Congratulations AE Award Winners and New RCEs

Peggy Mead, AE at the Sierra North Valley ­REALTORS®, Calif., was honored at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago with the Terry McDermott Community Leadership Award, for her work to found a community group that connects people in need with the goods that are needed. Mead also spearheaded construction and operation of a transitional living facility for women and children called the House of Hope.

Gavin Blair, RCE, CEO of the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (left), and Mike Valerino, RCE, CEO of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®, Ohio (right), both received the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 AE Leaders of Tomorrow Award, which recognizes AE young professionals who foster greater involvement and increased professionalism among their YPN AE peers and REALTOR® members.

Tessa Hultz, RCE, CAE, CEO of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, Deb Junkin, RCE, CEO of the Georgia Association of REALTORS®, and John Sebree, RCE, CEO of the Missouri REALTORS® were inducted into the Dr. Almond R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society during the 2017 ­REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Members of the Society are recognized as being active, ongoing leaders, innovators, and mentors for the AE community.

These 29 REALTOR® AEs earned their REALTOR® association Certified Executive designation after an extensive course of study and exam. RCE is the only designation created specifically for REALTOR® association executives. It exemplifies goal-oriented AEs with drive, experience, and commitment to professional growth. Visit

  • Donna Andrews, RCE, Greater Providence Association of REALTORS®, R.I.
  • Eric Berman, RCE, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®
  • Maria Brogan, RCE, The Northeast Association of REALTORS®, Mass.
  • Debra Brynoff, RCE, Grand County Board of REALTORS®, Colo.
  • Alice Clark, RCE, Northeast Louisiana Association of REALTORS®
  • Jessica Coates, RCE, Birmingham Area Association of REALTORS®, Ala.
  • Andrew Cooper, RCE, Arcadia Association of REALTORS®, Calif.
  • Kent Cravens, RCE, Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS®, N.M.
  • Amanda Creel, RCE, Prescott Area Association of REALTORS®, Ariz.
  • Marisol Espinoza, RCE, East Polk County Association of REALTORS®, Fla.
  • Cynthia Fauth, RCE, National Association of REALTORS®, Ill.
  • Robert Gleason, RCE, Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®, Texas
  • Nicole Hagood, RCE, New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS®, Fla.
  • Sarah Hogan, RCE, National Association of REALTORS®, Ill.
  • Laura Izzo, RCE, Greater Tampa REALTORS®, Fla.
  • Carlton Jackson, RCE, Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®, Iowa
  • Edward Jekel, RCE, Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS®, N.Y.
  • Aubrie Kobernus, RCE, REALTORS® Land Institute, Ill.
  • Adam Majorie, RCE, Collin County Association of REALTORS®, Texas
  • Josh McFall, RCE, Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®, Ala.
  • Andrea Pennington, RCE, Texas Association of REALTORS®
  • Krista Pleiser, RCE, Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS®, Calif.
  • Jennifer Roche, RCE, Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS®, Tenn.
  • Evelyn Schultz, RCE, Conejo Simi Moorpark Assoc. of REALTORS®, Calif.
  • Kristyne Shelton , RCE, Aiken Board of REALTORS®, S.C.
  • Katie Shotts, RCE, Pinellas Suncoast Association of REALTORS®, Fla.
  • Karen Swanbeck, RCE, Royal Palm Coast ­REALTORS® Association, Fla.
  • Richard Throop, RCE, Corpus Christi Association of REALTORS®, Texas
  • Vani Ungapen, RCE, National Association of REALTORS®, Ill.
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