On Dec. 6 at Lakeside Golf Club, Realtor Eric Benz was installed as the 2013 President of the Burbank Association of Realtors.
He also received the Realtor of the Year Award, the first time an incoming President has received that recognition.
Over 300 guests and dignitaries attended including, Mayor Golonski of the Burbank City Council, who presented the key to the city to the 2012 President Christopher John Rizzotti. Frank Trotta, 92 years old, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; he was President of the Association in 1963 (the year Eric Benz was born) and has been a Burbank resident for over 80 years.
Dr. Martin Small, Veterinarian, received the Citizen of the Year Award for his outstanding volunteerism and service to the animal shelter and pets of Burbank. Realtor Jim Woodburn received the Cunningham Award for service to the community after 40 years as a Burbank Rotarian and President of Rotary 1974/5. They painted and upgraded schools, provided benches for the Burbank nature trails, and supported students with engineering scholarships. Jim is also a qualified engineer; in fact, he was the chief engineer for the city of Burbank 1951-85. He also served as Treasurer of the Retired Public Employee Association and Wesley Retirement Homes community and is a past President of the Burbank Historical Society. Affiliate of the year was Robert Rondou, manager of Wells Fargo.
The 2012 President Christopher John Rizzotti also received state and national congressional honors for his service and in turn he presented President’s awards to Jobe Whelan and Brian McKim from Skyline, Dr. Brian Paul the Chief Executive officer of the largest trade association in the city, and Shelley Valencia from Glen Oaks Escrow.
The Sirens from Burbank High School were the musical entertainment.
President for 2013 – Eric Benz
Outgoing President of 2012 – Christopher Rizzotti
Cunningham Community Service Award – Jim Woodburn
Affiliate of the Year – Robert Rondou
Realtor of the Year – Eric Benz
Citizen of the Year – Dr. Small
President’s Award for Outstanding Service – Jobe Whelan, Brian McKim, Shelley Valencia, and Brian Paul
Lifetime Achievement Award – Frank Trotta