More than 600 guests joined the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors on Saturday to celebrate the new 2013 leadership and honor members for their hard work.
SDAR members gathered during the 2013 Installation Dinner and Dance at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Saturday.
The Realtor of the Year award went to Barbara DuDeck of Re/Max Ranch & Beach, who has been a member of SDAR since 1987. Michael Marmion of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty won the Office Manager of the Year award. John Altman of JT Altman & Associates won the Broker of the Year award; and Donald Coleman of USE Credit Union won the Affiliate of the Year award.
Linda Lee, a broker with Keller Williams San Diego Metro, was sworn in as the association’s 2013 president.
“I never thought when I got my license in 2002, when Susan Marshall swore me in as a Realtor – I didn’t know what SDAR was about, I just knew I had to pay. … I never thought I would become state secretary of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and then your president. So God bless America and San Diego,” Lee said.
Lee said SDAR’s objective is “E.A.S.Y.,” which stands for engaging members to participate, taking actions for the Realtors and communities, being strategic and continue to review strategies, and getting more “yes” responses from members and communities served.
“You matter. This is all about you. I serve because I have a giving heart,” Lee said.
SDAR’s message has three key points, Lee said. To help members sell more real estate; to protect and promote the dream of American homeownership; and to be the leading and trusted voice for real estate in San Diego.
“On Jan. 1, 2012, I called my parents – my parents live in Taiwan. And I said to my father, ‘You know dad, today is the first day I’m SDAR president elect. It feels so unreal,” Lee said. “Well, my father, with very few words, he goes, ‘Well, as you ascend to position, the art is in the descent.’”
Lee takes over for Donna Sanfilippo, 2012 SDAR president.
“Serving as your president this past year has been an honor and privilege. We have had some great times, some challenges and importantly a lot of fun working together,” Sanfilippo said.
Sanfilippo outlined the priorities she presented in January 2012 and how they played out during the year.
Her first priority, she said, was to increase legislative advocacy, and political presence and influence in the community and among elected officials. And over the past year, SDAR has utilized the Realtor Political Action Committee to “strengthen representation within the community and further advanced our political goals to protect the business interests of our members,” Sanfilippo said. The association also hosted a mayoral debate with more than 500 attendees and registered nearly 500 members as first-time voters.
“Through our strengthened partnership with our elected officials, we helped the housing committee educate over 250 new, first-time homebuyers this year,” Sanfilippo said.
“I’m honored to have served our 12,000 members this past year. I’m confident we’re leaving the association better than it was the year before. And I’m confident we have implemented and built the framework for Linda to have an even more successful year than those before her,” Sanfilippo said.
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