Commission Elects George Bell, Chair, Robert J. Ramseur, Jr., Vice Chair

George Bell of Winston-Salem has been elected Chair and Robert J. Ramseur, Jr., of Raleigh, Vice Chair, of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission for the term beginning August 1, 2016, announced Miriam J. Baer, Executive Director.

Bell is Principal Broker and Broker-In-Charge of the Bell First Group, a real estate brokerage firm, and president of George Bell Productions, Ltd., a real estate education firm serving real estate brokers across North Carolina.

Bell entered the real estate business in 1978, following graduation from East Carolina University with a BS in Business Administration, with concentrations in real estate and banking.

Bell was inducted into the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® Hall-of-Fame in 2014, and served as the 2010 president of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® and its 2009 REALTOR®-of-the-Year.

In 2012, he received the Billie J. Mercer Excellence in Education Award from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission and the Educator of the Year Award from the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association (NCREEA). He is a past president of the both the state and international Real Estate Educators Associations.

Ramseur is a partner at the law firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC and chair of its real estate department. His practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions, real estate financing and development, tax and entity structuring, lease negotiations and drafting and real estate litigation.

Licensed to practice law in North Carolina in 1996, Ramseur formed his own firm in 1997 and merged his practice with Ragsdale Liggett in 2001. He is licensed to practice in all  state courts, the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of North Carolina), and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is past president of the Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association, past co-chair of the Joint Forms Task Force for the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and past president of the Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina, Inc., a trade association with over 350 members.

A native of Raleigh, Ramseur graduated with honors from Needham B. Broughton High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, from Wake Forest University in 1992 and a law degree from Wake Forest in 1995.

Active in civic and charitable activities, he is a past president of the Rotary Club of the Capital City and the Board of Directors of Raleigh’s Theatre In The Park and participates each year as a fund raising volunteer for the Triangle Area YMCA.

This article came from the October 2016-Vol47-2 edition of the bulletin.