Before I get into introducing myself, I want to recognize and thank Brian Haufe for being such a great leader and mentor. Although he left me with big shoes to fill, he also provided me with the feeling of preparedness and confidence as I take on this new role as President of the Morgantown Board of REALTORS®. You learn a lot from someone like Brian and many of his lessons I doubt he realizes he is teaching. I believe that must be the father in him. You learn how important it is to be a good listener, the importance of keeping an open mind, and how to keep a good sense of humor. All three are equally important and go hand in hand. Thank you Brian, I endeavor for a year as great as yours. Here’s to 2023!
To the rest of Morgantown: My name is Eve Leombruno, the new President of the Morgantown Board of REALTORS®. I was born and raised in Cheat Lake but spent my summers with my dad on a little island called Ocracoke. I attended their one K-12 school in eighth grade and spent every summer working on the island until I got to college. I give that little island a lot of credit for who I am today, and if I didn’t have to grow up, I might still be there.
I graduated from University High School, and from there I attended West Virginia University. I spent my summers in Morgantown working with kids with disabilities, selling my homemade pasta at the Cheat Lake Farmer’s Market, and working at the Pines Country Club.
In 2016, I started selling real estate. The market wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as we’ve seen it, the inconsistency was scary, and the competitiveness was intimidating. Even with all of this, I somehow knew that I was exactly where I wanted to grow. I credit that to the support and mentorship that I received from other experienced agents. I quickly learned that there is so much more to this career than just selling homes.
As REALTORS®, we have the privilege of working in and for our community daily and the option of being as involved as we want to be. The Morgantown Board of REALTORS® has numerous committees, giving us all the opportunity to serve our community. When we aren’t competing against each other, we work together to help improve this sweet place we all call home. Whether it’s raising money for a local nonprofit, providing Thanksgiving Dinner to the Bartlett House, or delivering food to county residents who are confined to their home…Our board members are there to help organize it, volunteer the labor, and encourage others to do the same. There is something to be said about building up, growing with, and giving back to the community in which you were raised and that is why I love what I do. As I enter this term, I look forward to becoming even more involved, building new relationships, and finding new ways to serve our community & organization. When I say “look forward to” I mean I can’t freaking wait. I’ll see you all out there!
Eve Leombruno, 2023 MBOR President