GRI, ABR, ABRM, CRB, CRS, SRES
VAR’S 2017 PRESIDENT
Licensed since 1994, Claire Forcier-Rowe has been a top producing agent in the greater Fredericksburg area having been recognized numerous times for her sales production. Claire is associated with Long & Foster Real Estate in Fredericksburg as well as Hanover and Bay/River.
A recipient of many awards, Claire is most honored to have received the Virginia REALTORS® Manager of the Year Award in 2011, and the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) Hall of Fame Award in 2013. She is a graduate of both the Virginia REALTORS® Leadership Academy and the NAR Leadership Academy.
Since 2012, Claire has served in several roles on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors including director and VAR’s 2015 Vice President. She has remained involved with a number of VAR committees including the Strategy Committee, Legislative Management Team, Property Manager’s Council, Strategic Funds, and the VLA Alumni Chapter. Claire also served as the liaison for Virginia REALTORS®, Women’s Council of REALTORS® and the CRS Chapter. At the National level for 2015, she served as an NAR Director and was a member of both the Conventional Financing and Policy Committee and the Leadership Academy Advisory Group. For 2016 Claire continued to serve on the Conventional Financing and Policy Committee and looks forward to serving in 2017 on the Risk Management Committee.
Claire believes that “it is important to be involved and active in our industry so that we are aware of changes that will impact how we do business”. She knows that if we have a seat at the table and can communicate with our representatives with an open dialog, we are best prepared to react to industry changes and can continue to encourage homeownership.
Claire is looking forward to representing all the members of Virginia in a purposeful manner.
ABR, ASP, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, RSPS, SFR, SRES
VAR’S 2017 PRESIDENT-ELECT
Jay Mitchell started his real estate career in 2004 with GSH Real Estate, now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty where he was named GSH Rookie of the Year. He has since received additional awards from the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association (HRRA) including Rookie of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, and REALTOR Salesperson of the Year. He is a licensed real estate broker in Virginia, North Carolina and Nebraska.
Jay became a Prudential Towne Realty broker in 2009, managing the Strawbridge office. He moved on to William E. Wood to manage the Churchland/Suffolk and Franklin offices, then returned to Prudential Towne Realty in October of 2012 to lead the Beach and Strawbridge offices through the transition to BHHS Towne.
In addition to his daily duties as a broker, Jay is very active in the REALTOR® community, where he is 2017 President-Elect of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR), having served on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2013. He chaired Virginia REALTORS®’s Strategic Planning Committee and is former chair of Virginia REALTORS®’s RPAC Trustees; Public Policy Committee and Legislative Bill Review Committee. He also led the NAR FPC (Federal Political Coordinator) team for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in 2016, and served as the Virginia REALTORS® FPC for former congressman Glenn Nye. In addition, Jay is on the FPC team for Congressman Bobby Scott. Jay is a graduate of the 2009 VAR Leadership Academy class.
Jay’s community involvement is clear in his commitment to Rotary International, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served three terms as a local club president. In addition, he serves or has served with a number of other local non-profit organizations, including HRBOR, Virginia Chorale and the Talbot Park Civic League.
Jay dove into real estate after 24 years in television news, starting at the fledgling CNN and working for every major network, winning a number of awards along the way, including the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award and Emmy Awards. Jay is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and served for several years as president of his state alumni club.
VAR’S 2017 VICE PRESIDENT
Beckwith Bolle began her real estate career in 2004 at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She continued her success by moving to Carter Braxton Preferred Properties in 2008, earning her broker’s license in 2010, and opening Carter Braxton Preferred Properties in historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia.
Beckwith has been actively involved with the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) since 2004 - serving on and chairing the Governmental Affairs Committee, and being a member of the RPAC Committee, as well as the DAAR Board of Directors where she served as the President of the Board in 2013. She has won several awards from DAAR including 2010 REALTOR® of the Year, Community Service Award, and being inducted into the DAAR Honor Society.
She has served on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2014, as well as the Public Policy Committee, Legislative Bill Review Committee, Investment Management Committee, and the RPAC Trustees where she served as Chairman in 2016. Beckwith has expanded her service to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), serving on the RPR Advisory Council, Housing Opportunity Committee, and in 2017, will be a member of the RPAC Major Investor Council.
Active in her community, Beckwith served as a member of the Loudoun County Chesapeake Bay Stakeholders Group, and has been very involved on the Board of Directors for Ashburn Soccer Club and subsequently served as their president for four years. She has also coached competitive gymnastics for twenty eight years.
A long-time resident of Loudoun County, Beckwith currently resides in Leesburg.
GRI, CRB, CRS, SRES, AHWD, e-PRO, SFR
VAR'S 2017 TREASURER
Pat Sury is the Vice President of Relocation & Business Development for Montague Miller & Company in Charlottesville, Virginia and has been an active member of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) since 1998, serving as its president in 2005. Since joining CAAR, Pat has been awarded all of the local association’s prestigious awards including REALTOR® of the Year, Sales Associate of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Ethics in Action.
In addition to Pat’s volunteer service with her local association, she has been a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2011. Prior to serving on the Board, Pat has chaired, or been a member of, 18 VAR committees or work groups. She is a graduate of the Virginia Leadership Academy and a major RPAC donor.
On the national level, Pat has served several terms on NAR’s Risk Management and Federal Taxation Committees, and most recently on NAR's Federal Financing and Housing Policy Committee.
She recently completed a three-year chairmanship position with Central Virginia’s American Red Cross. Her background in accounting, budgeting and treasury from Monsanto Company and Anheuser-Busch Companies has been an asset to her in her real estate career. Pat is a former CPA and holds an MBA from St. Louis University.
VAR'S 2017 IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Since 1998, Bill White has been President/Owner of Joyner Fine Properties, a full service real estate company numbering over 200 agents with residential, commercial, farm & estate, and property management divisions with three locations as well as two satellite sales centers. Joyner Fine Properties is locally owned with national, international, and regional marketing network affiliations such as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.
Bill is an officer in Traditional Title, which is approximately five years old and represents six of the larger title companies throughout the United States. Prior to Bill's association with Joyner Fine Properties, he was associated with ITT Community Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation. He held the position of vice president with specific responsibilities for residential sales and property management, which had volumes of 30 million dollars in sales and a management portfolio of up to 8,000 condominium units.
During his 30-year career in real estate Bill has been involved in most aspects of commercial and residential sales and development. He holds several designations from the National Association of REALTORS®, is a past president of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® and was awarded the Virginia REALTORS®' Salesman of the Year Award in 1983 and the Richmond Association of REALTORS®' REALTOR® of the Year Award in 2007. He continues to be active in the Richmond Association of REALTORS® as well as the Virginia Association of REALTORS®.
Bill's philosophy for Joyner Fine Properties encompasses continued controlled growth and a perpetual concentration on customer/client service with a specific goal of adding value to every transaction in which Joyner Fine Properties is involved. Joyner Fine Properties is consistently one of the highest producing real estate companies per capita when compared to other real estate companies their size in the greater Richmond area.
TERRIE L. SUIT
VAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Terrie L. Suit was appointed as chief executive officer of the Virginia REALTORS® on September 23, 2013. Terrie’s real estate background began in 1985 as a REALTOR® and later transitioned into a twenty year mortgage lending career.
In 1996, Terrie received a gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Several years later she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where she served the 81st District for nearly a decade. During her time as a delegate, Terrie served as chair to the General Laws Committee, the Housing Sub-Committee and the Virginia Housing Commission. As a delegate, Terrie was recognized by legislative peers and constituents as an expert on housing policy to include real estate licensure, common interest communities, landlord tenant issues, real estate finance, foreclosure, and building and fair housing issues.
In April of 2011, Terrie was appointed by Virginia’s Governor to be Virginia’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. As an Army daughter and a Navy wife, Terrie worked diligently to fulfill the Governor’s goal of making Virginia “the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”
As VAR’s chief executive officer, Terrie has also served at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) level on multiple committees and workgroups.
Terrie is a graduate of both Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She recently completed her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington. Terrie and her husband, Tom, reside in Stafford County.