By Carol Hazard
(MCT)—Terrie Suit, Virginia’s first secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, will become chief executive officer of the Virginia Association of Realtors, a 29,000-member trade organization based in Henrico County.
The association’s board of directors made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after a unanimous vote. The appointment is effective Sept. 23, a day after she resigns as secretary.
Suit, 49, succeeds Scott Brunner, who left the organization in March after seven years at the helm.
She brings vast experience to the association in the areas of housing policy, real estate, finance and government affairs, the trade group said in a statement.
Tom Stevens, chairman of the search committee and past president of the Virginia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, said a national search was conducted to fill the position.
“Terrie is from Virginia,” Stevens said. “She works for the state of Virginia. She reports to the governor. She knows the legislature, the political arena. She has great people skills. She’s a communicator. She’s the complete package.”