The Wallowa County Board of Realtors has recognized Bill Bushlen, owner and principal broker of General Land Office in Joseph as Wallowa County Realtor of the Year for 2012.
Despite being the fourth-term president of the local board, Bushlen said the honor came as a complete surprise to him. It was first announced at a state governance meeting of the Oregon Association last fall that he attended in Salem as state director for Wallowa County.
Bushlen said at that state meeting they announced county Realtors of the Year alphabetically, and since its been over a decade since Wallowa County chose a recipient, his name being called near the tail end of the list of winners was a real shock.
More recently the local board presented Bushlen with his plaque at a monthly meeting.
In addition to being president of the Wallowa County board since 2010 and state director for the county, Bushlen is a member of the Government Affairs Key Committee, serves on the RMLS Service Advisory Committee for Wallowa County and is Key Constituent to Rep. Bob Jensen and formerly to Rep. Greg Smith. He is a member of Wallowa County Rotary Club.
Bushlen, who was affiliated with Century 21 in La Grande before becoming owner of General Land Office in 2005, in Union County was president of the La Grande SunRise Rotary for two years and is a past president of the Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity.
According to the county board, the purpose of the Realtor of the Year is to recognize and reward deserving Realtor members for efforts and work on behalf of their fellow Realtors, their profession and their community, as well as to exemplify the contributions of those Realtors required to be considered for leadership positions in organized real estate.