Meet the 2020 Leadership Team. (Effective December 1, 2019)


Portrait of Kemper Funkhouser

Kemper Funkhouser

President

Local Association: Harrisonburg/Rockingham Association of REALTORS®

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Kemper has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate marketing and brokerage, which includes a portfolio of residential and commercial properties throughout the Shenandoah Valley. As Chief Operating Officer and Supervising Broker of Funkhouser Real Estate Group, Kemper oversees all the company’s daily operational functions.

Kemper was recognized by his peers as the local REALTOR® of the Year in 2009, having served as President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of REALTORS® (HRAR). He has served his local association over the years as Vice President, Director, and as Chair of the Legislative & Political Affairs Committee.

A member of the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2011, and most recently as the 2019 President-Elect and 2018 Vice President, Kemper has also served as the Chair on numerous state committees throughout the years, including the Risk Management Committee in 2010, and the Strategy Committee of the BOD in 2016. He was a key member of the Bylaws Review Committee in 2018, and recently served as Chair of the Policy and Procedures Manual Review Workgroup. In addition, Kemper is a graduate of the 2006 Virginia REALTORS® Leadership Academy and was the recipient of the Virginia REALTORS® Code of Ethics Leadership Award in 2014.

Since 2004, Kemper has served at the National level (NAR) on a variety of committees, sub-committees and advisory boards. A current member of the 2020 NAR Board of Directors, he is a Past Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Real Property Valuation Committee, Business Issues Committee, and the Professional Standards Interpretations and Procedures Advisory Board. He is also a graduate of the 2008 National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy.

Kemper has a Master of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University. He is also a certified instructor of REALTOR® Ethics and an adjunct professor of real estate at James Madison University.

Kemper lives in Harrisonburg with his wife Ashleigh, son Peyton, and daughter Alexandra. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family.

Portrait of Beth Dalton

Beth Dalton

CRB

President-Elect

Local Association: Richmond Association of REALTORS®

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Beth has been deeply involved in the real estate world since obtaining her sales license in 2003. She earned the Rookie of the Year and later obtained her Associate Broker’s license in 2010. Previously the managing broker for the Long and Foster Real Estate Blacksburg office, she relocated to Richmond, VA in 2019 to assume the position of managing broker for the Tuckahoe and Centerpointe offices.

Over the years, she has served at the New River Valley Association of REALTORS® (NRVAR) in numerous capacities including Director on the NRVAR Board, Secretary/Treasurer, RPAC Chair, and Chair of the NRVAR Governmental Affairs Committee. Beth received the NRVAR 2008 REALTOR® of the Year and is a three-time recipient of the NRVAR President’s Appreciation Award.

Having been a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2016, Beth most recently served as its 2019 Vice President. She has been the Chair for the RPAC of Virginia Trustees, Virginia Leadership Academy, and the Public Policy Committee, plus being an active participant on numerous other state committees including the Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors, Investment Management Committee, RPAC Fundraising and Broker Involvement Workgroup, and Virginia FPC Forum. In addition, Beth was chosen Virginia Manager of the Year (2015) and is a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Honor Society.

Beth’s involvement at the National Level began in 2011 as the FPC to Congressman Morgan Griffith, which continues today. She is deeply committed to RPAC, having served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the NAR RPAC Fundraising Forum, and serving on the Presidential Advisory Group as part of the RPAC State Fundraising Partnership Goal. A graduate of the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy in 2016, Beth currently serves as a state representative to the NAR REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee.

Beth currently resides in Richmond but returns to Radford whenever possible where she loves hiking the AT and spending time on Claytor Lake with her family. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Radford City Parks & Recreation Commission and enjoys being involved with the local Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountain Council and serving on the Radford University Alumni Volunteer/Student Recruitment committee.

Portrait of Denise Ramey

Denise Ramey

ABR, GRI

Vice President

Local Association: Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®

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Born in Keflavik, Iceland and having lived at various times of her life in Florida, California, Alabama, Maine, and Virginia, Denise Ramey is not only a REALTOR®, but truly an expert in relocation! Fifteen years as a sales executive with BellSouth allowed Denise and her family to move around the country seven times before settling in Central Virginia.

A REALTOR® since 2006, Denise has been affiliated with Long & Foster’s Old Ivy office since 2014. As head of the Denise Ramey Team, she has been the highest producing agent since 2011 with outstanding, consistent sales results. In 2018, she closed over 87 transactions representing $44+ million in sales. She won the 2017 Charlottesville Welcome Book Award for outstanding customer service and has been voted Favorite REALTOR® in Charlottesville by “Charlottesville Family” readers since 2009. She holds the respected ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) and GRI designations.

Denise served on the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014, including as President in 2013, President-Elect in 2012 and Treasurer in 2011. A member of the CAAR Professional Honor Society since 2008, Denise has served on many local association committees. She was honored in 2013 as the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® Sales Associate of the Year, and then in 2015, was voted the CAAR REALTOR® of the YEAR.

At the state level (VAR) Denise has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. She has served on numerous committees and workgroups including Member Communications, Strategy Committee, RPAC Fundraising and Broker Involvement, Public Policy, RPAC Trustees, and four years on the – you guessed it – Relocation Conference Workgroup where she also served as Chair from 2012-2014. As a graduate of the Virginia REALTORS® Leadership Academy (VLA) in 2009, she later served as the VLA Trustees Chair in 2015.

Denise has also been involved at the national level (NAR) since 2012 as a member of the Member Communications Committee, the State and Local Issues Policy Committee, and on the RPAC Participation Council, which she will continue to serve on through 2020.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in criminal justice and a minor in speech communications.

Denise enjoys spending time with her family, which includes four children and her dog, Bailey.

Portrait of Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell

ABR, GRI

Treasurer

Local Association: Greater Piedmont REALTORS®

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In 1971, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy and accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1973, graduating in 1977. After resigning his commission, Tom worked for Northrup-Grumman as a budget analyst until 2003 when he left Northrup-Grumman to concentrate solely on his real estate business.

Tom has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1997. In 2007 he formed the business entity Campbell Team LLC. For 18 years Tom was associated with Long & Foster REALTORS®. In 2015, he was recruited to join Fathom Realty as District Director (Managing Broker) in the Northwestern counties of Virginia.

Tom served as President of the Greater Piedmont REALTORS® (GPR) in 2014 having been their President-Elect in 2013. He has served in numerous capacities at GPR including being a state delegate from 2012 – 2015, and a member of several committees.

At Virginia REALTORS®, Tom has served on the Board of Directors since 2018 and was elected Treasurer of the Board in 2019. He served on the Public Policy Committee for six years and held the position of Chair in 2017. He is also the Treasurer of the Virginia REALTORS® RPAC Trustees. He is a certified Ethics instructor, a graduate of the VLA Class of 2011, and has been a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Honor Society every year since 2011.

At the national level (NAR), Tom is a 3-time appointee to the Public Policy Coordinating Committee and will serve until his term ends in 2021.

Outside of the real estate community, Tom served three years on the Board of Directors of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce, two years as Vice Chair of Legislative Affairs, and he also served the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Secretary. Tom was President of the Rotary Club of Warrenton for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Portrait of Beckwith Kilgore

Beckwith Kilgore

CIPS

Immediate Past President

Local Association: Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®

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Beckwith Kilgore began her real estate career in 2004 at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She continued her success by moving to Carter Braxton Real Estate in 2008, earning her broker’s license in 2010 and opening Carter Braxton Preferred Properties in historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia the same year.

Beckwith has been actively involved with the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) since 2004 – serving on and chairing the Governmental Affairs Committee, and the RPAC Committee, as well as the DAAR Board of Directors where she served as the President of the Board in 2013. She has won several awards from DAAR including 2010 REALTOR® of the Year, Community Service Award, and was inducted into the DAAR Honor Society.

She has served on the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2014, most recently as the 2019 President, 2018 President-Elect, and 2017 Vice President. Her state committee involvement includes being a member of the Public Policy Committee, Legislative Bill Review Committee, Investment Management Committee, the Strategic Planning Task Force, and as Chair of the 2018 Bylaws Review Committee. Her deep interest in advocating for property rights has led her to be involved as a Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) member, and to serve every year since 2014 in some capacity on multiple RPAC committees, workgroups, and forums.

Beckwith has expanded her service to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), serving on the Housing Opportunity Committee, RPAC Major Investor Council, Meeting and Conference Committee, and the NAR Board of Directors.

Active in her community, Beckwith currently serves as Treasurer for the Board of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a nonprofit organization focused on the preservation of the mountains. She has also served as a member of the Loudoun County Chesapeake Bay Stakeholders Group and has been greatly involved on the Board of Directors of the Ashburn Soccer Club where she served as their president for four years. In addition, she has coached competitive gymnastics for twenty-eight years.

A long-time resident of Loudoun County, Beckwith currently resides in Leesburg with her husband, Aaron.

 

Portrait of Terrie Suit

Terrie Suit

MBA, CAE, CIPS

Chief Executive Officer

Local Association: Virginia REALTORS®

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Terrie L. Suit was appointed as chief executive officer of the Virginia REALTORS® on September 23, 2013. Terrie’s real estate background began in 1985 as a REALTOR® and later transitioned into a twenty-year mortgage lending career.

In 1996, Terrie accepted an appointment from the Governor to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Several years later she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where she served the 81st District for nearly a decade. During her time as a delegate, Terrie served as chair to the General Laws Committee and the Virginia Housing Commission. As a delegate, Terrie was recognized by legislative peers and constituents as an expert on both housing and military relations.

In April of 2011, Terrie was appointed by Virginia’s Governor to be Virginia’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. As an Army daughter and a Navy wife, Terrie worked diligently to fulfill the Governor’s goal of making Virginia “the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

As Virginia REALTORS®’ chief executive officer, Terrie has also served at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) level on multiple committees and workgroups.

Terrie is a graduate of both Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Terrie and her husband, Tom, reside in Stafford County, Virginia.