LeFrancis Arnold, 2012 President REALTOR® LeFrancis Arnold has been a licensed real estate broker for 34 years and a member of organized real estate for the last 35 years. Arnold was president of the Los Angeles County Board of REALTORS® (LACBOR) in 2008, and was the first appointed large Board NAR representative for Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS® in 2006. He was first appointed C.A.R director in 1994 and was named REALTOR® of the Year by his local association in 1979 and 2008. Arnold has served on numerous C.A.R. committees at the leadership level including the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning and Finance, Housing Opportunity, Housing Affordability Fund, Real Estate Finance, Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity, and CREPAC. Active in his community, Arnold has served as chairman of the Lynwood Economic Development Committee and currently is Executive Director of Southeast Los Angeles County Community Development Corp. (SELAC).
Don Faught, 2012 President-Elect REALTOR® Don Faught is a second generation REALTOR® and has been a licensed broker for more than 24 years. He is vice president and managing broker of Alain Pinel REALTORS® in Pleasanton and Livermore, Calif. He served as C.A.R. Treasurer in 2010 and 2011 and has served on numerous C.A.R. committees at all levels, including chair of Federal Issues Committee and chair of Strategic Planning and Finance Committee. Faught has served as an NAR Director since 2002 and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and chair of NAR's Economic Issues and Commercial Real Estate Trends Forum. As a member of the Women's Council of REALTORS® since 1992, a REALTOR® Action fund Contributor since 1990, an RPAC Major Investor, President's Circle member and a C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund's Founders Circle member, Faught is committed to serving the real estate industry at all levels.
Chris Kutzkey, 2012 Treasurer As Treasurer, she will chair the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee, for which she previously has served as both member and vice chair. A second generation REALTOR® born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kutzkey is a 35-year real estate veteran and a hands-on broker/owner of two successful Coldwell Banker offices in Northern California’s Siskiyou County. Kutzkey previously was Communications Director for the Western Region of real estate developer Boise Cascade, where she honed her communication skills and the ability to bring together divergent factions. She holds numerous professional designations including GRI and CRB and has won various industry awards, including CAR Director for Life. She was twice named Siskiyou County REALTOR® of the year. Kutzkey has served in a variety of leadership roles including the RPA Study Group, Rural Forum, Standard Forms Advisory, IMPAC, and, most recently, as a Director for CRMLS. She is an ongoing major donor to the REALTOR® Party.
Joel Singer, Chief Executive C.A.R. Executive Vice President Joel Singer has held the Association's top staff position since November 1989 after serving as C.A.R.'s chief economist and heading the Association's public affairs department. Singer was instrumental in developing Real Estate Business Services Inc. (REBS), C.A.R.'s for-profit subsidiary, and serves as its president. He also is president and chief executive officer of zipLogix. Singer joined C.A.R. in 1978.
Leslie Appleton-Young, Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young is Vice President and Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), a statewide trade organization with nearly 100,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. Appleton-Young directs the activities of the Association's Member Information Group. She oversees the analysis of housing market and brokerage industry trends, member communications, and membership development activities. She is also closely involved in the Association's strategic planning efforts and is a well-known speaker in California's real estate community.Before joining C.A.R. in 1984, Appleton-Young was a consultant with Telesis Inc. in Rhode Island. She also spent several years working as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Appleton-Young earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a Masters degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.