Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Installs 2020 President Eddie Ramirez

2020 PFAR President Eddie Ramirez - President\'s SpeechL-R: Senator Anthony Portantino and 2019 PFAR President Lisa DiazL-R: 2020 PFAR President Eddie Ramirez, Congresswoman Judy Chu, 2019 President Lisa Diaz, 2019 Realtor of the Year Crystal Narramore and 2019 Affiliate of the Year Nathan StarkL-R: Hosts Matt McIntyre and Emilie BroughtonPast President\'s Gavel Pass Left to right - Bill Podley-Lois Derry-Aida Dimejian- Rita Salhein and Joyce KristenssonThe PLUS ME Project Richard ReyesWestin Ballroom for Inaugural

Photos courtesy of NICK FRANDJIAN of OpenHouseFoto

11:41 am | December 18, 2019


On Friday, December 13, 2019, the Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors hosted its 113th Annual Inaugural and Awards Breakfast to approximately 300 Realtors, Affiliate partners and special guests at the Westin Pasadena. The event themed @PFARStrongerTogether celebrated its incoming officers and directors along with their annual award recipients.

During the ceremony, PFAR honored incoming President Eddie Ramirez, who highlighted PFAR’s mission of public service and the importance of being “open to new ideas” to help advance and protect the real estate profession.

A Southern California native, Ramirez’s passion for protecting homeownership rights led him to pursue a career in real estate after 20 years in the financial industry. He currently serves as an agent with the distinguished deasy penner podley firm and is a 2019 Top Producer. Ramirez is an active volunteer in both the real estate and local communities; spending his down time with family and as an avid cyclist.

Hosted by PFAR’s Charitable Foundation Director, Matt McIntyre and PFAR Past President, Emilie Broughton the association showcased its contribution to Pasadena’s public schools, which included the launch of their successful Pasadena Unified School District Certification program; a partnership with the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) and Pasadena Education Network (PEN). The program also featured a generous donation to The PLUS ME Project; a non-profit centered on empowering youth in the art of storytelling. Richard Reyes, Executive Director of The PLUS ME Project delivered a compelling Inspiration message to the audience to launch the morning event.

The 2020 Officers and Directors installed alongside President, Eddie Ramirez (deasy penner podley) consisted of Barry Storch (Dilbeck Real Estate) as President-Elect; Secretary, Steve Haussler (Coldwell Banker), Treasurer Sid Karsh (Sid Karsh Real Estate), Multiple Listing Director Amy Engler (Douglas Elliman), along with newly added directors Hazel Perera (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) and Neha Jespersen (deasy penner podley). Returning Directors Deno Kidde (Sotheby’s International Realty) and Joyce Kristensson (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) were also installed with newly appointed Affiliate Director Martin Mesa (Rate One Financial) and Immediate Past President, Lisa Diaz (Compass).

Awards Presented for Outstanding Service

During the breakfast celebration, PFAR Award recipients included: REALTOR® of the Year, Crystal Narramore (Compass), Affiliate of the Year, Nathan Stark (Chicago Title Glendale), Distinguished Service, Steve Haussler (Coldwell Banker) and Humanitarian of the Year, Chelby Crawford (Coldwell Banker).

For careers spanning twenty years plus, Kirk Dilbeck of Inter Valley Escrow received PFAR’s Lifetime Affiliate Achievement and Norma Ellis of Dilbeck Real Estate was recognized as the Lifetime REALTOR® Achievement.

The President’s Award was given to PFAR’s Director of Communications and Digital Strategy, Nkemdilim Nwosu who shepherded the Pasadena Unified School District Certification Program, along with securing the National Association of REALTORS® Safety Grant as one of five associations in the country.

PFAR also took time to honor their members who passed away in 2019 for their life of service. The In Memoriam Honorees included: Robert Bathke (Re/Max Premiere Properties), Virginia Cree (Coldwell Banker), John A. LaRocca (LaRocca Inspections) and Lydia Washington (Westlyn Realtors).

Special Guests

The Installer for the event was Dave Walsh, 2020 President-Elect of the California Association of REALTORS®. Legislator guests featured: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Anthony J. Portantino, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Mayor Terry Tornek and Supervisor Kathryn Barger. From Congressman Adam B. Schiff’s office, a certificate excellence was presented to outgoing President Lisa Diaz, whose office also facilitated a flag being flown over the Capitol in honor of Diaz’s service.

Guest Presenters

The breakfast was hosted by Matt McIntyre (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) and Emilie Broughton (Town Square Real Estate). Leslie Cross (Town Square Real Estate) and Erik Okland (Inter Valley Escrow) led the Service and Affiliate Awards Presentation. Megan Spargo Ferrell (Compass), Troy Spargo and Joyce Kristensson (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) introduced the REALTOR® Awards. Additional guest speakers included Laura Olhasso (PFAR Government Affairs Director), Carla C. Dane (PFAR CEO), Martin Mesa (Rate One Financial) and Richard Reyes (The PLUS ME Project).

Event Sponsors and Partners

Platinum Sponsors: Morrison Plus Property Inspections? and California Regional Multiple Listing Services (CRMLS)
Official 2019 Business Printer: GotPrint.com
Gold Sponsors: deasy penner podley, Town Square Real Estate and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage®
Silver Sponsors: Fidelity National Home Warranty®, Inter Valley Escrow, Zemrus Escrow Incorporated, US Bank, Dilbeck Real Estate, Logix Mortgage Lending, Rate One Financial, Inc., and Richardson | Ober| DeNichilo
Bronze Sponsors: S.I.G. Property Management, Home Warranty of America’s Yunitu Wu, Supra United Technologies, Pillar to Post Inspections Rick Ursitti, Alison Voors Home Staging, Barry Storch Life Coaching and Lister Assister
Photography Sponsor: Cinematographer Nick Frandjian of OpenHouseFoto.com
Musical Guests: Sisterspeak
Special Guests: The PLUS ME Project

For more information about the inaugural breakfast, Award Recipients, Honorees and Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS®, please visit pfar.org or email info@pfar.org.