Abilene man named state’s Realtor of the Year

Local Realtor Dave Dalzell was given the Texas Association of Realtors’ highest honor, Texas Realtor of the Year, at the association’s annual Winter Meeting Monday in Austin.

The award is given annually to a Realtor who has made outstanding contributions to the industry through involvement in his or her national, state and local associations.

Dalzell has 40 years of experience in real estate in Texas real estate, joining his parents as a Realtor for Ray Scott Company in 1977.  In 1983, he established Dalzell Realtors, a full-service brokerage and property management company with  two offices in Abilene.

His real estate experience includes serving as chairman of TAR in 2004, leader of the TAR Housing Opportunity Foundation from 2004 to 2010, president of the Abilene Association of Realtors in 1986 and 2013, and numerous leadership roles with the National Association of Realtors.

Dalzell was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as advisory board chairman of the Real Estate Center at Texas AM University in 2008 and served on the board of directors for the West Central Texas Workforce Board in 2009.

Locally, Dalzell served on the Abilene Chamber of Commerce board of directors from 1999 to 2015 and has worked with Meals on Wheels where he served on the board of directors for 27 years, twice as chairman.

His awards include Abilene Realtor of the Year, the Texas Realtor Hero Award and the Above and Beyond award for his support of employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

Dalzell grew up the son of a preacher. At age 9, he helped his family renovate a community college to open Magic Valley Christian College in Idaho.

He served as student body president during his time at Columbia Christian College in Portland, Oregon. When his parents relocated to Texas, he transferred to Abilene Christian University.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from ACU, Dalzell worked at KRBC radio for 10 years as a morning talk show host and disc jockey, according to a video shown at the program. Dalzell also owned Dalzell Advertising for 12 years, and was a partner in an insurance firm.

Dalzell’s passion for real estate has combined with a passion for education, the video stated. He taught real estate for five years at Cisco college, 12 years at Abilene Christian University and since 1986 has been a senior instructor for the Realtor Institute of TAR.