Chinese lion dancers highlighted the festivities as Patrick Lieuw was installed as the first Asian-American president and the 95th president of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® on January 10 2012. Patrick’s theme for 2012, “Focus on Collaboration,” highlights the value he places on the diversity of SAR’s Membership as well as his interest in photography. “This year I’m pulling out my widest angle lens, because I plan for an all-inclusive composition, and that means every single current member of the SAR, and as many new members as we can attract. Each one of us brings his or her own insights and background, and I’m not just talking about differences in gender and ethnicity. Many of us started out in a different career. I, for instance, was an engineer.” He said, “While others have pointed out that I am the first Asian-American President of the SAR, all I want you to remember, is that we are all one ‘Realtor family’ working together, to better our Association and our clients.” Patrick, a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Gold Natomas, has been a real estate broker and a Member of SAR for 23 years. He has also been a C.A.R. Director and Chair or Vice-Chair of numerous SAR and C.A.R. Committees. He is also involved in the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Doug Covill, Coldwell Banker, was honored for his contributions as 2011 President. In his farewell address, he highlighted SAR’s accomplishments in the five strategic goals for 2011: improve communications; develop a “green” program; establish a 501(c) (3) foundation; increase diversity in participation and in the leadership, and continue focus on SAR as a progressive, evolving organization. He also called for a standing ovation for anyone who agreed with him that SAR has the best CEO and staff of any REALTOR® organization. Allan Okamoto, president of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, was the installing officer. The officers installed for 2012 were: President-elect Chris Little, Little Real Estate Services; Secretary/Treasurer Paula Swayne, Dunnigan REALTORS®; Immediate Past President Doug Covill and Past President Barbara Harsch, Lyon Real Estate Downtown. The 2012 Board of Directors includes: Erin Attardi, Dunnigan REALTORS®; Greg Bisi, Mountain West Financial Inc.; Kevin Cooper, Keller-Williams Realty Elk Grove; Judy Covington, Keller-Williams Realty Elk Grove; Kathy Fox, Prudential NorCal Realty Carmichael; Ron Greenwood, Coldwell Banker; Michelle Lehman, Century 21-Noel David Realty; Rob McQuade, BHG Mason McDuffie Real Estate; Deniece Ross-Francom, BHG Mason McDuffie Real Estate; Kellie Swayne, Dunnigan REALTORS®; Marty Swingle, Capital West Realty Inc.; Dave Tanner, Tanner and Associates; Mary Willett, Lyon Real Estate Sierra Oaks; Linda Wood, Dunnigan REALTORS®. Dave Tanner, Tanner and Associates, was given the Lifetime Service Award. Dave has been a real estate attorney and broker for more than 30 years and owned and/or managed residential and commercial brokerages for more than 20 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Professional Standards Committees for SAR, C.A.R. and NAR. He is also on the MLS Committee and the Board of Directors for MetroList. Dave was president of the San Jose Real Estate Board in 1995 and of SAR in 2005. Dave has earned the ABRM, CRB, CRS, GRI and SRES designations. He is a valued SAR instructor offering courses in ethics, disclosure, listing agreements and purchase agreements, as well as regional professional standards training. He developed SAR’s original housing affordability program – “HELP” (Homebuyers Equity Leveraging Program) and was instrumental in SAR’s strategies on rental housing inspection. Dave served as risk reduction manager for RE/MAX franchises for more than 13 years and in 2010, joined the Hanson Law Firm to provide his decades of real estate risk management experience to the firm. The President’s Award, selected by the president alone, not the Awards Committee, went to Erin Attardi. Erin is known among her fellow REALTORS® for her technical savvy, her willingness to share her knowledge in terms anyone can understand, and for her leadership ability. She was elected to the Board of Directors of SAR in 2010 and was the youngest Member of the 18-person Board. She has chaired the Young Professionals Council and will be next president of the Masters Club. She has served on the REALTOR® Action Fund Committee, the Communications Advisory Committee and the Technology Task Force. Erin has also been an instructor for different educational offerings at SAR and C.A.R. and has helped raise thousands of dollars for local charity and REALTOR® initiatives, especially through Young Professionals Council and REALTOR® Action Fund. She was a Member of the first Leadership Development class at SAR and is on the Board of C.A.R. She also serves on the leadership of the C.A.R. Young Professionals Network and was quick to help when Doug offered the leadership of SAR’s YPCs to help other REALTOR associations organize and recognize their young professionals. Judy Covington, Keller Williams Elk Grove, is the 2011 REALTOR® of the Year. She has served on the SAR Board since 2004 and has been a C.A.R. Director since 2005. She’s also served on a number of committees: Awards, Budget, Centennial, Grievance, Masters Club Steering Committee, Nominating, and Strategic Planning. She was on Government Relations from 1998 to the present and was a PAC Trustee from 2002 to 2007 and again starting in 2009. She also served on the Tech Faire committee starting in 2002, chaired it in 2008 and continues as it has become the NorCal Real Estate Expo. And she has been on the MetroList Board of Directors from 2008 to the present. After retiring from a successful career as an account executive for PacBell, she started in real estate as an intern at GBC in 1999. She was a top agent there from the time she started and has been with Keller Williams since 2004. Not surprisingly, given her range of involvement in SAR, she is committed to professional growth and is always reading and studying ways to improve herself professionally. Kathy Fox, 2010 REALTOR® of the Year, presented the award to Judy. Rico Rivera, Old Republic Home Protection, was named Affiliate of the Year. One of the founders of the Young Professionals Council at SAR, he served as its chair in 2009. He has taught classes at SAR as part of the RETI series. He is active in the Sacramento Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, NAHREP. Rico is the disc jockey for the YPC Vendor Fair and Gala and other functions and always lends a hand behind the scenes. He has served on the board of the Moral Values Program, a neighborhood program in South Sacramento that provides support for underserved youth. Both YPC and SAR have donated to MVP over the years. He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, came to the United States when he was 9 years old and became an American citizen in 2008. New for 2011, the Rising Star Award recognizes someone who has been a Member of SAR for five years or less, who has provided exemplary service to the Association and who exhibits leadership ability. Kellie Swayne was the first honoree. She helps build CanTree each year, faithfully participates in Rebuilding Together, was in the first SAR Leadership class, served as chair of the Young Professionals Council, has chaired the REALTOR Action Fund, been elected to the SAR Board of Directors, currently chairs the Marketing and Communications Committee, chaired the Fall Conference in 2009, and has served on Grievance, Budget and the Charitable Foundation advisory task force. Those honored for “extraordinary efforts to improve the programs and services of SAR” were:
  • Local Association Activities: Barbara Harsch, Jennifer Odama, Dave Boliard
  • Political involvement: Dick Swayne, Doug Covill
  • Educational Excellence: Jeff Jurach, Leon Williams
  • Community Involvement: Tim Weisbeck, Rose Stinson
  • State Association Activities: Charlene Singley
  • National Association Activities: Dave Tanner, Leigh Rutledge
The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® was founded in 1908. It promotes professionalism and ethics among its members, provides education and other services and advocates for private property rights and private property values. All REALTOR® Members of SAR are also Members of the California Association of REALTORS® and of the National Association of REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Only members of NAR may call themselves REALTORS®.