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Graduates of The Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Academy Class Of 2018-2019 Visit Legislators in Sacramento


Sacramento, CA May 1, 2019: Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Academy Class of 2019 joined 2,500 members of the California Association of REALTORS for their Annual Legislative Day visit to meet with State Legislators on homeowner ship matters. Pictured left to right: Corvi Urling, Jay Ramos-Co, Sarah Piazza, Rita Tayenaka (Academy Founder), Christina Fu, Rana Mohiuddin, Joe Pierce, Sara Cramer, Ava Huang, Colleen Trujillo, Patty Carpenter, Kathy Manes-Smith, Vi Mai, and Bryan Ahn.  Not pictured: Maureen McGrath, Lorette Murphree, Jerry Koller, Melissa Chelius, Chip McAllister, Duane Beisner.

Graduates of The Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Academy Class Of 2018-2019 Visit Legislators in Sacramento

The nineteen applicants accepted for the Orange County REALTORS® 2nd Annual Leadership Academy in September 2018, have now graduated from the intensive eight-month leadership program, and have just returned from joining more than 2,500 REALTORS® in Sacramento for the California Association of REALTORS® Annual Legislative Day on May 1, 2019. 

Tammy Newland-Shishido, 2018-2019 Academy Chair and a former President of the Orange County REALTORS© said, “It is the goal of the academy to give participants the confidence to embrace the responsibility to serve as a leader in the real estate industry and the community.”  

She noted, “Several of our alumni and participants have already stepped up to leadership roles not only within Orange County REALTORS© but at the state level of other real estate industry associations. Organizations such as the Women’s Council of REALTORS© (WCR), the Orange County Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the Asian American Real Estate Association (AAREA) and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). 

“We are proud to acknowledge our Leadership Academy graduates," stated Matt Clements, 2019 President of Orange County REALTORS©.  "They have completed the program and attended a legislative visit to the State Capitol. Some have already accepted leadership roles within our association, and our Credentials Committee has approved six applications from graduates as candidates for the election of the Association’s 2020 Board of Directors.”  

Graduates are:  Bryan Ahn – JP Morgan Chase, Duane Beisner – Coldwell Banker/Laguna Beach, Patty Carpenter – Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Bank, Melissa Chelius – Homes Sold Right, Sara Cramer – Realty One Group Inc., Christina Fu – Christina Fu Broker, Ava Huang, Keller Williams/Irvine, Gerald Koller – International Home Realty, Vi Mai – The Elizabeth Do Team Keller Williams Realty, Kathy Manes-Smith, Compass/Uhrik Group, Chip McAllister – Chip McAllister- McAllister Real Estate Group/Coldwell Banker, Moe McGrath – Zutila Real Estate,  Rana Mohiuddin - Four Brothers Real Estate, Lorette Murphree - SoCalDWELL, Sarah Piazza – HomeSmart Evergreen Realty, Joseph Pierce – Iron Key Escrow, Jay Ramos-Co – Coldwell Banker/Mission Viejo, Colleen Trujillo – Coast to Canyon Real Estate, Corvi Urling –loanDepot. 

Dave Stefanides, CEO of Orange County REALTORS© is delighted that many of the graduates have already demonstrated their willingness to serve the Real Estate industry, and their communities in a leadership role. 

Local and national instructors lead the monthly training programs. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy that begins in September 2019. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. July 1, 2019. To apply online, or for more information visit



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