Petal Realtor to head up state group

By STAFF REPORTS,

Petal resident Adam Watkins will be installed as president of the Mississippi Association of Realtors Oct. 10 at the organization's annual convention and expo. He will lead the organization through 2019.

Watkins is one of the youngest members on record chosen to head up the organization.

He served as president of the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors in 2008 and he is currently chair of the Research Committee for the National Association of Realtors. He was most recently recognized as Realtor of the Year by the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors.

Watkins said he is excited to take the lead of the state’s largest trade association.

“I really believe that the profession that we are in is truly one of the noblest professions on earth because it impacts so many people,” Watkins said. “It provides opportunity for families to change their destiny by owning a piece of the land. Our country was built on people having that independent right. Part of our duty as Realtors is to protect that right, and to bring it to as many people who can wisely and responsibly use it.”

Since becoming licensed in 2001, Watkins said he has witnessed firsthand how ownership of real estate can impact a family. He has served more than 1,000 clients during this time.

Watkins has also seen the impact on a personal level.

“My family is a great example of the way real estate can change a family’s destiny,” he said. “They had very, very little, but they invested in land and real estate, and it created a tremendous amount of opportunity for my brother and sister and me, as well as my cousins. I think real estate is important for that reason, and I’m honored to be able to be a part of it, and to lead the state’s largest trade association dedicated to those ideals.”

Watkins is Broker Associate and co-owner of The All-Star Team, Realtors - a full-service real estate brokerage firm with locations in Hattiesburg and Petal.

He is a 2002 Summa Cum Laude graduate of William Carey University where he earned his business degree with emphasis in Finance and Economics (B.S.B).  Adam also earned his Master’s in Business Administration with Finance concentration (M.B.A.) from Tulane University. In 2008, he was honored by the National Association of Realtors as a member of the “30 Under 30″class – a once-in-a-career selection of the 30 leading Realtors in the United States. He and his wife, Amelia, volunteer time in the community including work with the Petal School District, the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce, the Area Development Partnership, and Realtor Associations.  They have two daughters, Abigail and Hannah, and are active members of Carterville Baptist Church.