Bill Hicks, former Association President, passes

Photo courtesy of Anne Hartman via Facebook

Bill Hicks, 1996 President of Seattle King County REALTORS®, passed away yesterday. Bill became a REALTOR® in 1990, serving clients in the Seattle area with his wife and business partner Anne Hartman.

Bill dedicated much of his time during the 1990’s to leadership roles with both Washington REALTORS® and the Board of Seattle King County. He put his interest in public policy issues to good use on the state legislative steering committee, it’s license law task force and the WR Board of Directors. Bill became President of Seattle King County REALTORS® in 1996. It was a critical time, as the organization sought to strengthen its relationships and advocacy efforts with cities planning under the Growth Management Act.

“Bill gave everything he had to the Association,” said Sam Pace, former President of Washington REALTORS®. “He was especially vigilant in protecting the industry and the opportunity for REALTORS® to serve their clients.”

In addition to serving as Association President and devoting hundreds of hours to the Association’s boards and committees, Bill was also involved in his community.

He was a member of several chambers of commerce, including Kent, Federal Way and Tacoma. Most recently, Bill had been a director for the Graham Business Association since 2011 and chaired the Graham Land Use Commission.

With his wife Anne, Bill was co-owner of Evergreen Professional Training, Inc. The school provides clock-hour classes for real estate professionals, some of which Bill taught.

Bill had an interesting career before entering real estate, serving as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, then working in retail management and as a campaign aide for state Sen. Mike Patrick.

Bill is survived by his wife Anne. We remember and appreciate Bill’s many years of service to the Association. He will be greatly missed.