Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®
Meet the Candidates
Andy Cohen – GRI, SRS – Abbitt Realty Company LLC
My name is Andy Cohen. I have been a Realtor since 1988. Prior to that I spent seventeen years in the foodservice industry, managing cafeterias, restaurants and bars. I also spent five years as a morning radio personality. I am currently an Associate Broker with Abbitt Realty Company, LLC.
I am from Teaneck, NJ, where I graduated from Teaneck High School. I attended The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, where I earned a B.A. in political science and sociology. As a Realtor, I have earned the GRI and CRS designations, as well as the designations of CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and MCSP (Master Certified Sales Professional) from the National Association of Homebuilders.
I have served our Association as a member of the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president, as a member of the new homes committee, and, this year, as a member of the Board of Directors. I was honored in 1997, and again in 2012, to be recognized with the Realtor Community Service award. I have also served, for the past eight years, as a member of the Peninsula Housing and Builders Board of Directors, and have served five terms as Chair of the Sales and Marketing Council.
In our community, I served as a youth basketball coach, as a trustee of the Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, including three terms as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, including two terms as president. I look forward to serving the members of VPAR as, together, we meet the challenge of remaining vibrant, and relevant, in a rapidly changing technological environment.
Chandra Patterson – SFR, SRS – Rose & Womble Real Estate
Candidate for Treasurer
I have been a licensed REALTOR and an active member of VPAR since 1994. I currently serve as Treasurer and would like to serve another term. VPAR has been in transition with the changes in staff. During VPAR’s absence of a CEO, I worked with the Interim CEO and Executive Committee to take on the financial responsibilities ordinarily handled by the CEO. Now that we have a new CEO, I’ve been working with him in this transition period. I believe it would be helpful to continue as Treasurer while we complete this transition.
I’ve been involved in the Association serving on various committees (Budget and Finance, Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Professional Standards, to name a few) from the very beginning of my real estate career. It has allowed me opportunities to learn and grow with experiences that broadened my perspective and understanding of this industry. I’ve gained so much because of it. Therefore, I feel it is just the natural progression for me to give back and be of service to the Association membership.
I am a 2009 graduate of the Virginia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy and currently serve as a VAR RPAC Trustee, NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) and Public Policy Coordinating Committee member for NAR. I have always demonstrated a strong commitment to being involved in various activities of the Association. Serving as Treasurer for a second term would continue that commitment. My flexibility, open-mindedness to new ideas, and analytical skills will be major assets to the Board.
Once elected, my primary goal is to assist this Association in its efforts to continue to be fiscally responsible and to find additional ways (outside of dues billing) for increasing our revenues such as offering innovative educational opportunities for members to sharpen their “tools” with the latest market trends and technology information. Additionally, I would also like to assist this Association with continuing to provide information on up-to-date industry related public policy issues as well as maintaining VPAR’s presence as the primary real estate source in the community. As Treasurer and Board Member, I will proudly represent you, the members, on all issues. Thank you for your support!
Carl Burt – ABR, GREEN, SFR – Abbitt Realty Company
Board Member Candidate
My name is Carl Burt; I am a Realtor with Abbitt Realty Company, current VPAR Board Member and a candidate for the 2015-2016 VPAR’s Board of Directors. I have served VPAR in the following areas: VPAR Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee member, Awards Committee Chair and Vice Chair and member, VPAR Charitable Foundation Board member and RPAC fundraising committee. I am a retired Law and Enforcement Executive with years of administration and management experience in business and civic boards.
I have actively participated in numerous VPAR functions including all official meetings, REALTOR Day on the Hill, training, reviewed and made changes to VPAR’s Awards Committee policy, attended and participated in the Awards Banquet, met with political leaders on matters relating to our real estate profession, regularly provided input into policy discussions at the VPAR Board level and I regularly serve as an advocate for the real estate profession and home ownership in my encounters with fellow professionals or the community. I am seeking a two year term on the 2015-2016 VPAR Board of Directors.
Serving as a VPAR Board member the past two years has afforded me an opportunity to actively engage in the inner workings of the complex world of managing a Professional Realtor Association. I have a personal understanding regarding how important insightful thought; deliberation and compromise are in addressing matters on the VPAR Board. If elected to return to the VPAR Board, I will bring prior VPAR Board experience and years of executive level leadership, budget, personnel and organizational skills to the VPAR Board. I wish to serve the VPAR Board because I think my professional background and experience would be helpful to the board. If elected to return to the VPAR Board, I will work to advance the ideals of our profession, while always being open to our membership and public for input that will improve our profession. I am a consensus builder that works well with other Realtors, public and political leaders.
Carla Carney – Exit Realty
Board Member Candidate
My name is Carla Carney and I am a native of Newport News, VA. I have been assisting Buyers and Sellers throughout the Hampton Roads area. As a military veteran, I will be useful to anyone moving to or from the area. I am also VHDA & HUD Certified. I’ve served on the Professional Development, Public Policy and Realtor Fest Committee. I have my Brokers license and my VA Instructor license in which I teach the Principle of Real Estate through Moseley. I also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Liberal Arts. I am very connected in the community through many works such as volunteering, donating to the homeless shelters, just to name a few.
Using the latest in valuation analysis coupled with my internet strategy, I provide the highest level of marketing to home sellers. I also assist other real estate agents in properly valuating homes for sale. I know this market and I give my personal attention to buyers who choose to work with me.
“I am very blessed to have this opportunity to do what I truly love –serving others by helping them with what many times seems like an overwhelming task in buying or selling a home. While I believe in proper marketing and leading-edge technology to do the best job I can for my clients, nothing can replace just being a good neighbor to them, and treating them how I would like to be treated. Whether it is helping you or someone you care about, it would be my honor to offer this level of service.
Eugenia Jackson – CRS, GRI – Rose & Womble Realty
Board Member Candidate
Eugenia Jackson has been a member of VPAR for over 25 years and she takes pride in being a very active member of the Association. She is currently serving as Co-Chairperson of the VPAR Public Policy Committee. During those years, she has also held positions as VPAR Director, and Committee Chairperson and worked on several VPAR committees. She holds a strong belief that being involved in the association is one of the differences between a “real estate professional” and a salesperson. She has also received the VPAR Code of Ethics Award and Salesperson of the Year Award.
Eugenia is also very active in the Realtist Association (National Association of Real Estate Brokers) on both the national and local level. She is currently serving as NAREB Membership Committee Chairperson and President of the local Chapter. She is active in her community and currently serves on the Board of Menchville House, a local family shelter. Eugenia is married to Christopher Jackson who served 23 years in the US Air Force and is the proud parent of two sons, Christopher and Tyrone. Her spare time is spent traveling but she is happiest when she is spending time with her granddaughter, Bria Jackson. Eugenia is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science.
Shanda Kishlicky- Madriaga – Liz Moore & Associates
Board Member Candidate
I started my career in Real Estate in 2005 in an administrative role and became a licensed REALTOR in 2007. Since that time I’ve seen many changes take place in the market and I have gained a great bit of knowledge through it. I am grateful to work with such a wonderful, talented and knowledgeable group of professionals. I find the Association crucial in keeping members educated & informed of the numerous changes always taking place wither it be on a local, state or national level. As an active member I’ve served on many VPAR committees and am a part of the Young Professional Network (YPN). I’ve also been a part of numerous events to include OSC & Installation Banquets.
I find technology & public exposure to be very important in staying in front of consumers and to keeping us all busy in the coming years. If elected you can count on me to bring lots of new ideas that will be helpful & beneficial to the Association and you. I find myself sociable, easy to talk to and ready to listen to help us accomplish having a strong, successful & well driven Association.
I would be honored to take it a step further and join the Board of Directors. I’m very excited to be given this opportunity and would love to have your vote on October 20th to serve you!
Amanda M. Walsh – CSP, SFR, ABR®, ASP®, GRI Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate
Board Member Candidate
Amanda has accomplished more at a young age than most REALTORS® will accomplish in their careers. In her early twenties, she became one of the youngest Brokers in the industry, and she has also established her own boutique real estate brokerage, Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate serving the ENTIRE Hampton Roads area.
Amanda currently serves on VPAR’s Property Management Committee, New Homes Committee and Broker Enhancement Committee and is also a member of HRRA & CBRAR. She has a passion for real estate and education, and has several areas of expertise. Amanda maintains a very dynamic portfolio of Property Management clients, and endeavors to provide both her resale clients and investors with the best service around. Amanda is a pioneer in real estate and uses the latest technology to ensure her marketing is second to none, and her reputation among her peers and past clients is a testament to her abilities and dedication.
In Amanda’s free time she enjoys spending time with her 6 year old Daughter Lela and her new husband Roger. The Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate Team consists of herself and 6 licensed real estate agents. Amanda is also serves as a Notary Public for the Commonwealth at Large.