The Greatest Realtors

Each year, Washington REALTORS® works with our local associations to showcase REALTORS®, Partners, Affiliates, and Citizens who embody the REALTOR® spirit. These are members of our communities that volunteer, are actively engaged with their REALTOR® Associations, value the Code of Ethics, and serve as role models for others. Show your support of these amazing individuals by congratulating them on their nomination. The Awards ceremony revealing the award winners will be Wednesday, April 18th, at the Washington REALTORS® Spring Business Conference. We'll post the winners here after the ceremony so stay tuned!

2017 Washington REALTOR® Awards

Citizen of the Year Award Nominees

  • Mark Matthias
  • Beaches Restaurants & Warehouse '23

" 'If you’re going to have a business in a community, help make it better. There are people out there struggling. Let’s try to pull them along.' ” That is the philosophy of Mark Matthias, owner of Beaches Restaurants and WareHouse ’23. Since 1995, Matthias has supported a wide variety of  community give-back programs, hatched by himself and his cohesive team of employees. It began with the Charity Table—a table that is set aside with the reservation fee going to a local children’s program— and was followed by Green Eggs and Ham and their summer-long Cruisin’ events. The beauty of philanthropy, Matthias says, is that it doesn’t take wealth to make things happen. It starts with heart-felt inspiration and the ability to see strength in numbers. Through partnering with other area organizations including CCAR and our non-profit, The Foundation, Matthias and his team have been able to take their concepts and increase them beyond what even they thought was possible. Green Eggs and Ham began at one at-risk school to encourage parent involvement and has grown to 54 schools in the Vancouver area, thanks to community sponsorships that have made it a self-sufficient project. On average, Beaches staff and a host of volunteers serve ten schools a day for five days during the national Dr. Seuss Read Across America event."


  • Representative Derek Kilmer
  • Washington State Legislature

"United States Representative Derek Kilmer is arguably the most visible and energetic elected official in our community.  In spite of his hectic schedule in Washington, DC, Representative Kilmer makes himself available to REALTORS® and champions REALTOR® Quality of Life issues in the Congress."

  • Representative Joel Kretz
  • Washington State Legislature

"We’ve worked with Joel for many years and he has always been an excellent supporter of private property rights, a proponent of affordable housing and an advocate for small business. Joel was one the few people on the negotiating team that brokered the deal to fix the Hirst decision from the State Supreme Court with buy in from the House Democrats, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans and the Governor. When it came time to vote, not only did Representative Kretz support the REALTOR® Association and our clients by voting for the fix, he was a tireless champion who succeeded in getting every Republican in the House to unanimously support our issue.  Joel has always had a rare, common sense approach that is always refreshing."

  • Kristiina Miller
  • Garage of Blessings

"Kristiina Miller is a powerhouse on Whidbey Island. A true ‘from the ground up’ pioneer, an idea that began in a garage in 2012, has blossomed into a project so large, and so invaluable, that it caught the attention of a national television icon! Dependent upon donations and wonderful volunteers, thousands of Island County residents – regardless of their situation – have been able to come and take what they need – clothing, toiletries, housewares .. even a PB&J sandwich .. at no charge. Facing the potential loss of a location, faith and determination would prove to be the defining miracle that was needed to continue her work in the community.  Recently, Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch fame), featured her on his new venture “Returning The Favor” by not only adding an extra space to the new location, but covering the rent for two years. Several local businesses have also stepped up to help."

  • Rob Curley
  • The Spokesman-Review

"The Spokane Association of REALTORS® Citizen of the Year nominee is Rob Curley, Editor of the Spokesman-Review.  Our Citizen of the Year nominee moved to Spokane approximately two years ago to become Editor of the local daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review.  In that brief period of time he has increased the readership in our daily newspaper significantly.  He has done this with an all-out effort to cover local news in-depth with each edition. Born in a small town in Kansas, Rob Curley knew at a young age that the newspaper business was in his blood. Having worked in newspapers across the country, from the Washington Post to the Las Vegas Sun and the Orange County Register, he sought out the position of Editor of The Spokesman-Review when the past editor announced his retirement.  He sought out The Spokesman-Review because it was one of the few 100% family owned local newspapers left in America.  Mr Curley was well regarded in the newspaper business having won top awards such as the Pulitzer Prize in Print Journalism while with the Las Vegas Sun and the Best Real Estate Section in the Country while with the Orange County Register.  In his short time in Spokane he has been instrumental directing the coverage of our real estate market like no one before him. Again, with an all-consuming commitment to covering local news and one with a passion for his new community that is most contagious, our Citizen of the Year nominee is Rob Curley ."


Karissa Thompson
  • Karissa Thompson
  • Red Canoe Credit Union

FROM TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY ASSOCIATION: "Karissa is a star human being! She is a dedicated & devoted volunteer whose tireless efforts bring up everyone around her. Karissa spends her time partnering with school districts, retirement homes, and businesses to teach emotional development & financial literacy. She is actively involved as an Ambassador for Puyallup/Sumner Chambers of Commerce, South Hill Rotary, committees in schools, YMCA, Youth Investment Center, and the Woodland Elementary. She even launched the Youth Advocacy Project. She is incredibly genuine and gives from her heart. She is the most deserving person I know of this honor and recognition."

  • Barbara Brenner
  • Whatcom City Council

"Barbara Brenner is a strong supporter of the Whatcom County Association of REALTORS®.  During the recent issues arising from the case of Hirst vs. Whatcom County, Barbara was at times the sole voice demanding action from an otherwise non-responsive planning department.  She contacted many of the affected landowners herself to investigate and attempt to find a path forward for them so that they could build their homes and start working toward their American Dream.  Barbara was the only person not voting for successive building moratoriums imposed after the Hirst decision, votes that went against the majority of her colleagues and the advice of the County's legal counsel. Barbara has always been an advocate for REALTORS® and REALTOR® issues.  On a personal note, Barbara was one of a few elected officials who followed our Executive Officer's progress during his illness and maintained constant contact with him throughout.  At every turn, Barbara would always ask if there was anything that she could do to help and would often provide Perry with the current events at the Whatcom County Council." 



  • Kathy McCabe
  • Good Cheer

"Kathy McCabe is the recently retired Executive Director of the Good Cheer Food Bank, Big Acre Garden and Thrift Stores. Good Cheer is a nationally replicable model to provide healthy food and fresh vegetables to the residents of South Whidbey Island."

  • Ginger Flynn
  • Dave Christy State Farm Insurance

"Ginger is an inspiration to us all. She is very active in the community and the association, with great ideas and lots of positive energy. She volunteered over 100 hours to the Pullman community in 2017, not counting the hours she has invested in the association. Ginger's community involvement includes:  2017 WCAR Citizen of the Year Award; Pullman Kiwanis - President, coordinator, co-chair, volunteer and participant; Whitman Co Landlord Tenant Assn - Secretary; Pullman Chamber of Commerce - coordinator, volunteer and participant; Pullman High School Basketball and Wrestling concession volunteer; Pullman High School Key Club volunteer and participant. She has also served on local committees and local positions of office: 2016- present: Affiliate Liaison to the Board; 2013-present: Affiliate Committee, chair; 2016-present 2013-present: Member Services Committee, chair 2016-present 2013-present: Community Service Committee."


Affiliate of the Year Nominees

  • Sheri Hunzeker
  • WFG National Title

"This person stepped up in a big way this year.  She has always been involved, but this year she made a personal commitment to invest her time as the Co-Chair of our Affiliate Council.  Not content to just lead on the council, she also served as an Affiliate Director of CCAR. In her tenure, she helped bring back Boo-Bowl, a bowling tournament which for the first time ever, benefited our non-profit arm; The Foundation.  Furthermore, Sheri exposed and educated us on the wire fraud issues that have sadly become a serious concern all across the nation. She helped us not only educate our board, but also the community. Because of her work, we have an enlightening wire fraud article that will be published to help protect consumers. Finally, she alerted us to the effects the Hirst Decision was having on our largest local well-drilling business. She serves our membership  in both a leadership capacity and in her professional and personal life and any association would be lucky to have an Affiliate as great as Sheri Hunzeker. She is a staple in our association family!"

  • Vickie Nunez
  • Academy Mortgage

"Vickie Nunez has been at the back bone of the Mason County Association of REALTORS® since she started as an affiliate in 2001. She has served on the Board of Directors as Local Director and as Treasurer. Vickie is the high bench mark for what you would love in an affiliate member. Vickie Nunez has sponsored classes for REALTOR® education and Washington REALTOR® classes. She stands for professionalism and works to bring professionalism to the Association. She sets such a high standard for the affiliate member by being available and eager to serve on committees. She is the Chair of the Oysterfest Booth working countless hours organizing and setting up our booth for Oysters Rockefeller for college scholarships for Mason County High school students at the Nationally known OYSTERFEST. Chair of the finance committee working to make sure all funds are recorded and kept secure. Committee work includes setting the budget for each year and making reports to the BOD and general membership. She is the Chair and only member of the School Supply collection each summer for local elementary schools in Mason County. Raising as much as $1500 for supplies on a yearly basis.

  • Mike Leeds
  • First American Title

"Mike is a true advocate for our Association and his passion is contagious.  He is a firm believer that REALTOR® and Affiliate members are stronger together and leads by example.  Mike is always involved, willing to help in any way he can and is a positive influence on those around him.  Mike established a program for improved Affiliate communications by arranging a primary contact in each Affiliate office to be the point-person responsible for facilitating the flow of information within their respective offices as well.  He is always looking for ways he can help promote Association events, activities and community efforts without being asked and is well-known and respected for doing so."

  • Keith Schenk
  • Certified Home & Commercial Inspections

"Keith Schenk is, what I like to call, a submarine. Choosing not to stay ‘on the radar’, but helping quietly and efficiently with Association projects. ‘Off the clock’, this affiliate is very involved in Boy Scouts of America a troop in Sedro Woolley.  He has helped many scouts earn the high rank of Eagle Scout! An avid fisherman, he enjoys salt-water fishing and also taking to the slopes with his family! As part of the Annual Charity Golf Tournament Committee, he is, according to fellow committee members, ‘always engaged and extremely helpful’ and works hard to reach out to affiliates to secure the very important sponsorships needed to make our Golf Tournament a success every year, and provide the funds needed for our worthy charities."

  • Keith Pitsch
  • Absolute Loans

"As part of his 18-year mortgage career, Keith has been an Affiliate Member of the Seattle King County REALTORS® for the past five years. Keith started by volunteering and sponsoring classes, after which he heard about the affiliate council and he was hooked. He moved up the ranks of the Council, as Lending Director, Vice Chair and in 2017, Chair. With Keith’s leadership, the Affiliate Council resurrected and organized the annual Seattle King County REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament, which, in the past two years, has raised over $29,000 for local charities and connected REALTORS®, Affiliates and our community together for the common goal of giving back. Keith is passionate about the Affiliate mission: to create a culture of abundance through providing opportunity for Industry Partners and our REALTORS® to build strategic affiliations."


  • Beale Luebben
  • Home Warranty of America

"Spokane’s Affiliate of the year nominee is Beale Luebben, Home Warranty of America.  She has worked in and around the real estate industry for over 20 years.  She has written and published articles, training programs and continuing education classes.  Training and Education are the cornerstone of Beale Luebben’s success.  She is involved with the Spokane Association of REALTORS® on numerous committees.  She serves on our Education Committee having written and had approved two continuing education classes.  She volunteers on our 3rd Grade Poster/Essay Contest Committee and on our Golf Committee.  She is a licensed EMT, working on outdoor rescue and wilderness medical training.  Beale is also a certified ski instructor and trainer for the National Ski Patrol.  Beale is an outstanding Affiliate member of the Spokane Association of REALTORS®."

  • Kirsten Hunt
  • Chicago Title Company

"Whatcom County REALTORS® are blessed with affiliates who are personally invested in the success of our members - from title companies and lenders to home magazine publishers and inspectors.  Kirstin Hunt is the epitome of these affiliates.  Kirstin does not just serve as a resource for WCAR activities and events, she is a knowledgeable individual who is constantly available to REALTORS® and REALTOR® Association staff to answer questions concerning community involvement opportunities and has an ability to make introductions between community leaders and REALTOR® members.  The success WCAR enjoys in our local community is due in no small part to Kirstin's efforts." 

  • Kevin Engstrom
  • People's Bank

"The mortgage brokers at Peoples Bank continue to provide in-depth and wide ranging options for their clients.  In doing so, they have aided the real estate brokers on Whidbey Island."

Community Service Award Nominees

  • Beth Sturdivan
  • Windermere Real Estate

"Beth Sturdivan is well-known in South Kitsap as a community servant in numerous charitable activities, including public schools, giving tree, military/soldiers, Multiple Sclerosis, local food drives, and other causes." 

  • Lori Brady-Dolby
  • RE/MAX Top Executives

"Lori worked with the Shelton school superintendent and the chosen school contact to set up a program where REALTORS® 'adopt' a local elementary school child. The program is called Angels and Cherubs. The children's names are submitted by the teachers with parent approval, most of these children are homeless, they don't have supplies and they don't have clothes that fit them.  Members go through Lori to 'adopt' a child for the year. The program was greeted with such positive response from members that the auction at the installation was held for the cause to start kids out when they first arrive at school, with clothes and supplies. $7500 were raised. Although only a size, age and sex is given to the REALTOR®, the kids have written tear jerking thank you notes. These are being read at the monthly meetings. Lori Brady-Dolby was instrumental in setting up this win-win Angels and Cherubs Program that we hope to carry on for years to come."

  • Kathy Emerick
  • Windermere Real Estate/NCW

Kathy Emerick has been a participating member of our Association for decades and remains a strong voice for Professional Standards and Orientation Program for new members.  She also campaigns tirelessly on behalf of children in need in our community.  Kathy has Chaired the Professional Standards Committee and Orientation Committee since the mid-90s and commits herself to upholding the highest degree of professionalism with regard to both of these areas.  Because of her continued dedication to our Association and her efforts in the community on behalf of children, we believe she should receive the Washington REALTORS® Community Service Award.

  • Dominic Pettruzzelli
  • Keller Williams Western Realty

"Dominic Pettruzzelli is someone that most people know as a dynamo in the Realtor community. A quick study, and a born leader who has jumped into the Realtor community with enthusiasm and, as a result, great success! It should come as no surprise that the same energy that goes into his business, also goes into his service to the community. But you may not know that, after making plans to attend a company-wide function in Texas a few months ago, ‘Hurricane Harvey’ came to Houston and caused an incredible amount damage. After receiving notification that in lieu of the conference, all the money and energy would be going to renting buses and heading to the devastation to help with the relief effort. Though a refund was offered, this Realtor not only declined… but traveled to Texas to help. After bunking with fellow volunteers, and bussing into the devastated areas, they created an impromptu crew and began to start clearing homes of flood damage – removing drywall, flooring… everything that was damaged and created a mold risk. Before leaving, there was one more thing… a $10,000 donation came straight from his pocket. Money that was ear-marked for an addition on his house – and donated it to the Red Cross Relief Fund. He’s not just mild-mannered Clark Kent, he’s also Superman!"

  • Cindy Silverstein
  • Windermere - Bellevue

"Cindy Silverstein has been a proud REALTOR® and broker with Windermere RE/East for 28 years. Her extensive involvement with Issaquah schools led to the creation of the of the “Lunch for the Break” program. Thanks to Cindy’s leadership, what started as a pilot program in 2015 for Issaquah Valley elementary school now serves all 24 schools in the district. Lunch for the Break provides lunches to needy students from 450 families at holiday breaks during the school year.  This all-volunteer effort partners with the Issaquah Food bank and area churches. Its success has had a profound impact on school district families and students. Cindy has now expanded on that success by founding “Books for the Break,” a program that collects children’s books to give out to students when their families come in to pick up boxes of food. King County Library provided volunteer librarians to help kids select their books, and last December around 2500 books were gifted to kids to keep them busy over the school break! Cindy is a strong believer in contributing to the community. She has served on the Board of Directors for Seattle King County REALTORS® and for A.R.C.H., a nonprofit organization working to create affordable housing in our communities, and on the First Citizen Event Planning Committee."

  • Jenny Moeller
  • Citibrokers, LLC


"Spokane’s nominee for the REALTOR® Community Service Award is Jenny Moeller, a broker with Citibrokers in Spokane.  Jenny has been a REALTOR® in Spokane for 10 years.  She worked volunteering time to council victims of domestic violence.  Because of her volunteer work she saw a need to create a non-profit for teens bringing education and awareness of the issue of domestic violence while promoting leadership and character in today’s youth.  Jenny founded an organization named Create Your Statement which works with our youth concerning the issue of domestic violence.  Last year, the organization that Jenny founded received the prestigious AGORA Award for Business Excellence in the small non-profit category for their work in preventing dating abuse.  The AGORA Awards are presented annually by Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane area’s Chamber of Commerce. Jenny Moeller, in serving our community in such a significant way, is a worthy recipient of our REALTOR® Community Service Award."

  • Susie Williams
  • Gateway Real Estate

FROM TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY ASSOCIATION: "Susie Williams developed and ran a free charge children's program for children ages three through fifth grade, recruited and trained quality volunteers, and by 2005 had included a youth mentoring program so that their leadership could expand. They started with 30 children and increased to more than 125 children very quickly, servicing the Yelm, Tumwater, Tacoma, Puyallup, Spanaway and Gig Harbor areas. She also volunteered/worked with youth in Young Life (another student mentoring program), performed rescue mission volunteer work where she prepared and served meals during the holidays, mentors young moms, sponsors Idle Wild elementary school and provides them with pencils, sharpies, sport canopies for sporting events, and more. Susie helps provide respite care for foster families, hosts international exchange students, partners with families in need when they require financial aid, helps DACA children obtain legal services to get work visas, and champions foundation partnering to provide donations and manpower to projects in King and Pierce County Colleges. She also helps fundraise and support awareness for the March of Dimes-March for Babies, helps provide financial support for a community orphanage in Providenia Russia and helps provide support for a single-parent family in Ethiopia."


  • Nick Piro
  • Bellwether Real Estate

"Mr. Piro is the epitome of community service by REALTORS®. As a new REALTOR®, and one who has met with much success, he immediately began seeking out opportunities to give back to our local community.  Asked about his giving philosophy, Nick explains that he wants to look past picking winners and losers with dollars and cents, and building grassroots organic support for the community.  He is looking to give a greater impact on people and their lives than money can really accomplish."

  • Daniel Goldsmith
  • Soundview Realty

"Daniel Goldsmith has made community service a lifeline priority and is famous for thinking outside-the-box.  He and his dashing life-size sidekick are famous Whidbey Island residents.  His engaging puppet has enabled him to raise thousands in funds for Friends of Friends, helping to provide much needed medical funding to care for many South Whidbey Island neighbors."

  • Ashley Alred
  • RE/MAX Home and Land

"Ashley does an amazing job of working as a Realtor and providing service to the community through her volunteer work. She is a new Realtor, just 5 or 6 years in the business, with a young family but she is very active in the community and the association. She is inspiring."

Partner of the Year Award Nominees

  • Monica Beck

"NWMLS is supportive to the local associations, In Mason County we share an office space and employee at a prorated cost to the Association. NWMLS contributes to the local Government affairs through funds for events and meetings. NWMLS supports the Washington Realtors in publishing news stories on the web page and getting the word out to members. NWMLS management attends conferences for the State and National Realtor levels. Supports Realtors with questions on the call center helps them find the right directions to find answers to the questions."

  • KUOW 94.9

"For much of 2017, KUOW’s team of journalists dedicated themselves to tracking growth and housing affordability in and around metropolitan Seattle, filling reports from various neighborhoods throughout Puget Sound. They looked at the pros and cons of the “big ideas” from the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), they interviewed a homeless man when he met the developer who displaced him, they talked to housing advocates, and they delved into why Seattle wants people who can’t pay their mortgages to stay in town. From Bremerton’s urban renewal to Black Diamond’s massive mixed-use development, these reporters were determined to inform KUOW’s audience about growth and how it transforms communities. SKCR applauds Puget Sound’s most listened to public radio station and its Region of Boom team for their comprehensive and engaging reporting on a timely topic."

  • Kathy Sattler
  • Anatek Labs

"The Spokane Association’s Partner of the Year Award nominee is a service provider for our REALTOR® members and their clients.  Water quality has become and will continue to be a very important issue, with recent news reports about water quality issues in the Spokane area having a dependable water quality expert available as a resource for the real estate industry is critically important. That such expert is Kathy Sattler, lab manager with Anatek Labs since 1998.  Kathy works with many of our members and lenders in testing drinking water for real estate transactions to insure levels on contaminants are within established guidelines.  She always has an eye toward customer service. Kathy has a degree in Microbiology and Chemistry from the University of Idaho.  The SAR wants to recognize this valuable resource for our REALTOR® members and the home buying public."

  • Vaan Wolfe
  • The Rainbow Center

FROM THE TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY ASSOCIATION: "Through education, advocacy, and celebration, the Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) community. Founded in 1997and located in downtown Tacoma, Washington, the Rainbow Center is the community leader for resources, visibility, and connectivity for the LGBTQA community. The Center is the only free standing LGBTQ resource center in Washington, is a statewide leader in LGBTQ advocacy, and cultivates an innovative and original approach to improving the lives of all LGBTQ people by drawing upon and synthesizing the most effective data-driven research in the country. Through education, advocacy, and celebration, the Rainbow Center expands resources and offers a safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied community. The Center hosts 21 hours of drop-in time weekly for a wide diversity of the community, leads the Tacoma Pride Festival, and is an active member of the statewide Crime Victim Service Center. Over 1,000 individuals (4,500 visits) walk through their doors every year in addition to the countless phone and email interactions. The Rainbow Center offers mental health services through a partnership with HopeSparks and HIV testing in collaboration with Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF) and Oasis. The agency is deeply committed to collaboration and building more resources in Pierce County and the entire state, and partners with over 40 agencies throughout the region to provide services. The Rainbow Center aims to create long-lasting change through cultural competency education and training for local organizations such as schools, nonprofits and health care providers. The training is centered on working with and serving the LGBTQ community with understanding, dignity and respect. The introductory training course, dubbed “LGBTQ core competency,” is a two-hour session that covers a number of topics: the culture of LGBTQ people; the barriers they face when accessing services such as health care and housing; the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; the importance of personal pronouns; and what language and terminology is appropriate. The Rainbow Center was a panel member for TPCAR's Housing Discrimination Forum in 2016. From that initial connection, TPCAR has continued to work with The Rainbow Center. TPCAR offered this training to their members in June 2017. Vaan Wolfe, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator with The Rainbow Center faciliated the training. The training was fun, interactive and extremely educational for our members. Those who took the training are better prepared to assist members of the LGBQT community in the home-buying process. Washington REALTORS also had a representative from The Rainbow Center, Vaan also presented a condensed version of this training to the WR Diversity Committee and other interested members."

  • Wendy Sherrer


"Wendy Sherrer decided in 2017 that it was time to get serious about infill in Bellingham!  While she had been a staunch supporter of the official Neighborhood Advisory Committee in Bellingham, she no longer supported the protectionist attitude promoted by neighborhood advocates that had hindered providing housing in the established neighborhoods.  Ms. Sherrer organized, recruited sponsors, and conducted Bellingham's first YIMBY (Yes! In My Back Yard) program. On April 29, 2017, Ms. Sherrer program became a reality.  With sponsorship from the Whatcom County Association of REALTORS® and a $5,000 grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, 90 people gathered in the neighborhood church to learn about infill opportunities in Bellingham's Happy Valley Neighborhood.  Ms. Sherrer and her committee produced an 11-minute video about the neighborhood and secured two keynote speakers on the topics of infill and increased density in established neighborhoods.  The goal, which was easily achieved through Ms. Sherrer's efforts, was to demonstrate how housing could be more affordable to greater numbers of people through the use of unique housing types. YIMBY 2 is currently in the works!  From the Whatcom Watch article about Wendy's efforts:  Wendy Scherrer, 64, has three adult children and three grandchildren. She is a 1976 Huxley College graduate who helped develop the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) and became its Executive Director in 1999. After earning her environmental planning degree in 1976, Wendy received a master’s in science education at Western Washington University in 1988. She joined fellow educators in 1990 to found the Environmental Education Association of Washington. She also helped start the North Cascades Institute’s school field-based environmental education and teacher training programs, including Mountain School. She helped plan NCI’s Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake and wrote curriculum guides for fourth through eighth grades, including Celebrating Wildflowers, Teaching for Wilderness, and Sharing the Skagit."

  • Edmund Schweitzer
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

"SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability and safety at a reduced cost. A 100 percent employee-owned company headquartered in Pullman, Washington, SEL has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers worldwide. Their mission is simple: to make electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical. Last year they started an expansion which adds two new buildings to their Pullman campus.  One building is a R&D facility which was completed late fall of 2017.  The second building is an additional manufacturing building which is slated to open in the spring of 2018.  These two new facilities brings an additional 850 jobs to Pullman.  This year they also purchased a building in the Spokane Valley.  This building currently houses 75 employees and has the capacity for 130 employees.  They currently have over 5200 employees world wide. As a company SEL believes strongly in giving back.  Last year the SEL donated over $1.1 million dollars to numerous communities, including almost $300,000 in their school donation program, $250,000 in disaster relief and over $500,000 in various community and education outreach.  They have also supported the Pullman Moscow Regional Airport realignment project, which will bring larger planes to Pullman, and supported WSU through an endowed chair in Power Engineering. They work with many local REALTORS® to provide housing for incoming new hires."

REALTOR® Achievement Award Nominees

  • Dale Chumbley
  • Real Living Real Estate

"Dale has been a dedicated member of CCAR’s leadership team for many years. He brings a unique perspective that helps guide the association on a local, state AND National level. A past-president of CCAR, he continues to serve our board as an RMLS Director.  He is reliable, has a good sense of humor and is concerned about helping the membership by making us all more tech savvy. In addition, we all admire him for his diligence, good will, gracious heart and vivid style. Over-achiever that he is, he is also serving as an NAR Director and was recently elected as the 2019 Washington REALTOR® President… the first president from Clark County since 1983 when Wayne Fletcher held that position. We have only had two presidents of Washington REALTORS® from Clark County. One was 34 years ago and the other was in 1947! A survivor of cancer, he feels that one of the reasons he is here is to encourage people to have a positive outlook on life. His tenacity and leadership will impact us and the industry for many years."

  • Russ Andrews
  • Windermere Real Estate/NCW

Russ Andrews has long been an active and valuable member of the North Central Washington Association of REALTORS®. He has served on a variety of Committees and has always been a strong supporter of REALTOR® membership. His knowledge and expertise is second to none, he is often contacted by his peers for advice in difficult situations and is happy to help no matter which office they call from. He has also helped many achieve great things through his professionalism, mentoring and encouragement. Russ retired this year from his position as the Designated Broker for Windermere Real Estate/NCW in Wenatchee but continuing his 29-year career as a REALTOR® member. Due to his incredible commitment and impact on the real estate industry in our area, we know Russ is the right candidate for the Washington REALTORS® 2017 REALTOR® Achievement Award!

  • Erik & Debbie Pedersen
  • Keller Williams Western Realty

"Our decision to nominate the Pedersens was a slam-dunk!  Only the most dedicated and involved REALTORS® qualify for this coveted award. And it is certain that for years, dedication and involvement came naturally to them. Because of their hard work, an untold amount of individuals and families have benefitted! In addition to their hard work in their business and busy family life, they also give their time to benefit the Mount Vernon High School Swim Meet, and host the Cross Country team’s annual banquet. They donate to The Boys & Girls Club, and are involved with the Rotary and ICRS."

  • Trish Englund
  • Windermere - Lakeview

"Trish Englund is the V.P. of Business Practices for Seattle King County REALTORS® and will continue in that role through 2018. She is also a Director of the Washington REALTORS®. Trish is a devoted and active member of the SKCR Young Professionals Network (YPN). She served as YPN Chair in 2015 and continues to serve on its Executive Committee, which focuses on training and networking for younger licensees and charitable causes. She is the current Chairperson of the Washington REALTORS® YPN. Trish’s local activity has led to her appointment to the NAR YPN Advisory Board. She serves there through 2019 and also serves as the YPN representative to the NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee. In 2017, Trish chaired the First Citizen Event Planning Committee, which presented its 79th annual award. She will chair the Committee again in 2018. Trish continues to support several organizations including Attain Housing, Mary’s Place, The Burned Children’s Recovery Foundation, and Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission."

  • Susie Luby
  • John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.

"Our nominee for WR REALTOR® Achievement Award meets your criteria to a tee. Susie Luby was a top producing broker in Spokane for over sixteen years. She was approached to serve as the Managing Broker for John L. Scott, Inc. Spokane in 2012/2013. Susie deemed it appropriate, in her new position, that she get involved with the Association, and that she did. Over the last six years she has served on at least six Association standing committees and numerous task forces and presidential advisory groups. She served as chair of the Association Multiple Listing Services Steering Committee, and a member of that committee for four years. Susie served on the Association’s Education Committee, Grievance and Professional Standards Committee and our Special Events Committee, chairing the Association’s Fun Night planning committee held in conjunction with WR Fall Business Conference in Spokane in 2016. Susie rose through the ranks of leadership in the Association, culminating with President of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® in 2016. She has also served on the WR Board of Directors, all this in a short time since accepting the position as Managing Broker of her company. A former U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist in the downhill at the 1972 Winter Olympics. We are proud to nominate Susie Luby, past Managing Broker of John L. Scott, Inc. Spokane as the WR Achievement Award recipient."

  • Jo Jensen
  • RE/MAX Professionals

FROM TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY ASSOCIATION: "Jo started "Wild Card Thursdays" for TPCAR Gig Harbor members.  Wild Card Thursdays are the fifth Thursday of every month and provide an opportunity to bring the Gig Harbor REALTOR community together and provide information on the community.  Jo is also extensively involved in the community, including work with the Washington Association of Concerned Parents, the Vietnamese Resettlement Program, Catholic Family Housing, Licesned by the Department of Corrections for foster care of violent offender youth, the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, and the Post Prison Education Program."

  • Troy Muljat
  • Muljat Group

"Troy Muljat was licensed when he was 18 years of age.  He has an impressive resume.  Troy has been a VERY active member of the REALTORS® Association for years.  He is also very involved in our community.  Troy volunteers his time to serve on several boards.  Troy and his clients also work together to raise money for local charities.  His work with Lydia Place is beyond amazing. Troy is one of the most influential members in our community.  Most importantly, Troy is a cancer survivor.  He had a VERY rare cancer and almost died a few years ago.  Troy wrote his final letter to his wife and children when he had cancer.  They didn't think he was going to make it.  He fought hard and dealt with his cancer head on.  Just like anything else he does, Troy went 110% when fighting his cancer. I am proud to say he is now CANCER FREE.  I feel incredibly fortunate to work for Troy Muljat as the Designated Broker at Muljat Group, the firm he just purchased from his family a year ago.  No one deserves this award more than Troy Muljat."  

  • Joe Pitzer
  • RE/MAX Home and Land

"Joe is very involved in the REALTOR® Association at the local and state levels. He is also very involved in his local community. Joe encourages others to be active in the association, setting an example for all. He shows a professionalism that is exemplary. He is a successful businessman, hard working and dedicated, but he takes the time to teach others and still be a great parent. He is a very positive and supportive Realtor member."

REALTOR® of the Year Award Nominees

  • Brian Pelky
  • Windermere Stellar

"Brian Pelky was CCAR's 2017 REALTOR® of The Year and without a doubt he is a true rock star. He serves as a shining example of how REALTORS® reach out in service to their fellow members and the community we all share. This kind and generous person had a vision to ensure we kept those most in need in our community a priority. He made it his mission to bring our non-profit arm, the Foundation, back from an almost 8-year hiatus. He worked with his peers to pinpoint heart and talent to run the Foundations board. He leads by example, participating in fund-raiser while coaching and standing back enough to give others a chance to lead and grow. Last November,, The Foundation gave $35,000 in grants to local non-profits. His vision will be one of the reasons why someone tonight will be able to take a hot shower, why a child will graduate high school and a woman will be able to sleep well fed and feel safe. He is stubborn about his goals, never allowing them to be pushed aside, but he is also flexible about the methods and inspires us to work together. He also sits on the Finance Committee for Washington REALTORS® and the Government Affairs Committee for CCAR. He volunteers for Meals on Wheels, he supports his wife’s animal rescue endeavors, and finds the time to be a great husband, father, friend and talented musician. We were honored and proud to present our REALTOR® of The Year Award to Brian Pelky. Of special note, our RPAC Auction raised more than ever in his tenure due in large part to the work he put into the event. From production to actually playing a guitar solo (changing the Beatles original from "Back in the USSR" to "Back at CCAR"!) that he had been able to secure... donated and signed by Michael Jacksons lead guitar player. Brian also stepped up in a big way in 2016 when our then president John Blom was running for an elected position. Many times, I had to rely on Brian to perform presidential duties which allowed a clear separation from myself, the association and John... a requirement of the Independent Expenditure we were working on. The following is a link to the video presented at our awards ceremony. Feel free to skip the front part which states the above dialogue. The last part has photos and ends with a quick clip of him playing the guitar at our RPAC auction. Facebook Video"

  • Annette Nitz
  • John L. Scott

"Washington REALTORS® has consistently selected stellar candidates as its REALTOR® of the Year.  We believe Annette Nitz belongs with this distinguished group of members.   Annette has dedicated more than 25 years of service to the local and state associations and has been a team player and major contributor to the successes of our organizations.  Annette works to support her fellow directors and committee members to succeed and achieve their full potential and has a record of recruiting servant members to become involved in the associations.  Annette has great intuition and is insightful."

  • Keith Fuller
  • Windermere/Himlie Realty

"Keith Fuller works quietly behind the scenes putting in time for the Association both Local and State. He served CRS President for the State of Washington attending the National and State events. He has served on the Mason County BOD as 3 year State Director  since 2016. Keith is a major investor in RPAC and seeing the advantages to RPAC investment is the Co Chair for Mason County RPAC for 2018. Very respected in the REALTOR® community and has been a REALTOR® for over 40 years."

  • Jeff Foster
  • Windermere Property Management

"I believe that Jeff Foster raises the bar for excellence as a REALTOR®, not only by serving as local association president three times, but also by continuing to serve the community capably in so many activities over 20 years to the betterment of it while still managing a successful REALTOR® office.  His energy, ability to think outside the box, demonstrated leadership working with/leading diverse groups (both REALTORS® and community leaders), and the high esteem with which he's regarded within our REALTOR® community all deserve this high recognition.  He lives and breathes the best of the REALTOR® brand, fighting for quality of life, excellence in real estate transactions and Code awareness/enforcement, and inclusion of all members and their talents within the association."

  • Erin Davidson
  • Premier One Properties

"Erin spent countless hours working on behalf of the Association as our 2017 President.  She leads by example, listens, is a voice of reason and has an awesome attitude.  She is known for her high standard of professionalism and commitment to the real estate business and consistently demonstrates she is able to do it all and best of all, do it well!  Erin is involved in both state and local levels of the REALTOR® family which takes a lot of time commitment, especially while working and raising a family.  Erin demonstrates her commitment to her customers through her level of service and to her peers and our industry through her volunteering and leadership.  She deserves to be recognized for her many efforts."

  • Amber Soria
  • Soria Real Estate

"Our nominee has been such an upbeat influence on our association!  Not only a top producer, but has served in leadership roles for NPSAR and as a Washington REALTOR® Director. In her limited ‘spare time’, she also gives her time and energy generously to the Jean Thompson Guild benefitting the Seattle Children’s Hospital, to help them reach their fundraising goals. Most of you know her by her million-megawatt smile, and joyous ‘Aloha’ spirit, but you should also know that she has a very caring and generous heart. And, like her Disney doppelganger, she is indeed… Brave! Aside from her wonderful husband, she is crazy about her ‘boys’ – Brutus and the new pup, Otis. It is our pleasure to nominate her for the Washington REALTOR® of the Year Award."

  • Sam DeBord
  • Coldwell Banker Danforth

"Sam DeBord is the 2017 President for Seattle King Country REALTORS®, a Director and incoming officer for Washington REALTORS®, and a 2018 National Association of REALTORS® Director. The REALTOR®of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement at the local, state, and national levels of the Association. Sam had an unprecedented level of involvement during 2017. In addition to his duties as President of the local Association and acting as its spokesperson during a time when housing became the critical issue in our region, Sam also Chaired the Washington REALTOR® Legislative Steering Committee. The 2017 legislative session had numerous real estate tax and regulatory issues in play. As a result of Sam’s leadership with other REALTORS®, real estate brokerages will save $50 million in state taxes next year and beyond. If that achievement was not significant enough, Sam’s work on the “MLS of Choice” concept will affect every REALTOR® in the country. Sam was asked by the Chair of NAR’s MLS Policy Committee to help develop and then present the new MLS policy to the NAR Board, which adopted the rule for implementation in 2018. This amazing achievement will save brokerages additional fees and prompt MLS’s to be as efficient as possible in delivery of service. Sam is the V.P. of Strategic Growth for Coldwell Banker Danforth Seattle. His team, Seattle Homes Group, generates business online at and, and sells real estate across the Greater Seattle market. He also does consulting for technology companies and investors in the real estate space and has gained real estate recognition as part of the T3 Swanepoel Power 200’s top 20 Social Influencers. Sam is known in the real estate industry for being on the cutting edge of issues ranging from technology to legislative policy. He continues to write and speak on the topics of industry technology, communications, and government affairs, and is featured in numerous real estate and technology news outlets including Inman News, REALTOR® Magazine, and WSJ MarketWatch."

  • Natasha Zieroth-Chaumont
  • RE/MAX Town Center

"Natasha is an outstanding REALTOR® leader at SCCAR. She always puts the association first. She gives of her time freely to assist with SCCAR and never complains."

  • Tom LaLone (posthumous)
  • John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.

"The Spokane’s REALTOR® of the Year for 2017 and our nominee for WR’s 2018 REALTOR® of the Year is Tom LaLone.  We make this nomination posthumously. Tom passed away this past September. Tom LaLone exemplified the professional REALTOR®.  He served on numerous committee’s to include SAR’s Education Committee and Grievance Committee.  He served as treasurer for two terms for the SAR and for on our Board of Directors for many years. Tom’s involvement with our Governmental Affairs Committee spanned nearly two decades.  He also served on the WR Legislative Steering Committee as well as on the WR Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016. Our REALTOR® of the Year nominee was a graduate of Gonzaga University’s School of Business with a degree in Finance.  Community volunteer activities includes being a member of Downtown Rotary 21 and a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Volunteer Nurses Association.  In addition he was a volunteer at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Clubhouse. Married for 53 years we nominate posthumously for WR REALTOR® of the Year, the consummate Professional, Tom LaLone."

  • Jasmyn Jefferson
  • Windermere Professional Partners

FROM TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY ASSOCIATION:  Jasmyn's involvement with the REALTOR® Association includes serving as TPCAR's Treasurer-elect in 2016 and Treasurer in 2017.  By virtue as serving in those positions, she was also a member of the TPCAR Executive Council for 2016-2017.  She has been an instrumental force behind the TPCAR Leadership Academy and is involved in TPCAR's Government Affairs.  She serves as a key contact for Rep. David Sawyer and is our 2018 GA Chair.  She actively participates in TPCAR membership events (even giving blood at our blood drive).  She is also involved at WR serving on Diversity and YPN.  She is a state director and has attended the NAR Mid-Year Meetings for the past two years.  Jasmyn is a strong voice, strong leader and champions change by questioning why we do things a certain way and never accepts the status quo.  Jasmyn makes us think and makes us want to do better.

  • MaryKay Robinson
  • Windermere Real Estate

"Grande dame, noun, A woman of influential position within a particular sphere. When we hear the term grande dame, we tend to think of a woman of significant age who is just a little eccentric and focused on social matters.  While MaryKay Robinson exhibits the elegance and grace of the stereotypical grande dame, the dictionary definition more perfectly describes this woman who influences the Whatcom County real estate industry, but who is also beginning to influence the Washington real estate industry.  MaryKay is an outstanding woman of exceptional intellect, personal grace, and a passion for our industry and the people in it. I know this from my own intensely personal experience and I also know that my experience is not exceptional, but rather the usual for this grande dame in our industry.  Please join the Whatcom County Association of REALTORS® as we celebrate this influential force in our community, in our industry, and more importantly, in our friendship with MaryKay Robinson."

  • Mike Dalton
  • Dalton Realty, Inc.

"Mike Dalton is carrying on the family tradition by providing superior real estate service on Whidbey Island for nearly 50 years with down home hospitality and in-depth local knowledge."

  • Lori Churchill-Cofer
  • Beasley Realty

"Lori is very successful and very busy. She built her business using the internet as a tool in a way that others hadn't thought of yet. She is loyal to her clients and is helpful in transactions.  She is ethical, hardworking, and dedicated, all the things a REALTOR® should be."