Annapolis, Md. – Grace Masten, broker of Sea Grace at North Beach REALTORS® in Ocean City and a member of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Board of Directors, was among 21 graduates from the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) 17th Annual Leadership Academy honored at ceremonies held recently in Annapolis.

The MAR Leadership Academy was formed by REALTORS® who understand the important role they play in their community and the need to enhance the leadership skills, knowledge, and competencies of fellow REALTORS® interested in making a difference in their personal lives and in their communities.

CAR, one of 16 local REALTOR® associations in Maryland, is a strong advocate and recognizes the importance of this program to its future.

“The MAR Leadership Academy offers an intensive curriculum designed to develop skills in leadership, communications, strategic planning, legislative and government affairs, and community involvement and interaction,” said Academy Vice Chair John A. Harrison of the Anne Arundel County Association of REALTORS®. “Classes are conducted over seven months and stress the value of professional and personal commitment to business, charitable, and civic endeavors.”

Masten has been a REALTOR® since 1981 and a broker since 1985. She currently serves as a director on the CAR Board of Directors and chairs the association’s Rentals Task Force, while also serving on the Finance Committee. In the past, she has served on the Professional Standards, Grievance, New Members, Community Service, Broker, Strategic Planning and Association Executive Search committees. Masten is the incoming state chair for the Maryland/DC Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, as well as the CRS Local Networking Group Director for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She holds the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation and is a secondary member of the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS® in Easton and the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® in Delaware.

“The MAR Leadership Academy is a program spread out over seven months. It took commitment, motivation, enthusiasm, and the desire to make every minute in every class count,” Masten said. “I was up for the challenge because I wanted to know everything there was to know about the leaders in my industry. What makes them tick? How do they seem to have the time to give back to their community and profession while cultivating their own business? What sets them apart from others? What makes them a leader? How are laws that directly affect my livelihood and profession introduced? This program provided me those answers and I truly believe the skills learned and sharpened during this leadership program will benefit my community, my business, my clients, my family, and my local, state, and national boards of REALTORS®. I am now better prepared for my next leadership role(s). I would also like to mention my classmates, who were professional REALTORS® from all over the state. We exchanged and implemented ideas, supported one another through the tasks at hand, and built a bond of friendships to last a lifetime.”

Masten received the W.H.C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship award, presented by 2008 MAR President Ilene Kessler. The scholarship is administered through the Leadership Academy and is awarded to the graduate who best demonstrates integrity, a desire to lead, and a high ethical standard, both professionally and through community involvement. The award covers the cost of Masten’s tuition for the program.

Masten was also awarded the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, by her peers, as the graduate who best demonstrated Maclin’s character and ideals through faith, integrity, and a deep commitment to community and real estate endeavors. This award was created by colleagues from the Class of 2002 and was presented by Harrison.

This is the second year in a row that a CAR member has been the recipient of the David E. Maclin Humanitarian Award, as local REALTOR® and board member Joseph Wilson received the honor last year.

Masten was the first ever graduate to receive both awards in the same year.

“Today we honor you as future leaders in communities and within our REALTOR® organization,” said MAR President Shelly Murray. “You have already achieved so much.”

National Association of REALTORS® Region 10 Vice President Leslie Rouda Smith also addressed graduates and encouraged them to get involved and to get their peers involved, too.

“The highest goal of leadership is to develop future leaders,” Smith said.

The Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and REALTORS® Property Resource sponsored the 2016-17 MAR Leadership Academy and were recognized for their support.

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More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®

Coastal Association of REALTORS® is the leading local advocacy group in the real estate industry on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Coastal REALTORS® works in partnership with its members to promote home ownership and preserve, protect, and advocate private property rights. The organization supports 1,000 REALTORS® who serve Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.

For more information on Coastal REALTORS®, visit The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark unique to real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® is the largest Maryland professional trade association serving over 23,000 members and is dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market. For more information on MAR, visit

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