Come February, Anne C. Rendle will take the administrative helm at Emerald Coast Association of Realtors.



The New Englander and soon-to-be ECAR chief executive officer can’t wait. She will replace Cliff Long, who resigned as CEO Oct. 19.



Rendle was struck by the coast’s beauty and friendliness of residents the first time she visited. The memory of that first encounter has stuck with her ever since.



Rendle and her husband Robb visited Northwest Florida about 12 years ago for the first time.



“I wanted to quit my job and just stay there,” she said.



As association executive, Rendle will manage ECAR operations day-to-day. Among her duties will be to ensure the integrity of the local Multiple Listing Service.



She’s also part rules enforcer, part policy administrator.



“I see myself as a steward of the organization,” said Rendle. “The elected leaders are the ones who set the policy, and I’m the one who implements it.”



Located in Fort Walton Beach along Hollywood Boulevard near the Beal Parkway intersection, ECAR is a membership organization comprising more than 2,300 Realtors. It offers education and training and advocacy in the political arena, among other services.



ECAR serves mostly Okaloosa and Walton counties, though it has members from as far west as Escambia County and Bay to the east.



As part of the National Association of Realtors, the local body also is tasked with enforcing the Realtor code of ethics, which outlines a property broker’s duties to clients, the public, and other Realtors.



Rendle, currently CEO of Northeast Association of Realtors in Westford, Mass., has earned the Realtor Certified Executive designation and two NAR certifications, Professional Standards Administrator and Administration for Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) program.



She said she’s impressed by ECAR’s sophistication and the quality of staff. Among her goals is to build on what the organization already does well, community outreach for example.



Rendle added that Realtors perform a valuable service, making it all the more important that she does what she can to help them.



“The Realtors are kind of the backbones of their communities,” said the incoming CEO. “They sell quality of life over time.”



Rendle, her husband and the couple’s long hair German shepherd Maggie don’t yet have a place to live. But, Rendle said she’d like to keep her commute time to a minimum.