CAR Candidates

The Colorado Association of Realtors, much like AAR, is led by a board of directors.  These directors are responsible for charting the course for the state association, which deals with an entirely different set of issues from AAR.  Monitoring issues at the state and federal level, CAR works with local associations to ensure we are well represented at the Colorado General Assembly, DORA and other state agencies that have jurisdiction over the various aspects of the real estate market.

CAR directors work throughout the year on legal and regulatory issues that impact all REALTORS in Colorado.

This year, one seat on the CAR board of directors is open.  We have two extremely experienced and qualified candidates for this seat.  On June 9th, each member will receive an email with a username and password as well as a link to a voting web site.  Once there, you will have the opportunity to vote for two of the following candidates.  You must vote for one candidate or your ballot will be invalid.

Sunny BankaSunny Banka

Managing Broker, Metro Brokers – Sunny Homes and Associates

Licensed agent in Colorado for 38 years.
Member of AAR for 38 years.

Designations/certifications: CRS, GRI.

Highest level of formal education: Some college.

Positions held or committees served on: At the Aurora Association of REALTORS®, chairwoman of the Association twice, in 1996 and in 2016. Has served the Association on nearly all committees, chairing many of them through the years. At the Colorado and/or National Association of REALTORS®: At NAR, member of the REcolorado Board of Directors 1998-2002; member of the Broker Involvement and Participation Committee. At CAR, the 2017-2018 Member Services Chair; served as Treasurer twice; member of the Government Affairs Committee. At her real estate firm, owns Sunny Homes and has chaired and/or served on many Metro Brokers corporate committees throughout the years. In the community, member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Aurora Board/Board of Directors for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; member of the City of Aurora Citizens Advisory Budget Committee since 1998. Member of the Aurora Foreclosure Task Force and Aurora Long Term Planning. Has held various leadership positions at her church and within the Aurora Public Schools.

Qualifications for seeking office of director: Went into real estate at age 21. In 38 years in the business, has served AAR, NAR, CAR and other organizations both as member on a wide array of committees and as a leader as chairwoman of many committees and task forces and as member of the board.

Goals and objectives as a director: “With over 38 years as a REALTOR®, I have seen a number of changes. That said, I believe that we will be facing even more changes going forward. New business models, real estate licensees versus REALTORS®, continued legislative attacks on private property rights, independent contractors and commissions. I am grateful to have been involved at the leadership level of both CAR and AAR and would like to continue to work to identify and share the value of the services we provide to our consumers as REALTORS®.


Linda Philpott

Independent Broker, Westwind Realty

Licensed agent in Colorado for 39+ years.
Member of AAR for 25+

Designations/certifications: AHWD, CIPS, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, CNE, TRC.

Highest level of formal education: Bachelor’s Degree and some Master’s level classes.

Positions held or committees served on: At the Aurora Association of REALTORS®, ®: president and chairwoman twice. AAR director many years. CAR director many years. Member of RPAC, Bylaws, Nominating, Government Affairs, Inaugural, Candidate Interviews committees. City Council Dinner chairwoman. On the committee for Membership Appreciation Week (her idea). Member of Marketing, New Member Initiation. At the Colorado and/or National Association of REALTORS®: At NAR, member of the Board of Directors seven years; member of the Meeting and Conference, Professional Development, Member Communications Committees; member of the CIPS Advisory Board. At CAR, Director for many years. Member of the Professional Standards Committee and Hearing Panel; member of at least six task forces; part of Bylaw Revision, Travel Policy, Inaugural Committees; chairwoman of an Inaugural Opening Night Dinner; member of the Senate Interview Team, Issues Pac, and Candidates PAC. Government Affairs VP for two years; member of the Communications Committee, Legislative Policy Committee, Audit Committee, Leadership Team and other Committees. At REColorado, member of the Board Discussion Group during year as AAR Chairwoman. In the community, president of the Aurora Republican Forum; HOA Bylaws Revision Chair; HOA Newsletter seven years. Worked on many candidate campaigns; has been a delegate to county and state political assemblies many times, Builder-Realty Council original member and president twice.

Qualifications for seeking office of director: Has owned her own company since 2010 and essentially worked alone since 1995. Prior to that, worked for two family-owned independent companies and two national franchise companies.

Goals and objectives as a director: “Goals: to continue improving CAR/member communications, to keep AAR members informed, to increase membership by promoting benefits of being a REALTOR® and to promote RPAC participation. I have been a REALTOR® since 1978 and never missed a state convention. My experience as local board chair twice, several terms as a CAR director and seven years as a national director gives me a wide knowledge of association leadership, procedures and accomplishments at all levels. Please vote for me in the 2018 election.”