Several local real estate professionals have been selected to receive the Bay East Association of Realtors®’ (Bay East) highest honors for their achievements during 2017. This year’s recipients were recognized at the 2018 Bay East Inaugural Gala at Casa Real in Pleasanton on Saturday, Jan 13. The winners demonstrated high ethical standards and professionalism, active community involvement and a high level of service to the real estate profession.

Anne McKereghan received the Realtor® of the Year award for demonstrating the highest level of integrity and commitment to Bay East and the real estate profession. McKereghan became a Realtor® in 2003, and immediately started her professional and community involvement. She served on the Alameda Association of Realtors® Board of Directors and as President of the Board in 2014. She received the Alameda Association of Realtors Realtor® of the Year in 2015. Following the merger with Bay East, she was elected to serve on the Bay East Board of Directors. McKereghan is actively involved in advocating for home ownership and private property rights. As a community leader, she served on the Alameda Education Foundation and was appointed as a Trustee for the Alameda Unified School Board in 2017. She is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club.

Sofyan Karim with ReMax Active Realty in Fremont received the Rookie of the Year Award. Karim attending Bay East events and committee meetings soon after entering the profession. He joined the Bay East Young Professional Network and Local Government Relations committees and participated Kids Against Hunger “pack outs” at their location in Pleasanton and at the Alameda County Food Bank.

Jennifer Bourque with Guild Mortgage received the Bay East 2017 Affiliate of the Year Award. Bay East Affiliate members contribute time, money and resources to support the real estate profession. Bourque was involved in several fund-raising with the Real Estate Alliance of Livermore. As chair of the Bay East Foundation Fundraising Committee, she organized the Cheers to The Future event which raised more than $19,000 for the Bay East Foundation scholarship fund.

Jennifer Branchini received the Outstanding Leader Award. The award is given to a past president of the association who continues to pursue the vision of excellence in the name of Bay East. During a 20-year career as a Realtor®, Branchini has served Bay East members by creating an optimal experience. Her leadership experience began as a volunteer on the Bay East Member Benefits Committee. She was instrumental in starting the Bay East Young Professional Network (YPN) and continued that innovation at the state level, serving as chair of the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) YPN forum. She served on the Board of Directors and as the Bay East President in 2014. She received the Bay East Realtor® of the Year award in 2010. Branchini has stayed involved by serving on the Bay East Leadership Evaluation and Investment Advisory Committees, and chaired the Leadership Development committee in 2016 and 2017. She is the vice-chair of the C.A.R. Legislative committee and serves on several other committees. Branchini serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors®.

Rachna Rajan of Berkshire Hathaway Drysdale Properties in Castro Valley received the 2017 Good Neighbor Award. Working with the Alameda County Food Bank, Rajan distributes food bags to families in the neighborhood she “farms” and encourages her fellow agents do the same in their respective farms. During the past 13 years, she has collected more than 9,500 pounds of food for the Food Bank.

Mike Fracisco received the John A. Deadrich Distinguished Service Award. Named in honor of the association’s first president and founding father, this award is given to a Bay East member who exemplifies the self-sacrifice, vision and accomplishments of the greatest leaders who have shaped the real estate profession. Fracisco’s involvement and support for the profession started after joining Bay East in 2003. He was recognized as the 2004 Rookie of the Year for his contributions to the Livermore and Valley marketing groups and the Housing for All Committee helping raise funds for the Livermore Habitat for Humanity project. He was elected to the Bay East Board of Directors in 2007 and served as Bay East President in 2015. In 2017 he chaired the Property Management Advisory and Leadership Evaluating and Selection Committees in addition to serving on the Investment Advisory Committee. He served in leadership positions with the California Association of Realtors® .