KPC Chair Named CARNM’s Realtor of the Year

Add the NAR National Commercial Award to Jim Wible’s cabinet.

Earlier this month, Wible was awarded the national commercial award from the National Association of Realtors. It comes a year after he received the Commercial Association of Realtors New Mexico’s Realtor of the Year award for 2017.

The NAR award recipients were nominated by their state or local board or commercial group for recognition of their professional achievements, according to a news release.

“NAR is proud of these members who have made significant contributions and give substantially of their time to further our industry or assist in community programs. This is our way to acknowledge their efforts and the recognition they’ve earned,” Jean Maday, NAR’s director for commercial development and services, said in a statement.

Beyond his role as director at NAI Maestas & Ward, Wible said he’s involved in the community as chairman of the Kirtland Partnership Committee.

Wible said in a phone interview Monday that he saw a strong year in 2018 in commercial real estate, which he attributes to small business growth and the state unemployment rate falling from 6.1 percent at the beginning of the year to 4.6 percent as of October.

For 2019, Wible and his team already have some momentum building following the announcement of the Max Q at Kirtland project, a master plan that would create over 900,000 square feet of mixed-use business space near Kirtland Air Force Base. NAI Maestas & Ward represents Thunderbird Kirtland Development LLC, the partnership putting together the project, for office space.

“Jim is a powerful broker who utilizes his expertise in commercial real estate to serve and promote his clients’ interests. His formidable success is attributable to his knowledge, understanding, aptitude and perseverance,” Debbie Harms, NAI Maestas & Ward CEO, said in a statement. “Jim is the epitome of professionalism.”

NAI Maestas & Ward ranked No. 2 on Business First’s List of Largest New Mexico Commercial Real Estate Firms with $193.70 million in commercial transaction volume in 2017.

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