Melvin L. “Skip” Alston of Greensboro has been reelected Chairman of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission and Marsha H. Jordan of Lincolnton, reelected Vice Chair, for the 2008-2009 term beginning August 1, it was announced by Phillip T. Fisher, Executive Director.
Alston has been a member of the Commission since 2003.
He is serving his fifth four-year term as a member of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and was elected its first African American chairman.
For the past 26 years, Alston has served as president and owner of the Alston Realty Group, Inc., a real estate firm in Greensboro specializing in property management and real estate sales.
He is also involved with other business ventures in the Greensboro community, including East Market Street Square, Inc., a commercial development company, and Alston and Alston, LLC, a residential renovation and consulting firm.
Alston is immediate past president of the North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches which consist of 120 Adult Branches and 60 Youth and College Chapters across the state. He has also served on the NAACP National Board of Directors since 2001 and been a member of its National Board of Trustees since 1988.
Alston is co-founder and chairman of the board of directors for the Sit-In Movement, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of purchasing and renovating into an international Civil Rights Center and Museum the historic WoolworthBuilding in downtown Greensboro where the 1960 sit-ins took place.
He is a former member of the North Carolina Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, served two terms as president of the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials, and been a member of a host of other boards and commissions throughout the state and country.
Alston resides in Greensboro with his wife, Gwendolyn, who is a licensed real estate broker and Vice President of The Alston Realty Group, Inc. He has two sons, DeSean Jahleel Alston, 25, who is also a real estate broker currently residing in Los Angeles, and Ryan DeMarkus Alston, 16, who attends Dudley High School in Greensboro. Alston attends St. James Baptist Church in Greensboro.
Marsha H. Jordan
A graduate of the University of Virginia (MWC), Jordan entered the real estate business in 1986. She is owner of Apple Realty in Lincolnton, a Graduate of the REALTORS® Institute and a Certified Residential Specialist.
Appointed to the Commission in 1999, Jordan is president of the North Carolina Real Estate Education Foundation and past president and 2001 REALTOR® of the Year of the Lincoln County Board of REALTORS®. Active in community affairs, she is a former director of the Lincolnton Chamber of Commerce, past president for Downtown Development, and currently president of the Lincolnton Rotary Club.
She and her husband, Max, a REALTOR® and contractor, reside in Lincolnton and have one son, Jason, a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a REALTOR®.
The North Carolina Real Estate Commission is responsible for the licensing and regulation of 11,000 real estate firms and 100,000 real estate agents in the state.
This article came from the October 2008-Vol39-2 edition of the bulletin.