Our Leadership

President

Candace Cooke
ABR, CIPS, C-RETS, CRB, e-PRO, GAA, GREEN,
GRI, MRP, PSA, RENE, RSPS, SFR, SRES, SRS 
Owner, Real Property Counselors, Inc.
Austin, TX


Candy is a passionate REALTOR® who has worked in the real estate profession for thirty-five years as an appraiser, broker, and instructor. Utilizing this knowledge and experience allows Candy to provide enjoyable education to her classes. Currently a Senior Instructor with Texas Association of REALTORS®, Candace has been awarded Educator of the Year in 2012 for the state association as well as Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Real Estate Business Institute. Candy holds two graduate concentrations through REALTOR® University as well as currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult Education through Walden University. 



President-elect

Jody O’Brien
ABR, CRB, GRI, RENE, SRS 
Senior Director of Training, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Commonwealth Real Estate
Natick, MA


Jody is currently the Senior Director of Training for BHHS Commonwealth Real Estate in Natick, MA.    She has spent the majority of her career in the world of real estate and has served the industry at tje national, state and local levels.  The recipient of numerous awards and recognition over her career, she is most proud of the Massachusetts REALTOR® Educator of the Year, twice.  Jody has worked for small independent brokerages, large regional brokerage companies and national franchises. Throughout the years Jody has held the position of Senior Instructor, Manager of the Education Department, Liaison to the Risk Management Department, MLS Representative and Broker of Record. She has created, developed, and implemented training for agents, managers and office staff. Jody was the 2003 President of the Northeast Association of REALTORS® and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® since 1998.  She is also a REBI certified instructor for our CRB, SRS and RENE courses.


First Vice President

Steven Pagan
ABR, AHWD, CIPS, CRB, C-RETS, e-PRO, MRP,
RENE, SFR, SRS
Owner & Team Leader, The Steven Pagan Team
Medford, NJ & San Juan, Puerto Rico

Steven Pagan is the Owner and Team Leader of The Steven Pagan Team at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors with teams in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is also the Broker Owner of the Borinquen Property Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Steven has earned numerous credentials from the National Association of REALTORS® and all four credentials from the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI). Over the years, Steven has held many leadership roles at the local, state, and national level and currently serves as the First Vice President for the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, with over 34,000 members worldwide. Steven is also an instructor and a frequent speaker at real estate industry and leadership events nationwide. Steven is regularly mentioned and listed as a top real estate industry leader and an award-winning real estate professional and REALTOR®.


Immediate Past President

James L. Helsel, Jr.
DSA, CCIM, CPM, CRB, CRE, GRI, SIOR
President, Helsel REALTORS®
Camp Hill, PA


James (Jim) has been in the real estate profession since 1975, when he started his real estate company, Helsel, Inc., in Camp Hill, PA. Since then, Jim has also worked extensively in REALTOR® association leadership, serving in several appointments on the local, state, and national levels, including President-elect of the Delaware Valley Chapter of IREM in 2017. He’s been a longtime supporter of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2009.   Jim is also a recipient of the NAR Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor a REALTOR® can receive.
 



Chief Executive Officer

Ginny Shipe
CAE, C-RETS, RENE
CEO, Real Estate Business Institute
Chicago, IL