As Chairman of the Young Professionals Network, I have the opportunity to create social events, network with people in my community, and give back – physically, and financially. But, I'm just one piece to the puzzle. Our YPN crew gives so much creativity, and commitment to our group! Even as busy REALTORS, we all find time to exemplify our YPN mission – advocate, give back to the community, and seek out leadership opportunities, both locally and nationally.
The Seattle King County Association of REALTORS – Young Professionals Network was incepted in 2010, so this year marks FIVE years that our group has been tirelessly serving our young REALTOR community, connecting, and writing checks to local, non-profit groups. To date, $35,000 has been donated by our group. What was the perfect way to celebrate? Throw a 5th birthday party around the REALTOR blue color, and choose a charity to donate to! Our Royal Blue Birthday Bash benefited Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County, and took place on July 9th in Seattle. Just a few weeks ago, we spent time with Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County on a day build, and presented our check. The build took place in Renton, WA, under the supervision of AmeriCorp. Yes, it's a wonderful feeling to give important funds, but it's much more emotional, and rewarding to get our hands dirty, build a home and learn first hand where our donation dollars are being spent. A special thanks to our lead Sponsor, Envoy Mortgage for making this all possible!
This month, I had the pleasure of attending the Seattle King County Association of REALTORS Annual Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony. It was a harmonious occasion: a festive dining and entertainment experience at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, holiday decorations galore, and a gathering place for many respected leaders in our real estate community. I received a special invitation to attend the event as I would be officially "installed" to accept my sworn-in duties as the 2015 Chairperson for the Young Professionals Network, and also as a "Director at Large" for the Association's Board of Directors – both elected positions.
Towards the end of the evening, the Association awarded nine distictive awards, including REALTOR of the Year (Congrats to my friend, Patti Hill), Community Service REALTOR of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, etc. I'm humbled and pleased to announce that I accepted an award, entitled "One to Watch" by the Association. This award is given to a young REALTOR, under that age of 35 who is devoted to their community, is invovled in leadership and shows creativity in their trade. It was such a wonderful experience, and honor to accept this award. In my acceptance speech, I explained to the audience and my peers, that I truly believe that the most creativity and stability comes from being surrounded by the "right people" (a lesson I learned from author Jim Colllins) and that my drive and devotion for this business comes from my relationships with my real estate family. I'm very blessed. Cheers to 2014…and looking forward to a wonderful new year with many more adventures!
NOLA. New Orleans, Lousiana. The perfect setting for this year's National Association of REALTORS Conference and Expo. Southern hospitality truly does exist, and I experienced the best of both worlds — a learning environment surrounded by 17,000 REALTORS from around the globe, and the royal treatment of the locals, culture, food and history on the streets of Louisiana. This was my first time attending the annual NAR Conference, and I can't speak highly enough of the educational classes, networking events, speakers and my overall experience of shaking hands with so many driven, dedicated and wonderful real estate professionals that are so skilled at their craft.
Next year, I will be leading the Seattle King County Association of REALTORS, Young Professionals Network as Chairman. I will also hold a "Director at Large" position with the Association's Board of Directors and will be representing our area on the Washington REALTORS Board. The 2014 NAR Conference definitely put me in full swing, and I will be using the next couple months to plan my goals and re-evaluate my ambitions for 2015. I can't wait to implement all I've learned into my business and keep hitting the pavement hard!
Thank you for allowing me to be your trusted Real Estate Professional. I love my time networking with REALTORS around the globe, representing our Seattle-King County Association, but especially working with you.