The National Association of Realtors has good taste, that’s for sure, as the organization has selected Ebby Halliday Realtors president and CEO Mary Frances Burleson to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service Award — the highest award a Realtor can receive. Burleson was recognized by NAR chief Gary Thomas for her service at the Realtor Conference and Expo in San Francisco today, Nov. 11.
Burleson, who has been a Realtor for 47 years, started at Ebby Halliday Realtors as a Ebby’s own secretary in 1958. She has helped to grow the organization to where it is now — the largest independent real estate brokerage in Texas. Along the way, Burleson has touched the lives of thousands of Realtors and people across the North Texas community and beyond.
“I am honored and grateful to accept the Distinguished Service Award,” Burleson said in a press release. “I am also extremely fortunate to be part of a profession and organization that values service to others. Realtors have a common goal to help build strong communities and work toward improving people’s quality of life; this is something I strongly believe in and have strived for throughout my career in real estate.”
It’s true: Ebby Halliday Realtors works very hard to give back to the community. And Burleson is a perfect example of that philosophy.
“I am extremely honored to present this year’s Distinguished Service Award to Mary Frances Burleson,” said Thomas. “Over several decades, Mary Frances has demonstrated a tremendous amount of dedication and self-sacrifice to the Realtor community through her involvement in numerous volunteer positions at the local, state and national level. Mary Frances has proven herself to be a leader who believes in the principle of service above self.”
Burleson also holds the honor of being the third person from Ebby Halliday Realtors to receive the coveted DSA, an industry first.
Burleson has served as a member of the board of directors at NAR since 1991 and is currently a large firm representative on the board of directors, a position she has held since 1998. While active on a national level, Burleson has served as president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, and was named Realtor of the Year by MetroTex — an honor she also received from the Texas Association of Realtors.
Additionally, Burleson has served on the Texas Real Estate Commission, as chairman of the board for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Baptist Foundation of Texas, and as a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She has also been a member of the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council.
Please join us in congratulating Mary Frances Burleson on this amazing achievement!