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Texas REALTORS® Young Professionals Network Names “Texas REALTORS® to Watch” Recipients

Award Will be Presented to Five REALTORS® at the Texas REALTORS® Conference in San Antonio

September 05, 2018 — Austin

The Texas REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN) recently named five Texas REALTORS® to Watch for their excellence in leadership, community involvement, and sales in 2018. These Texas REALTORS® under the age of 40 have demonstrated distinguished service in the real estate industry and will be honored at the YPN Night Out during the Texas REALTORS® Conference on Friday, September 7.

“The REALTORS® honored today not only go the extra mile to help homebuyers and sellers, but they also advocate for knowledge sharing to help foster and grow their fellow REALTORS® around them every single day,” said Kaki Lybbert, 2018 Chairman of TAR. “This award signifies the passion and dedication that all REALTORS® share at every stage of their career to be advocates of Texas real estate and protecting private property homeownership rights.”

The honorees also hold critical roles in their associations of REALTORS® to further support their profession. Honoree involvement includes a broad range of positions held, such as board officers and committee members, spokespeople, and advisory group participants. The award winners also have played a strong role in political and legislative advocacy.

The recipients are: 

Vanessa Dirks

REMAX-Hub City Rentals

Julie Reupke

Mustang Island Realty
Corpus Christi

Benjamin Rodriguez

Triangle Real Estate LLC

Kathy Wade-Turner

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Preferred Living
Bryan-College Station

Cameron Willmann

Keller Williams Realty – Midland
Permian Basin

For more information about the 2018 Texas REALTORS® Conference, visit

Texas REALTORS® Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network is a dynamic entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience. YPN's growth has been driven by REALTORS®. YPN has evolved from a magazine offshoot to a determined, passionate, savvy group of members who use social media effectively and transparently and who are committed to strengthening the REALTOR® brand.