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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.

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