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Jim Link retires

by Greg Robertson on January 12th, 2017

How a Granada Hills High grad turned an internship into a 46-year career in real estate

In 1998 Link received the William R. Magel Award of Excellence from the National Association of Realtors. “The William R. Magel Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a Realtor association,” according to the national group’s website.

I’ve had many conversations with Link over the years. He never mentioned this honor.

I learned of the award on Friday in a conversation with industry veteran Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli, the 2016 president of the California Association of Realtors and a past president of the SRAR.

He’s known Link for 40 years and said that his influence extended beyond the Valley.

“I can tell you on every big committee, not only on the state but on the national level, Jim was always asked to serve,” said Zicarelli. “They used Jim for research and development and strategy. He’s a pretty savvy guy and has the personal touch dealing with people. He’s done remarkably well, not only for himself but four our association. We’re the fourth largest in the state now.”

Tim Johnson, the association’s COO, was tabbed to be the association’s new CEO.

I only met Jim a couple times, doubt he would remember me. But one thing I always remember about SRAR was they were the first Association/MLS to implement Wyldfyre. Some of you might remember SRAR’s EVP, Mary Lou Wiliams too. She had retired about 4 years ago. Pretty gutsy move to install a new system like that back in the day.

Good luck Jim!

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  1. Yes — Jim is a great guy and his daughter Kristen Link Hernandez is in organized real estate and pretty amazing too. All the best to you Jim and Tim.

  2. Thanks Greg. Very nice of you to note this.

  3. Betsy Hitchcock permalink

    Jim Link is a kind, gracious man who also happens to have remarkable real estate knowledge. This industry needs more like him and he will be missed!

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