Malibu Realtors celebrate new leaders

Chris Cortazzo and new president Bobby Lehmkuhl visit at the Malibu Association of Realtors installation event at Duke’s.

The Malibu Association of Realtors celebrated the installation of its 2012 Board of Directors and acknowledged the accomplishments of its members during 2011 at Duke’s Malibu recently.

2011 Association president Dan Ross was awarded “Realtor of the Year” for his dedication and accomplishments during the past year. Ross then passed the gavel to incoming leader Bobby Lehmkuhl, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors and the Combined L.A. Westside Multiple Listing Service. In his acceptance speech, Lehmkuhl thanked his mentors, friends and supporters and credited his drive and ambition to spending his formative years in Malibu.

Also installed were president-elect Matt Ogden, vice president Mark Gruskin, treasurer Sandro Dazzan, secretary Jennifer Chrisman, past president Dan Ross, along with directors Bill Bowling, Meril May, Derinda Moses, Teresa Hames, Brian Merrick, Brant Didden and The Malibu Times contributor and newest board member Rick Wallace.

Additionally, “Affiliate of the Year” was awarded to Barbara Praino and Malibu Escrow for decades of service to the Realtor community and profession.

Realtor Lenny Goldsmith served as the master of ceremonies and also sang a few tunes with the band, led by singer and Realtor Carol Casey. Event chair Derinda Moses hosted the event.

“Our nearly 800 Realtor members comprise the largest professional association in Malibu, but they are also very proud residents who give generously of their time and support, to many very important local causes, including advocating for private property rights,” executive director Susan Manners said. “It’s wonderful to gather once each year to celebrate the Realtor accomplishments of the past year. We encourage businesses and professionals from the community to sponsor a class or seminar for the Realtors, and to join our organization.”