Diane Lawson Elected to Board of New College Library Association

(August 31, 2009)  Bradenton resident and realtor Diane Lawson has been elected to the board of the New College Library Association.

Lawson, a realtor with Abbey Realty and Management in Sarasota, has been in the commercial real estate industry for more than 20 years, specializing in the sales and leasing of office and retail space.  She has been with Abbey Realty and Management (frequently known as Sarasota Commercial Management) for more than 10 years.  In 2005, she was recognized as one of the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “Top 40 Under 40” for her expertise in this industry in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  She holds a broker’s license and is one of only six percent of commercial brokers nationwide to be honored as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designee. Lawson received her B.A. degree from Eckerd College in 2002.

Lawson is committed to the community and regularly volunteers her time.  She was a board member from 2001 to 2008 of the Commercial Investment Division of the Sarasota Association of Realtors.  In 2007, she served as president of the group.  She served from 2006 to 2008 as president of the Crowley Museum and Nature Center and continues to regularly volunteer her time there.  She is participating in the Leadership Sarasota class of 2009-2010.

Lawson lives in Bradenton with her husband, Eric, and two daughters, Julia and Mackenzie.

Founded in 1964, the New College Library Association provides direct financial support to ensure the Jane Bancroft Cook Library has the intellectual resources to serve New College of Florida, the state’s officially designated honors college for the arts and sciences.  Over the years, the Library Association has provided more than $3 million to the library for the purchase of books and other educational materials.

For more information, contact Linda Joffe in the Office of Public Affairs at New College of Florida, 941-487-4154 (ljoffe@ncf.edu), or Margaret Boyd, executive director of the New College Library Association, at 941-487-4600.

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