Savvy + Co. agent, Charisma Smith, has been a licensed real estate agent for almost 20 years. Originally from Chicago, Charisma fell in love with Charlotte when she attended Johnson C. Smith University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After graduating, she made the Queen City her home.
Throughout her real estate career, Charisma has been active in the Association Board of directors and the MLS board, and now she is ready for more. Charisma is running for the Secretary position with the Executive Board, an entity that oversees the Association, which provides more than 12,200 Realtors® with the resources and services they need to conduct ethical, professional, successful, and profitable businesses.
We interviewed Charisma about the significance of the Executive Board, the position of Secretary, and why she was called to serve.
Savvy: Before we talk about your decision to run for the Executive Board, tell us about the positions you’ve held prior to announcing your candidacy.
CS: I have actively participated in the Association since 2003. It first began when I graduated from the Leadership Academy. Next, I served on the NC Realtors® Board of Directors followed by the Diversity Council where I eventually served as chair. There were several other positions over the years, but in 2019, I was elected to the Canopy Association Board of Directors. Now I’m ready to take my involvement to the next level and serve as the Secretary of the Executive Board.
Savvy: What made you decide to throw your hat in the ring?
CS: When I was first approached to run for the Executive Board, my initial reaction was that I was too busy and already doing enough. I was inspired by a senator in Georgia, who stepped up and introduced a hate crime bill the likes of which the state had never seen before. It was at that moment I realized that I, too, wanted to be a part of the change.
I said to myself, “Charisma, you always talk about change and now you have an opportunity to use your influence to actually make changes, but you can’t do it if you’re sitting on the sidelines.”
When do you not have time to be a public servant? It will never be the right time. You’ll always be busy, but you have a choice and I choose to serve.
Savvy: What are you most excited about if you are elected to the Secretary position?
CS: I enjoy helping my community, and I am committed to seeing the change and growth in the Canopy region and beyond. I want to show new and existing members that the Board is diverse and that it reflects the Association. With that being said, being diverse is not just about the way I look, but it’s about the way I think. I’m open-minded and think outside the box. I will bring a new way of thinking to the table.
Savvy: Why should your peers vote for you?
CS: God has blessed me with a platform, and at the end of the day, I want to be able to say that I tried and that I represented everybody. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines. I want to be a part of the change.
I want to speak as the voice of the Association to all the Realtors® who pay their dues. I want them to know that I hear them and will be happy to answer their concerns and questions. I want to hear what everyone has to say and move in a positive direction.