By Riki Markowitz
Earlier this month, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCREALTORS) celebrated new and returning 2019 board of directors and board president at a swearing-in ceremony. WCREALTORS welcomed three new board members for the coming year, and 10 returning board members. Directors are responsible for being a voice for association members and enforcing the National Association of REALTORS code of ethics. They also play a role in advocating for property rights in Texas and promoting political issues that affect the real estate industry and homeownership. Ultimately, members of the board are tasked with carrying out the mission of WCREALTORS and are the face of the organization’s values and culture.
In the coming year, here are the faces you will see meeting the real estate challenges for the Williamson County Association of REALTORS.
Cyndi Bell has been a residential REALTOR since 2008 and is a broker at Realty Texas – Cedar Park. As the 2019 president of the board of directors at WCREALTORS, Bell plans to lead by first name. “What I love most about WCAoR is that any member or affiliate can walk through the door and the staff will address you by name,” she says. This first-name basis philosophy is extraordinarily refreshing in a time when the bulk of everyone’s communication is via text or email.
Bell plans to continue providing stellar service to WCREALTOR members, including providing educational opportunities and ways to be involved with the community.
Kriston Wood is an assistant team leader and REALTOR at Keller Williams Realty in Georgetown and specializes in residential real estate. “I’m motivated by working alongside my peers to advance the best interests of real estate professionals and focus on our community impact,” she says.
2018 Past President
In 2019, Crowe is enthusiastic about building on previously established momentum — “from cleaning up plumbing bylaws to setting up the foundation of the future.” He anticipates engaging members in more meaningful ways and encouraging participation, especially via social media, podcasts, events, “you name it!”
Joseph Aubin is the broker at J. Paul Aubin Real Estate, an agency founded in 1989 based in Georgetown. “Board services give 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.
Redding views a director position at ABoR as an opportunity to volunteer and give back his time and resources to the REALTOR community — one that has “blessed my socks off the past 15 years.”
“As a director, one of my personal goals is to actively encourage input from members with an emphasis on making sure all voices are heard.” The collective goal, says Redding, should be to continue building trust and serving the ABoR membership community so that they can serve clients at the highest level.
Julie Floyd is a broker and owner at Latigo & Stone LLC. She believes in supporting, educating and sharing best practices with colleagues. As the 2019 treasurer, Floyd says, “It is our utmost priority to be fiscally responsible to our members and secure our association’s position for the future.”
Al Frazier is a REALTOR at Nextage Lone Star Realty. 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 effects 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.
Since 2000, C.J. Pfau has been a broker and co-owner at Pfau & Company, Inc. She specializes in residential sales, ranch sales, home makeovers and lot sales in Williamson, Burnet, and North Travis Counties.
Chris 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 matters of concern while keeping members’ best interests in mind,” he says. 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.
Kristi Sanguinet is the team leader at Magnolia Realty Round Rock and has been a professional broker/agent for 12 years. She is looking forward to the upcoming market shifts and growth that will give directors even more opportunities to fine-tune the association’s efforts. She’s particularly interested in exploring issues related to continuing education, market knowledge and giving back to the community. “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 on the board for 2019,” she says.
Director, term ends 2019
Jerry Seay has been a commercial real estate professional since 2004 and works with KW Commercial Austin. He believes that most people tend to think about real estate and real estate professionals only when they’re buying or selling a home. “Commercial real estate greatly affects entire communities and the people who live there. Everyone shops, eats out, seeks medical care and goes out to be entertained,” says Seay. All of these play a role in a community’s value and growth. And it’s all made possible with help from knowledgeable commercial real estate agents. Seay plans on keeping members informed about ways local and state government activity impacts the real estate industry and also promote commercial real estate issues.
As team leader for Keller Williams Realty, Round Rock, Michele Sherwood believes that agents can learn, grow and achieve their goals by getting involved with their community. “It positions you as a trusted real estate advisor with your clients and colleagues,” she says. “It’s critical to be an informed advocate for your community, especially at a times when there is so much market disruption in the real estate space.” Sherwood is passionate about educating, recruiting and training agents to serve clients at the highest levels.
Director, term ends 2019
Rodenbeck is an owner of Spyglass Realty and Investments and was named a top producing agent by Austin Business Journal. “In 2018, we took steps that will allow us to move much faster in 2019,” says Rodenbeck, who is setting his sights on finding new platforms for members interested in more collaboration, communication and cooperation with colleagues and clients. “I’d also like to explore tools and partnerships that further protect our members and allow ABoR to offer benefits that are more innovative than any other REALTOR association.”