Mississippi Real Estate Commissioners and their Profiles

§73-35-5. Real estate commission created; organization; seal; records

1) There is hereby created the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.

The commission shall consist of five (5) persons, to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each appointee shall have been a resident and citizen of this state for at least six (6) years prior to his appointment, and his vocation for at least five (5) years shall have been that of a real estate broker.

One (1) member shall be appointed for the term of one (1) year; two (2) members for terms of two (2) years; two (2) members for terms of four (4) years; thereafter, the term of the members of said commission shall be for four (4) years and until their successors are appointed and qualify.

There shall be at least one (1) commissioner from each congressional district, as such districts are constituted as of July 1, 2002. The commissioners appointed from each of the congressional districts shall be bona fide residents of the district from which each is appointed.

One (1) additional commissioner shall be appointed without regard to residence in any particular congressional district. Members to fill vacancies shall be appointed by the Governor for the unexpired term. The Governor may remove any commissioner for cause.

The State of Mississippi shall not be required to furnish office space for such commissioners. The provisions of this section shall not affect persons who are members of the Real Estate Commission as of January 1, 2002. Such members shall serve out their respective terms, upon the expiration of which the provisions of this section shall take effect.

Nothing provided herein shall be construed as prohibiting the reappointment of any member of the said commission.(2) The commission shall organize by selecting from its members a chairman and may do all things necessary and convenient for carrying into effect the provisions of this chapter and may from time to time promulgate rules and regulations.

Each member of the commission shall receive per diem as authorized in Section 25-3-69, Mississippi Code of 1972, and his actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of duties pertaining to his office as authorized in Section 25-3-41, Mississippi Code of 1972. (2)

The commission shall adopt a seal by which it shall authenticate its proceedings. Copies of all records and papers in the office of the commission, duly certified and authenticated by the seal of said commission, shall be received in evidence in all courts equally and with like effect as the original.

All records kept in the office of the commission under authority of this chapter shall be open to public inspection except pending investigative files.


Gilless, Al      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available.

1st Congressional District

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Powers, Pam      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available.

2nd Congressional District

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Mississippi Real Estate CommissionersPam Powers is the managing Broker of Powers Properties, in Greenwood, MS and a member of the Greenwood Board of Realtors and the North Central MS Board of Realtors. For over 35 years, she has dedicated her efforts, skills and talents to the real estate industry and to Mississippi. Pam is a Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative, member of the Commercial Association of Realtors, past chair of the National Association of Realtors Communications Committee, 2006 President of the Mississippi Association of Realtors, creator of the Realtors Disaster Relief Task Force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, member of the National Association of Realtors Commercial Committee and the NAR Federal Technology Advisory Board. Powers is a longtime member of the MAR Professional Standards Committee and the MAR Regional Ethics and Arbitration Panel. In 2001, Powers was selected one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Ms. Business Journal. She is an active member of her community through her involvement in her church as a Licensed Worship Leader, a board member, actor and director of the Greenwood Little Theatre, Main Street Greenwood and economic development. She loves God, her family, friends, golf and bridge!

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Edwards, Larry W.      Phone: Not Available.      Email:lwedward@comcast.net

3rd Congressional District

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Real Estate Training InstituteLarry W. Edwards is the Broker-Owner of The Smith-Edwards Company in Ridgeland, MS. He specializes in commercial and investment brokerage along with commercial and residential development.

He has been an active Realtor for over 43 years and served as President of the Jackson Association of Realtors in 1984 and was selected as both local and state Realtor of the Year for 1985. Mr. Edwards has served for many years as a member and chairman of various committees and as President of the Mississippi Association of Realtors in 1996. At the national level, he has been active for over 35 years serving on many committees and as Chairman of Federal Taxation Committee in 1993. Mr. Edwards is the Chairman of NARRPAC Trustees since 2008.

Mr. Edwards is active in his community and is presently on the board of Palmer Home for Children in Columbus and a Trustee of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He and his wife, Pam, are members of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson where he serves as a Deacon. They have four daughters and seven grand-children.

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Austin, Ken      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available.

4th Congressional District

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Real Estate Training Institute Ken Austin is the Broker/Owner of Mississippi Coast Realty in Pass Christian, MS.

Licensed since 1997, Mr. Austin holds a BS in Finance from the University of New Orleans. He has served in numerous leadership positions with the Gulf Coast, Mississippi, and National Association of Realtors. He served as President of the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors for two terms and as the President of the Mississippi Association of RealtorsHe has served on committees on all levels of the organization and is currently a member of the National Association of Realtors Insurance Committee where he chaired the Flood Insurance Work Group in 2017.

Until his appointment to the Real Estate Commission, he served on the cadre of the Mississippi Realtors Institute as a teacher of Ethics, Contracts and License Law as well as other continuing education classes.

Mr. Austin was named the Mississippi Realtor of the Year in 2009 and was inducted into the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors Hall of Fame in 2015.

Active in his community, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, as Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Pass Christian and as a Trustee on the Rotary Charity Trust Fund. He has served on the Pass Christian Planning Commission since 1997 and is currently Vice Chair.

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James, Gwendolyn      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available


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MREC Board MemberGwen James, Realtor, has served the Greater Hattiesburg real estate market for over 40 years, joining Don Nace, Inc. in 1984 as co-owner.  She and Don Nace joined the Coldwell Banker national franchise in 1985.  James continues to serve actively in the agency since her granddaughter, Lara Thrash, took over as Broker/Owner in 2015.  An asset to her community and the real estate industry, James was the 2007 President of the Mississippi Association of Realtor and Past Chair of the Area Development Partnership and the Hattiesburg Planning and Zoning Commission and served as President of The Hattiesburg Board of Realtors, The Pine Belt Community Foundation, and The Family YMCA. James also serves on Bancorp South community Board of Directors and Forrest General Hospital Foundation.


James’ awards and achievements are numerous and include Hattiesburg’s Woman of Achievement, Mississippi Business Journal Top 50 Business Women in Mississippi, Paul Harris Non Rotarian Award, Executive of the Year of Sales and Marketing Executives of Hattiesburg, Small Business Leader of the Year by William Carey University and The ADP, Realtor of the Year for the Hattiesburg Board of Realtors, Forrest General Hospital Leadership Award, Wesley Hospital Strong Woman Award, and the Hattiesburg Hub Award.  James is a member of the President’s Circle of the Realtor Pac and Marpac Hall of Fame, a longtime member of the Professional Standards Committee, the Regional Ethics and Arbitration Panel for the Mississippi Association of Realtors, and numerous other committees for the local, state, and National Associations of Realtors.

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