Jeanne Denton-Scheck hopes more people participate with the board and take advantage of the organization's free courses.
As the incoming president of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, Jeanne Denton-Scheck has one main goal. The longtime real estate agent wants to involve more of her fellow Realtors with the organization.
With a membership of about 9,000 that continues to grow monthly by the hundreds, Denton-Scheck said she would like to see more participation, particularly from the group’s youngest members.
The Davidson Realty agent, with 20 years of real estate experience, said a lot of NEFAR’s members don’t realize some of the benefits that come with their membership, like the free courses offered at the organization’s temporary education center inside The Avenues mall while its nearby headquarters building on Deercreek Club Road is renovated and expanded.
“We offer so much in education, that is free if you’re a member,” she said. “We also need to attract younger people who want to be on the board.”
Along with taking the role of NEFAR president, Denton-Scheck also was on the board of the Women’s Council of Realtors, where she served as a district vice president.
Denton-Scheck, who grew up in Goodland, Kansas, and married a rancher, moved to Jacksonville in 1990, living near the Jacksonville University campus.
She became a Realtor and spent her first 18 years as an agent with Watson Realty. About two years ago, she joined Davidson Realty and now works out of the agency’s offices at World Golf Village in St. Johns County.
Denton-Scheck previously used the elementary education degree she earned at Fort Hays State University in Kansas to help teach exceptional education students. She also drove a school bus and worked at Dillard’s.
Even though she has been a Realtor for two decades, Denton-Scheck said she continues to learn every day.
“I don’t think you ever fully know real estate because every deal, you can find something you don’t know about,” she said, adding that she tells customers she will find answers to the questions she doesn’t know.
She said she always tries to do the “right thing,” something she learned from living in a small town of about 6,000 people.
“If I did something wrong, by the time I got home, my mom knew,” she said with a smile.
Denton-Scheck is taking on the role of president from Charles “Ben” Bates, a Coldwell Banker broker in Palatka. She calls it a “big honor” and hopes people come to her for help because she is “very approachable.”
Other NEFAR officers for 2019 are Ron Harris, president-elect; Missi Howell, treasurer; and Diane Cook, secretary.