Grand Junction Realtors install new board officers

Mike Moran
Business Times

Joe Tripoli firmly believes in the power of positive thinking, even in the midst of a downturn in real estate sales.

“Your business is never really good or bad out there. It’s good or bad between your ears,” said Tripoli, a real estate agent with RE/MAX 4000 and the new chairman of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association (GJARA).

“Don’t stop setting goals,” Tripoli said during the GJARA installation banquet. “And make sure you’re setting goals.”

Given the advice offered by Tripoli and other speakers at the banquet, the theme of the event was appropriate: “Keep Your Target in Sight.”

Said Toni Milyard, managing broker for RE/MAX 4000: “Abraham Lincoln said, ‘The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.’ This is no time to quit.”

In a market where the number and dollar volume of real estate sales are down more than 5 percent from last year, members of the association who attended the banquet at Bookcliff Country Club heard perhaps   the most inspiring message from George Harvey, president of the Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR).

“I’m absolutely convinced that I’ve never had a better opportunity than right now,” Harvey said. “Five, six or seven years from now, you’ll look back and say, ‘Why didn’t I see it when it was right in front of me?’” Harvey’s prediction carries some credibility because he’s seen the ebbs and flows of the Colorado real estate market while working in the business since 1983.

In addition to naming Tripoli the new chair of the association’s board, GJARA named Kevin Borman chairman-elect and Ann Hayes treasurer. The 2010-2011 board of directors also includes Rhonda Bever, Stewart Cruickshank, Lynn Gillespie, Andrea Haitz, Steven Schiff, Nina Simpson, Marianne Tilden and Paul Zurek.

Members of the CAR Board of Directors representing Mesa County are Borman, outgoing GJARA President Erika Doyle and Hayes.
The Realtor of the Year award went to Ruth Kinnett of Dale Realty. The Affiliate of the Year was Amy Case of the Grand Junction Housing Authority.

GJARA presented its community service award to Mike Berry, who runs the Kids’ Aid program that provides weekend meals to students in Mesa County School District 51.