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Real Estate - February 21, 2014

Bay East Realtors honor colleagues for 2013 achievements

Awards given to professionals for accomplishments last year

by Jeb Bing

Local real estate professionals have been honored by the Bay East Association of Realtors for their achievements in 2013.

The winners demonstrated high ethical standards and professionalism, active community involvement and a high level of service to the real estate profession.

They were Doreen Roberts of MasterKey Realtors, who was named Realtor of the Year for 2013; Patrick Donegan of Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty, named Rookie of the Year; Tim Denbo of Virtual Tour Cafe, named Affiliate of the Year; Otto Catrina of Catrina Real Estate & Investments, presented with the Outstanding Leader Award; Sandi Edgar-Gomes of Pride Properties, honored with Bay East's Distinguished Service Award; and Bill Aboumrad of Legacy Real Estate and Associates, given the Good Neighbor Award.

Roberts was previously honored as the Bay East Association's Rookie of the Year in 1987. She also received the 1990 CRS of the Year award and was the recipient of Bay East's John Deadrich Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and 2008.

Roberts actively promotes the National Association of Realtors' Code of Ethics by serving as a member of the Professional Standards Committee at national, state and local levels. She is a certified instructor for Professional Standards and an NAR Code of Ethics instructor and has earned numerous designations and certifications.

She also served on the Bay East board of directors for six years and was board president in 2012.

To earn the Rookie of the Year award, Donegan demonstrated the Realtor's spirit of integrity, professional business conduct and service to clients requirements.

He also sold an impressive number of homes in 2013 while also being involved at Bay East and in the local community.

Donegan serves on the Bay East Multiple Listing Service Committee. He is also a frequent food drive volunteer for the Alameda and Contra Costa Food Banks and a supporter of ShelterBoxUSA, an organization that provides emergency shelter, cooking supplies and tools in disaster-stricken areas.

Denbo earned the Affiliate of the Year award by being active with Bay East and the regional marketing groups since 2010. He is an active affiliate liaison and shares his skill in public speaking by providing Bay East updates at the Real Estate Alliance of Livermore meetings. He consistently helps at Bay East events and projects, participating in focus groups and at the Tech Know Expo.

Honored with the Bay East Outstanding Leader Award, which is given to a past president of Bay East, Catrina continues to pursue the vision of excellence. After he was selected to serve on the Bay East board, he rose quickly to assume an officer position. He also became active in the California Association of Realtors and NAR, serving on numerous committees, including as a budget and finance executive.

Catrina is a graduate of NAR's Leadership Academy and is now a frequent speaker on leadership at local and state Realtor association meetings around the country.

Edgar-Gomes received the Deadrich Distinguished Service award, which is named in honor of John A. Deadrich, the first Bay East president. Edgar-Gomes used her extensive community contacts to build and maintain relations with elected officials and leveraged her leadership experience to increase the effectiveness of the Bay East Foundation. She also has dedicated her time, energy, integrity and creativity to promote Realtor ideals to community leaders.

She received this award not only for these accomplishments but also for her continued commitment to leadership as she will serve on the Bay East board during 2014.

Bill Aboumrad received the Good Neighbor Award for his community involvement, which includes teaching, developing and promoting youth sports. He began teaching sports in high school, has coached baseball and soccer for 10 years, and umpires Little League games.

Last year, he was instrumental in bringing the Intermediate Little League World Series to Livermore. This was the first Little League World Series to ever be played in California, a one-week event that attracted more than 35,000 fans. The championship game was televised live on ESPN.

Aboumrad was the director of field operations and handled all logistics at the field including rebuilding the field, maintaining the field, preparing meals for the players, scheduling the BBQ crew and working with the ESPN crew. Due to the success of the event. it will be returning to Livermore in 2014.

The Bay East Association of Realtors is a professional trade association serving more than 4,200 real estate professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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