Two Cannon Beach realtors and residents were recognized for their professional achievements by the Clatsop Association of Realtors.
Robin Risley, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, was inducted into a 2-year term as president of the association at the Astoria Golf & Country Club Oct. 24. The association strives to provide educational opportunities, encourage volunteerism and sense of community amount Clatsop County realtors.
More than 140 realtors are a part of the association. This is the second time Risley will be serving as president, and said one of her goals is to recruit more members and expand the ways realtors can give back to the community through food drives and other work.
“It’s an exciting job. You get to step into people’s lives for awhile and help them accomplish one of the most important things they do in life,” Risley said. “Most people live real estate. We love what we do, and being in the association allows us to give back all that we receive.”
The association is made up of a variety of committees that work to improve certain aspects of real estate, as well as fight for issues important to the industry on a local, state and federal level. Risley has served on many committees, such as the chair of the education committee, where she helped transition the required trainings realtors must take from traditional classrooms to webinars.
The change helped save money and time for countless realtors across Oregon, said Eva Sanders, the finance review committee and ORPAC trustees chair for Oregon Association of Realtors.
Between Risley’s more than 30 years of experience within the association and in Cannon Beach as a member of parks, planning and tourism committees, Sanders, who swore in Risley has president, said she makes an “ideal president.”
“She’s not only served on realtor committees, she’s a shining example of what we want our realtors to be,” Sanders said.
Alaina Giguiere, the principal broker of Re/Max Coastal Advantage and another Cannon Beach local, was recognized for being the top seller in Clatsop County. In 2016, Giguiere brought in more than $26 million in sales – about $10 million more than her second place competitor.
Giguiere has been a realtor since 2001, and said she has lots of people to thank for her success.
“It’s very exciting, but this is not something I do alone. It takes a team – a supportive husband, well-behaved teenager, my amazing staff. When your team is fantastic, it allows you to do your job,” she said.