Local Realtors honor O’Brien, Summerfield
Two real estate professionals were recognized at the Plumas Association of REALTORS® (PAR) annual installation dinner late last year in Reno, which also served to welcome in the 2023 board of directors.
Tim O’Brien, owner/broker of Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien and five offices in Plumas County from Lake Almanor to Portola, was honored as Realtor of the Year, and Mike Summerfield, loan officer for Summit Funding in Quincy, also was honored as the Association’s Affiliate member of the Year.
O’Brien started his career in real estate in 1990 and served as PAR President twice over the years, most recently on the Board of Directors 2015-2017.
One of his agents said, “Having worked with Tim for over 30 years, I have witnessed his honesty and professionalism. He is the consummate professional, not only assisting the agents in his office day in and day out, but also making himself available to brainstorm and share ideas with fellow brokers in the area.”
Another wrote, “Tim works hard and is a huge reason for my success as a Realtor and businessman…always looking out for his crew.”
O’Brien is known for giving his service and support not just to PAR, but also to local service, youth and non-profit organizations, community events, and fundraisers. Past president of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber, and a Community Partner of the Chamber for the past two years, O’Brien currently represents Plumas County Businesses on the Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) and, he is a member of The Almanor Foundation Housing committee which works on strategic planning for the development of workforce housing in the Basin.
He exemplifies what it means to promote the real estate industry and the communities of the county with the goal of making Plumas County a better place for residents and a wonderful area for visitors to frequent.
Mike Summerfield has been with Summit Funding since 2012. His many clients across the county said they appreciate his local knowledge, his pride in the industry and his 24/7 availability.
“When a loan is difficult, Mike and his team always try to find different avenues,” one client said. “He is patient, kind and cares about people and our community.”
As a longstanding affiliate member of PAR, Summerfield has served on its Social Media Team and has posted useful videos on mortgage industry issues on PAR’s Facebook page. He is also a member of Quincy Rotary Club.
Board of Directors
The Association also installed its new board of directors which includes newcomers to executive leadership. President for 2023 is Jayce Coziar of Sloat, who is a realtor with Sierra Sotheby’s International. Assisting Coziar for the year is Past President Kevin Johnson of Chase International Lake Almanor Brokers and Natalie Livezey of Whitehawk Property Services.
Other board members include treasurer Mark Smith of Mountain Living Real Estate, Leah West of Graeagle Properties, Lee Ballard of eXp Realty-Lake Almanor, Ruthie Nicholas of Coldwell-Banker Truckee, Hannah Mansell of Town and Country Properties, and Kim Train of Mountain Living Real Estate. These directors represent 170 Realtors and affiliate members in Plumas and Sierra counties plus another 112 agents and appraisers who subscribe to the association’s multiple listing service.