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Meet the 2023 Ohio REALTORS Leadership Team: Mantica, Whitley & Billings

Sep 22, 2022

The 2023 Ohio REALTORS Leadership Team of (from left) President-elect Ali Whitley, President Ralph Mantica and Treasurer Michelle Billings

 

The Ohio REALTORS 2023 Leadership Team was announced during the Association’s Annual Convention, September 18-21, in Cleveland, Ohio. Next year’s team will be Ralph Mantica, President, Ali Whitley, President-Elect, and Michelle Billings, Treasurer

Ohio REALTORS 2023 President Ralph Mantica is broker/owner of Kinzeler Realty in Dayton.

Mantica has served as a member and in leadership on a variety of Dayton REALTORS committees and task forces, including serving as its President in 2015. Additionally, he was honored as its REALTOR of the Year in 2018, served as Dayton Director (2011-2016), on the Finance Committee (2013-present) and was a member of organization's Joint Forms Task Force in collaboration with the REALTOR Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

On the state level, Mantica has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2006. He has served as a member and in leadership for a number of the organization’s committees and task forces, including Executive, Finance, Legislative Steering, Issues Mobilization and Legal Issues among others. He is a 2016 graduate of the Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academy, served as District 5 Vice President (2018-2019), acts as the Association's State Political Coordinator for Ohio Rep. Andrea White (R-District 41) and was selected as Ohio's REALTOR of the Year in 2018. 

Mantica has served on the National Association of REALTORS’ Federal Taxation Committee and Workgroup and Issues Mobilization. He was a NAR Director in 2015 and has recently earned the Association's Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement. He has contributed to RPAC as a Sterling R Investor since 2014 and served as Ohio RPAC Major Investor Council Chair in 2018. 

He has earned the Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), and the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) professional designations offered by NAR. He served as president of Ohio CRS in 2019. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Dayton and was first licensed in 1985.

Mantica is an active member of St. Albert the Great in Kettering. He is a member of the Archbishop Alter High School's Knights of Gold, a football alumni association.

Mantica and his wife, Kathy, who were married in 1981, reside in Kettering. They have three children, Christopher, Michael and Tim, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

Ohio REALTORS 2023 President-Elect Ali Whitley is a Real Estate Agent and Director of Education with RE/MAX Crossroads in Akron, Ohio and is an instructor of professional designations and certifications conferred by the National Association of REALTORS.

Whitley has been active in the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS since 1997, serving as President in 2012, and has chaired and served on several committees such as the Council on OR NAR Leadership, Professional Development Equal Opportunity Committee, Communications Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Nominating and Leadership Development, and Legislative Committee. She also served on the RPAC Trustees in 2015-2016. She was awarded the 2013 REALTOR of the Year from the Akron Area Board of REALTORS and was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Women of Note in 2012.

On the state level, Whitley has served as Ohio REALTORS director/alternate since 2006. She has served as a member and in leadership for a number of the organization’s committees and task forces, including Executive, Finance, Global Business Alliance, Nominating Committee, Professional Development, Enlarged Legislative Committee among others. She served as District 3 Vice President in 2019-2020 and has been involved with My REALTOR party, RPAC fundraising and programs, and as an RPAC Trustee.

Whitley is a National Association of REALTORS Director and serves as Vice-Chair of the 2022 Emerging Business and Technology Forum, advancing to 2023 Chair, and as a member of the Credentials and Campaign Rules Committee. She has also served on the Commitment to Excellence Committee, Social Media Advisory Board, and Professional Development Committee. She contributes to RPAC as a Crystal R Major Investor.

Whitley has earned the National Association of REALTORS Commitment to Excellence Endorsement (C2EX) and has earned multiple designations and certifications including the Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Real Estate Negotiations Expert (RENE), among others. She is a 1992 graduate of The Ohio State University.

Civically, she volunteers as a member of Firestone ASA Theater Stage Parents Booster Association and has recently completed 2 three-year terms as a Trustee of Weathervane Community Playhouse. Past involvement includes President of Miller South Drama Parent Association, a PTA member at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, PTA member of the King Elementary School, and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Whitley resides in Akron with her three children, Kayla, Martin, and Frances.

Ohio REALTORS 2023 Treasurer Michelle Billings is a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty in Cincinnati.

Billings, licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky, has demonstrated her passion for the industry through her consistent involvement with the local, state and national REALTOR associations.

On the local level, she served as President of the REALTOR Alliance of Greater Cincinnati in 2019 and President of the Cincinnati Women’s Council of REALTORS in 2017. Additionally, Billings has served on and chaired numerous committees, including Young Professionals Network, Professional Standards & Arbitration, Strategic Planning and Past Presidents, among others.

At the state level, she has chaired and served on the Diversity Equal Opportunities Committee, Local Government Forum, Legislative Steering Committee, Enlarged Legislative Committee, National Association of REALTORS Strategy Committee and Board of Directors, among others. She also serves as the industry’s State Political Coordinator for Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati).

For the National Association of REALTORS, Billings has served on the Federal Finance and Housing Committee, Board of Directors and chaired Local Leadership Idea Exchange.

Billings is a graduate of both the REALTOR Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and Ohio REALTORS Leadership Academies.

She has earned the National Association of Realtors Commitment to Excellence C2EX, At Home with Diversity Certification (AHWD), and the Short Sale Foreclosure Certification (SFR).

In 2017, she was the recipient of The Beaulah Mathys Achievement Award at Coldwell Banker Realty. The Award is given in memory of Beaulah Mathys, who consistently exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and absolute customer commitment.

Billings serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cincinnati Business Advisory Council.

In her spare time, Billings can be found volunteering at a Women’s Battered Shelter, travelling, trying food from different places, reading and hanging out with her family.

Michelle and her husband, Troy, who were married in 2020 reside in Cincinnati. They have seven children and four grandchildren.

 

The Ohio REALTORS, with more than 37,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

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