Melvin L. “Skip” Alston of Greensboro has been elected Chairman of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission and Marsha H. Jordan of Lincolnton, Vice Chair; it was announced by Phillip T. Fisher, Executive Director.
Alston has been a member of the Commission since 2003. He is serving his fourth four-year term as a member of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and was elected its first African American chairman in December 2002 for a one-year term.
For the past 25 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, with 22 full time employees and seven sales agents.
He is also involved with several other successful business ventures in the Greensboro community, such as President of East Market Street Square, Inc., a commercial development company; Alston and Alston, LLC, a consulting firm; Skip’s All Beef Hotdogs, Inc.; and Vice President of S & J Partnership, Inc., dba The Bar-B-Que Palace.
Immediate past president of the North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches, which consists of 120 Adult Branches and 60 Youth and College Chapters across the state, Alston has also served on the NAACP National Board of Directors since 2001 and has been a member of the NAACP 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 the historic Woolworth Building in downtown Greensboro where the 1960 Sit-Ins took place, into an international Civil Rights Center and Museum.
He is a former member of the North Carolina Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission and served two terms as president of the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials along with a host of other boards and commissions throughout this state and country.
Alston resides in Greensboro with his wife, Gwendolyn, and is a member of St. James Baptist Church. He has two sons, DeSean Jahleel Alston, 25, who is also a real estate broker, serving as Vice President of The Alston Realty Group, Inc. and Ryan DeMarkus Alston, 15, who attends Ragsdale High School 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-elect 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.
Jordan and her husband, Max, a real estate broker and contractor, reside in Lincolnton and have one son, Jason, a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a broker.
This article came from the October 2007-Vol38-2 edition of the bulletin.