Russell Boyce, the new president of the Maryland Association of Realtors, enjoys giving back through leadership
By Sarah Bennett
With a real estate career spanning more than two decades, Russell Boyce understands the challenges agents face every day. So the busy Team Leader with RE/MAX 100 in White Plains, Md., makes time to participate in local and state associations, where he protects the interests of agents and the customers they serve.
Last year, while serving as Secretary of the Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR), Boyce was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His battle only strengthened his dedication to the industry. With his cancer in remission and a yearlong tenure as MAR’s President now under way, Boyce – a RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award recipient – has plenty to say about the importance of leadership. He believes that when you lead by example and empower as many people as you can along the way, everybody wins.
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN INDUSTRY LEADER?
I’ve been blessed in this business, so I always try to think of ways to give back. Years ago, I was asked if I’d be interested in serving on the local Realtor board of directors, and it was a great experience. I ended up becoming president in 2009. At that point, several state leaders told me I should consider serving at that level. I was honored.
DID YOU ALWAYS PLAN ON MOVING INTO LEADERSHIP ROLES?
It was an evolution. I think the more you get involved, the more you want to be involved to an even greater degree. You realize that one voice really can make a difference – and when that epiphany happens, you want to do the best you can do for everybody.
WHAT ARE THE ASSOCIATION’S RESPONSIBILITIES?
One of our primary responsibilities is to protect the rights of home and property owners, and do everything we can to protect the integrity of the industry. We also want to provide as much value as possible to our members and help them be successful. That mentality mirrors a core ideal of RE/MAX: Be the best you can be – and help others do the same.
WHAT WILL YOU ADDRESS DURING YOUR TENURE?
We’re trying to protect property values, not only in the state of Maryland but also across the country. We have to make sure – on both the state and federal levels – that as politicians try to balance their budgets, they’re not doing so on the backs of property owners. Our job is to ensure that agents have all the tools they need to do their jobs, and we can help tremendously by protecting homeownership. One of my other goals is to engage younger real estate professionals. I want to inspire them to move up and help us baby boomers position our association and businesses for a strong future.
ANY ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?
When you volunteer and focus your attention on your interests and passions, it never feels like work. And when you decide to participate, there will be room for you at the table. The associations are always open to new people and new ideas.