State Rep. Chad Fincher said today he will not be leaving the statehouse early, even while he begins a new full-time job as the Executive Director of the Mobile Area Association of Realtors Monday, Nov. 18.
However, he will be stepping back from the day-to-day work of his own real estate business and he has “not made a final decision” about whether he’ll run for re-election as his second term in the state legislature expires next year.
“I’ve been on the (MAAR) board for the past two years and have been a member of the association for the past 15,” he said. “I’ve served on the governmental affairs committee and other committees and had this opportunity come along, and I’m very excited about it.”
The position of executive director was created by the board after longtime Executive Vice President Jeffrey Newman retired in August after 33 years with the association. Fincher said it is a full-time position, responsible for the overseeing the association’s membership, continuing education programs, adherence to the Realtor’s Code of Ethics and community involvement. The executive director is also responsible for managing the Gulf Coast Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the largest in south Alabama.
Newman, who is temporarily working as a consultant for MAAR and tasked with bringing his replacement up-to-speed, said the Board found the most qualified candidate in Fincher.
“There was a search committee and they reviewed over 60 applications and brought several people in from out-of-state to interview,” he said. “At some point, they approached Chad to see if he may be interested with his experience as a Realtor, his communications ability, his integrity, his enthusiasm and his contacts throughout the political community, it really made a perfect match. He understands Mobile and the way business is done in Mobile.”
Fincher has a degree in forestry from Auburn University and is the Owner/Broker of Fincher and Associates Realty Services. He is a licensed Realtor in the states of Alabama and Mississippi and has practiced real estate for over 15 years.
He recently finished third in a field of nine Republican candidates for Congress in District 1’s primary election in September. He was beaten by Dean Young and Bradley Byrne, who with Fincher’s endorsement, went on to secure a spot in the general election in December.
In Montgomery, he serves on the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee as Chairman and the House Ways and Means Committee and the Mobile County Delegation Committee. Fincher said his new position will not affect his work there, where the next legislative session begins in January.
“Between the congressional election and this new opportunity, I haven’t had time to think about it, but I don’t expect there to be any conflict,” he said.
Mobile County has had three special elections for state legislature in the last two years, to fill the former seats of Ben Brooks and Yvonne Kennedy in the Senate and Jim Barton in the House.
The Mobile Association of Realtors advocates for private property rights, community service and quality of life, promoting the highest standards of ethics and professionalism among its 1,250 members.