The Bay East Association of Realtors recognized some of its most outstanding members for achievement during 2018.
The annual awards, presented during the Pleasanton-based association's 2019 Inaugural Gala at Casa Real on Feb. 16, were given to real estate professionals who demonstrated high ethical standards and professionalism, active community involvement and a high level of service during last year.
The awards included Realtor of the Year, Rookie of the Year, the Good Neighbor Award and the John Deadrich Distinguished Service Award.
The gala also saw the local trade association inaugurate its leadership team for this year.
With headquarters on Koll Center Parkway in Pleasanton and a satellite office in Alameda, Bay East is a trade association serving more than 5,500 residential and commercial real estate professionals in the region.
The association honored the following members with its 2018 awards:
Realtor of the Year
Leslie Faught received the Realtor of the Year Award for demonstrating the highest level of integrity and commitment to Bay East and the real estate profession.
Following a 20-year career in other areas of the real estate industry, Faught became a Realtor in 2008. She has earned several professional designations from the National Association of Realtors and serves on the Bay East Board of Directors and Local Government Relations Committee. Faught has also served on the Board of Directors for the Pleasanton Rose Show for the last 13 years.
Rookie of the Year
Elisa Chao, a Pleasanton resident and Foothill High alumna who works with Legacy Real Estate in Fremont, earned the Rookie of the Year Award.
Chao, who was chair of the Bay East Young Professionals Network Committee last year, constantly looks for ways to expand her real estate education to serve her clients better. She actively rescues and fosters dogs from shelters along the West Coast.
Affiliate of the Year
Annette Khaliq, with First American Home Warranty & JCP-LGS Disclosures, received the Bay East 2018 Affiliate of the Year Award.
Bay East affiliate members contribute time, money and resources to support the real estate profession. Khaliq serves on the Bay East Affiliate Committee, is involved with the Women's Council of Realtors and supports each of the weekly marketing groups in the Bay East jurisdiction.
Outstanding Leader Award
Mike Fracisco took home the Outstanding Leader Award, which is given to a past-president of the association who continues to pursue the vision of excellence in the name of Bay East.
Fracisco joined Bay East in 2003 and was recognized as the 2004 Rookie of the Year for his contributions to the Livermore and Valley marketing groups and the Housing for All Committee helping raise funds for the Livermore Habitat for Humanity project. He was elected to the Bay East Board of Directors in 2007 and served as board president in 2015.
Fracisco has chaired the Bay East Property Management Advisory and Leadership Evaluating and Selection Committees in addition to serving on the Investment Advisory Committee. He is a member of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) Board of Directors serving as the 2018 Region 6 regional chair as well as being an active member of several CAR committees.
Good Neighbor Award
Gina Piper of Better Homes and Gardens Tri-Valley Realty in Pleasanton received the 2018 Good Neighbor Award.
Piper is the Chair of the Board of the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton and has helped hundreds of animals in need. During her annual fundraiser in 2018 she hosted at her home, she raised nearly $42,000, all of which went directly to the Valley Humane Society.
John Deadrich Distinguished Service Award
Bill Espinola earned the John A. Deadrich Distinguished Service Award. Named in honor of the association's first president and founding father, the award is given to a Bay East member who exemplifies the self-sacrifice, vision and accomplishments of the greatest leaders who have shaped the real estate profession.
Espinola has been a Bay East member since 2001. In 2008, he stepped up his involvement in the Realtor community by joining the Bay East Local Government Relations Committee and later served on Professional Standards, Multiple Listing Service and Strategic Planning committees.
Last year, he was elected to the Bay East Board of Directors and chaired the Local Government Relations and the Local Candidate Recommendation committees. Espinola has attended and testified at city council meetings on behalf of Realtors and homeowners.