The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Global Business Council received the Diamond Global Achievement Program Award for 2018 from the National Association of Realtors at the Realtors Conference & Expo earlier this month in Boston.
SILVAR President Bill Moody and Executive Officer Paul Cardus accepted the award on behalf of the council.
The Diamond award is the highest recognition for global achievement for councils that have consistently performed over years. NAR gives the award to association global councils that have earned Platinum status for five consecutive years.
SILVAR received the Platinum Global Achievement Award for five consecutive years, from 2013 to 2017.
“The benchmarks for success over the past six years have been the commitment of SILVAR to think globally, the resolute efforts of our Global Business Council,” Cardus said.
The council provides SILVAR members information, resources, networking and skills training to enhance their professionalism and success in their local markets with international and multicultural clients and customers.
Each year the council sponsors a host of programs related to global real estate, including the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute.
The CIPS Institute provides training in international business issues, including currency conversion, cultural awareness, legal and tax requirements, transaction principles of international real estate and specifics about the real estate markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The course is taught by David Wyant, NAR International Instructor of the Year for 2009, 2012 and 2017. CIPS designees from the U.S. and 35 other countries number more than 4,000.
Members of this year’s Global Business Council include chairwoman Tess Crescini, SILVAR board directors Mark Wong and Joanne Fraser, Mitra Lahidji, Atsuko Yube, past president David Tonna, Alicia Sandoval, Jimmy Kang, Ketan Jashapara, Daisy Wong and Lisa Wendl. Jennifer Tasto, Davena Gentry and Mark Wong served as chairs of past teams that won Platinum awards.