HGAR Promotes Brown Williams to MLS Manager

Real Estate In-Depth | February 2018

Laverne Brown Williams

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors recently promoted Laverne Brown Williams of Yonkers to Manager of MLS Support Services. In her new role, Brown Williams will continue to support HGAR members, as well as teach classes in MLS operations for the Hudson Gateway School of Real Estate.

Brown Williams joined HGAR in 2016 as an Information and Member Services Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked with the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association in North Carolina for 13 years. She eventually became the Help Desk Manager there, supporting and managing the MLS.

A native of the Bronx, Brown Williams graduated from Julia Richmond – Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan. She then traveled to her parents’ home state of South Carolina, where she later earned a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from South Carolina State University.

Upon graduating, she returned to New York City and worked with Microbank Software in Downtown Manhattan for a few years before returning to the South. Brown Williams has a 14-year-old daughter, Danielle, who attends the Fiorello LaGuardia School of the Arts in Manhattan.


The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors also announced recently that Maria Thomas of Mount Vernon has joined the association as the receptionist for its corporate office in White Plains. Prior to joining HGAR, Thomas worked as an emergency dispatcher with Ambulnz in Manhattan, working 12-hour shifts. She also dabbled with acting and had a callback from producers of “The Real World” MTV reality show. Raised on Long Island, Thomas attended Nassau Community College, where she graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts.

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is a not-for-profit trade association consisting of almost 11,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties as well as the Bronx and Manhattan. It is the second largest Realtor Association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, owned by HGAR, offers listings of some 20,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest MLSs in the country.