Association announces awards, officers, directors

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors raised $30,210 for Habitat for Humanity-Las Vegas at a recent gala while presenting its annual awards and installing 2008 officers and directors.

The 2007 Realtor of the Year award was presented during the Nov. 10 event to GLVAR Past President Linda Rheinberger for “demonstrating the highest degree of spirit, civic, professional and GLVAR involvement.” Longtime Realtors Fafie Moore, Mark Stark and Debbie Primack were named to the GLVAR Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for members who serve in leadership positions for local, state or national associations and committees.

Rhonda Berlino of First American Title Co. was named Affiliate of the Year for providing outstanding service to GLVAR members.

Paula Smith earned the Gene Nebeker Memorial Award honoring a Realtor who exemplifies professionalism and service to the GLVAR. On behalf of her late husband, Barry Sloss, Bonnie Sloss accepted the Ronn Reiss Award, which is given to a Realtor for being a role model and providing leadership and support for educational programs.

The GLVAR presented its Frank Sala Award to Realtor Kellie Rubin for demonstrating a commitment to grassroots political action and for protecting private property rights.

The GLVAR also installed its new slate of officers for 2008, which include the following: President Patty Kelley; President-elect Sue Naumann; Vice President Rick Shelton; Treasurer Paul Bell; and Immediate Past President Devin Reiss. New GLVAR directors for 2008 include Commercial Alliance President Gary Banner; MLS Director Jennie Holder; and Directors Honey Borla, Dennis Feldman, Kolleen Kelley, Gina Lyon, Min Keenan Melvin, Jeff Moore, Jackie Porter, Stephen Redman, Neil Schwartz, Robyn Yates and Debbie Zois.

A silent auction held in conjunction with the event at the Bellagio raised money for Habitat for Humanity to help sponsor another new home in the Las Vegas area. The GLVAR has partnered with the local charity for more than 10 years.

The GLVAR also held its annual presidents appreciation dinner Dec. 6, where Lee Barrett was selected as instructor for the year and Soozi Jones-Walker was selected the commercial instructor of the year.

GLVAR was founded in 1947 and provides its nearly 16,000 local members with education, training and political representation. GLVAR, the local representative of the National Association of Realtors, is a professional trade organization for Realtors in Southern Nevada. For more information about GLVAR, visit

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