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The VCCAR Leadership Academy will develop, polish, and strengthen your skills for becoming a successful leader. Participants will gain beneficial insights into the value of Association membership at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, understanding and navigating through political advocacy in protecting you and your clients, private property rights, and issues affecting real estate. Today's emerging leaders will guide the REALTOR® organization to a brighter tomorrow! 

The VCCAR Leadership Academy is committed to fostering and supporting equity, diversity and inclusion. This includes a commitment to providing a program that reflects the broadest range of qualifications, skills, experiences, perspectives and the myriad of human identities essential to advancing the association’s mission. A diverse program of participants working in an atmosphere of inclusion will produce better, more innovative decisions, further the association’s reputation as an equitable, diverse and inclusive organization, and increase the organization’s capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of its members and the community. Diversity and inclusion inspires excellence and drives organizational effectiveness.

PROGRAM CONTENT & SESSION DATES - Full 2021 Leadership Academy Schedule


Interested candidates must complete and submit the 2021 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY APPLICATION to VCCAR no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, August 2, 2021. Those applicants that meet the criteria* will be contacted for a personal interview with a panel selected by the Leadership Development Committee.

The Leadership Academy permits only a limited number of participants each year; seven (7) REALTORS® and one (1) Affiliate. If selected, you will begin a nine (9) week journey designed to give you a unique in-depth perspective on leadership and what it takes to be a leader in your professional life, association, and community.

In order to graduate from the VCCAR Leadership Academy you must attend all sessions. A single absence will result in forfeiting your spot in the program.


  • A REALTOR® applicant must have a minimum of eighteen (18) months experience as a REALTOR® as of the date of the application and a member in good standing with VCCAR.
  • An Affiliate applicant must be a member of VCCAR for the past eighteen (18) months and a member in good standing with VCCAR.

2019 Leadership Academy Alumni
Dawn Durazo, Beach View Real Estate
Erik Gladish, Michael Szakos, Broker
Nicole Gruttadaurio, RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS®
Sterling Granger, Comfort Real Estate Service, Inc.
Greg Smith, RE/MAX Integrity
Jonathan Tomala, Coldwell Banker Residential
Luis Mendez, Loan Depot
Will Schmeltz, RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS®

2018 Leadership Alumni
Vincente Arzate, Century 21 Everest
Ryan Bruns, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Thomas Buenger, Buenger Commercial Real Estate
Katie Connelly, The Address, Inc.
Dustin Dammeyer, Dammeyer & Associates
Ashley Glyer, Dammeyer & Associates
Lupe Servin, Century 21 Everest
Kenneth Wallis, Century 21 Everest