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State Rep. Barry Mask will take the helm of the Alabama Association of Realtors, which named him CEO Thursday.
State Rep. Barry Mask will take the helm of the Alabama Association of Realtors, which named him CEO Thursday.

Association of Realtors names Mask CEO

Published 4:44pm Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Alabama Association of Realtors announced Thursday afternoon that State Rep. Charles Barrett  “Barry”  Mask (R-Wetumpka) will be its next chief executive officer.

Mask, who also is the executive director of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority, “is perfect for this position,” according to the statement from Association of Realtors president Richard VanValkenburgh.

“After an exhaustive nation-wide search for a new CEO, we believe that we have chosen the very best individual for the extremely important job of helping to lead our association into the future,” VanValkenburgh said. We are excited and pleased that Barry Mask has agreed to become the new CEO for the Alabama Association of Realtors. Barry’s qualifications are a perfect match to AAR’s needs.”

“I’m excited to be coming home to a place with so much opportunity,” Mask, who served as the group’s governmental affairs director from 1990 to 1995, said in the statement.  ”I have often told others that the best place I ever worked was the Alabama Association of Realtors. So I’m thrilled to be working for AAR again. I believe in our cause and have deep respect and admiration for this profession. I look forward to working with our members, staff and local boards to deliver relevant services and value by remaining focused on our mission and our business plan. I believe strongly in the T.E.A.M. concept – Together Everyone Accomplishes More!”

Mask, 53, was elected in 2006 to his first term in the Alabama House of Representatives in a special election for House District 31 (Coosa and Elmore counties).  He serves as chair of the  House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; chairman of the Legislative Building Authority,  vice chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee and serves on the Ways and Means Education Committee.

He was named ECEDA director in 2009. Mask’s last day with ECEDA, he said, will be Wednesday, May 29, at the economic development group’s spring Unity Breakfast.

In 2012 Mask was honored by the Economic Development Association of Alabama as their “Most Outstanding Legislator of the Year “. In 2011 he was named the “Advocate for Progress “award from the Business Council of Alabama.

The Alabama Associations of Realtors represents 11,047 members across the state.

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