Presidents from GCAAR, NVAR, PGCAR & VPAR will lead an insightful discussion on leadership, diversity, and involvement in the real estate industry from the past to the present. The panel will also take a look into strategies to increase diversity on the local, state, and national levels while ensuring an engaging environment for all to contribute and be involved for the future. Come be a part of the conversation!
Hosted by the African American Realtor® Advisory Forum Group
Moderated by Marc Pina (Chair)
Reggie, known to many as “The Bow-Tie Guy”, began his real estate career in 1997 after spending a decade working as a chef in 5-star restaurants in locations including Florida, Arizona and Washington, D.C. He fell in love with real estate after realizing he would be able to meet and help new people each month. He also enjoyed the thought of being able to dress up every day in his trademark bow-tie!
Today, Reggie is the Principal Broker of CR Copeland Real Estate in Fairfax, Va., a firm he founded in 2018. He currently serves as the 2022 president of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® (NVAR)
When not listing or selling real estate, Reggie can be found in a classroom learning or teaching, which he has done for more than half of his real estate career. In addition to teaching for his local and state associations, NVAR and Virginia Realtors® (VAR), Reggie has been committed to volunteer leadership since early in his career.
Kaéra Mims is the 2022 President of the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®. Some of her accomplishments within the association include being the Former Chair of the RPAC Committee and being a Former Board Liaison for the Young Professional Network Committee. Outside of VPAR, Kaéra is heavily involved with VAR and is a 2022-2024 Board Member. On the national level, she is a member of the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee. Outside of real estate, Kaéra is highly active within her community.
A native Washingtonian and former D1 college football player, Harrison Beacher is a Managing Partner of the Coalition Properties group, serving the entire DC metro area Affiliated with KW Capital Properties. Harrison was honored by the National Association of Realtors® and included in Realtor® Magazine’s 30 under 30 Class of 2016. Harrison currently serves as 2022 president for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors® (GCAAR), and also serves as an at-large director for the DC Association of Realtors® (DCAR). Harrison serves as a 2022 Chair for the Broker engagement council and serves as a National NAR Director. Harrison Lives in the Michigan Park neighborhood of NE DC with His wife, newborn son and two dogs, A retired DJ, Harrison loves making playlists for his team events, sharing funny memes & Tik-Toks, and traveling to places with delicious food, drinks, great music, nightlife, warm weather & culture. Harrison is a national speaker and coach on the topics of social media optimization, mindset, diversity, and inclusion.
Melanie Gamble is an author, speaker, real estate expert and entrepreneur. As the owner 212 Degrees Realty, LLC, Melanie delights in being surrounded by a team of highly trained and committed Realtors® who serve the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia markets. Helping people to own and keep their homes is not only a business endeavor but a personal passion and a spiritual mission for her. As a cancer survivor, Melanie is acutely aware of how precious life and time are for all of us; she seeks to help others realize their dreams and make the most of what they are given.
Melanie currently serves as the President of the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, she also serves as the District Vice President representing Region 3 at Maryland Realtors, she serves on the Executive Committee for the Maryland Realtors, and she is the RPAC Participation Council Representative for the state of Maryland with the National Association of Realtors. Her service to the real estate industry is vast with numerous other committee service as well as classes taught, and keynotes given.
Melanie is a John C. Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker who is committed to helping all women regardless of their age, race, or socioeconomic status. In addition to her busy work life, she regularly volunteers at organizations dedicated to children, women and health, including Doctor’s Community Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.
We look forward to seeing you!