The 2011 leadership team of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) was installed Jan. 13 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. California Association of REALTORS® President-elect LeFrancis Arnold administered the oath of office to 2011 SILVAR President E. H. “Gene” Lentz. The Honorable Quentin Kopp administered the oath of office to the local trade association’s 2011 officers and Board of Directors.

California Association of REALTORS® President-elect LeFrancis Arnold administered the oath of office to 2011 SILVAR President E. H. “Gene” Lentz. Lentz is a REALTOR® with Red Hawk Real Estate in Menlo Park.

In addition to Gene Lentz, a REALTOR® with Red Hawk Real Estate in Menlo Park, SILVAR’s 2011 officers include Suzanne Yost, a REALTOR® with Alain Pinel Realtors in Los Gatos, President-elect; and Phyllis Carmichael, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, Treasurer.

The 2011 Board of Directors includes Jeff Bell (Coldwell Banker), Past President; Julia Truesdale Keady (Alain Pinel Realtors), Region 9 Chair; Bill Moody (Referral Realty), Cupertino/Sunnyvale District Chair; Denise Welsh (Intero Real Estate Services), Los Altos/Mountain View District Chair; Doug Evans (Coldwell Banker), Los Gatos/Saratoga District Chair; Penelope Huang (RE/MAX Distinctive Properties), Menlo Park/Atherton District Chair; Nancy Macleod (, Palo Alto District Chair; Judy Ellis (Alain Pinel Realtors), National Association of REALTORS® Director; Alicia Nuzzo (Sereno Group), At-large; Dave Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors), At-large; Carolyn Miller (RE/MAX Real Estate Services), At-large; Bill Rehbock (Coldwell Banker), At-large; Bryan Robertson (Sereno Group), At-large; and Jimmy Kang (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage), Affiliate Chair.

The Honorable Quentin Kopp administered the oath of office to SILVAR's 2011 officers and Board of Directors.

Lentz has worked in real estate for 15 years and is highly regarded for his intimate knowledge of his community and strong work ethic. An active member of the local trade association, Lentz has served as Menlo Park District Chair (2007), Political Action Committee Chair (2006, 2007), Menlo Park District Local Government Relations Committee Chair (2002-2009), and a member of the Menlo Park Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (FY 2005-2006). Lentz is also a member of the California Association of REALTORS® (Director 2007, 2008) and National Association of REALTORS®.

The 2010 Appreciation Awards were also presented by 2010 President Jeff Bell and Executive Officer Paul Cardus to Nina Yamaguchi (Coldwell Banker), REALTOR® of the Year; Chris Grammar (Allied Brokers Insurance), Affiliate of the Year; and Lisa Keith (Red Hawk Real Estate), Spirit of SILVAR. Past president Leannah Hunt (Coldwell Banker) was recognized for her work as 2010 Region 9 Chair.

Leannah Hunt, 2010 Region 9 Chair

Gerry Lawrence (Coldwell Banker), SILVAR’s treasurer for the past seven years, and longtime board director and past president John Tripp (Foundation Trust) were presented the special President’s award by Bell for their valuable guidance and assistance during his term of office and their continued contributions to the association.

Gerry Lawrence, 2010 President's Award recipient

John Tripp, 2010 President's Award recipient


Bell noted 2010 REALTOR® of the Year Nina Yamaguchi was instrumental in branding the “Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®.” Yamaguchi chairs the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program, which has provided nearly $200,000 to 198 graduating seniors, since she established the program 11 years ago.

Nina Yamaguchi, 2010 REALTOR® of the Year

“By her leadership and example, she inspires us professionally and personally to be the best we can be and look beyond our successes and give back to others,” Bell said.

Bell commended 2010 Affiliate of the Year Chris Grammar for his generosity with his sponsorship support and being instrumental in coordinating and preparing tour sponsorships for several districts.

Chris Grammar, 2010 Affiliate of the Year

2010 Spirit of SILVAR recipient Lisa Keith was honored for her kindness and generosity, having supported the Charitable Foundation Trust as the annual golf and dinner/auction’s lead sponsor for two years in a row, serving as its inspiring chair and working tirelessly to make the 2010 fundraiser a success.

Lisa Keith, 2010 Spirit of SILVAR Award recipient

This year’s Installation Sponsors included SILVAR’s Menlo Park/Atherton District, MLSListings Inc., Supra, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – Palo Alto, Alain Pinel Realtors – Los Gatos, Sereno Group, Steve Papapietro with Bank of America Home Loans and Keller Williams Realty – Palo Alto.

Thank you 2011 Installation Sponsors