Executive Director Miriam Baer announced that Jeffery J. Malarney of Manteo has been elected as Chair, and Sandra L. O’Connor of Greensboro, as Vice Chair of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Their terms will begin August 1, 2019.
Malarney, a former member of the Real Estate Commission, was reappointed to the Commission in 2018 by Governor Roy Cooper. He has practiced law in the Outer Banks for over 27 years and is a principal of the Law Offices of Jeff Malarney, PLLC. He is also a licensed real estate broker and property insurance agent.
A Commander (ret.) of the United States Navy Judge Advocate Corps, he is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney, past president of the North Carolina Vacation Rental Manager’s Association, and past chairman of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.
Malarney founded and operated a mortgage brokerage company, an insurance agency, and created H20BX Waterpark in Currituck, North Carolina.
Malarney holds a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law and BA (cum laude) in Economics and Management from Albion College.
Sandra O’Oconner was appointed to the Commission by Governor Roy Cooper in 2017.
A broker with the Greensboro Allen Tate office, O’Connor has been a licensed North Carolina real estate broker since 1983. From 1985 to 2005, she was the owner and sole proprietor of Sandra O’Connor & Associates.
O’Connor has been active with the national, state, and local REALTOR® organizations and in community affairs.
She is a Past Director of the National Association of REALTORS® and a past Region 4 Vice President. A past President of the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, as well as a Region V Vice President and Treasurer, she received its REALTOR® of the Year award in 2014. She is a past President and REALTOR® of the Year of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association and has been admitted to its Hall of Fame.
O’Connor is a past chair and member of the Greensboro Planning Board and a past member of the board of directors of the Guilford Green Foundation. She holds a BA degree from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and a Masters of Librarianship from the University of Washington in Seattle.