Every year the Realtors in the greater Tri-Cities area take a night off to celebrate each other at the Tri-City Association of Realtors Gala. This Gala has become a can't-miss event at Windermere because it's an opportunity to build relationships with other Realtors we work with every day and learn more about our accomplishments as an Association. There is always good food, great entertainment, and even better company!
This year's event was even more special than normal because three of our very own were recognized for their talents and hard work, winning three of the five major awards from the event. Here is what you need to know about the Windermere Realtors that took home awards that night:
Community Service Award
When Jed isn't helping his sweet wife raise three amazing and talented kids (although she does most of the work and he takes a ton of credit for it). He volunteers with the Kennewick and Richland Police Departments, and the Benton County Sheriff's Dept to help facilitate a drinking and driving awareness program called Every 15 Minutes, that is focused on the senior classes at Kamiakin, Southridge, Kennewick, Richland, Hanford, Ki-Be and Riverview High Schools (going on 18 years now). He volunteers with Young Life, a local youth outreach ministry, that reaches out to middle school and high school youth, as well as disabled youth and teen moms (going on 20 years now). He volunteers with the campaign to get Ken Lattin elected to Benton County Sheriff. He is on the Board of Directors for United Way). He is a volunteer at Southgate Elementary school, where his wife teaches and his kids attend. He volunteers at his church (South Hills Church) as a barista, lawn mower, and with the middle school ministry leading games on a weekly basis. And recently, began working with some local Tri-Citians to provide goods and services to foster families in our area.
Rookie of the Year Award
Training, education, and collaboration are passions of Londa. Just a few months after becoming a realtor she wanted to find a way to integrate these things into her career at a greater capacity than just having coffee with a different Realtor in the association each week, which had been her plan to meet every Realtor and get to know them! At that time, she committed to being more involved with the Tri-City Association of Realtors (TCAR) hoping to get to know more people and open up the conversation for improving our association. She joined the TCAR's Education Committee early in 2017 and have loved creating training for new Realtors as well as continuing education for seasoned Realtors. Once she heard our area had a need for more Realtors to be certified to teach classes for continuing education clock hours she volunteered! She is very proud of her partnership with TCAR. Outside of her commitment to TCAR, she works toward getting to know fellow Realtors on a personal level. Meeting for coffee, hand delivering documents when possible, chatting at brokers opens, and gathering at events has been a great way to connect and really learn the culture of our community.
Londa's persistence and growth mindset rewarded her early in her career. Her first calendar year as a Realtor she held 41 Open Houses and helped 22 families buy and sell their homes. It was a goal she set but didn't know for sure if she could actually achieve it. She will be the first one to say that it took every single person she met this year who challenged her, taught her, trained her, coached her, gave her scads of grace, and held her feet to the fire to make this year one of the greatest ever.
Kyle Palmer is a Richland native who when asked humbly describes himself as a devoted Dog Dad and overall good dude, but don't let that fool you- Kyle brings more to the table than he will ever let on!
Kyle has a passion and interest in Real Estate so deep that he actually holds a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development. His enthusiasm for education has been demonstrated by serving as the Chair of the Education Committee for 2017 and 2018, focusing on developing the new agent training for new Tri-City Association members, and in addition, he is one of Windermere’s in-house instructors for weekly contract classes, too. Then on top of all that, Kyle is currently serving a second term as a City of Richland Planning Commissioner. Oh, and you may be able to recognize him from his record for holding the record for most consecutive days wearing flannel to work.
While we enjoy this event every year - seeing our very own recognized made this year's pretty special. We are proud to work with the likes of this group! Congratulations Jed, Kyle, and Londa!
Dee Boyle, Windermere Marketing Specialist