Community - March 3, 2010

People: David Barca named Realtor of the Year

David Barca, operating principal at the Menlo Park office of Keller Williams Realty, has been named 2009 Realtor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Mr. Barca, who is also Keller Williams general manager for the San Francisco Peninsula/Silicon Valley, was president of the association in 2000.

During his tenure, he started the Realtor Service Volunteer Program, which involves real estate agents in assisting elderly and homebound residents each May.

He began his real estate career with Fox and Carskadon in 1989 as a consultant to senior management. Subsequently he managed the Coldwell Banker office on Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto and managed Seville/Contempo in Menlo Park.

The Keller Williams Menlo Park office opened at 707 Menlo Ave. in July 2009.

In announcing Mr. Barca's selection as Realtor of the Year, Julia Keady, the 2009 president of the association, noted that Mr. Barca played semi-pro soccer; is a lifelong runner; is a Knight of Malta, serving the needs of the sick and poor worldwide; and is a jewelry designer.

Iris Harrell wins remodeling award

Iris Harrell, owner of Harrell Remodeling, Inc. in Mountain View, has been named winner of the 2009 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year award.

She was chosen by a panel of judges who included members from Case Design/Remodeling Inc., Hanley-Wood, and Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The award included a cash prize of $12,500.

Ms. Harrell, a Portola Valley resident, is the third winner of the award, which was established and endowed by the founder of Case Design/ Remodeling Inc., based in Maryland.

Harrell Remodeling is celebrating its 25th year as a woman-founded business.

Janet Bell wins business award

Janet Bell & Associates, a landscape design and construction firm owned by local businesswoman Janet Bell, has been named the woman-owned business of the year in Menlo Park by the Women's Initiative for Self Employment.

Ms. Bell was recognized at an awards ceremony Nov. 10 at Google in Mountain View.

Janet Bell & Associates offers landscape design, construction and maintenance in the South Bay. She first opened her business in Menlo Park in 1996.

A licensed contractor, she is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and past president of its California chapter.

Thomas Jasek named to arts board

Thomas Jasek of Menlo Park has been named to the board of trustees for the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore.

He has been an investor in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years and has worked in a number of technology start-ups, including as senior vice president for business development at TIBCO Software Inc. Prior to entering the technology field, he worked as a securities trader and at Bechtel Corp.


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