Julie Edmister earned her BA in English from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1972.
A native Oregonian, Edmister received her B.A. degree from Portland State University and her Ph.D. in education from Florida State University. She enjoyed a 20-plus-year career in higher education as a university professor and dean that took her to Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana and Florida.
Before working in higher education, Edmister was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen & Co.’s Change Management practice area in Washington, D.C.
She moved to Naples two years ago from Indiana and recently joined Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Marco Island, where she is a sales associate with M.L. Meade’s residential team.
Edmister is vice president of the Friends of Rookery Bay, the support group for the 110,000-acre national estuary that surrounds Marco Island. She is also an active member of the American Business Women’s Association and an action-committee member with the Naples Chamber. She is an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying biking and spinning as well as kayaking and boating.
She has two stepchildren and loves spending time with them and their families in Oakland, Calif., and Potomac, Md.
Edmister joined Leadership Marco to gain a better understanding of the services and resources available to residents and visitors on Marco Island.
“I want to help promote and preserve the amazing natural resources that we are so fortunate to enjoy in Marco Island and Southwest Florida,” she says.
As for any pressing issues on Marco right now, Edmister believes soil erosion needs attention.
“It impacts recreational enjoyment for residents and tourists as well as the important nesting area for endangered sea turtles,” she says.
How does a 2020 Marco Island look to Edmister?
“With baby boomers retiring, more and more retirees will be moving to Marco Island to enjoy its natural beauty. Marco Island will continue to be recognized as a wonderful place to live,” she says.