SCAOR hires former journalist James Diehl for new public relations position

July 6, 2013

The Sussex County Association of Realtors announces the hiring of longtime journalist and near lifelong Sussex County resident James Diehl to the newly formed position of public relations/marketing coordinator.

The new position and hire allows SCAOR to further its mission of public awareness and communication within the communities it serves in southern Delaware. It also allows for greater outreach among members of the association and for a more organized coordination with Realtors across the country, particularly in regard to issues of shared interest.

Diehl will begin in his new position Wednesday, July 10.

“We are very excited to welcome James to the SCAOR team and have no doubt that he will be an invaluable asset to all of us as we continue working toward our goals for 2013 and beyond,” says Bob McVey, 2013 president of SCAOR. “We’ve needed this type of position at the association for some time, and are confident that James is the right man for the job.”

In addition to keeping the public informed on ongoing matters of interest within the association, Diehl will also be responsible for developing advertising campaigns, brochures, manuals and other promotional items, as well as identifying industry trends and maintaining the organization’s website and social media platforms, among other responsibilities.

Diehl brings to the association many years of experience in local media, including at the Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., and managing editor stints at both the Sussex Countian and the Sussex Post. He has also worked in the public relations department at Delaware Technical Community College and most recently completed a two-year stretch as media relations manager for the Southern Delaware Tourism office.

He has won several awards for his writing and design efforts over the years, and is also the author of two locally focused books, “Remembering Sussex County” and “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware.”

“I am very aware of the good work being done at SCAOR, and I am extremely pleased to be joining the team beginning on July 10,” says Diehl. “I look forward to the new challenge that awaits me and am very anxious to get started in furthering the mission of the real estate industry here in Sussex County.”

SCAOR is one of four professional Realtor trade associations in Delaware for individuals involved in the real estate industry, and allied industries and firms.

The Sussex County Association of Realtors was chartered in 1949 and has steadily grown in size, scope and mission during its more than six decades in Sussex County.

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