By: Riki Markowitz
At the October Annual Meeting, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCREALTORS) held elections to fill open board of director seats for 2020. The WCREALTORS Board requires a three-year commitment and seats 13 members. As the Association welcomes three new directors, the Association is also bidding farewell to three members who have completed their terms, including 2018 President, Victoria Reviel, Jerry Seay, and C.J. Pfau. The incoming board will be led by Kriston Wood.
WCREALTORS was established in 1973 as a trade association and the public face of Williamson County’s real estate community. Today, the organization continues to represent the needs and interests of REALTORS and brokers in Central Texas. The Board of Directors serves members by providing resources and guidance for professional development, advocates for legislative and state property rights, promotes political issues that affect the real estate industry, and represents the organization to the community.
“I became involved with WCREALTORS early in my real estate career to grow my knowledge of our profession and build relationships. But it’s also a great opportunity just to give back to my community,” said Wood. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to promote professional standards and ethics and along with her colleagues, promoted various advocacy efforts, including protecting homeowner rights. To her peers, Wood says, “It is my hope that others are inspired to get involved and bring their talents to the table as we continue to elevate standards and build community. I am honored to continue to partner with fellow REALTORS to set the pace for 2020.”
Michele Sherwood, President-Elect
In 2015, Sherwood was awarded Rookie of the Year for Williamson County Association of REALTORS. Three years later, Sherwood was promoted to Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty Round Rock. “This position helps you become a trusted real estate advisor with your clients and colleagues,” said Sherwood. “As Williamson County continues to grow, we as REALTORS are going to be called on more than ever to offer our expertise,” says. “It’s important to keep our membership educated and empowered to serve our clients at the highest level. I am excited to help lead the charge serving our growing community and agent population.”
Jennifer Welch, Treasurer
After living and working all over the world — from Alabama to Leeds, England and Manila, Philippines — Jennifer Welch moved to Central Texas in 2006. She is the founder and broker at Evolve360 Realty and Amazing Realty in Williamson County. Today, she specializes in growing new home developments in Cedar Park, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, and other North Austin suburbs. She has an interest in new home construction and historic homes.
Last year, Welch revealed why she ran for a seat on the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ board of directors. “I’m excited to play a role in furthering the Association’s strategic plan and continue the momentum regarding community outreach and professional education.”
Kim Dale, Secretary
Dale was elected to serve a leadership role as a Director for the Williamson County Association of REALTORS, a graduate from the prestigious, invitation-only Texas REALTOR Leadership Program. She also serves in various community-based organizations, including her daughter’s school’s PTA and Girl Scouts of America. Dale has been a Texas REALTOR since 2012 and several times over the years was named a top-producing agent for Realty Texas. She takes great pride in making sure her clients receive expert service.
Dale has proven herself as a leader in Central Texas real estate and as a result, is afforded many opportunities to contribute her time to helping others. Community service is a passion for Dale. Whenever she can, the mom of two proudly assists in rounding up donations for the annual food drive, collecting holiday toys for military families and attending city council meetings. She cares deeply about Williamson County, and especially helping people make their dreams of homeownership a reality. “The professionalism, ethics, standards, service and all-around friendly culture at the WCREALTORS is top notch. I serve simply to give back to and help grow the association that has always been there for me. Together, we will build the path to success for each and every member.”
Cyndi Bell, Past-President
“I serve my fellow REALTORS, affiliates and community because I choose to. Deciding to serve and given the ability to network with so many different people has been a blessing. With humility and gratitude, it gives me great pleasure to hear members’ concerns and then have the ability to act on their behalf.”
Amy Kobza: In early 2012, Kobza returned to real estate full-time and by the spring of that year, she founded the Better Life team at Keller Williams Realty in Cedar Park. In addition to real estate, she created a successful transaction coordination company in the largest real estate office in Austin, worked as a marketing representative for Home Warranty of America, and assisted REALTORS and lenders build their businesses through marketing and communications for Austin Title. In 2018, Kobza co-founded the Freedom 512 Real Estate Group where she mentors and educates other agents. In 2008 and 2011, she was a recipient of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS Affiliate of the Year Award, and in subsequent years, REALTOR of the Year and Top Producing agent of Keller Williams Realty in Cedar Park. For several years, Kobza was also ranked a top three producing agent.
“I look forward to being on the board for WCREALTORS. With all the continuous changes to the real estate industry we need flexible and innovative thinkers and leaders. WCREALTORS has always been like family to me, and I look forward to helping our family grow.”
David Cook: Cook’s background includes more than 50 years in the mortgage banking industry, which began in his Irving, Texas hometown when he was a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. After three years in the Army Infantry service, Cook went back to commercial and residential mortgage banking and real estate development and investments. More recently, Cook began assisting senior homeowners with retirement planning through the FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), known as a reverse mortgage.
Currently, Cook offers REALTOR broker services as a buyer’s agent to veteran home buyers in Central Texas, through Veteran Home Buying Services. “I want to participate in any Board initiatives that focus on providing recognition and assistance to our area Veterans, senior citizens and their families,” said Cook about his plans for 2020. “Because of my mortgage banking background and past membership as an affiliate with both ABoR and Williamson County REALTORS, I want to work at recruiting more affiliate members and ensure that all receive as much recognition and promoting to the wider membership community as possible. As an approved TREC instructor, I hope to contribute to the Board’s history of offering the very best CE course options possible to our membership. I will also volunteer to help with the annual golf tournament, having worked on tournaments for the Austin Mortgage Banker Association and Austin Financial Planner Association.”
Janet Busby Hewlett: Busby Hewlett says she hails from a long line of REALTORS and builders and can still recall the many summers spent with her Frio County homebuilding grandfather and the other a ranch seller in Williamson County. Even Busby Hewlett’s father and aunt were brokers. She learned a lot about real estate in these early, formative years, especially as she accompanied her relatives to listings, property tours and previews. In 2000, she finally launched her own real estate career. “Now, I am looking forward to the opportunity to use my talents and time at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS, giving back to my REALTOR community in the best way possible,” said Busby Hewlett. “I am also honored to serve on the WCREALTORS’ board this coming year. We are experiencing exciting growth in Williamson County and as REALTORS we need to be poised to compete within our quickly advancing industry. As a former teacher, I believe education empowers each one of us and I hope to help sustain our high level of educational opportunities at our board.”
Julie Floyd: Since 2011, Floyd has specialized in farm, ranch and residential properties. She works with first-time homebuyers to those in the business of buying and selling working ranches. She offers clients a personalized experience, led by her deep market knowledge and dedication to clients’ best interests. Floyd has been a broker since 2017 and a year later, founded Latigo & Stone LLC. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing the Texas REALTORS Leadership Program in 2018. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee for the Williamson County Association of REALTORS and as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee, Floyd also serves on the Professional Standards Committee for Texas REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS Land Use Property Rights and Environment Committee.
“This has been an exciting and energizing year at the WCREALTORS. Serving as the 2019 Treasurer has been an honor and privilege. With the hard work of our Association Executive Bryan Hutchinson, the fabulous staff, the Finance Committee and the entire Board of Directors, we have made great strides and are in a strong financial position to enable us to continue supporting, educating and sharing the best practices with each other and develop the best agents in our industry.”
Kristi Sanguinet: Sanguinet joined the real estate industry in 2006 as an agent and developed three top-producing real estate teams in the Austin area over the years. She has also been a broker for the last 12 years.
When we spoke to Sanguinet about her board of director position last year, she said she was particularly enthusiastic about working on continuing education efforts and increasing her market knowledge. “I’m greatly looking forward to what 2020 has in store for our association,” said Sanguinet. “I believe it is going to be an exceptional year for growth in our businesses and community. Even with the market disrupters that we’re facing, we have the opportunity to fine-tune our systems and grow in various ways, including in the areas of education, market knowledge and client experiences. I’m excited for what’s in store for Williamson County and our Association over the next few years and I am eager to be an ambassador for our membership as a board director for the upcoming year. WCREALTORS is dedicated to bringing exceptional value to our membership and I encourage everyone to lean in and get involved. We have a unique opportunity to be a part of an association that puts their members first.”
Joseph Aubin, Director
Joseph Aubin is the broker at Georgetown’s J. Paul Aubin Real Estate agency, which was founded in 1989. “Being on the board gives me an opportunity to represent the independent brokerages that need a voice in our rapidly changing real estate industry,” says Aubin. He feels honored to be surrounded by successful and philanthropic peers who feel passionate about serving Austin’s real estate community.
Al Frazier, Director
Frazier is a REALTOR at Realty Austin. He specializes in working with buyers and sellers in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Leander. Frazier says he feels privileged to serve as a board member. “I like being part of the decision making process that affects REALTORS and property owners.” Further, he’s thrilled to serve his colleagues in the real estate community and the numerous issues the board is involved in.
Chris Rodriguez, Director
Rodriquez has been a professional REALTOR since 2006. He’s looking forward to bringing his experience and talents to the board as a Director. “Together, we will make informed decisions on various matters while keeping members’ best interests in mind.” Rodriguez is also looking forward to focusing on ways the industry is changing, promoting education and advances in technology. One of his campaign platforms was making sure the association remains a relevant leader and continues giving members the tools they need to achieve success in the real estate profession.