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Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Attends 36th Annual Banquet Celebration For Washington State China Relations Council

By RSIR Staff |

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Several hundred members of the Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) and their guests were joined by current and former members of the U.S. government on January 21st at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle for the 36th Annual Banquet Celebration. Nine members of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) were in attendance including owners Dean and Stacy Jones alongside brokers Becky Lee, Robert Pong, Mei Yang, Liz Davidson, Lili Shang, Mary Norris and Angela Pepka.

The welcoming address was delivered by Michael Rawding and Kristi Heim who introduced speakers that included Hyeok Kim, Deputy Mayor of Seattle; Dow Constantine, King County Executive; Lebin Wu, Chairman of Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings and Keynote Speaker Cheng Li, Director of the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution. Also noteworthy, the Honorable Gary Locke, Former US Ambassador to China, presented the Sidney Award for Lifetime Achievement to Stanley H. Barer, Chairman Emeritus of Saltchuk Resources. Mr. Barer was one of four founding members of the WSCRC and is credited for negotiating the resumption of the shipping service between the People’s Republic of China and the US in 1979.

Above: RSIR broker Lili Shang (far right) stands with Grace Gu (second from the left) – Grace was the producer of the new RSIR WeChat platform that was promoted during the event.
Above: RSIR broker Lili Shang (far right) stands with Grace Gu (second from the left) – Grace was the producer of the new RSIR WeChat platform that was promoted during the event.

Since its founding in 1979, the Washington State China Relations Council has helped define the state’s relationship with China. A member-based, non-profit organization, the Council continues to function today as the leading organization developing bilateral understanding and economic activity between Washington State and China. The Council has worked to organize and support major events such as the successful Boao Forum for Asia in Seattle in 2014, numerous partnerships between Shenzhen and Seattle signed on Earth Day 2015 and the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Washington State in September 2015. The Council aims to foster constructive ties between Washington State and China through business, culture and education. The council’s more than 150 members include leading companies, city and state government, universities and non-profit organizations.

Dean Jones of RSIR is on the Board of Directors for the Washington State China Relations Council.

Above: Among the collateral available during the WSCRC banquet were more than 100 copies of the new all-Mandarin Seattle Luxury Living magazine.
Above: Among the collateral available during the WSCRC banquet were more than 100 copies of the new all-Mandarin Seattle Luxury Living magazine.
Above: Dean and Stacy Jones (far left and far right) meet up with Mary Norris (center left) to converse with couture fashion icon Luly Yang (center right).
Above: Dean and Stacy Jones (far left and far right) meet up with Mary Norris (center left) to converse with couture fashion icon Luly Yang (center right).
Above: Noting the importance of trade relations with China - Dow Constantine, King County Executive, was one of the government officials that presented during the banquet.
Above: Noting the importance of trade relations with China – Dow Constantine, King County Executive, was one of the government officials that presented during the banquet.
Above: Dean and Stacy Jones take a selfie with fellow WSCRC Board Member Marc Berger, of Nyhus Communications, who also presented during the evening.

The program for the banquet featured bios on the speakers and included an advertisement for RSIR’s new WeChat platform built by adSage:

Above: Delicious wines, appropriately named China Bend Vineyards, were donated by the winemaker and sponsored in part by RSIR broker Angela Pepka.
Above: Delicious wines, appropriately named China Bend Vineyards, were donated by the winemaker and sponsored in part by RSIR broker Angela Pepka.