December 21, 2015
In addition to presenting awards to three outstanding leaders and recognizing volunteers for their service over the past year, the RECA Annual Awards Luncheon featured a presentation by Keller Williams Co-founder and Chairman of the Board Gary Keller. A special thank you to Live Oak-Gottesman for sponsoring the luncheon — you can check out all of the photos here.
RECA presented three annual awards to leaders in our association and the community.
RECA's Rising Star Award recognizes a young member who has shown dedication to the organization and the community. This year's winner was Lara Burns, COO of Urbanspace. Active in RECA since 2008, Lara has served as co-chair of RECA’s KnockOut Night Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She was also a member of RECA’s LDC Class before going on to serve on the LDC Oversight Committee for two years.
"I just have one ask for everyone here," she said upon accepting her award. "Everyone should serve as a mentor to someone else in our industry. I am so thankful for the mentors I have had, and I encourage everyone to get involved with RECA — it will change your life."
Next, RECA presented its Community Service Award to Will Conley, Chair of CAMPO and Hays County Commissioner.
"Thanks in large part to his service as Chair of the CAMPO Board, the region is finally seeing major transportation projects that are addressing our serious congestion problem," incoming RECA Board Chair Brian Cassidy said.
Will was also on the frontline in Hays County during the tragic Memorial Day flooding in Wimberley, and he helped lead a response and recovery effort that prevented that disaster from having an even more dire impact.
RECA's most prestigious award, the Gary S. Farmer Commendation of Excellence, was presented to CTRMA Chairman Ray Wilkerson.
For more than 30 years, Ray has run a highly successful real estate development company in Central Texas while also serving on several boards, including the Colorado River Foundation Tributary League Endowment.
He is also a founder of the HeartGift Foundation, which provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.
"Anytime you can be presented with something that has Gary Farmer's name on it, it's truly an honor," he said upon accepting the award. "I appreciate this, but there is still a lot of transportation work ahead of us."
You can watch a RECA video tribute to Ray here.
Cassidy also recognized the 2015 LDC Class, RECA's Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs and announced the 2016 Board slate. RECA also presented a $40,000 check from proceeds of the Charity Golf Classic to the Hill Country Conservancy. Over the last 15 years, RECA has raised more than $530,000 for the organization.
In a special presentation from Keller Williams Co-founder and Chairman of the Board Gary Keller, the audience learned about prioritizing and how to focus on a singular goal.
Keller shared some jaw-dropping facts about population growth and the amount of information humans have compiled and are faced with each day.
"Every two days we create as much information as humankind compiled from the first written document to 2003," he said.
He said his "aha moment" to get focused happened when he looked back at his successes and failures and noticed a pattern.
"Where I’d had huge success, I had narrowed my concentration to one thing, and where my success varied, my focus had too," he said.
Keller concluded his presentation with some moving final thoughts and recommended the audience regularly ask themselves questions like: "What's the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"