WASHINGTON (November 6, 2020) – Diana Bull, a Realtor® from Santa Barbara, California, received the National Association of Realtors®' 2020 Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR's 1.4 million members. Winners were recognized during the 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.
NAR established the award in 1979 to honor Realtors® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities. It is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive. Recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels, but must not have served as NAR president.
"I'm honored to present Diana with the Distinguished Service Award as her unending dedication to our association and profession is extraordinary," said NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, Calif. "Diana has had a tremendous impact on the real estate industry through her trailblazing accomplishments and selfless service to her fellow Realtors® in California and across the country."
Bull, who led her own real estate brokerage and mortgage operation for more than 40 years, is the chief financial officer and broker-associate with Pacific Crest Realty, a company owned by her daughter, Staci Caplan, the 2020 president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors®.
"I'm so very humbled and blessed to be selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. During my 49 years as a Realtor®, it has been an honor to have worked with so many previous DSA honorees," said Bull. "Those who wear the DSA badge are dedicated, passionate and prepared in all their endeavors. I'll always be grateful that I learned so much from them and garnered many cherished friendships along the way."
As an active member of NAR, Bull has held numerous leadership positions during her nearly five-decade Realtor® career. She has served as a member of NAR's board of directors for 31 years. In 2016, Bull was NAR's Liaison for Law & Policy; in 2006, she was NAR's Region 13 vice president, which encompasses California, Hawaii and Guam. Bull has also served on the association's Finance and Budget Review committees since 2001.
In 2011, Bull was granted REALTOR® Emeritus status and she is also a member of the RPAC Hall of Fame.
Bull was President of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors® in 1982. In 1996 and 1997, she served as the first female treasurer of the California Association of Realtors® and was CAR's president in 1999. In 2012, Bull was president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara chapter. In 2008, she was named as one of the "Top 50 Women in Business" by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
A life member of the California Scholarship Foundation, Bull is also a nationally published author and a certified instructor in real estate finance.
The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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