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SHALLOTTE, N.C. [September 26, 2019] – Brunswick County REALTOR® Margaret Rudd Bishop received the N.C. REALTORS®' Ben Ball Community Service Award for 2019 at the state association's recent conference in Pinehurst. According to the N.C. REALTORS® website, the award honors a REALTOR® who deserves recognition due to their continuous and extraordinary contributions to the betterment of their communities through outstanding public service.

Bishop has been a leader in the community and the real estate profession throughout her 45-year career. She has served as president of the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) twice, first in 1982 and again in 2012. She also served as BCAR vice president and secretary and on the N.C. Association of REALTORS® board of directors. She was inducted into the N.C. REALTORS® Hall of Fame in 2010 and has received the BCAR REALTOR® of the Year Award, Lifetime Service Award and Constant Flame Award. She served as president of the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce and as a board member for N.C. Citizens for Business & Industry (NCCBI). She also served on the Brunswick County Schools Business Advisory Council, the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority and the executive board of the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Bishop earned the Life Member Award from the NC REALTORS® Political Action Committee. She received both the Small Business Award and Small Business Person of the Year from the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center and the Brunswick County Distinguished Woman Award from Hope Harbor Home. An avid bicyclist, she recently completed a 34-day ride from Vancouver, British Columbia to Tijuana, Mexico down the Pacific Coast Highway.

"Margaret Rudd Bishop has been a leader in both Brunswick County and the real estate industry over the entire span of her career," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Her seemingly infinite supply of energy and constant devotion to our profession and community have positively impacted the lives of many and made Brunswick County a better place."