2016 Realtor of the Year Mary Jane White

We are happy to announce that our MLS President, Mary Jane White, has been chosen 2016 Realtor of the Year by a committee of her peers.  This honor is bestowed upon a REALTOR that goes above and beyond in their volunteer service in the REALTOR organization including local, state and national levels, those who give back to the community and believe in the ideals and importance of the REALTOR organization and our impact on the Berkshire community.

Mary Jane, broker owner of Cohen & White in Lenox, has been a member on various committees over the years, but first became actively involved in the leadership of the Realtor organization four years ago, when first elected to serve on the MLS Board of Directors – her understanding of the industry issues facing our association was apparent, and the following year, she was tapped to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the MLS and then President.  Mary Jane stepped in to serve two terms to ensure continuity and strong leadership.

Mary Jane has spent countless hours traveling on our behalf, attending meetings and conferences, and serving on critical MLS Committees. She has led by example and actively serves the local association on many, many key task forces, committees and workgroups for the Board.

Mary Jane Explains what REALTOR spirit means to her: 

‘REALTOR Spirit’, in my opinion, is all about our belief in and adherence to the Code of Ethics and the Golden Rule.  I believe that the best REALTOR spirit is found when we truly cooperate and communicate with each other in our daily transactions.  We are all able to raise our industry’s reputation and effectiveness when we all strive to a higher level of communication and professionalism with each other on behalf of our clients. 

You can send congratulations to:

Mary Jane White,
Cohen & White Associates
P.O. Box 1650
Lenox, MA 01240
Office – (413) 637-1086
Mobile – (413) 429-7611

General Overview

Member of the Berkshire County Board of Realtors (1982-Present)
Serves as principal broker of Cohen & White Associates, actively licensed as since 1979.
MLS Participant since 1984.

Local Volunteer Service

Berkshire County Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (President 2015-2016)
Berkshire County Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (Secretary/Treasurer 2014 Director 2013)
Berkshire County Board of Realtors Board of Directors (2015-2016)
Finance / Audit Committee (Co-Chair 2014)
Finance / Audit Committee (Member 2015-2016)
Investment Committee (Member 2015-2016)
Personnel Committee – Member, 2014-2016
Professional Standards Committee Tribunal Member (2014-2016)
75th Anniversary Workgroup – Member, 2016
DR Knowledge is Power – Inaugural Group, 2014
Orientation Presenter- Ex Officio, 2015-2016
Contract and Forms Revisions Task Force Meeting (2016)
Government Affairs Committee Meeting (2016)
South County Broker Open House Taskforce, Member, 2016
Website Audit Taskforce – Ex Officio, 2015
Strategic Planning Workgroup (2 Day Retreat) & Update, 2014 & 2016

National MLS Appointments & Service 

FBS Data Systems Northeast Representative on Emerging Technology, Denver Summit
FBS Leadership Summit, Fargo, ND, 2015 and 2015

Massachusetts Association of REALTORS Involvement

Fair Share Contributor Political Advocacy Fund, 2015-2016
MAR State Convention Attendance, 2015-2016
MAR Awards Dinner 2015
MAR Installation of Officers 2015
Certified Buyer Representative (CBR)
Participant in Massachusetts Association of Realtors Legislative Action Center Calls to Action on legislative issues and Senate Bills affecting real estate transactions

National Association of REALTORS Involvement

NAR Convention & Expo 2015-2016
NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings in Washington DC, 2015-2016
NAR RCE Leadership Luncheon 2016
CMLS / NAR Partnership Meeting 2016
NAR’s Green Designation
NAR’s RSPS Resort and Second Home Specialist Designation
Fair Share Contributor Political Advocacy Fund, 2015-2016
NAR Calls to Action Participant

Civic Involvement

Member of Lenox Chamber of Commerce
Co-Chair (with Nancy Fitzpatrick) Tanglewood Business Partners (8+years)
Supporter of Many Berkshire Non-Profit Charities
REACT [Real Estate Agent’s Charitable Taskforce] Supporter
Work with At-Risk Youth, At-Risk High School Athletes
Volunteer / Contributor Elizabeth Freeman Center