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Memphis-area Realtors name new chief executive

By Updated: January 11, 2019 3:35 PM CT

Local Realtors have hired a Florida real estate executive to lead the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Katie Shotts will succeed Melanie Blakeney, who resigned in October after serving seven years as chief executive officer.

Shotts, who previously worked for the Memphis organization, is now chief executive of the Hernando County (Fla.) Association of Realtors, and will start her new job in Memphis on March 10.

Hernando County is on the Gulf Coast, north of Tampa.

“We couldn’t be happier that Katie Shotts has agreed to return to MAAR and Memphis as our CEO,” association president Lee McWaters said in a prepared statement. “She built on her achievements here and quickly advanced her career and reputation within the industry. But just as important, she is passionate about MAAR, its mission, and the Memphis community.

“Katie Shotts is uniquely qualified to lead MAAR going forward.”

Shotts had worked seven years as communications director and Commercial Council director for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. She also worked three years as chief operations officer for the 7,900-member Pinellas Realtor Organization before taking the job in Hernando County, Fla.

She created a chief operating officers' group while serving in a volunteer capacity for the National Association of Realtors.

“I am humbled and honored to have been given this opportunity,” Shotts said in a prepared statement. “At MAAR, I saw firsthand the value of servant leadership and that inspired me. To the point that I recognized I needed to leave, for a time, to continue to grow.

“But I always hoped to return to MAAR and to Memphis one day,'' she said. "From afar, I watched with pride as Memphis continued to thrive. I am not overstating things when I say that to be able to come home and serve MAAR and the community in this new role is a dream come true.”

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors comprises about 3,700 members and encompasses Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Hardin, Hardeman and McNairy counties.



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