Our Story

Mary Davis Team

 

We are proud to be celebrating the one-year anniversary of our ownership of Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates. Our goal is to continue to strive for excellence as the leading resource of real estate expertise as well as our established history as the agency with deep, professional roots in the Okemo Area.

In this past year we have expanded our space in the Ludlow Shopping Plaza, added to our staff and navigated through the COVID pandemic while seamlessly servicing our clients and customers. We continued to serve our community with our Shredding Event; fundraising efforts for the Expeditionary School at Black River; and continued support of community groups, including Black River Good Neighbors, and beyond. Our tenured and talented cadre of existing Realtors – Lisa Scully, Andre Menard, Boris Lavanovich, Rene Skinner, and Michael Normyle - welcomed Stephanie Arndt and Matthew Bellantoni to the sales team. In this fast-paced environment they hit the ground running and are both bringing their individual, unique qualities to our already successful team!

Okemo Mountain Resort and the extraordinary ski experience we enjoy, is how many visitors are first drawn to the area. It’s not long before they discover there is so much more to offer and our community is more than weekend visitors. Our lakes, rivers, rolling hills, and quaint village settings each have their own unique attributes. We introduce our buyers to aspects of life here in the Green Mountains that may not be obvious at first glance.

The Okemo Valley Real Estate Market is what we know. We bring buyers and sellers together. Helping families and friends is what we have been doing since 1958

The History of Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates

In 1958 Mary W. Davis, a third generation Vermonter with five kids to raise and an untapped knack for business, was ready for a change. Making a living in the Green Mountain State wasn’t easy, especially for a woman. She had a grand plan: start up a real estate agency, put her best foot forward every day and to settle for nothing short of success. Without hesitation, she founded Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates Inc. in her small home on Commonwealth Avenue and got to work.

With few resources on-hand and a lot to learn, Mary knew growing the business would take time. To keep her family afloat, she worked at a ski shop on Okemo Mountain. (Having access to discounted gear for her ski-crazed kids didn’t hurt, either.) “I must leave for sales, but I won’t leave you without anyone in the shop,” she told the owner during her interview.

Mary worked hard and often at the shop, learning the ins and outs of the skiing world. She made strong ties with guests and locals who were looking to buy and sell property. Her client base grew and soon, she was selling homes all over the Okemo Valley full-time, and opened a new office in the Ludlow Shopping Plaza.

 

Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates Inc. soon became the most successful real estate agency in the area. Just as planned, this young, ambitious mother had become an incredibly successful businesswoman with help from her growing team. Oftentimes, locals referred to her as “The Queen of Ludlow,” not just for her real estate prowess, but also for her impact on the community at large. Instrumental in raising funds for Okemo’s base lodge, she also provided sound direction and expertise for the success of Okemo’s earliest slopeside communities. Mary hosted many charitable events on and off the mountain and served on various local boards to support the community.

In 1984, Mary’s youngest son, Kevin, joined the business. Just like his mother, he accumulated unrivaled real estate expertise and spent an incredible amount of time improving Okemo and the surrounding area. Among his many accomplishments, Kevin was a driving force in both the development and selling phases at Solitude Village and Jackson Gore. Also in his mother’s footsteps, he served on a plethora of local boards—from lake associations to ski team organizations and beyond. When Kevin passed away in 2011, his wife Patricia Davis took the reins as principal broker and owner. Licensed since 1988, she followed her late husband and mother-in-law’s path. Her son Connor later joined the team.

In November of 2020, Patricia retired and passed the torch to a new ownership team. Suzanne Garvey, President and Managing Broker, Julie Abraham, CFO, and Stephen Messina, COO. They embrace the history of Mary Davis and continue to build on her reputation for excellence. Suzanne says, “We are all excited about moving Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates into the future with fresh ideas and always with a nod to our agency’s long history in the Okemo Valley”.

In honor of this great history, Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates, Inc. continues the legacy as the premiere real estate resource in the Okemo Valley.