Ana Becerra, AE at the Harlingen Board of REALTORS®, Texas, was honored at the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Boston with the Terry McDermott Community Leadership Award for her tireless work with four local charities.
In 2016, Becerra opened a chapter of Share the Love, a national cloth diaper bank run by volunteers to provide free cloth diapers to low-income families. “The counties in Rio Grande Valley are among the poorest in the nation and I felt this was something my community could really benefit from,” says Bacerra, who personally collects donations, makes necessary repairs to elastics and snaps, and promotes the program at area free clinics, hospitals, and daycare centers.
Becerra also supports Sea Turtle Inc. by selling items, such as reusable straws, totes, and hair clips, that enable people to use less plastic, which can end up in the ocean threatening the sea turtles that nest in the South Padre Islands. Her other charity work includes mentoring youth and organizing local parenting events.
AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award
Jessica Hickok, RCE, CAE, CEO, Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (left) and Courtney Wilson, a specialist in Association Leadership Development at the National Association of REALTORS®, both received the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2018 AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professionals Award, which recognizes AEs who foster greater involvement and increased professionalism among their YPN AE peers and REALTOR® members.