January 9th 2016 was a night that won’t be forgotten. Over the last 15 years working in the lending industry it was an honor to not only be nominated for Affiliate of the Year but to win the award. SDAR (San Diego Association of Realtors) held the officer installation and award dinner at the Grand Del Mar, we were surrounded by the best of the best. We had to first get nominated by REALTOR® Members of the Association and then fill out an application. After the application was complete it was narrowed down to the top 3 candidates for Affiliate of the Year and we had to do an in person interview with the previous years winners. We were asked several questions that we didn’t know ahead of time and had to leave a lasting impression on the voters. The winner wasn’t going to be announced until the night of the event.
Of course I was nervous, it was something that I felt I worked so hard for and would be honored to be called up on stage. The lights were dim and the nominees were announced on video in front of every one to see. And then she said it…”And the winner of the 2015 Affiliate of the Year Award is Tracie Schmidt.” It was such an awesome way to start the new year.