The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) installed Gustavo Gonzalez as its President during an evening ceremony at Villa Ragusa in Campbell on January 24. He will serve as the 2019 President of SCCAOR, a real estate trade organization that represents over 6,400 REALTOR® and Affiliate members in Santa Clara County.

Gustavo Gonzalez photo“We are so fortunate to have a passionate leader like Gustavo Gonzalez as our President,” said Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO. “He has served as a civic leader while on the Alum Rock School board, he has provided affordable housing as a property manager, and he has been a local REALTOR® for over 18 years. I can’t think of anyone more qualified to represent our members.”

Gonzalez is the Broker/Owner of Valley View Properties based in San Jose. He served on the SCCAOR Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009 and was Vice President in 2014 and President-Elect in 2018. He has also been a member of the SCCAOR Professional Standards Committee since 2008.

“Family has always been an important part of my life,” said Gonzalez. “My theme this year as President is ‘The REALTOR® Familia – Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is a success.’ I look forward to a great year of collaboration and teamwork with SCCAOR’s Directors, Committee Chairs, Staff and Members. We are only limited by our imagination!”

SCCAOR Directors group photo

Other SCCAOR Officers that were installed include Sandy Jamison (President-Elect), William Chea (Vice President), and Stephen Theard (Treasurer/Secretary).

They will be joined by SCCAOR Board of Directors, which includes: Kip Barnard, Frank Cancilla, Helen Chong, Kevin Cole, Teressa Francis, Doug Goss, Gene Hunt, Don Jessup, Trisha Motter, Gabrielle Perez, Tam Quach, William Rehbock, Rick Smith, and Mark Von Kaenel.

Hemel photoHemal Sheth has joined SCCAOR as our new Membership Coordinator. Working alongside our Membership Team, Hemal will assist Association members with any questions or issues about their membership.

“I am happy to join the SCCAOR Team and I look forward to helping our members succeed and get the most out of their membership,” said Sheth.

“Hemal is a great addition to our Membership team,” said Tracey Lee, Membership Services Manager. “His background in sales and customer service will be a great benefit to our organization.”

In his free time, Hemal enjoys sports such as football, baseball, cricket, and tennis. He is also a cyclist who enjoys long bike rides.

“For the last four or five years I have participated in the ‘Tour de Cure’ which is the signature fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association,” he said. “The 2018 event was a huge success. We rode for over 50 miles and raised over $1000.”

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® supports the proposed Memorandum of Understanding with Google, Inc. SCCAOR’s support for the MOU extends to support for the long-term vision laid out in the Diridon Station Area Plan originally adopted by Council in 2014. The plan, which includes a vision and strategy for a housing element in the Diridon area, articulates the importance and necessity of Google’s presence and the ability to move forward in approval of the proposed MOU. As a result of this articulated vision for the Diridon Station Area, and Google’s willingness to create a shared vision of benefit to the community and the City of San Jose it is critical to push this project forward into the next phase.

As a member-supported non-profit organization committed to the principles of equal-opportunities in housing, economic development, private property rights, and community building since 1896, SCCAOR identifies the following, specifically, as reasons to support approval of the MOU:

  1. Capitalize on Transit Synergy. Create a “whole greater than the sum of the parts” in the Diridon Station Area with new urban development, expanded transit service, and a new intermodal station in conjunction with transit partners Valley Transportation Authority, Caltrain, and the California High Speed Rail Authority.

  2. Optimize Density and Mix of Uses. Optimize development density and create a complementary mix of uses in order to create a vibrant, transit-oriented urban neighborhood and destination.

  3. Grow and Preserve Housing. Grow and preserve housing in the City to help address rising housing costs and displacement. Housing in the Diridon Station Area should include on-site units affordable to low-income households and “missing middle” households, and market rate homes in a combination that is financially viable for residential developers to ensure that planned housing is built. Affordable units can be built both integrated into market-rate developments and as stand-alone affordable housing projects.

  4. Create Broad Job Opportunities. Promote opportunities for San José residents of all skill and educational levels and diverse backgrounds to prepare for and secure jobs in the Diridon Station Area. Provide opportunities for existing and new small, local businesses to benefit from and/or integrate into the new development.

  5. Pursue Equitable Development. Develop the Diridon Station Area with intent to minimize potential negative impacts on people and place, and to maximize opportunity for local youth and adults to participate and benefit from job opportunities in the Diridon Station Area, through partnerships among the City, Google, and others.

We thank the Mayor and Councilmembers for their continued effort to bring the Diridon Station Area Plan into fruition and to staff for their dedication to making the Google, Inc. project process as inclusive as possible. SCCAOR feels that in the same spirit of collaboration and information gathering that the Station Area Advisory Group was created with, has been captured in the subsequent dialogue and interactions between Google and the community, and between Google and the City of San Jose.

In the wake of the deadliest wildfires in California’s history, the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation (SCCR Foundation) have announced that they have made a $2,500 donation to the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Disaster Relief Fund.

“These wildfires have devastated so many people in the state of California, including many REALTORS® and their families,” said Frank Cancilla, the Chairperson for the SCCR Foundation. “We want to help those impacted by the fires and we are truly inspired to see the outpouring of support from the REALTOR® Family.”

The C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund was established in the wake of the devastating 2003 California wildfires. The fund continues to support REALTORS® and others who have been adversely affected by natural and other disasters by offering grants to affected homeowners and renters for mortgage relief or temporary housing assistance.

Kevin Cole, President of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, said that he is pleased to see that local REALTORS® are also making individual donations. “The continued generosity from our members has been amazing,” said Cole. “At our recent General Membership Meeting, dozens of REALTORS® stepped up and made donations towards the relief efforts.”

Learn more about the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund at www.car.org/difference/realtorscare

Thank you to all our members who came out to our final General Membership Meeting of 2018. This meeting featured an Economic Update from Leslie Appleton-Young, the SVP & Chief Economist from the California Association of REALTORS®, as well as updates from our C.A.R. and NAR Directors. We also recognized our members who have been with our Association for various milestones.

You can click here to download a copy of Leslie Appleton-Young’s presentation.

For those looking to donate to the C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund, click here for more information.

Congratulations to the following Members for achieving these Milestones:

30 Years: Lucy Kasparian, Helen Chou, Lillian Dang, John Agresta, Carmen Mainor, April Young

40 Years: Rick Finamore, Susan Fick, Peggy Francis, Greg Cormier

50 Years: Mark Folden

The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation $1 Million Homeless Challenge 2018 campaign has officially kicked off! Did you know over 7,000 people in Santa Clara County are homeless? These veterans, families, children, mothers, sisters, grandparents, uncles, and disabled persons are members of our community, and they need our help. Most often, people find themselves homeless after a string of unfortunate circumstances, and then become trapped. The $1 Million Homeless Challenge raises funds and supports organizations that help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness, through work programs, affordable housing assistance, day care assistance, job & career development, and temporary housing.

Who Does the Campaign Support?

Currently, we provide funds to local Santa Clara County organizations that help people break the cycle of homelessness. These organizations include the Downtown Streets Team and Family Supportive Housing. Downtown Streets Team is a partnership that allows homeless or at-risk individuals to volunteer on local beautification projects. Through peer support, work-style responsibilities, case management, and employment services, DST helps empower their “Team Members” to take an active role in their future. Family Supportive Housing provides temporary housing and targeted support for families struggling with homelessness. Through temporary, family-only shelter services, extensive case management, and post-shelter services (AfterCare), Family Supportive Housing helps families address the critical barriers to long-term self-sufficiency.

How Can I Help?

  • Join the elite 1% Club and commit to donating 1% of your commissions, or at least $1,000, to helping this important cause
  • Give an individual donation to the campaign – you can donate via PayPal, and every donor will receive a gift and a personalized token of appreciation
  • Connect us with your brokerage or local group – we’d love to come out, meet you, share stories, provide statistics on homelessness, and provide ways you can help your community
  • Be social! Help us increase the reach of the campaign by liking, sharing on social media. Follow us on Facebook, and add our campaign frame to your Facebook profile picture!

After conducting extensive in-person interviews with potential candidates for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and Officers, our Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates to serve as the Association leaders in 2019:

Officer Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee

Gustavo Gonzalez, President
Sandy Jamison, President-Elect
William Chea, Vice-President
Stephen Theard, Secretary-Treasurer

Director Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee

Kip Barnard
Kevin Cole*
Doug Goss
Bill Rehbock
SCRA Director TBD**

* Per SCCAOR policy, the immediate Past President is given a three-year term.
**Per SCCAOR Bylaws, one director shall be designated by the South County REALTORS® Alliance to serve a one-year term from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Petition: Candidates for officers or directors, other than those candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, may be nominated by written petition on a form from SCCAOR. The petition must be signed by 150 or more REALTOR® members in good standing and be delivered to the Chief Executive Officer at SCCAOR not later than noon on July 23, 2018 (as prescribed in the SCCAOR Bylaws Article 10, Section 5)


Timeline of Election of Board of Directors

July 23 – Deadline to petition to be on the ballot.
July 24 – Record Date (Voting members must have their current e-mail address on file at SCCAOR prior to this date. Contact Member Services or go online to ensure your e-mail address is current.)
September 3 – Online voting begins at 8:00 a.m. (E-ballot sent via e-mail to all eligible members.)
September 21 – Online polls close at 5:00 p.m.
September 25 – Election results reported to Board of Directors.
November 16 – President declares the election results at our General Membership Meeting


Special Thanks to the SCCAOR Nominating Committee

Trisha Motter, Chairperson (Past President 2016), Rick Smith, Vice-Chairperson (Past President 2017), Myron Von Raesfeld, Chairperson (Past President 2014), Carl San Miguel (Past President 2013), Barbara Lymberis (Past President 2012), Jim Myrick (Past President 2005), Steve Hanleigh (Past President 2002), Pam Foley (Past President 1998), Kraig Constantino (SCCAOR Member), Natalie McNany (SCCAOR Member), Claudia Mendivil (SCCAOR Member), Gabrielle Perez (SCCAOR Board of Director), Frank Cancilla (2018 Foundation Chair & SCCAOR Board of Director)

Tim Beaubien has joined the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) as their new Government Affairs Associate. Beaubien will be working under our Government Affairs Director, Christina Garavaglia, and will be focusing his advocacy efforts on San Jose.

“Tim is an excellent addition to our Government Affairs team,” said Garavaglia. “Also coming from a municipal background, Tim understands the protocol and process of city government and will be a strong advocate for REALTORS® in San Jose.”

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Tim studied Public Management and Policy. He recently worked in the City Manager’s Office for the City of San Marino, located in Los Angeles County.

“I am excited to take on this role and use my experience to help strengthen the advocacy program here at SCCAOR,” said Beaubien. “I look forward to building relationships with our members as well as local government officials.”

With housing being the hot topic, both locally and statewide, SCCAOR Leadership acknowledged that now is the time to grow the Government Affairs department by bringing on a Government Affairs Associate. Many cities in our jurisdiction are having issues come up that have the potential to further impact the housing crisis here. By creating the associate position, SCCAOR will be able to double down on our advocacy presence.

“Over the last two years, REALTORS® and property owners have been under attack,” said SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins. “I want to thank the SCCAOR Leadership Team for allocating the resources needed to expand our Government Affairs Department so that we can create a more favorable business environment for our members.”

In his free time, Tim enjoys playing sports and going to the gym. He has spent many summers traveling with his father to different Major League Baseball stadiums around the country. “We’ve been to 18 different stadiums so far,” he said. “Last summer we visited Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Our goal is to eventually visit all 30 ballparks.”

For more information, visit our Government Affairs page.