Shannon Richards of Portland has been elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers.
Shannon returned to Maine in the early 2000’s after receiving a BFA from Syracuse University and started a studio soon after which melded a cooperative creative space, gallery and workshop, out of which she designed and manufactured custom furniture and fixtures. This business grew to include interior design, architectural design services and general contracting, and is now called Hay Runner, a real estate development company that provides services related to residential and commercial real estate transactions, project management, design, construction, furnishing and produces design centric events. Hay Runner provides brokerage services through its affiliation with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.
Shannon passionately supports artists in Maine as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Crafts Association, which has more than 600 artist members and offers retail, educational and marketing support to artists and craftspeople in Maine. She also supports conservation in Maine as an adviser to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which ensures public access to some of Maine’s most beautiful coastline. Shannon also participates in the Greater Portland Board of Realtors, the Maine Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
Already an active member of MEREDA, Shannon serves on its Conference Committee and most recently took a leading role helping develop the program for its annual Spring Conference held last May. MEREDA’s Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark says, “We are excited to begin working with Shannon at the Board level. Shannon has a lot of drive and ambition, and certainly brought a new energy when she joined the Conference Committee. She will be a great addition to MEREDA’s Board of Directors.”
For further information, please contact MEREDA’s Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark at 207-874-0801 or visit www.mereda.org.