Tessa Hultz, chief executive of the Wichita Area Association of Realtors, will be leaving to take a similar job in North Carolina.
Officials from the WAAR board of directors confirmed Hultz’s departure. She did not immediately respond to messages left for her by e-mail and phone Monday afternoon.
Jerry Gray, current president of the WAAR board, said Hultz was recruited by the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and he received her resignation over the weekend. Her last day at WAAR will be Aug. 2, Gray said.
“It’s a great opportunity for her,” said Gray, who is vice president and general manager of J.P. Weigand & Sons’ commercial division.
“She has done a great job for us,” he said. “We’re a much better association today than when she arrived.”
Gray added that he thinks he’s a better volunteer association leader, too, because of Hultz.
Hultz joined the Wichita association in February 2010. She was previously vice president of education for the St. Louis Association of Realtors.
Gray said he expects work on recruiting Hultz’s replacement to begin later this week.
“We’ll be attractive to some good candidates,” he said.
Gray and other officials said they knew it was only a matter of time before Hultz would be recruited away from Wichita.
“She’s the type of talent that somebody larger and bigger would go after,” said John McKenzie, broker and owner of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate. “She’s extremely talented and we’re going to miss her.”
McKenzie and Gray said the association she is going to is far larger in terms of membership than WAAR. Gray said WAAR has about 1,400 members. WAAR’s South Central Kansas Multiple Listing Service has about 2,000 members, Gray said.
He and McKenzie estimated the Raleigh association’s membership rolls to be more than three times the size of WAAR.