Wayne White has been a part of Saskatchewan’s real estate community for over 40 years. He’s been a member of the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® (ASR) since 1975, a broker since 1978, served as president of the Association of Regina REALTORS® (ARR) twice, received an Honorary Life Membership from the ASR in 2004 and was named Regina’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2007. So it came as no surprise when the ASR and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced that they were honoring White with the 2016 Distinguished REALTOR® Award.
“To have contributed as much as he has to the boards and his community – that’s what this award is all about, and Wayne is an obvious choice for Distinguished REALTOR®,” says Bill Madder, CEO of the ASR. “There is no question about Wayne’s dedication to the REALTOR® community. Our sincere congratulations go out to him,” he adds.
In 1965, Realty Executives founder Dale Rector started out with the leading-edge concept of 100% commission for agents. His innovative idea attracted top producing real estate professionals to become “Executives” and forever changed the real estate industry. Today, Realty Executives International boasts a 50-year legacy of innovation, a foundation that has drawn in generations of the industry’s leading real estate professionals. Every year, it is our honor to recognize the very best of the best through our annual awards program.
Realty Executives professionals featured prominently at The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton’s (RAE) annual awards ceremony held on Friday, March 4, 2016. Taking home three of the eight awards presented at the gala, Realty Executives veteran Charlie Ponde won the REALTOR® of the Year Award, Broker/Owner Bill Tarrabain was awarded a Life Membership, and Executive Brittany Collard was presented with the Rookie of the Year Award.
Ponde of Realty Executives North Star, has been a REALTOR® since 1992 and with Realty Executives since 1997. He was named the REALTOR® of the Year for his service to both the real estate profession and the community.
As an active member of the community, Ponde has been elected to and served on multiple industry bodies, including the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, AREX Claims Committee, the Arbitration and Professional Standards Committee, the Edmonton Realtors’ Charitable Foundation, the Government and Political Action Committee, and the Technology Committee. He also served as the President of the RAE in 2009 and is now a Life Member of the association.
Denise Barker of Realty Executives Pocono Pines has been honored by the Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS® (PMAR) with the 2015 REALTOR® of the Year Award.
“We are thrilled to see Denise commended for her hard work and commitment to excellence,” states Deirdre Cramer, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Pocono Pines.
Receiving REALTOR® of the Year is the greatest honor bestowed upon a REALTOR® by their peers at the board level. The Award recognizes an outstanding member of the PMAR for meritorious contributions to the advancement of their profession, their community and the real estate industry. Nominees are considered based upon their history of integrity, spirit of cooperation with fellow REALTORS®, professionalism, involvement and participation at the state or national level, dedication, experience, and commitment.
“Alison exemplifies REALTOR® spirit,” states Doug Radford, President of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors. “Every REALTOR® should have the knowledge, tenacity and positive attitude that Alison has. She is a true asset to our industry.”
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Realty Executives honors top performers in attendance at annual event
Dale Rector started out with an innovative concept of 100% commission for agents. But little did he know that when he began a company, he’d really be revolutionizing the real estate industry.
More than 100 attendees from all four corners of the U.S., across Canada and even attendees from Mexico and Turkey came to Scottsdale to celebrate 50 years of innovation at the 2015 Realty Executives International Broker | Owner Conference.
The strides in technology, the Realty Executives brand as well as interactive networking and roundtable discussions were held, but the (surprise) highlight of the event were the Culture of Excellence awards. Realty Executives International started a new tradition at this year’s conference by celebrating top performers in attendance with a variety of awards recognizing growth, retention and excellence in real estate.
2015 Special Recognition: Awarded to Len Huck, the former president of Valley National Bank who gave Dale the first loan to start Realty Executives.
2015 Founder’s Award: Awarded to June Rector for her role in the creation and legacy of Realty Executives.
Agent’s Choice: Award winners represent stability, consistency and retention. Each company represented boasts more than 20 Executives that they have retained year-over-year.
Homes from the Heart Hero: Awarded to Steve and Nancy Summers of Realty Executives of Kansas City for their extended charitable support for Habitat for Humanity within the Kansas City area.
Fastest Growing: Award winners have 10 or more Executives in their brokerage and have grown by at least 15% or more during the last year.
Market Leader: Award winners hold major market share in their communities with more than 100 Executives in their brokerage.
Extraordinary Brokerage: Awarded to Jeff Murtaugh, Jeff Hawke and Joel Moyes of Realty Executives Phoenix for their leadership throughout the transition of Realty Executives Phoenix in the last year.