East Bay Realtors association installs new leaders

Alain Pinel Realtor Kim Ott elected 2016 president

Kim Ott of Alain Pinel Real Estate in Pleasanton has been installed as the 2016 president of the Bay East Association of Realtors at the group's annual meeting held at Casa Real Winery in Pleasanton.

As head of the organization, Ott will be in charge of focusing its Realtor members on Bay East's core values: communication, integrity, vision, innovation and leadership.

Ott brings to her new position considerable knowledge and experience in real estate, including serving as the chair of Bay East's grievance committee, chair of the Bay East marketing committee and president of the Tri-Cities marketing group. She also serves on the California Association of Realtors board of directors.

Members of the Bay East board for 2016 also were installed at the event. They represent more than 4,500 Realtors and affiliates from throughout the area.

In addition to Ott as president, they are president-elect Will Doerlich, from Realty ONE Group BMC Associates, San Ramon; treasurer Tim Ambrose, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Castro Valley; past president Mike Fracisco, Fracisco Realty and Investments, Livermore; and Tricia Thomas, the organization's chief executive.

The 2016 board of directors by district from Central County are Joe Annunziato III, Annunziato & Associates, San Leandro; Tina Hand, Intero Real Estate, Castro Valley; and Judy Rose, Re/Max Accord, Castro Valley.

Representing the Tri-City area are June Burckhardt, Legacy Real Estate & Associates, Fremont; Steve Medeiros, REALTY EXPERTS, Fremont; Jackie Pena, Legacy Real Estate & Associates, Fremont; and Nancie Allen, MasterKey Real Estate Advantage, Fremont.

Representing the Tri-Valley and all from Pleasanton agencies are Leticia Arteaga, Aspire Realty Services; Barbara Clemons Coldwell Banker; Leslie Faught, Alain Pinel Realtors; Rhonda Fee, Aspire Realty Services; and Karen Kohne, Venture Sotheby's International Realty.

Elected to serve as "at large board members were Georgia Butterfield, Legacy Real Estate and Associates, Fremont; Sandi Gomes, Pride Properties, Livermore, and Ron Lyster, REALTY EXPERTS, Fremont.

Erin Steele of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Pleasanton was elected to serve as an affiliate director.

In addition to the 2016 elections, Bay East members also awarded Realtors high honors for achievements in 2015. They included Mike Godfrey as Realtor of the Year.

A Realtor with Legacy Real Estate and Associates in Fremont, Godfrey was recognized for his interest and passion for politics, serving on several Realtor committees that track government issues impacting real estate transactions and the profession. He created and led a task force to help spread the word to Bay East members about the importance of their involvement in politics, raising thousands of dollars for the organization's Action Fund.

Named Rookie of the Year was Nicole Nicolay with the Engel Team at J. Rockcliff Realtors in Pleasanton. She was recognized for her spirit of integrity, professional business conduct and service to clients. She is an active member of the Young Professionals Network, the Women's Council of Realtors and raises funds for local charities through participation in Ironman races.

Receiving the Good Neighbor of the Year award was Patrick Flanagan of Coldwell Banker in Castro Valley. Known as a multi-faceted volunteer, he is continually involved in helping people in need, collecting food to help feed the homeless and raising funds for vets in wheelchairs. He is also involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Castro Valley. Bay East presented Flanagan with a $1,000 check to support his charity work.

Honored as Affiliate of the Year was Bob Henry with Diversified Mortgage Group. Henry is a member of the Housing Opportunities Committee and serves on the Asian Real Estate Association of America board and volunteers with the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation.

Chosen for the Outstanding Leader Award was Mike Jacinto. An award given to a past president of the association who continues to pursue the vision of excellence in the name of Bay East, it recognized Jacinto for his dedication of time and energy to the association since he became a member almost 35 years ago.

Nancie Allen received the John Deadrich Distinguished Service Award. Named in honor of the association's first president and founding father, this award is given to a Bay East member who exemplifies the self-sacrifice, vision and accomplishments of the leaders who have shaped the real estate profession. She serves on the board of directors for both the Bay East Association and the California Association of Realtors and is the chairwoman of the Bay East Professional Standards Committee.

The Bay East Association of Realtors is a professional trade association serving more than 4,500 real estate professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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