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On the Town: Realtor organization holds holiday gala, installs president and board

Among those who were recognized for their outstanding work at last week’s BAOR event were Kyle Billingsley, left, and Natalie and Justin Worsham.
(David Laurell)

Helping folks through the buying, selling and leasing of properties involves some extreme juggling that entails keeping a lot of balls in the air at the same time. It is for that reason there’s one thing people in the real-estate business understand and are good at: multitasking.

Members of the Burbank Assn. of Realtors also believe in multitasking when it comes to their annual holiday party, which includes honoring the outstanding work done by local Realtors and affiliates over the past year, and installing the organization’s president and board of directors for the new year.

Always a gala event, this year saw the association stage its glittery gathering at the Arbat Banquet Hall on Friday.

Installed as the organization’s 2020 president, Ed Sanchez of RE/MAX Empower said he hopes the new year will see the organization build on its longstanding commitment to the community.


“My predecessor, Karol Kochova, as many of our past presidents and board members, have helped our local elected officials and the community at large better understand what our association does, as we learn from them what we can be doing to be even more dedicated to the betterment of Burbank than we have been,” Sanchez said.

Along with Sanchez, the executive committee who will lead the association through 2020 will be made up of Kochova, Marty Del Cid, president-elect, Harry Timuryan, treasurer-secretary, and the group’s executive director, Cherrita Smith.

Rounding out the incoming leadership in their roles on the board of directors will be Eric Benz, Cynthia Eccles, Caleb Gonzalez, Lawrence Grassedonio, Marion Goodman, Courtney Hall, Cameron Hunter, Narine Khachatryan, Steve Marx and Justin Worsham.

Marty Del Cid, left, and Courtney Korb Vogel, right, congratulate Minne Lush on receiving the Realtor Lifetime Achievement award.
(David Laurell)


The event also saw nine people recognized for their outstanding work over the past year and their careers.

Along with Timuryan being named Realtor of the Year, the evening saw Natalie Worsham and Kyle Billingsley named Affiliates of the Year, and Ray Adams, a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, named Citizen of the Year. The Cunningham Community Service Award went to Marion Goodman, Courtney Korb Vogel was presented with the Mary L. Vaughan Leadership Award, Justin Worsham was recognized as the organization’s Rising Star, Vito Paoletta was honored with the Affiliate Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Realtor Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed to Minnie Lush.

Among the dignitaries at the event were Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice Mayor Sharon Springer and City Council member Bob Frutos.

The Burbank Assn. of Realtors is a professional trade organization representing Realtors and affiliate members engaged in real estate that has been serving Burbank since 1922.

The organization established a community service foundation in 1986 that operates as the group’s charitable arm.

Among those who have benefited from the group’s philanthropy over the past quarter century are local high school seniors who have received scholarships, Habitat for Humanity, the Burbank YMCA, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, the Kids Community Dental Clinic and Family Promise of the Verdugos.

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