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SILVAR member Atsuko Yube was installed as the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Silicon Valley’s 2015 president at a gala dinner held Jan. 23 at Levi’s Stadium. Yube and the new board of directors and advisors were installed by AREAA founding chair and Director Emeritus Allen Okamoto. Approximately 200 members and representatives of other AREAA chapters and REALTOR® and other real estate professional associations, and local officials attended the event.

The 2015 officers and board directors of the AREAA SV chapter are Mike Bui (Equity One Real Estate), vice president; Katy Care (The Loan Story), secretary; and Brian Chong, CPA, treasurer. Board directors are Evan Huynh (Akimax Realty & Investment), past president; Lana Nguyen (Farmers Insurance), Raj Patel (Bank of America Home Loans), Clarice H’ng (Morgan Stanley Wealth Management), Andy Chung (Alain Pinel REALTORS®), Trisha La (Golden Point Finance), directors; and Michelle Lin (Red Wave Insurance Services), Nick Pam (PN Real Estate Group), Kurtis King (Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking) and Andy Ma (Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking), advisors.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America is a nonprofit professional trade organization founded in 2003 and dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities and advocating for policy positions at the national level that will reduce homeownership barriers facing Asian Americans. AREAA’s membership represents real estate, mortgage and housing-related professionals that serve the diverse Asian American market.

AREAA’s Silicon Valley chapter was founded in 2010. Yube is a founding member of the AREAA Silicon Valley chapter. She is a mortgage planner with Capital Lending Network, a division of The Loan Story, and a real estate broker owner and global real estate specialist.

Representing SILVAR at the event were President Chris Isaacson and Past President David Tonna. Global Business Council Chair Mark Wong and many SILVAR members also attended the event. Isaacson conveyed SILVAR’s congratulations to Yube on behalf of SILVAR. “SILVAR is proud to support AREAA and we wish you much success and look forward to working with you this year,” said Isaacson.

2015 WCR Santa Clara Valley President Mimi Wang (second from left) is pictured here with SILVAR Past President David Tonna, Treasurer Phyllis Carmichael, President-elect Karen Trolan and Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller.

2015 WCR Santa Clara Valley President Mimi Wang (second from left) is pictured here with SILVAR Past President David Tonna, Treasurer Phyllis Carmichael, President-elect Karen Trolan and Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller.

SILVAR member Mimi Wang was installed as 2015 President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) Santa Clara Valley Chapter on Jan. 21 at a special luncheon at Maggiano’s restaurant in Santana Row. Wang is a REALTOR® with Century 21 M& M and Associates in Cupertino and also served as 2014 president of the WCR chapter.

Taking the oath of office along with Wang were Beatriz Supnet, a REALTOR® with Fireside Realty, president-elect; Sonia Walia, mortgage loan originator with Stearns Lending, treasurer/secretary; Claudine Rydquist, a REALTOR® with Intero Real Estate Services, membership director; and Sheryl Martinez, a REALTOR® with Aalis Platinum Properties, program director. Also joining the team are Matt Nguyen, loan officer with US Bank, vice president of marketing; and Thora Tam, interior decorator with Decorating Den Interiors, networking director.

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® serves as a network and source of education and business tools focused on the needs of women REALTORS® and seeks to empower women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. WCR is the 12th largest women’s organization in the country.

Representing SILVAR at this special event were President-elect Karen Trolan, Past President David Tonna, Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller, Treasurer Phyllis Carmichael and Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily.

Trolan congratulated Wang and the 2015 WCR leadership team on behalf of SILVAR. She commended Wang for stepping up to lead the WCR chapter for two years in a row and extended SILVAR’s warm regards and support to the group.

The Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) 2015 leadership team was installed on Jan. 14 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) 2013 President Don Faught administered the oath of office to SILVAR’s new president, officers and board of directors. SILVAR represents over 4,500 REALTORS® and affiliates engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. The local trade association seeks to promote the highest ethical standards of real estate practice, serves as an advocate for homeownership and homeowners, and represents the interests of property owners in Silicon Valley.

Chris Isaacson, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker, Woodside, was installed as 2015 President; Karen Trolan, a REALTOR® with Alain Pinel Realtors, Los Gatos, President-elect; and Phyllis Carmichael, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker, Los Altos, Treasurer.

Joining the lead officers as 2015 board directors are David Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors), past president; Carolyn Miller (RE/MAX Real Estate Services), Region 9 Chair; Davena Gentry (Sereno Group), Menlo Park/Atherton District Chair; Robert Reid (Keller Williams Realty), Palo Alto District Chair; Katherine Frey (Alain Pinel Realtors), Los Altos/Mountain View District Chair; Mark Burns (Referral Realty), Cupertino/Sunnyvale District Chair; Alan Barbic (Coldwell Banker), Los Gatos/Saratoga District Chair; John Tripp (Foundation Trust), NAR Director; Jeff Bell (Coldwell Banker), Eileen Giorgi (Keller Williams Bay Area Estates), Gene Lentz (Oliver Luxury Real Estate), Cassie Maas (Alain Pinel Realtors), Bill Moody (Referral Realty), Directors At-large; and Clayton Nelson (Clayton Nelson & Associates), Affiliate Chair.

Isaacson is past chair of SILVAR’s Menlo Park/Atherton District and has served as director at-large and C.A.R. Region 9 director. He told members the business of real estate has changed, but what hasn’t changed is the value REALTORS® bring to their clients and their adherence to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

Also during the event, the 2014 Appreciation Awards were presented by 2014 President David Tonna and Executive Officer Paul Cardus to Carolyn Miller (RE/Max Real Estate Services), REALTOR® of the Year; David Hamerslough (Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck), Affiliate of the Year; Lehua Greenman (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage), Spirit of SILVAR; Ryan Nunnally (Alain Pinel Realtors), President’s Award. 2012 President Suzanne Yost (Alain Pinel Realtors) was recognized for her work as 2014 Region 9 Chair. A past president, Miller has served in almost every committee, most notably the PRDS Standard Forms Committee and the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. She was praised for her commitment to improving the community and schools, and contributing her time “without thought of reward or gain.”

Hamerslough was recognized for working tirelessly on improving the PRDS contract for members, his generosity, and devoting time to educating members on risk management.

Greenman was recognized for her tremendous passion for her work, the association and community. She has helped organize a very successful 408/650 softball charitable fundraiser year after year. Nunnally was commended for his leadership as 2014 Young Professionals Network (YPN) chair. “With just five years in the business, he has achieved what may take some others twice as long or more,” said Tonna.

This year’s installation sponsors were Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Sereno Group; Supra; MLSListings Inc; SILVAR’s Menlo Park/Atherton, Palo Alto, Los Altos/Mountain View, Cupertino/Sunnyvale and Los Gatos/Saratoga districts; HSBC – Kenneth Chan; Princeton Capital; Alain Pinel Realtors – Los Gatos; and HomeFolio – Kirk Bailey.

January 2015


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