TheÂ Malibu Association of REALTORSÂ hosted an evening atÂ Duke's MalibuÂ last month to install its 2012 Board of DirectorsÂ and acknowledge the accomplishments of members over the past year. 2011 PresidentÂ Dan RossÂ was awarded "Realtor of the Year" for his dedication and accomplishments over the past year, then passed the gavel to incoming PresidentÂ Bobby Lehmkuhl.Â
Lehmkuhl currently serves on the Board of Directors of theÂ California Association of REALTORSÂ and the Combined L.A. Westside Multiple Listing Service. In his acceptance speech, Lehmkuhl thanked his mentors, friends and supporters. He credited his drive and ambition to having spent his formative years as part of the Malibu community. Lehmkuhl's first job in real estate was with Realtor, mentor and friendÂ Chris Cortazzo, who was awarded the "Community Service Award" for his generosity to so many compassionate causes.
Also installed were Officers: President-ElectÂ Matt Ogden, Vice PresidentÂ Mark Gruskin, TreasurerÂ Sandro Dazzan, SecretaryÂ Jennifer Chrisman, Past President Ross and Directors:Â Jan Thompson,Bill Bowling,Â Meril May,Â Derinda Moses,Â Teresa Hames,Â Brian Merrick,Â Brant Didden,Â Damon SkeltonÂ and the newest member to join the boardÂ Rick Wallace.
"Affiliate of the Year" was awarded to Barbara Praino andÂ Malibu EscrowÂ for decades of dedicated service to the Realtor community and profession.Â A special "Community Star" commendation was awarded to Malibu Patch editor Jonathan Friedman for his exceptional work creating one of the most successful of the AOL Patch websites in the nation, and for serving and caring deeply about the Malibu community.
Realtor Lenny Goldsmith was master of ceremonies and also sang a few numbers with the band headed by lead singer and Realtor Carol Casey. Event Chair Derinda Moses hosted the event.
Our nearly 800 Realtor members comprise the largest professional association in Malibu, but they are also very proud residents who give generously of their time and support, to many very important local causes, including advocating for private property rights. It's wonderful to gather once each year to celebrate the Realtor accomplishments of the past year. We encourage businesses and professionals from the community to sponsor a class or seminar for the Realtors and to join our organization.