SKCR Presidents Cite Positive Leadership Experience

Sixteen past presidents of the SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® gathered recently to share insights about their leadership experiences. Despite the challenges of up and down market cycles, one common theme emerged – the work of every President has relied heavily on the dedication and accomplishments of those who preceded them.

“There were times when the organization had fewer members and hardly any money”, said Colin Radford, president in 1973, when the Boeing bust had devastated the local real estate economy. “But our work was important, so we stepped forward to make sure it continued.”

2013 Past Presidents
 Pictured left to right: Back Row – Lennox Scott (1985), Larry Christensen (2014), Bill Hicks (1996), Joan Probala (2013), Wolf Puls (2012), Phil Souza (1988), Ed Murphy (2000), D’Ann Jackson (2006), Jason Watabe (2008). Front Row – Colin Radford (1973), Alan Tonnon (1989), Lyn Gaines (1984), Van Anderson (1993), Kap Pease (1995), Kimberly Brangwin (2004). Not pictured – Steven Wayne (2003)

“Each President faces a different challenge,” said Van Anderson, president in 1993.” Our association has endured for over 100 years because we pull together and rely on each other when it is needed.” Several Presidents noted the challenges and battles they faced in the 1980s as the small and independent broker listing services in the region were merged into what is today the NWMLS.

Current SKCR President Joan Probala noted that she became involved in association leadership because she wanted to give something back to the organization. “I became involved because someone asked me to step forward and contribute. We all need to do our part in encouraging the next generation of leaders. That is the greatest legacy we can leave when our terms are over.”

SCKR provides leadership opportunities and training for all interested members. The Association will offer the NAR Leadership Program seminar on October 16, 2013. For more information, contact Claudia Crowell: