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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Dec. 10, 201512:00 PM EST

Watson hires deMoville as new training director

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Watson Realty Corp. has hired Trey deMoville as director of training and professional development for the Watson Family of Services.

DeMoville holds a master’s in education from Baylor University and an MBA in global leadership from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a member of the Association for Talent Development.

He comes to Watson from the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he spent over 10 years working in organization and employee development.

In his new position, deMoville will implement a learning management system that offers online registration and attendance reporting as well as customized distance learning, assuring that all Watson associates and employees have continuous professional improvement.

Benjamin Walker

Local Realtor and author Benjamin Walker recently published his fourth book, “Children at the Gate.”

A Jacksonville resident, Walker works at Country Club Real Estate in Ponte Vedra Beach.

His latest book follows the life of Travis Carter, a fictional Vietnam veteran, and his friends, who lived in San Francisco during the early 1970s.

Walker spent the better part of the 1970s in and around San Francisco as a student playwright, actor and bartender.

He said a number of people he met there are similar to characters in his book.

It was “a very volatile time in American history with numerous militant groups bombing buildings, shooting policemen and even murdering public officials,” he said. “I thought it was good material for a novel.”

Walker is also the author of “Sentimental Music,” “Winds of the South” and “Islands of the South.” He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and received his master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

His latest book is available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Apple.com.

Debbie da Silva

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has named Realtor Debbie da Silva broker/manager of the company’s satellite branch office at Villages of Seloy, a 55-and-up community in St. Augustine.

Da Silva joined Berkshire Hathaway nearly 10 years ago.

She holds the Certified International Property Specialist designation from the National Association of Realtors and serves as a professor of real estate at Flagler College.

Da Silva is multilingual and speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. She earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business and public administration from the University of Miami.

Jennifer Crawford

Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty has hired Jennifer Crawford as the newest member to its Market Center.

Crawford previously worked as an agent for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. She has over 14 years of experience in sales.

Lauren Martilli, Katie Roddy, Christine Chavis

Davidson Realty Inc. added three members to its team.

Lauren Martilli is an experienced Realtor and a former college professor.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University. She worked at several Florida colleges and universities as a professor in Humanities before entering real estate in 2013. 

Martilli closed her first sale with Davidson Realty within weeks of joining the company.

Christine Chavis joins Davidson as a real estate agent.

She earned a business degree from Hawaii Pacific University and spent years traveling and raising her children before recently earning her real estate license. She has also been a Zumba instructor since 2008. 

The company also welcomed Katie Roddy to its team. Roddy brings years of experience in executive administration and customer service.

Roddy holds an associate’s degree in office administration and has served in related roles for 15 years. She was a customer relations manager for the past two years before recently pursuing an interest in real estate. She also has experience in home renovations.

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