Mangham-Barelare said she is impressed with Kennedy’s passion for the real estate industry and her dedication to providing quality education and services to members.
“She is a burst of energy and sunshine, someone who is always looking for ways to improve relations and to grow the individual agents, whether they be residential or commercial agents or property managers. She will be a joy for everyone to get to know,” Mangham-Barelare said.
Kennedy brings with her more than 20 years of executive experience, including 15 years of association management. She considers the work her passion and often blogs and publishes advice for association executives.
“Association management has been a passion of mine since I first became a member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association in 1995 as a local chapter treasurer,” Kennedy said. “When I entered the REALTOR® world, I discovered a mission – homeownership – that I could solidly stand behind and knew I had found my lifetime career.”
Kennedy formerly led the Saint Louis Association of REALTORS®, the Oklahoma City Metro Association of REALTORS® and its regional multiple listing service, MLSOK.com, and the Northwoods Association of REALTORS® and its Greater Northwoods Multiple Listing Service. She has twice been the recipient of the National Association of REALTORS® ACE award for Achievement in Commercial Excellence. Kennedy has also served the Woodland Lakes Association of REALTORS® and the El Reno Board of REALTORS® through the NAR shared services program while CEO of the NWAR and OKCMAR respectively.
Kennedy earned her Ph.D. in organization and management with a leadership specialization in 2015 from Capella University. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a graduate degree in project management. Kennedy is a summa cum laude undergraduate of Franklin University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics.
Kennedy teaches graduate courses in association management for the National Association of REALTORS®’ REALTOR University Master of Real Estate program as well as the business core marketing course. “Continuous learning is an incredibly important path to excellence, and RU keeps me on that road,” she said. Teaching is her way of “giving back to the real estate industry, which has treated me so well,” she said.
The Association Executive serves as CEO of the Birmingham Association of REALTORS® and its subsidiaries: The Greater Alabama MLS, The Birmingham Commercial REALTORS® Council and Silent Angels of Alabama. Among other duties, Kennedy will oversee day-to-day operations, position the association as the local voice for real estate and serve as the association's visionary leader guided by the board of directors, bylaws, policies, procedures and the association's mission and strategic plan.
The Birmingham Association of REALTORS® (BirminghamRealtors.com) was founded in 1911 and endeavors to enhance members' opportunities to serve consumers in a professional, ethical and profitable manner. The Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service (GreaterAlabamaMLS.com) and the Birmingham Commercial REALTORS® Council (Bhamcre.com) are subsidiary corporations of BAR. BAR is recognized as Alabama’s trusted real estate authority.