It was four years ago when Holly Mabery began making her move up the Arizona Association of Realtors' leadership ladder.
After serving as treasurer in 2009, first vice president in 2010 and president-elect this year, Prescott-area-based Mabery is about to start her term as the association's president in January, and she's ready for the challenge.
"It's been a long-term process, but the knowledge base has been incredible and it has allowed me to serve the Realtors I work with and my clients at a much higher level," she said.
Starting next year, Mabery will continue to work as associated broker and trainer for Keller Williams Check Realty, with offices in Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff, while providing leadership for the Arizona Association of Realtors and its nearly 40,000 members.
It's an impressive ascension for Mabery, 37, who is a third-generation Realtor and Arizona native.
Her grandparents originally opened Mabery Real Estate in Cottonwood in
Holly said her uncle took a job at the office and eventually bought the business later that decade.
After graduating from Northern Arizona University, Holly went to work for her uncle in 1998.
Going into real estate was an easy decision for Mabery.
"It seemed like the best fit," she said. "Everything just kind of made sense. I found my passion and what I love to do."
Mabery came to work at Keller Williams this past fall and is responsible for recruiting about 150 agents in three offices. She also got back into the sales side nearly two months ago.
"I missed working with my clients - I'm an in-the-trenches kind of agent," she said.
Protecting the mortgage interest deduction, working toward a statewide Multiple Listing Service and promoting continuing education are Mabery's main goals when she begins her run as president.
Tom Farley, chief executive officer of the association, said one of Mabery's assets is her dedication to her clients and keeping up on industry issues.
"She does a fantastic job of staying on top of everything," he said. "She has accomplished quite a bit in a short amount of time."
Farley said that Mabery's technological knowledge would also play a vital role as the association incorporates more ways to share information with buyers and sellers.
"That's something that we really do need," he said. "Technology really is evolving in this industry, whether we like it or not. We've got to stay at the forefront. I think she'll do a lot to get us there."
One of the biggest challenges Mabery faces is preserving the mortgage interest deduction that federal and state lawmakers are trying to take away.
Farley believes that means trips to Washington, D.C., are in Mabery's future.
"I think her youthfulness coupled with the number of years'
experience that she already has is really going to be a tool for her to leverage not only on behalf of her clients but also moving the association forward," he said. "She's certainly going to have her year cut out for her."