Betsy Atkinson, owner of Atkinson Realty, Sandbridge Realty, and Strawbridge Realty, has been in the real estate business for more than 50 years and was recently inducted into the National Association of Realtors’ Omega Tau Rho fraternity for her accomplishments. Atkinson has earned many Realtor designations and has served on the Hampton Roads Realtors Association executive board as treasurer. In addition to running three companies, Atkinson has served on many boards and commissions. She was the first female chair of the Virginia Beach Planning Commission and one of the first women on the Virginia Beach Vision executive committee. Atkinson was appointed to the Old Dominion University board of visitors by Gov. Jim Gilmore and currently serves on the ODU Educational Foundation board. Atkinson in a long-standing member of AAA Tidewater and was a member of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club for many years as a Paul Harris Fellow. Atkinson was recognized as an Outstanding Professional Women in 2000. She is currently a board member for TowneBank in Virginia Beach. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in marine biology from Old Dominion University. She is a LEAD Hampton Roads Class of 1992 alumna. Atkinson resides in Virginia Beach and has a daughter, two sons and four grandchildren, one of which is a current student at CBA.