See the list of candidates for the 7 open seats for 2021 Citrus Valley REALTORS® Board of Directors below. The election will be held through online voting June 1-10. Ask questions at the online Candidates Forum on June 5.
Read the candidate statements below, along with their history of involvement in the association.
Statement from the Candidate for President-elect:
SHARON BOWLER: With 43 years as a REALTOR® and Broker, I have seen many of the real estate cycles. I understand the market from that long-term perspective. I want to utilize this knowledge to continue to serve the real estate community during this time when we have changes in our industry and within our Association. We need the experience as well as the knowledge, I have gained through our association, NAR & CAR and the members have given me. BOD – 16 years w/years off between. Budget & Finance 19 years, GAD & Attorney Task Forces, Chairman Membership Nominating, LGR, Political Affairs, LCRC, BORPAC-Chair/VC, MLS, ByLaws, Prof Standards.
Candidate Statements For the Board of Directors:
SALVADOR ARMIJO: I am grateful to be a Realtor with CVAR. The personal and professional growth I have experienced by becoming part of our Associations’ activities and committees has enriched my professional understanding of what it takes to be a Realtor. My intentions are to adhere to our Board and serve to the best of my abilities in an effort to re-pay to our industry, all that real estate as well as our Association has given me not only in my professional life but also in my personal. CAR Government Affairs Rep “Key Contact,” 2015-Current; Local Government Relations “LGR” Committee , 2015-Current; “CVAR” Board of Directors 2019, Members Value Committee, 2015-2019; RAF Committee 2018; commercial Forum Chair, 2018-2019; Election Committee Member 2017 & 2018; Grievance Committee, 2019-current.
JAMES BAISERI: I care about the role our association serves our industry & membership. I feel my role as a Realtor and Broker/owner, along with past experience serving this Board & CAR, would be valuable to leading the interest of our membership. 2009-2010: Vice Chair Commercial Committee; 2012-Director; 2013-Vice President; 2015-President Elect; 2016-President; 2017-Immediate Past President; 2018-19 Director/Vice-President.
TERRI BARRETT: I enjoyed BOD and feel I would be a good addition to the team. I am a former office manager, and I am passionate about the industry. I have a heart for service. I feel I will have more time to spend as well as getting involved on the CAR level if permitted, which I was unable to do previously. Current CAF President; Currently on Pro Standards; Formerly was on Grievance Committee for several terms; BOD 2014,2015; YPN Chair and Committee for several years.
SUZANNE BRUNER: I am proud to be a part of this Association. I appreciate all it has to offer. I would like to help convey REALTOR® professionalism through this office. My life & work experience are authentic, and I believe that I bring many things of value to the table. Thank you for your consideration! Election Committee Chair 2016; Election Committee member 2017; Board of Directors 2019-2020.
DANIELLE FONTES: I would like to hold this office so I can continue to serve my fellow REALTORS® and protect the Real Estate Industry and private property rights. 2020: Immediate Past President, Committee Member Budget & Finance, Committee Member REALTOR® Action Fund; 2019: Association President; 2018: Association President-Elect, Chair-YPN; 2017: Chair-Membership Value Committee, Member: Budget & Finance, RAF, YPN; 2016: Chair, Membership Value Committee; Member of YPN.
SARA GLAVAN: It would be an honor to hold this position with the intention of valuably use my time giving back to the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® community. I want to serve my fellow Realtors by using my passion and knowledge of real estate, government, and service to work alongside other directors to further the continued growth and effectiveness of Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS®. Board of Directors, 2019-2020; Membership Values Committee, 2016-17; Membership Values Committee Chair 2018, 2019, 2020; Budget & Finance Committee 2019-2020; CAR Director 2018, 2019, 2020; Election Committee, 2016-2017.
BLAINE LAMBERTSON: I’ve been a CVAR member since 1984. There are very few committees I have not had the pleasure of serving. I look forward to helping our great Association in its growth and influence that we have accomplished over the years. I believe that my years of experience can be an asset to the BOD. CVAR President 2015; President-elect 2014; BOD Treasure, 2013; BOD 2019-2020; And many other spots over the years.
KEVIN LEE: It’s very important to be an advocate for our industry as it takes on the coming challenges from a recovering economy, political changes that are attacking property rights, and from agents within that are not looking out for their own clients’ interest above their own. Grievance Committee 3 years; Pro Standards 2 years.
STEPHANIE VELEZ: I am a born advocate for people. I love working in a team environment, I believe in working together and I know I will be able to represent my fellow real estate partners with passion, integrity and a genuine desire to speak for them to help make their jobs better and easier. Tri-Counties AOR Director, 1 ½ years; OCAR Independent Brokers Committee, 1 year; CVAR Grievance Committee, 1 year; CVAR Membership Value Committee, 1 year; CRMLS/MLS Committee, 1 year.
MARK PETERSON: I enjoy keeping the association strong and serving in this capacity. My hope is to provide value with some of the experiences I have had at both CAR and NAR. I have served as a director, President-elect in 2003 and President in 2004. I have also served in Budget and Finance and on LGR for several years. I served on personnel committee for several years.
LEHEL SZUCS: I have been involved with CVAR in committees and BOD since 2009 and would like to continue to be involved once again at the BOD level to help further our association and serve our members to this involvement. 2020: LGR, Budget and Finance, Chair RAF, Professional Standards, Membership Value; 2019: LGR, Budget and Finance, Chair RAF, Professional Standards, Membership Value; 2018: LGR Budget and Finance, RAF, Professional Standards; 2017: BOD, LGR, Membership Value, Budget & Finance, By Laws Taskforce, CAR Director; 2015: BOD, LGR, Membership Value, Budget & Finance, Personnel, CAR Director; 2014: BOD President, Personnel Committee, CAR Director, NAR; 2013: BOD President Elect, CRMLS Budget committee, CAR Director, NAR, Budget & Finance, LGR; 2012: Budget and Finance, Chaired MLS Committee, Grievance Committee, LGR, Membership and Education, Scholarship, BOD Vice President, Budget subcommittee, CAR Director, CRMLS Ops Committee; 2011: Budget & Finance, MLS Committee, Grievance committee, LGR, Membership and Education, Scholarship, BOD, Policy manual subcommittee, Budget subcommittee; 2010: Budget and Finance, MLS Committee, Grievance Committee, LGR; 2009: Chaired Communication Committee, MLS Committee, Grievance Committee, LGR