local, state and national policies and practices.  He is well invested in the policy and politics of the real estate profession through his long and continuous investment in RPAC and service and support to fellow Realtors.  Keith is diligent and straight forward and wants to continue to work to ensure that your professional real estate interests are always passionately and actively addressed in all available venues.


Christopher Hannan

Coldwell Banker Professional

Chris was born in Wimbledon London, educated at Ernest Bevin College, and Sunderland University (U.K). He is and remains, a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (1989). An agent since 2006 after 25 years in automotive global financial and business management, he was appointed Managing Broker of the Coldwell Banker Professional, REALTORS® Williamsburg, November 2009, In November 2015 Manager of the Hampton office and now General Sales Manager since July 2017-leading a team of five brokers and over 120 professional colleagues across Hampton Roads. He is an inductee into the VLA 2017 graduating in October 2017. Chris served as a member of Social and Financial Committees as well as Community Outreach as a member of the Williamsburg Area Association, he is a long-term supporter of the SPCA, Coats for Kids, and recently the CARITAS initiative. Chris is married to Ann, a QA engineer with a background in Mechanical Engineering for over 40 years. He’s a movie buff, a photographer and videographer and for 16 years has been adopted by a ‘Teddy’ cat. He is a ‘dyed in the wool’ supporter of Chelsea FC-a season ticket holder for 30 years prior to coming to US. Chris and Ann became proud US Citizens, September 23rd, 2010. “I am very proud to be accepted for consideration as a board member alongside such a well-qualified and capable group of professionals and candidates.”


Valarie Miller

Liz Moore & Associates

I am Valarie Miller, Associate Broker with Liz Moore & Associates and I am running for 2018 VPAR Board of Directors.

I have enjoyed and learned so much while serving on several committees in my 18 years in this ever-changing industry. Whether I was serving on Professional Standards & Grievance, Professional Development, Members Relations, Property Management, Budget & Finance and Public Policy Committees for VPAR, or volunteering in the community with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life as a Captain or Habitat for Humanity where I serve on the Family Selection Committee, my experiences have inspired me to step up to a leadership role.

I am running for VPAR Board of Directors because I feel that it is time for me to give back to an association that is constantly looking for ways to benefit its members. I am motivated by the opportunity to serve as a voice for members, to offer my knowledge, to provide leadership and to contribute innovative ideas that will impact the overall growth and quality of the membership.

As a Realtor, you bring awareness to those in our industry and to the community, of the role and importance of our association. I’m passionate about using that awareness to increase member engagement and enhance current membership experiences. Your vote is your voice! I am asking you to use it on October 16th. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Thanks for your support.


Adam Triplett

Greg Garrett Realty

Adam Triplett has been active in our local real estate industry since 2004 and is a REALTOR and Managing Broker at Greg Garrett Realty.  Adam currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee as well as the Awards Committee within the Association. He is also a multi year Outstanding Salesmanship Club Award recipient.

Adam wishes to be elected to a Director position as he cares about the REALTOR brand and looks forward to being a part of our Association in a leadership capacity as we continue to grow and prosper. He is excited to work to implement the goals set forth by his peers in the Strategic Plan as well as to collaborate with other leaders to benefit and advance our members. Adam feels that now more than ever it is important to bring our leadership and membership together to benefit and protect the integrity of the REALTOR designation and the stability of our great Association.


Stephenie Shanks

EXIT Real Estate Solutions

Having served on three other organizations executive board in the past as well as the VPAR Board of Directors for the current year has instilled in me the importance of not merely being a member of an organization but the responsibility to step up into a leadership position in order to help that organization to become more effective and more beneficial to its members. As I have served this past year as a director I have become more passionate about the importance of involvement. I am proud to be a REALTOR and have explained in detail to my business sphere and clients what makes a REALTOR more than just a licensed real estate agent. We don’t just wear a pin that says “REALTOR” and pay dues to an association. We are bound by ethical standards that exceed the laws of our state and cause us to take our professionalism to a higher level. My particular goals for becoming a board member are to improve and increase our member participation in association activities and training, to help create better member relations, to help promote ethics and professionalism through more educational opportunities, to create a strong relationship with our legislators that are willing to fight for the rights of homeowners and the agents that serve them. My desire is to help VPAR to continue to be the association it has been and to help it move forward to become stronger and better.


Peggy Todd

Liz Moore & Associates

My name is Peggy Todd and I would like to be on your Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term. I have been an active member of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors for some time and would like to use my leadership skills to continue the positive progression our Association has taken over the past couple of years. Our Association is an important tool for our community and our industry. I currently serve on the Public Policy Committee at our local level as well as the State level for Virginia Realtors. I am a regular contributor of RPAC at the Sterling R level and help yearly in raising our RPAC funds for our Association. At Liz Moore & Associates, I help rookie agents in their training as a regular teacher in our rookie training program. Civically, I am a current Hampton Neighborhood Commissioner and have been for the past 6 years. Also, I am a Youth Leader in my church at Gloria Dei. Please vote for me this October. I look forward to serving you and our Association in the coming years.


Additional candidates for the offices to be filled may be placed in nomination by petition signed by at least ten percent (10%) of the members eligible to vote. The petition shall be filed with the Chief Executive Officer at least fourteen (14) days before the election.

Election by secret ballot will be Monday, October 16, 2017 from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Absentee ballots must be cast in person within the 7 day period prior to the election.

The President will appoint a Tally Committee of not more than (5) members to count the ballots. Ballots will be voided if votes are not cast for total number of positions open (e.g. 4 votes and 4 positions available) with the exception of unopposed candidates for officer positions.
The President will not be on the ballot since current President-elect (Carl Burt) automatically assumes the Presidency in 2018, per the Bylaws.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Nominating Committee Chair, Andy Cohen at (757) 287-3021 or Jim Wetzel, CEO at (757) 599-5222.



Attention all Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Members:

Do you know someone who deserves some recognition? Someone who’s gone above and beyond? You have until Friday, October 6th 2017 to submit nominations for the following annual award categories:

Please click below for the links to the applications or go to the Events section on our website 










The Rookie of the Year nomination form will sent out in January and presented at the OSC Awards Banquet in March.

If you need cannot edit a PDF, and need me to send you the Word document for an application please call or email me.

Now’s the time to help recognize them for all that they do and help them shine. It’s time to nominate someone (or even yourself) for the 2017 VPAR Annual Awards.

These awards recognize outstanding leadership, accomplishments, and professionalism in our industry — recipients will be recognized at a ceremony during the upcoming VPAR Installation & Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, November 10th at the Marriott at City Center. Tickets are $70 per person and include appetizers, wine, dinner, D.J. and dancing!

Help us recognize the best in our business by nominating your colleagues.

The Annual Awards program is conducted each year by the VPAR Awards Committee.  If you have a question please call Chairman Dewey Hutchins of Liz Moore & Associates at 757-971-0557.




Sponsorship Opportunities!

Please take a moment to review our sponsorship levels for the upcoming Banquet to be held on Friday, November 10th at the Newport News Marriott at City Center.

VPAR will promote each sponsor according to the level chosen.

Help us recognize our incoming 2018 Leadership and 2017 Annual Award winners in style!

Call Jo McNamara at 757-599-5222 ext. 2521 or email to sign on to help support our membership at the VPAR Banquet.

It will be a great networking event!

PRESIDENTIAL – $1,000.00

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership. Recognized as Event Sponsor on VPAR website.Sponsor name broadcast throughout the evening on a projection screen. Four (4) complimentary tickets to the banquet AND Listing in the evening’s program. Opportunity to assist with the Annual Awards presentation onstage.

VIP – $500.00

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership. Recognized as Event Sponsor on VPAR website. Sponsor name broadcast throughout the evening on a projection screen. Two (2) complimentary tickets to the banquet AND Listing in the evening’s program.

PATRON – $250.00

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership. Recognized as Event Sponsor on VPAR website. One (1) complimentary ticket to the banquet AND Listing in the evening’s program.

SUPPORTER– $100.00

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership. Recognized as Event Sponsor on VPAR website AND Listing in the evening’s program.

WINE SPONSOR—$1000.00 Option to add your company name/label on each bottle.

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership, screen, website and program. Four comp tickets.

COCKTAIL HOUR SPONSOR—$500.00 ( 2 available)

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership, screen, website and program. Two comp tickets.

BAR SPONSOR—$500.00  (2 available) Opportunity to add your company materials/signage.

Recognized as Event Sponsor on all event promotional materials sent to membership, screen, website and program. Two comp tickets.




The Next Level of Your Career Starts Here!


Broker Licensing Courses offered by VPAR’s The Peninsula Real Estate School SIGN UP NOW!

Had your license for 2 1/2 years or more? Expand your knowledge and opportunities by becoming a real estate Broker!

Broker Licensing Courses – 4 Modules with 4 classes each – we have it streamlined and easier on your schedule! Our Broker Modules are approved with take home/correspondence work which means shorter classroom hours for you!

Class times are 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at VPAR

Modules will be instructed by Neal Rosenbaum and Pat Snyder.

$200 per module or $750 for the whole series. Complete all four and the end of series Cram Course is FREE! Textbooks are $20 per module or $75 for the series.


Property Management: October 5,9,10,23

(3 hours CE credit included for the Property Management module)

Law: November 8,13,17,20  (instructed by Neal Rosenbaum)

Brokerage:  December 5,8,11,15

Appraisal: January 4,9,11,16

*Cram Course: January 22nd  (free if you complete modules at VPAR)

Please register with Jo McNamara at




Join the Virginia REALTORS® in Donating to Texas Disaster Relief

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to devastate, forcing over 30,000 people into shelters across Texas, the Virginia REALTORS® are responding to the needs of the southeast Texas community by donating $10,000 to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund. The fund was created with the mission of helping people who have suffered losses due to natural disasters in Texas. Individuals who have sustained property damage or have been displaced due to Harvey’s unprecedented flooding can apply to receive assistance from this fund.

Service is a fundamental attribute of the REALTOR® community, and the Virginia REALTORS® invite YOU to join us in assisting these Texas communities and residents in need.

If you wish to support these relief efforts, monetary donations are the most effective method of contribution. These donations can be used adaptably as needs arise on the ground. You can learn more about the coordination of relief efforts by the Texas Association of REALTORS® or make a donation to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund by clicking here.