By Riki Markowitz

Austin’s real estate community celebrated many accomplishments in 2017, recognized a select group of members with “Of the Year” awards, and ushered in a new Board of Directors for Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR), Women’s Council of REALTORS, Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCREALTORS), and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin.

Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR)

The 2017 ABoR Board of Directors was installed at the 2018 Installation and Awards Ceremony, on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Brazos Hall. Following are a list of professionals poised to lead the Board in 2018:

2018 ABoR Leadership Team

The 2018 ABoR President is Steve Crory of Sierra Homes Realty and the President-Elect is Jason Peebles of J Stafford Group. Brandie Guthrie of Sky Realty will serve as immediate past president. Serving as Treasurer/Secretary is Kevin Scanlan of All City Real Estate. 

Aiding the officers are Directors of the Board: Stacy Bass of River & Oaks Realty, LLC; Jonathan Boatright of Realty Austin; Teresa Scott-Tibbs of Keller Williams Realty; John Crow of Juice Homes LLC; Susan Horton of John Horton Realty; Charlotte Lipscomb of Keller Williams-Austin Portfolio Real Estate; Robert McKenna of Austin Reps LLC; Cord Shiflet of Moreland Properties; Ryan Rodenbeck of Sypglass Realty and Investment; Brian Talley of Regent Property Group; and Anne Wheeler of Residential R.E..

The 2017 ABoR Industry Award winners were recognized at the 2018 Installation and Awards Ceremony, on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Brazos Hall. The awards are: REALTOR of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, REALTOR Community Service Award, Salesperson of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

2017 ABoR Affiliate of the Year

On her first day as a Marketing Representative for Austin Title 27 years ago, Becky Hopkins thought the best way to get to know her clients was to jump right in and be a part of their world!

Since working in real estate, Hopkins has joined several industry-related organizations and has held many leadership roles and served on committees. She holds membership with the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR), Women’s Council of REALTORS, Commercial Real Estate Women, Austin Mortgage Bankers Association, Austin Association of Real Estate Brokers, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. This is Becky’s third time to win the Affiliate of the Year Award. She was also a recipient in 1994 and 2006.

2017 ABoR Rookie of the Year Award

In August 2016, Maranda Mobley began her real estate career with Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®. During her first 16 months of real estate, Mobley assisted in 26 transactions, ranging from 1031 tax exchanges, farm and ranch land, starter homes to relocation. She considers herself lucky to be able to represent the amazing people in her life. Because of the support of her family and friends and all others who elected to trust her as their REALTOR®, her combined closed volume has reached over $12.8 million.

2017 ABoR Salesperson of the Year

After having much success with high-end jewelry sales in St. Thomas, Vanessa Nunez returned back to the United States to pursue her passion of real estate. She quickly made her mark in Austin real estate after being named “Rookie of the Year” by the Austin Board of REALTORS, seven and a 1/2 years after obtaining her real estate license. During her second year as a REALTOR, Nunez was nominated for the Austin Business Journal’s prestigious “Power in Profiles” award, which features Central Texas’ top women in business and was a Platinum Top 50 Finalist 2014–2017. She is a consistent member of the $10 Million Club and has proven her leadership and drive are contagious.

2017 ABoR REALTOR of the Year

After a career switch from a police officer to a REALTOR®, Diane Kennedy has made her mark on the Austin-area real estate and community. Since 1990, Diane Kennedy has been one of the top three individual producers for Coldwell Banker in Austin an amazing nine times!

As past president for the ABoR Board of Directors and past Chairman of ABoR MLS, Ethics, and Professional Standards Committees, Kennedy has gained a great understanding of ABoR, its members, and clients served. In addition to her local work, she has served as a Past Director and Regional Vice President for the Texas Association of REALTORS, the Women’s Council of REALTORS, and is currently serving as a TREPAC Trustee.

Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCREALTORS)

The 2018 WCREALTORS Leadership Team includes President Victoria Reviel, 98th Meridian Boutique Real Estate; President-Elect Cyndie Bell of Keller Williams Realty Cedar Park; Treasurer Kristin Wood of Keller Williams Realty Round Rock, Secretary CJ Pfau of Pfau and Company REALTORS; and Past President Suzanne Gantner of Sky Realty.

Supporting the Executive Leadership on the Board of Directors for 2018 will be King Bravo of Nextage Lone Star Realty; Anne Cano of Realty Texas, Debbie Kovar of RE/MAX Texas, Joseph Aubin of J. Paul Aubin Real Estate; Kim Dale of Realty Texas; Al Frazier of Nextage Lone Star Realty; Julie Floyd of EXP Realty; Michele Sherwood of Keller Williams Realty, Round Rock; and Amanda Keeley of ERA Colonial Real Estate.

WCREALTORS is once again recognizing the winners of its REALTOR of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, and Affiliate Company of the Year awards. The winners of the Industry Awards were announced at the Annual Installation & Awards Banquet earlier this month:


Greg Hodge, RE/MAX Capital City

2017 WCREALTORS Rookie of the Year

Spencer Wheelright, RE/MAX 1

2017 WCREALTORS Affiliate of the Year

The Gregson-Domel Team of Mortgage Solutions Financial

Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA)

The HBA of Greater Austin welcomes its new 2018 board of directors while also recognizing outstanding “Members of the Year”. Awards and recognitions, as well as Board of Directors swearing in, took place at the Presidential Awards Dinner on Dec.  7.

Newly elected HBA officers for 2017 are President Lee Whitaker, Pacesetter Homes; President-Elect Becky Collins, Walton Development; and First Vice President, Rob McDonald, MX3 Homes.

HBA’s appointed, non-elective Executive Committee includes Immediate Past President, Steve Krasoff, Scot Felder Homes, LLC; Government Relations VP, Hank Smith, Texas Engineering Solutions; Special Projects VP;  Drew Rice, Red Pants Studio; Education VP, Ross Britton, U.S. Ecologic; Finance & Operations VP, Chris Peterson, Rivendale Homes; Membership VP, Tyson Neal, Legend Lighting; and Communications VP, Kandis Rushing, Crescent Communities.

Builder/developer members of the board supporting the HBA’s Executive Leadership include: Tod Arbogast, Arbogast Custom Homes, Lakeway/Bee Cave Chapter President; Dolores Davis, CG&S Design-Build, Custom Builder & Remodeler Council President; Stan Derringer, CalAtlantic Homes; Chad Durham, David Weekley Homes, Volume Builder Council President; Brian Ferguson, DR Horton; Joe Fowler, Joseph Fowler Homes; Danielle Lipari-Mareth, Pacesetter Homes, Young Professionals Council President; Bill Meyer, Newland Communities, Williamson County Chapter President; Scott Turner, Riverside Homes, Infill Builders Council President; Eric Olson, Olson Defendorf Custom Homes; Gerry Poe, KB Home; and Will Winkler, PSW Real Estate.

Associate members of the board supporting the HBA’s Executive Leadership include: Ross Britton, U.S. Ecologic; Kelsey Danielson, Chesmar Homes Council, Professional Women in Building President; John Endendyk, Endland Properties Group, Hays County Chapter President; D’Nita Kuhn, Hometeam Pest Defense, Sales & Marketing Council President; Tyson Neal, Legend Lighting, VP of Membership; Natalie Penland, Legacy Mutual Mortgage; Amber Prescott, MLAW Engineers; Vaike O’Grady, Metrostudy; and Eldon Rude, 360º Real Estate Analytics.

The HBA also recognized top members with awards:

Developer of the Year:

Ed Horne, Santa Rita Ranch

Builder of the Year:

Scott Turner, Riverside Homes, LLC

Remodeler of the Year:

Felicia Foster, Barron Custom Design, LLC

Associate of the Year:

Ross Britton, U.S. Ecologic

President’s Awards:

• Lee Whitaker, Pacesetter Homes

• Vaike O’Grady, Metrostudy

• Chad Durham, David Weekley Homes

• Julie Hatfield, Texas Gas Service

Realty Line congratulates everyone on their success in 2017 and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018!  RL