Recently the Mobile Area Association of Realtors released its summary of highlights and accomplishments for the first quarter of 2018. Holly Hunt, MAAR community affairs director, said the year has seen above-average regional involvement for the association.

With a roster exceeding 1,400 and comprising a virtual “who’s who” of high-profile member agents, MAAR is one of the largest affiliate real estate associations in the area.

Highlights included:

• MAAR’s Jan. 10 Governmental Affairs Forum featured candidates for Mobile County District Court judge, Place 4 — George Zoghby, Derrick Williams and Spiro Cheriogotis. Each candidate spoke to members and participated in a Q&A session.

• At the February Governmental Affairs Forum, attorney Casey Pipes updated members on the “Map for Mobile” project.

• 300 member real estate agents attended the 2018 Regional Alabama/Mississippi Education Conference at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi in mid-March. Keynote speaker Leigh Thomas Brown, a real estate agent from Charlotte, North Carolina, addressed the group on “The 7 Deadly Sins of Sales.”

• The March 29 membership breakfast at the Country Club of Mobile featured Julie Minto, NAR Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board chair and AAR Realtor Party Involvement chair. Fifty-seven new MAAR members were inducted and three new Coastal Key designation recipients were recognized. Coastal Key trainees received certificates reflecting professionalism in real estate industry standards.

• MAAR’s “Flocking to RPAC” charity auction saw a successful conclusion in April. Roughly $32,000 in RPAC contributions were raised with 147 local Realtors participating. Additionally, this year for the first time MAAR held a silent auction online for two weeks leading up to the event.

• In mid-April a Young Professional Network kickoff was held at Moe’s BBQ downtown that featured Nobu Hata, NAR’s director of digital engagement.

• On April 27 MAAR held its inaugural Charity Clay Shoot to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama. Four teams of four shot sporting clays at Taylor Creek in Theodore.

• The May 3 Governmental Affairs Forum featured candidates for Mobile County Circuit Court judge, Place 6 — Brandy Hambright, Harry Satterwhite, Barney March and Buzz Jordan. Candidates spoke to members and participated in a Q&A session.

• The week of May 14, leadership attended mid-year National Association of Realtor legislative meetings in Washington, D.C. MAAR attendees included Stephanie White, CEO; Deborah Robinson, president; Kelly Cummings, past president; Cameron Weavil, secretary; and Timothy Mills, governmental affairs chair.

For the second quarter of the year, MAAR’s community relations committee is gearing up for many summer events, according to Hunt.

• In June, MAAR will sponsor a charity dinner for more than 250 Camp Rap-A-Hope camper kids battling cancer. 

• In July, MAAR will serve dinner at Camp SMILE, designed to help kids and adults with special needs.

Additionally, the nonprofit’s committee will hold a summer school supply drive to provide backpacks with supplies for the Light of the Village event. Additional  information about MAAR events can be found on the association’s website.

Ascension unveils new brand

Construction of a new medical office building on the campus of Providence Hospital in West Mobile is underway, with an expected June completion date. According to a news release, the building will house the offices of Ascension Medical Group at Providence Park. Providers will include internal medicine doctors and pediatricians.

Providence Park will also offer the medical group’s first walk-in clinic for convenient care. The clinic will be staffed with nurse practitioners who can provide turnaround care for those unable to get an appointment within a reasonable time and/or do not have a primary care doctor.

Ascension Medical Group at Providence Park is the first Mobile location to carry the new brand for the Providence Medical Group physician network. A grand opening event is planned for mid-summer.

On the Gulf Coast, Ascension operates Providence Hospital and Providence Medical Group, based in Mobile, and Sacred Heart Health System, based in Pensacola. Ascension  employs more than 6,600 workers along the central Gulf Coast and reportedly provided over $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty for fiscal year 2016.