The Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors announced its 2015 annual award winners at the association’s annual dinner on Nov. 14.
Winners included Mark Ashworth, a Realtor with Transaction Realty, who was named Realtor of the Year for demonstrating high involvement and activity in RSAR, his business accomplishments and activity in local civic affairs.
Ashworth served as president of the RSAR in 2014 and is a distinguished military veteran who has been active in the RSAR as a committee chair and director. In 2016, he will serve as president-elect of the Nevada Association of Realtors. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and on the National Association of Realtors State and Local Issues Committee.
Kevin Jones with First American Title received the affiliate of the year award, recognizing his outstanding service and commitment to RSAR since 1997. He has served on the boards for the Women’s Council of Realtors, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Reno Chapter and the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority.
The Educator of the Year Award was presented to Helen Graham, a Realtor with Re/Max Premier Properties, in recognition of her outstanding efforts in consistently demonstrating an exceptionally high standard in instructing peers in the real estate industry. Graham has more than 30 years of experience in international sales and marketing and has worked in real estate for more than 12 years. Graham’s activities and accomplishments include serving as the 2013 president of RSAR and being a member of the Nevada Association of Realtors Board of Directors. She has served on the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunities Committee and the Business Issues Committee. She is also the recipient of the Women of Achievement Award by the Nevada Women’s Fund and is actively involved with the Sparks Rotary Club.
William Process, a Realtor with Homegate Realty of Nevada, was awarded the Mat Gibbons Good Neighbor Award, recognizing his continued service to RSAR, high ethical and professional caliber, and distinguished volunteer service to the community. Process is a distinguished military veteran who served as a Naval Corpsman. He has been active in RSAR as a committee chair and officer. He has volunteered his time and talent to establish the Northern Nevada Chapter for the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals. In less than six months, the chapter was formed and conducting education for Realtors and veterans on veterans’ affairs benefits. Additionally, the chapter received a donated house to be rehabbed for a qualified veteran.
The Abraham Curry Award was presented to Jeni-Eugenia Temen, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate. Abraham Curry was proclaimed to be a visionary and dedicated, forward-thinking Nevada resident. Temen’s bigger vision for northern Nevada has been put into motion with her leadership in working with Realtors to understand cultural differences in buying and selling real estate locally and internationally. She has served five years as the National Association of Realtors Presidential Liaison to Romania. With her help, Romania is one of the first Eastern European countries to adopt the principals of organized real estate including the Realtors Code of Ethics and a Multiple Listing Service. She is involved with the Governor’s Office on Economic Development and the Northern Nevada Development Authority. She serves as the chair of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors Global Business Committee.