Long Realty presents annual awards for leadership, service

Long Realty celebrated two of its own Feb. 16 with annual awards to recognize lifetime professional achievement and outstanding community service.

Taking home the Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 was Susie DeConcini, an associate broker with the company’s Central office. And, in an unprecedented posthumous honor, Kelly Bequette of the Foothills office received the 2017 Sam H. Woods Community Service Award. Bequette, 58, died Nov. 5 after a motorcycle accident.

Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017: Susie DeConcini

Named for Barrington Long, president and owner of Long Realty from 1952 to 1980—and son of company founder Roy H. Long—the Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award honors a sales associate whose career has had a significant impact on the field of real estate, earning the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and inspiring others to excel.

“Susie is the perfect nominee for this award,” said Wendy Trush, manager of the Central office. “She’s had a lasting impact on real estate through her knowledge of historic and unique homes in central Tucson and the Foothills, and she always has time to mentor others. Her willingness to share is well known within her office and the larger real estate community, and her peers respect her greatly.”

One of the best-known REALTORS® in Tucson, DeConcini has been in real estate for more than 35 years, including 20-plus years as an associate broker with Long Realty.

Sam H. Woods Community Service Award for 2017:  Kelly Bequette

The Sam H. Woods Community Service Award, presented to the sales associate who best exemplifies a commitment to community involvement and “service above self,” went to the late Kelly Bequette, who was an associate broker with the company’s Foothills office. The award is named for Samuel H. Woods, a former Long Realty member renowned for his community-service engagement.

As part of the award, a donation is made to the Samuel H. Woods Memorial Scholarship Fund in the name of the recipient. Administered through the University of Arizona Foundation, the fund supports a scholarship for a UA student in the area of regional land development in the Department of Geography.

“Kelly’s life and character earned the respect and admiration of his professional colleagues,” said Laura Mance, manager of the company’s Foothills office. “He practiced real estate with the highest of high standards.” During an impromptu memorial gathering, Bequette’s colleagues described him as “gracious, a gentleman, professional, kind, funny and generous,” Mance said.

“If Kelly found himself with five extra minutes in the day, he would look for someone who needed help to fill that time,” said Father John Lyons, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Tucson. In addition to his church work, Bequette was active with the Long Realty Cares Foundation, the Knights of Columbus, the Arizona Boys Chorus and the Tucson Girls Chorus.

For more information, contact Noe Durazo by email at NoeD@LongRealty.com or by phone at (520) 918-8810.

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