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NVAR Honors Nevada’s Top REALTORS®, Including Greg Martin as REALTOR® of the Year

NVAR 1The statewide Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) honored its leading members at an awards event in Las Vegas this week, naming longtime industry leader Greg Martin as its 2017 Nevada REALTOR® of the Year and recognizing others from around the state for their continued service to their association, their profession and their communities.

Martin, of Elko, served as NVAR’s 2017 president after being president-elect in 2016. He is also a past president of the Elko County Association of REALTORS® (ECAR) and has volunteered on numerous local and state association committees.

At its annual installation of officers and awards event held Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, NVAR also presented awards to the following longtime members:

·       Bill Process – Nevada Distinguished REALTOR® Award for ongoing and consistent service to NVAR and the real estate profession. Process, of Reno, is a past president of the Reno-Sparks Association of REALTORS®(RSAR) and has served as president of the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP). He will serve as NVAR’s vice president during 2018.

·       Kevin Sigstad – REALTOR® Active in Politics Award for government affairs advocacy and activities. Sigstad, of Reno, is a past president of NVAR and RSAR. He was honored for playing a leading role in NVAR’s initiatives supporting private property rights and other causes that are vital to the industry.

·       Leroy “Buck” Schaeffel – Joe Nolan Award recognizing spirit, passion and professionalism in serving fellow REALTORS® in Nevada. Schaeffel, of Mesquite, served on the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®(GLVAR) Board of Directors and was NVAR’s treasurer for 2017.

 ·       David R. Tina – REALTOR® Achievement Award for outstanding service to local and state associations, as chosen by NVAR’s president. Tina, of Las Vegas, is a past president of both NVAR and GLVAR who has served in several state and local leadership positions. He was recently named to a regional leadership position with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

Longtime Las Vegas REALTOR® David R. Tina Nominated to National Leadership Post

David R. Tina, 2016 NVAR Pres. smallerjpg (2)David R. Tina, a former president of both the statewide Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) and the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR), has been nominated to serve as a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) regional vice president.

As the only candidate nominated for this position by NAR leaders, Tina will be officially elected to the position by January. He will then represent NAR’s Rocky Mountain Region on NAR’s 2020 Board of Directors, representing the states of Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Tina’s nomination was announced in November during NAR’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Dave. He’ll do a great job representing our members from Nevada and other Rocky Mountain states,” said 2017 NVAR President Greg Martin. “It also speaks volumes about the quality leaders we have here in Nevada.”

As a regional vice president, Tina will follow in the footsteps of fellow Las Vegas REALTOR® Linda Rheinberger, who held the same NAR position after serving as president of GLVAR and NVAR.


Tina, a longtime local REALTOR®, was also honored at the NAR event this month by achieving REALTOR® Emeritus status, recognizing more than 40 years as an NAR member. He was NVAR’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2016. He owns and operates Urban Nest Realty in Las Vegas with his son and business partner David J. Tina, who is the 2017 president of the GLVAR.

Mountain West Commercial Welcomes Joseph Anderson

Joseph AndersonMountain West Commercial Real Estate (MW) is pleased to welcome Joseph Anderson to the team. Joseph specializes in retail acquisitions and dispositions. He began his career working for the family business, MDL Group, as a sales associate before moving to The Equity Group, where he served as Vice President.

Joseph credits much of his success in commercial real estate to lessons learned as a basketball point guard, where he developed discipline, dedication and team work. He won two state championships with Bishop Gorman High School and a full-ride scholarship to Southern Utah University. Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in international business law and business management from the University of Las Vegas.

Jack Rappaport Joins Mountain West Commercial

jack_rappaport_wide-1Mountain West Commercial Real Estate is pleased to welcome Jack Rappaport. Jack has extensive knowledge of all types of commercial real estate from industrial and land to office, multifamily and retail, with an emphasis on tenant and buyer representation. He is a long-time resident of Las Vegas, having moved here in 1965, and has an extensive network of contacts within the Las Vegas market.

Jack entered commercial real estate in 1978, when he received his real estate license and went to work for a local family-owned real estate firm specializing in brokerage, multifamily development and property management. In 1997, Jack formed R&R Commercial Real Estate Services, a full-service firm specializing in tenant and buyer representation, particularly in retail, office and industrial. He achieved his CCIM designation in 1994 and since then has served several positions. Jack also serves as President of the Rappaport Foundation, a non-profit founded to encourage and foster the arts in Southern Nevada.

Gene Laramee Joins Cushman & Wakefield as Asset Services City Lead

 Cushman & Wakefield recently welcomed Gene Laramee as Asset Services City Lead for the Las Vegas market.

Laramee will be responsible for growing Cushman & Wakefield’s Asset Services business in Las Vegas, currently consisting of more than 6 million square feet of office, industrial, and retail space. He will also focus on recruiting top industry professionals, team engagement, cultivating best practices, and executing consistent processes and procedures across the portfolio to enhance client services. Laramee has more than 20 years of industry experience and previously led CBRE’s Phoenix Asset Services division as Director and Retail/Medical Market Leader. In his former role, he oversaw an 8 million-square-foot portfolio consisting of 70 properties of all product types.

“Gene is a strategic addition to our team, and we are looking forward to leveraging his expertise to further enhance our Asset Services market presence and portfolio,” said Michael Dunn, Cushman & Wakefield’s Nevada Managing Principal. “His stellar track record, vast experience and important industry connections make him a tremendous addition to our office, and we are excited to welcome him to the team.”

Laramee attended Central Texas College and Mesa Community College and is working toward his BOMA RPA designation.

“I am thrilled to join Cushman & Wakefield and look forward to working with this incredible team of professionals,” Laramee said. “This is an exciting time to join such a respected company that prides itself on delivering superior, innovative services to its clients.”

Soozi Jones Walker named CALV Member of the Year

The Commercial Alliance Las Vegas (CALV) honored commercial real estate industry leader Soozi Jones Walker today as its CALV Member of the Year.

She was honored during CALV’s 12th annual Commercial Alliance Educational Symposium, held Sept. 27 at the Gold Coast hotel-casino for commercial real estate professionals.

In presenting the award to Walker, 2017 CALV President Jennifer Ott, CCIM, said, “Soozi has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and service to CALV for many years and was instrumental in its foundation. Her hard work and dedication to Commercial Alliance and especially to our educational efforts has been invaluable to the growth and continued success of CALV.”

Walker, who has more than 33 years of experience in the local commercial real estate industry, is the president and broker of Commercial Executives Real Estate Services in Las Vegas. She is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and member of the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR). She is also a board member and past president of CALV who has served in several leadership positions with these and other industry associations, including with the National Association of REALTORS®. A former member of the state Real Estate Commission, she has spent years teaching various real estate courses.

Walker played a leading role in the symposium, teaching a course called “Commercial Contracts – Do the Forms Really Matter?” She also moderated a luncheon discussion with local industry leader Ric Truesdell that continued CALV’s tradition of hosting entertaining events with the theme of “Las Vegas Real Estate Legends – When Cocktail Napkins Were Contracts.”

Nevada REALTORS® elect new officers for 2018

nvarThe Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) named Greg Martin of Elko as its REALTOR® of the Year and announced its newly elected officers for 2018, led by incoming president and longtime Las Vegas REALTOR® Heidi Kasama.

NVAR’s directors elected NVAR officers for the coming year during the association’s board meeting this week in Reno. In addition to Kasama, 2018 officers include:

President-elect Keith Lynam, of Las Vegas.

  • Vice President William Process, of Sparks.
  • Treasurer Diane Brown, of Incline Village.
  • Immediate Past President Greg Martin, of Elko.

Board members for 2018 will be installed Dec. 8 at NVAR’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Each NVAR officer has extensive experience serving in leadership positions in state and local REALTOR® associations. For example, Kasama and Lynam are both past presidents of the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®, while Martin is a past president of the Elko County Association of REALTORS®. Process is a past president of the Reno-Sparks Association of REALTORS®, while Brown has served as president of the Incline Village Association of REALTORS®.

Martin was named NVAR’s REALTOR® of the Year after leading the statewide association as its president in 2017. Among other accomplishments, he has played a key role in developing LeadershipNVAR, NVAR’s signature program for personal and professional growth.

GLVAR Announces Newly Elected Officers and Board Members for 2018

glvarThe Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR) announced the results of its annual election of officers and board members, with local REALTORS® Christopher Bishop serving as 2018 president and Janet Carpenter serving as 2018 president-elect.

GLVAR members voted from Sept. 18 to 20, electing the following officers and directors to lead Southern Nevada’s largest professional association in 2018:

President - Christopher Bishop

President-Elect - Janet Carpenter

Vice President - Krystal Sherry

Treasurer - Tom Blanchard


Jillian Batchelor

Amber DeLillo

Shyla Magee

Aldo Martinez

Mark Sivek

REALTORS® not up for re-election who will continue to serve on the board:

Shawn Cunningham

Tim Kelly Kiernan

Chantel Tilley

David J. Tina, (Immediate Past President)

Julie Youngblood


Scot Prince Joins Mountain West Commercial Real Estate

scot princeMountain West Commercial Real Estate is pleased to welcome Scot Prince. Scot specializes in land, retail and investment sales. He was born in Las Vegas and has strong local knowledge of trends in the Las Vegas Valley. Scot started in commercial real estate in 2013, right after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned a bachelor of science in economics. He has represented one of the largest privately-held real estate investment management firms in the country as well as local developers and mom-and-pop land owners.

Scot brings a wealth of knowledge and will help Mountain West identify what sectors of the industry and which submarkets should be targeted for new development and growth.

Scot can be reached at 702.374.0218 or at

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