These RE/MAX Associates Prove They’re Industry Leaders

PET - PET PROFESSIONAL COLOR TEAM SM PIC 2013Across the network, RE/MAX Associates are standing out as industry leaders, receiving honors for their work and guiding other agents as officers of various boards. Below is a list of these leaders but note that Alta & Gayle both are included!
Current Leaders

Marie Avery (AHWD, CRS, CIPS, CDPE, CLHMS, e-PRO, GRI, PMN, TRC), a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Alliance Group in Bradenton, Fla., was named Florida State Realtor of the Year by the National Women’s Council of Realtors.Dawn Balzano (CDPE), a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Complete Solutions in Boca Raton, Fla., was admitted to the Master Broker Association.

Nicole Brule-Fisher (CRS, EcoBroker, e-PRO, GREEN, GRI), a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Trends in Tucson, Ariz., is Vice President of the Tucson Assocation of Realtors, and serves on NAR’s Land Use Property Rights committee and Environment and Public Policy committee. She is also a 2013 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy.

Fran Campbell Johnson (ABR, CDPE, CLHMS, CRS, GRI), a Broker Associate and Team Leader of the Fran Campbell Team with RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo., is a 2013 inductee into the REBAC Hall of Fame.

Robert Colvin (ABR, AHWD, CDPE, CRS, GRI), Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Team Realtors in Johnstown, Pa., was elected to the 2014 Board of Directors for the Cambria Somerset Association of Realtors.

Leon Pieter Du Plessis, a Team Leader with RE/MAX 2000 in Johannesburg, South Africa, serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (West Rand region).

Elliot Goldman, a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Complete Solutions in Boca Raton, Fla., serves on the Professional Standards Committee with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.

Hendrik Havenga (EAAB), Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty in Pretoria, South Africa, serves as Director and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (Northern region).

Shirley Hicks (ABR, CDPE, CNE, CRS, GRI, PMN, SFR, SRES), a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Elite Properties in Boise, Idaho, was elected President of the Idaho Association of Realtors.

Joe Hillner (GRI), a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Complete Solutions in Deerfield Beach, Fla., serves on the Ethics Committee for the Realtors Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Gayle Hood (CPN, e-PRO, SFR), a Sales Associate and member of the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island, Texas, is Treasurer and MLS Committee Chair, and sits on the education and membership committees, of the South Padre Island Board of Realtors.

Ken Jackson (CCIM, CRS, GRI), a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Professionals in Florence, S.C., was named Realtor of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Realtors.

John Lesniewski (QSC), Broker/Owner of RE/MAX United Real Estate in Upper Marlboro, Md., is President of the Prince George County Association of Realtors.

John Mangas (SFR, SRS), Co-Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Preferred Associates in Toledo, Ohio, is President-Elect of the Toledo Board of Realtors and a director of the Ohio Association of Realtors.

Shirley Matlock (ABR, ASP, CNE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, LTG, PMN, SFR, SRES), a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Advantage Realty in Columbia, Md., is the Regional Vice President for Region 3 of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS).

Lee Ann Melancon (ABR, SFR, SRES), a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Preferred Professionals in Bridgewater, N.J., serves on both the Grievance and RPAC boards for the Hunterdon, Somerset Board of Realtors.

Alta Monroe (CRS, GRI, RSPS, CPN), a Broker Associate and a member of the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island, Texas, is Director of the Chamber of Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the MLS Committee for the South Padre Island Organization of Realtors.

Angela Papassotiriou, Broker/Manager with RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation in Toronto, Ontario, is Vice-Chair of the Professional Standards Review Panel for the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Kerissa Payne (ABR, e-PRO, SRES, SRS), Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Legacy in Lindale, Texas, is President of the Tyler Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors in Tyler, Texas.

Joanne Rosen, a Sales Associate with RE/MAX West Realty in Thornhill, Ontario, serves on the Toronto Real Estate Board Commercial Division’s Education Committee.

William A. “Chip” Steinmetz II (CDPE, e-PRO, GRI), Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Roots in Winchester and Berryville, Va., is a member of the Board of Directors for the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors.

Lisa Wade (ABR, CDPE, CRS, EcoBroker, e-PRO, GRI), a Broker Associate with RE/MAX of Boulder in Boulder, Colo., was named 2013 Realtor of the Year by and is President-Elect of the Boulder Area Realtor Association.

Mike Wallin (ABR, CNE, RIPA, SFR, VAMRES), a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Premier Group in Longview, Wash., is President of the Lower Columbia Association of Realtors.

Eric Zadnik (ABR, CRS, e-PRO, SFR, SRES), a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Centex, Realtors in Waco, Texas, is President-Elect of the Waco Association of Realtors.

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About padreeliteteam

Alta Monroe, Gayle Hood, Jules Wilk & Laurie Howell are a full-time professional and dynamic team known as the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island. Quality service for their clients is their number one priority. To them, it is about the client's needs and protecting their interests. Finding just the right property for their buyers or helping their sellers get their property SOLD is their goal. Helping clients step through the complicated process of buying or selling a property to a smooth closing is essential to them. A personal Bio on each of the team agents is posted on their website at The South Padre Island real estate industry is changing faster than ever these days. With the changes in the economy, there are new challenges with buyers, sellers, foreclosures, short sales, Internet marketing, our education, increases in inventories, changes in comparable sales, and frustrating politics. Alta, Gayle, Laurie, and Jules strive to stay on top of all of these changes and to keep in touch with their clients. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all hold designations they have acquired through eduction. These designations include CLHMS, CRS, GRI, RSPS, CPN, ePRO, SFR and RSPS. Gayle and Jules both hold the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation and they are the ONLY agents in the entire Rio Grande Valley that are members of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. This better qualifies them to share their specialized expertise with a luxury home seller or buyer. Making sure the buyer and the seller are represented correctly is a priority for this team. Investing in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) is important to this team since TREPAC has proven to be a major force in Texas by lobbying for Realtors and property rights for the consumer. For many years, the Padre Elite Team has been a major investor in TREPAC. Alta and Gayle have attended the National Association of Realtors Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C. often. The conference is primarily for Realtors that are Board directors or executives. It is a great way to stay on top of the current issues facing Realtors and homeowners in our country. They get to meet with their Senators and Congressmen to express their concerns. Last year they were invited to attend the Realtor PAC President’s Circle Conference in New York where they heard many famous guest speakers regarding current real estate issues. The Padre Elite Team also attends the RE/MAX International Conference each year to acquire more education and to keep up with the latest technology available to Realtors in the Marketplace. They have received numerous awards for being Top Producers in the real estate industry. Education is a priority for this entire team including their assistant, Grace. The GOOD news is that 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 proved to be better each year for real estate sales in South Padre Island and the surrounding areas of Port Isabel, Laguna Vista/South Padre Island Golf Community, and Bayview. The real estate market is showing an increase in the number of sales and a leveling of values. Now that the market has hit the bottom, investors are finding that real estate is a great place to invest their money. It is still a buyer's market and a great time to buy. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all agree that it has been such a pleasure to live & work in a resort area such as South Padre Island. A hundred of your closest friends and family will visit when you live near the beach! Clients are always encouraged to contact them. For more information about this team and to view their blog, visit
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