New lead­ers for the newyear

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With the be­gin­ning of a New Year, the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors (SFAR) wel­comes a new team of lead­ers voted in through the use of a new, on­line elec­tronic sys­tem. Here are some high­lights of our 2019 of­fi­cers and di­rec­tors.

Beth Stephens with Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty will serve as pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion. Beth has served as a mem­ber of the Board of Di­rec­tors, the Griev­ance Com­mit­tee, and as a mem­ber of the Santa Fe Spe­cial­ist Des­ig­na­tion Group, which is planned to launch the new des­ig­na­tion in 2019. Beth has most re­cently chaired the Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Com­mit­tee where she in­di­cated a de­sire to find ways to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity in the re­gion. Beth has been an as­so­ciate bro­ker at Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty, for­merly French & French Fine Prop­er­ties, since 2002 and has been a Real­tor in the Santa Fe area for 14 years. As part of her out­reach to mem­bers dur­ing the elec­tion, she ac­knowl­edged the in­valu­able work of the Af­fil­i­ates Com­mit­tee (“A” Team), SFAR’s ex­pe­ri­enced, com­mit­ted staff and promised to work tire­lessly to make the as­so­ci­a­tion the best that it can be for our beloved Santa Fe and mem­bers.

Su­san Orth will serve as pres­i­dent-elect in 2019 and is the owner and qual­i­fy­ing bro­ker for City Dif­fer­ent Re­alty. Su­san cur­rently serves on the SFAR Board of Di­rec­tors as first vice pres­i­dent and is chair of the Mul­ti­ple List­ing Ser­vice Com­mit­tee. She has been a mem­ber of the state Real­tors’ as­so­ci­a­tion Forms Com­mit­tee for many years, and in 2016 served as chair of the com­mit­tee. Su­san has been a li­censed Real­tor for over 30 years. She has a B.S. de­gree in psy­chol­ogy and an MBA, plus has earned the Cer­ti­fied Res­i­den­tial Spe­cial­ist and e-Pro des­ig­na­tions from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. She en­joys and uti­lizes the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to serve her cus­tomers. Su­san was awarded the 2017 SFAR Real­tor of the Year.

In 2019, Roger Car­son, who is af­fil­i­ated with KellerWil­liams Re­alty, will serve as first vice pres­i­dent. He cur­rently serves on the SFAR Board ofDirec­tors and as a mem­ber of the Griev­ance Com­mit­tee. Other board ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes three terms as the val­u­a­tion ex­pert on the Santa Fe County Tax Protest Val­u­a­tion Board which re­solves prop­erty tax val­u­a­tion dis­putes be­tween Santa Fe County home­own­ers and the Santa Fe As­ses­sor. He is also an ac­tive board be­m­ber on the Vista En­can­tada Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion. For the last 10 years he has been a con­tribut­ing writer for the “Spouses Sell­ing Houses” column in the Home/Santa Fe Real Es­tate Guide mag­a­zine and the Santa New Mex­i­can cov­er­ing a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics that af­fect home­own­ers and real-es­tate pro­fes­sion­als.

The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors wel­comes three new board mem­bers in 2019. Born in Chicago, Kather­ine Blag­den, a bro­ker with Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate, has been in the real es­tate busi­ness for six years. She has a B.A. in com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the Univer­sity of Colorado and has been very in­volved as an ed­u­ca­tion ac­tivist and fundraiser for both pub­lic and pri­vate schools. Kather­ine has used her or­ga­ni­za­tional, mul­ti­task­ing, ne­go­ti­at­ing and peo­ple skills to raise over $300,000 in con­tri­bu­tions for the ben­e­fit of Santa Fe school chil­dren.

Matt Des­mond is a li­censed Real­tor and has been a mem­ber of SFAR since 2005. Matt worked with sev­eral bro­ker­ages in Santa Fe and is cur­rently the co-team leader and qual­i­fy­ing bro­ker at KellerWil­liams Re­alty in Santa Fe. In ad­di­tion to sell­ing res­i­den­tial real es­tate, Matt has had sev­eral unique op­por­tu­ni­ties to broaden his knowl­edge in the pro­fes­sion. He worked as a project de­vel­op­ment man­ager in the en­ergy in­dus­try, build­ing util­ity-scale wind and so­lar projects. Matt has a B.A. in Bi­ol­ogy and com­pleted a year of ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­ogy re­search.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Joshua Maes is a bro­ker with Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate. He launched his ca­reer at the age of 18 with the open­ing of a down­town restau­rant, Mucho Gourmet. Four years later, he sold the restau­rant and moved to Cal­i­for­nia. Over the next eight years, he honed his skills in man­age­ment, ne­go­ti­a­tion and sales, be­ing rec­og­nized as “Rookie of the Year” while work­ing atWin­de­mere Ex­clu­sive Prop­er­ties. Joshua at­tributes his drive and strong work ethic to the ex­am­ple set by his mother, Supreme Court Jus­tice Pe­tra Jimenez Maes, the first His­panic woman in U.S. his­tory to serve as chief jus­tice of a state supreme court.

Paco Ar­guello is chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. Con­tact him at 982-8385 or [email protected]

Beth Stephens, SFAR pres­i­dent for 2019

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