Washington REALTOR® Award Nominees



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 Ryan Beckett 

2023 Finalist | WINNER

Ryan, with over two decades of industry involvement, served as YAR president twice, actively participating on local, state, and NAR boards. He supports pro-REALTOR legislative candidates and initiatives, hosts campaign events, serves on the Yakima School Board, and contributes to community initiatives as a Rotarian.


Kitsap County

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 Linda Wood

Linda Wood's 30-year journey with Kitsap County Association of Realtors® showcases unwavering dedication and innovative leadership. She navigated the association through significant transitions, modernizing practices and ensuring financial stability. Linda's roles at both local and state levels demonstrate her commitment to excellence and advocacy for the profession. Her community service further highlights her impact, making her a standout candidate for the 2023 Realtor® of the Year award.

Northeast Washington

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 Colton Vining

Colton is deeply involved in youth sports, emphasizing inclusivity and opportunity within his community. As President of Colville Baseball and through his work with Benchwarmers, he champions access to sports for all children. In real estate, he's achieved notable milestones, earning prestigious designations and consistently ranking as a top producer. Colton's recognition as Colleague of the Year highlights his commitment to collaboration and excellence within the real estate community.

Seattle King County


 Sharon O'Mahoney

As President of Seattle King County REALTORS®, Sharon's leadership in the past year showcased composure and grace. She has identified emerging leaders during transitions, oversaw the merger with Kittitas County Association of REALTORS®, and promoted the value of REALTORS® through media. Sharon's dedication and motivation inspire others, setting high expectations for herself and her peers.


Snohomish County-Camano

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 Julie Love

Julie Love's exceptional communication skills and leadership shine through her role in the Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS Board. She inspires colleagues, demonstrates decisive decision-making, and leads with grace and professionalism, all while maintaining a sense of humor. Her invaluable contributions have left a lasting impact.



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 Dezda Finn

2023 Finalist

Dezda is the epitome of a dedicated REALTOR®, embodying professionalism, ethics, and a commitment to service. She tirelessly serves her clients, profession, and community, whether advocating at city council meetings or volunteering at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. With her dynamic personality and extensive involvement at local, state, and national levels, Dezda mentors others and fosters growth in the industry. Her entrepreneurial spirit and enduring dedication make her a standout nominee for REALTOR of the Year.

Tacoma-Pierce County


 Jenah Mahan-Williams

In her 20th year as a REALTOR®, Jenah's commitment to the association is evident through her roles as WR State Director, RPAC Trustee, TPCAR Board Director, and Endorsement Advisory Committee member. She prioritizes being a resource for fellow REALTORS® and clients, emphasizing the importance of the REALTOR® brand and community enrichment through education, volunteering, and providing safe housing options. Jenah's pride in her profession and gratitude towards her REALTOR® family underscore her dedication to achieving a life she's proud of.

Tri Cities

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 Ron Almberg 

Ron is a dedicated Designated Broker and association leader, has served on all TCAR committees and as President in 2022. Highly respected, he's sought-after as an instructor and admired for his listening skills, empathy, and intelligence. Ron sets a shining example of what REALTORS® should aspire to be.

Whatcom County

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 Paulina Antczak

2023 Finalist

Paulina's journey, from a childhood in communist Poland to homelessness in the US, is a testament to resilience. Despite adversities, she built a successful business and actively contributes to her community. Her vibrant personality and dedication make her a standout REALTOR®, embodying values of determination and courage.

Whidbey Island

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 Jessica Hart

Jessica's enthusiastic leadership and extensive involvement with Washington REALTORS® and WIAR make her an exemplary candidate for the REALTOR® of the Year Award. Her dedication extends beyond the industry, as seen in her volunteer work with organizations like Soroptimist and Hearts and Hammers. Her commitment to empowering others and her community-focused initiatives highlight her as a valuable asset and true embodiment of the REALTOR® spirit.



Clark County

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 Curtis Ambrose

Curtis exemplifies the essence of teamwork, dedication, and pride in his exceptional contributions to CCAR and Washington REALTORS®. He steps up with passion and knowledge, serving in various leadership roles and committees. Curtis's unwavering dedication is evident in his willingness to take on responsibilities and tackle challenges head-on, always ensuring positive outcomes. His love for his colleagues, family, and community shines through his actions, making him a deserving candidate for this award.



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 Jennifer Shupe

2023 Finalist | WINNER

Jennifer Shupe, a dual-state licensed REALTOR in Idaho and Washington, demonstrates exceptional leadership, serving as a designated broker and contributing extensively to her community. With over 16 committee appointments, she excels as a trainer and instructor, holding 11 certifications including ABR and Military Relocation Specialist. Despite her busy career, Jennifer also prioritizes her family, actively participating in their lives while volunteering in her association and community.

Seattle-King County

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 Cheyenne Gillooly

Cheyenne has excelled in her service to YPN, notably as Chair of the National YPN committee in 2024. Under her leadership, YPN initiatives saw significant growth, with post-Covid networking events increasing from 5 attendees in 2021 to nearly 600 in 2023. Committed to SKCR's success, she actively serves on various committees, including GA, Membership, and RPAC. Cheyenne's dedication extends beyond real estate, contributing to the Washington Athletic Club's Engagement Committee since 2023. Her experience and dedication underscores her genuine commitment to community service.

Kitsap County

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 Lori Sinclair

2023 Finalist

Lori's commitment is evident through her leadership roles and extensive committee service at both local and state levels. Her dedication to professional development, exemplified by her numerous designations and recent graduation from the Washington REALTORS Leadership Academy, underscores her commitment to learning. Her involvement in various committees, including her recent appointment as Chair of Communications, showcases her leadership and dedication to our organization's success. Additionally, her significant involvement within the KCAR® demonstrates her commitment to fostering growth and development within the local real estate community.


Tacoma-Pierce County

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 James Fisher

James is a prominent REALTOR® leader in the South Sound and the industry, showcasing growth and dedication. Notable roles include chairing RPAC, achieving record fundraising, and serving on various committees and boards, including as TPCAR Board President. Awarded for excellence, he actively contributes to reshaping and enhancing the local REALTOR® organization. James remains committed to further involvement, setting a high standard for fellow REALTORS® to emulate.

Whidbey Island

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 Terri Neilon

Terri's impact extends beyond her local associations, inspiring others to excel in their roles. As a mentor, she identifies and encourages leadership potential, fostering positive change within the industry and community. Terri's own achievements as a successful REALTOR® and business owner, along with her active service on various boards and committees, exemplify her commitment to excellence. Her dedication to government affairs and community initiatives, such as Hearts & Hammers, further demonstrates her passion for making a difference. She is a worthy nominee for the Washington REALTOR® Achievement Award.

Whitman County

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 Mike Gordon

2023 Finalist

Mike's 30-year real estate journey spans various roles from REALTOR to property manager, embodying solid ethics and leadership. He actively contributes to his association, MLS, and community, serving as MLS Chairperson for the Pacific Regional MLS and founding the Whitman County Landlord Association. Mike's commitment to dialogue and advocacy extends to organizations like the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and Washington Gun Rights Association. Recognized as Realtor of the Year multiple times, he remains a respected figure in the industry.




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 Haley Larson

Haley Larsen, an ambitious REALTOR, has rapidly advanced her business with relentless dedication. Achieving top producer status, she became a broker owner and established her own Remax office. As YAR president, she led many strategic initiatives like the 2023 WR Yakima Fun Night. A Leadership Academy graduate and WR director, Haley's proactive approach and major RPAC investment highlight her commitment to both her profession and the Yakima Valley community, enhancing the association's reputation.


Whitman County

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 Kris Finch 

2023 Finalist | WINNER

Kris's contributions span a wide spectrum of community service, exemplifying her commitment to bettering Whitman County. Serving on the Palouse Habitat for Humanity Board, Kris assists in evaluating land opportunities and fundraisers. Additionally, as the 2022 President of the Whitman County Association of Realtors, she spearheaded policy changes and promotes dialogue on housing issues. Kris's involvement extends to various nonprofits, including Circles of Caring and P.E.O. Chapter DW, where she fundraises for local causes. Her dedication to community improvement is shown by her service on the United Way Emergency Food & Shelter Board, overseeing fund allocation to local nonprofits. Kris has significantly impacted the well-being and development of Whitman County.

Kitsap County

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 Joe Simon

2023 Finalist

Joe Simon's remarkable commitment to community service makes him an exceptional nominee for the Washington Realtors® Community Service Award. For over five years, Joe has dedicated himself to the Bremerton-Central Lion's Club, bringing joy through various activities. He supports local students through fundraising events and volunteers his time to organizations like the Roxy Theatre and Holly Ridge Center. Even Joe's portrayal of Santa Claus, spreading warmth and joy, highlights his dedication to uplifting his community.

North Puget Sound

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 Allen Workman

Allen Workman is deeply involved in his local community, with notable contributions spanning over two decades. As a managing broker and member of NPSAR and the Commercial Broker Association, he upholds professional excellence in real estate. Allen's leadership extends to serving as past President of the Anacortes Kiwanis Sunrisers and current Board Member of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, his role as Skagit Habitat for Humanity’s 2023 President underscores his dedication to affordable housing initiatives.

Seattle-King County

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 Terry Miller

Terry's extensive involvement with HomeSight, a nonprofit aiding lower/moderate-income families, spans over 18 years, including two terms as president. She brings real estate expertise to the board, contributing to its strategic direction and fundraising efforts. Terry's commitment to affordable housing is evident through her advocacy and involvement in various committees. Her efforts extend to representing SKCR on HALA Committees, aligning with HomeSight's mission of community development and affordable housing in Seattle and beyond.



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 John Baker

John Baker, a dedicated REALTOR, embodies compassion in serving the Spokane community. As a part-time volunteer speaker for the Speaker's Bureau, he educates high school students on organ and tissue donation. John's efforts have raised over $14,000 for the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, supporting research for a cure and improving medication for CF patients. Additionally, he volunteers as an event director for the Krista L. Baker Memorial Softball Tournament, benefiting Spokane Youth Sports Association. John's commitment extends to supporting individuals facing cancer diagnoses, child loss, and spousal loss, providing invaluable support and sharing life experiences.

Tacoma-Pierce County

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 Jana Ross

2023 Finalist

Jana's 13-year dedication to "wear blue: run to remember" exemplifies her commitment to service and honoring fallen military members and supporting their families. Starting as a volunteer, she now serves as the organization’s National Volunteer Coordinator, overseeing races nationwide and connecting with thousands of volunteers annually. Additionally, Jana mentors Gold Star Youth, providing support and guidance to children who have lost a parent to military service. Her efforts extend to raising awareness about the program, showcasing her passion for helping others cope with loss and build resilience.

Whidbey Island

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 Alicia Dietrich

Alicia is a dedicated community volunteer with diverse contributions. Serving on Rotary for a collective decade, she brings leadership to all of her roles, including board membership. Alicia's involvement with Leadership Whidbey and the Veteran’s Resource Center underscores her commitment to leadership development and supporting veterans. Additionally, she contributes to the Whidbey Camano Land Trust and 100 Women of Whidbey, raising funds for community initiatives like Coupeville Farm to School. Alicia's impactful service on the Washington REALTORS Diversity committee further highlights her commitment to community betterment. Her exemplary dedication makes her a deserving candidate for the Community Service Award.

Clark County

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 Denice Neddo

Denice Neddo's commitment to community service and the real estate industry is evident throughout her career. As President of her local Rotary Club, she demonstrates strong leadership and a dedication to connecting with people. Denice's involvement in CCAR Leadership and various committees showcases her passion for advancing the real estate profession. Her efforts extend to reviving the Clark County REALTORS Foundation and serving as its President. Denice's genuine care for others, exemplified by her involvement in the search for a missing Rotarian, underscores her commitment to community welfare and service.


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 Liberty McLean

Liberty's impactful leadership spans various roles, notably as Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Yakima Association of REALTORS (YAR), where she organized successful events and community initiatives. She chaired RPAC in 2020, significantly increasing participation. Additionally, she serves on the Camp Ghormley and Keller Williams Yakima Valley boards, contributing to community enrichment and professional development. Liberty's dedication extends to her role on the Southwest Rotary board, where she actively supports community initiatives. Her dedication underscores her commitment to industry excellence and service.



Kitsap County

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 Kitsap Builders Association


The Kitsap Builders Association (KBA) is a leading advocate within the real estate community, dedicated to advancing Realtors®' interests and addressing housing issues. Led by Government Affairs Director Ian Harkins, the KBA actively engages in community affairs, notably promoting housing affordability and workforce development. Through initiatives like grant programs and internships, they bridge the skills gap in construction. Their leadership and advocacy efforts further solidify the KBA's commitment to a thriving real estate market.

Seattle-King County

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 Vincent Ha - Axia Home Loans

Vincent is a pivotal member of the SKCR Governmental Affairs "Zoning Task Force" and has been on the SKCR Affiliate Council since 2021. He served as the 2017–2018 President of AREAA Seattle and as the AREAA National Government Policy Chair in 2022, aligning advocacy efforts between real estate associations. Vincent also spearheads SKCR's Annual Food Drives as the "Grill Master" and organizes annual golf tournaments for SKCR and AREAA. In 2023, he chaired the AREAA National Board of Directors for Affordable Housing and holds key roles in SKCR and AREAA for 2024.


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 Eric Lyons - Habitat for Humanity 

Eric stands out for his commitment to building affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity Spokane while balancing corporate responsibilities. He supervises Habitat builds, coordinating volunteers, tools, and equipment for construction. Eric's confident leadership ensures successful build days, even with shy volunteers. His organization's collaboration with Spokane REALTORS underscores his dedication to community service and affordable housing initiatives.

Whatcom County

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 Hillary Pritchard

Hillary is a dynamic member of the Whatcom REALTORS® golf committee, pioneering initiatives that significantly boosted fundraising for local Habitat for Humanity. By expanding the tournament, incorporating auctions, and fostering a lively atmosphere, Hillary's ideas led to a remarkable $27,000 raised in 2023 ($100,000 total in recent years). This success elevated the Whatcom REALTORS® tournament's status and garnered substantial media attention, showcasing their commitment to affordable housing. Hillary's dedication extends to organizing Habitat builds, solidifying her impact on behalf of REALTORS®.


Clark County

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 Lori Lindberg

2023 Finalist | WINNER

Lori's extensive involvement in Battle Ground's community has been remarkable. From leading initiatives at the Rock Solid Community Teen Center to actively participating in PTA and 4-H Club fundraisers, Lori's dedication shines. Her commitment extends to church activities, where she teaches Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Recognized as Battle Ground Citizen of the Year and a Greater Vancouver Chamber Ambassador, Lori's efforts are commendable. Her advocacy for Alzheimer's awareness further underscores her compassionate spirit. Lori's service makes her a deserving recipient of this award.

Kitsap County

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 Sarah Baker

2023 Finalist

Sarah's outstanding dedication to community service and neighborhood vitality makes her an exceptional nominee for the Washington Realtors® Citizen of the Year Award. From fundraising for her son's school to empowering young students through the Amazing Shake program, Sarah's leadership shines. Serving on the board of Harbor Montessori and supporting various local initiatives, she exemplifies commitment and compassion. Her grassroots efforts, including quarterly nonprofit focus events, showcase her unwavering support for local causes. Sarah's relentless dedication to service truly embodies the spirit of this esteemed award.

Snohomish County-Camano

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 Jared Mead

Snohomish County Councilmember Jared Mead's dedication to improving our community is evident through his active involvement in public service and community initiatives. His efforts to enhance housing availability and support housing market growth have been commendable. Jared's collaborative approach across party lines and participation in various local committees highlight his commitment to making Snohomish County a better place to live and work. For these reasons, Jared Mead is a deserving candidate for the WASHINGTON REALTOR® Citizen of the Year Award.


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 Vanessa Behan

2023 Finalist

Vanessa Behan's legacy began in 1987 following the tragic death of a toddler who suffered from child abuse injuries. Her foundation was then founded, and since its inception, the organization has positively impacted over 103,000 children and families in Spokane. Providing immediate refuge and support to strengthen families, Vanessa Behan offers 24-hour childcare, parent education, crisis counseling, and referrals to community agencies. Their services aid parents facing complex challenges such as substance abuse, domestic violence, or homelessness. Vanessa Behan's unwavering dedication to child welfare and family support makes her a deserving nominee for the Citizen of the Year Award.

Whidbey Island

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 Traci Winn

Traci exemplifies dedication to her community through her impactful service initiatives. As the founder of 100 Women of Whidbey, she mobilizes resources for local nonprofits, including The Hub, Kids First, and Spin Café. This year, their efforts raised $13,230 for Coupeville Farm to School, supporting after-school programming and sustainability projects. Traci's involvement extends to the Providence General Children’s Association guild. Proudly representing four generations of Whidbey Island residents, she manages a successful career as a local Insurance Agent. Traci's commitment to community betterment makes her a truly inspiring individual.

Whitman County

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 Megan Guido 

Megan's lifelong dedication to public service shines through her involvement in various organizations and roles within the Pullman community. As a Councilmember on Pullman City Council, Megan's leadership is evident in her founding of the Housing Work Group, which has made significant strides in improving housing availability. Under her guidance, the group successfully advocated for new rules allowing non-family occupied Accessory Dwelling Units, offering residents more affordable housing options and addressing the community's housing shortage. Megan's commitment and vision have positively impacted Pullman's housing landscape, making her a deserving recipient of the Citizen of the Year award.


Kitsap County

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 Vickie Lawrence

2023 Finalist | WINNER

Vickie Lawrence's nomination for Affiliate of the Year recognizes her outstanding contributions to the Kitsap County Association of Realtors® and the broader real estate industry. As 2023 Affiliate Chair, she tripled membership through direct outreach efforts. Vickie's leadership facilitated successful fundraising initiatives, raising over $10,000 for the association. Her dedication extends to education, overseeing numerous professional development classes. Additionally, she actively engages in community service, supporting various local initiatives. Vickie exemplifies the qualities of an Affiliate of the Year candidate.

Clark County

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 Josie Hyde

Josie Hyde's impressive journey in the title insurance business, from LPO license to Division President of WFG National Title Insurance Company, reflects her commitment to excellence. She actively contributes to CCAR, serving as Affiliate Director and Co-Chair of the Affiliate Committee. Josie's involvement in government affairs and fundraising efforts, such as Give Big 2023, underscores her dedication to strengthening the community. Her colleagues commend her for her integrity, generosity, and leadership, making her a deserving nominee for the Affiliate of the Year Award.

North Puget Sound

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 Sally Johnson

Sally is an integral part of NPSAR, actively participating in meetings, events, and serving on the Communications Committee. Her dedication extends to sponsoring key NPSAR initiatives, including the New Member Orientation and Charity Golf Tournament. She is deeply involved in the local business community, holding memberships in multiple Chambers of Commerce and serving as an ambassador and board member. Sally's commitment to community engagement earned her recognition as "Ambassador of the Month." Her exceptional contributions enrich both NPSAR and the local community.

Seattle-King County

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 Chuck Young

Chuck's adept networking skills and active involvement in the Affiliate Council since joining SKCR in 2020 highlight his commitment to building relationships. He plays a crucial role in organizing charity events like golf tournaments and food drives, infusing them with his infectious enthusiasm and kindness. Chuck generously donates his time, photography services, and sponsorships to support association events, earning him recognition for his dedication and generosity. Chuck's multifaceted contributions and genuine nature make him a deserving candidate for the Affiliate of the Year Award.


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 Matt Burchill

Matt Burchill consistently goes above and beyond in his affiliate role, prioritizing client satisfaction and fostering strong relationships. He has been a steadfast supporter of the Spokane association, notably spearheading the WCR-Eastern Spokane Annual Purse Auction and donating the traveling Purse Trophy. Proceeds from the event benefit community charities annually. Matt's dedication to service and community involvement makes him a deserving nominee for Affiliate of the Year.

Tacoma-Pierce County

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 Luke Kress

Luke's leadership within TPCAR is commendable. As the driving force behind the Ambassador program and now Chair of TPCAR's Affiliates Committee, he prioritizes the success of REALTOR® members and fosters a supportive environment. Luke's dedication to collaboration and creating a welcoming atmosphere earned him the 2023 TPCAR Ambassador of the Year award. He consistently demonstrates selflessness and a commitment to the organization's mission, making him a deserving candidate for the Affiliate of the Year Award.

Whatcom County

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 Tiffany Bergsma-Evans

2023 Finalist

Tiffany Bergsma-Evans, hailing from a long-standing real estate family in Whatcom County, demonstrates remarkable dedication to her profession and community. She revamped committee operations, ensuring efficiency and organization while aiding in educational event coordination. Colleagues praise her for her pivotal role in keeping committees focused and productive. Tiffany's involvement extends beyond real estate, serving on boards dedicated to social justice and community improvement. Her deep-rooted connections within Whatcom County further amplify her impact on various causes, including support for REALTORS® and community members.

Whitman County

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 Ray Wallace

2023 Finalist

Ray Wallace, a residential loan officer, is dedicated to advancing professional standards in the real estate sector. His leadership roles in various boards and organizations, including the Whitman County Board of Realtors, reflect his commitment to ethical practices and community service. Ray's involvement with groups like Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Regional Hospital showcases his dedication to local causes. He fosters collaboration, provides education opportunities, and spreads goodwill, embodying professionalism in the industry. Additionally, Ray generously supports the real estate community by providing meeting spaces, facilitating vital discussions, and collaborations. His diverse experiences and leadership qualities position him as a strong advocate for promoting professionalism in real estate.

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