Two veteran associate brokers with Long Realty took high honors at the company’s annual recognition event, held Feb. 15 at the Tucson Convention Center. The Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award for 2018 went to Peter DeLuca, with the company’s River/Campbell office. Ken Ryan, with the company’s Tanque Verde office, won the Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018.
Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award for 2018: Peter DeLuca
Created to recognize the Long Realty sales associate who best exemplifies a commitment to community involvement and “service above self,” the Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award went to Peter DeLuca, an associate broker since 1992. The award is named for Samuel H. Woods, a former Long Realty member renowned for his community-service engagement.
The award includes a donation 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 student studying regional land development at the UA’s School of Geography & Development.
DeLuca qualified for the honor by “giving generously with both his time and financial support,” wrote Linda Moore, branch manager at the River/Campbell office. Moore cited DeLuca’s long history of volunteering for community-support efforts from disaster relief and hospice care to mental health services and cold-weather emergency homeless shelters.
Plus, “he is the first one to pull out his wallet” for charitable causes, Moore wrote. “Peter donates without fanfare because he truly gives from his heart.”
Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018: Ken Ryan
Winning the Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 was Ken Ryan, an associate broker since 1996. Named for Barrington Long, president and owner of Long Realty from 1952 to 1980—and son of company founder Roy H. Long—the award honors a sales associate who has had a significant impact on the field of real estate, earning the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and inspiring others to excel.
In his nominating document, Don Geisler, manager of the company’s Houghton/Southeast/Vail branch, wrote Ryan was “calm, focused, and always made everybody comfortable that strong leadership was in place to navigate the challenges” of the “lengthy, massive recession” that began in 2008. The recession led many real-estate professionals to leave the industry, Geisler noted.
And, Geisler wrote, Ryan was “directly responsible for helping hundreds, if not thousands of people through some of the truly darkest times in their lives” by facilitating short sales of distressed properties at a time when many agents avoided such transactions. Geisler also cited Ryan’s record of service on “ethics committees and panels that help guide, shape, and lead the real estate industry.”