Category Archives: Executives Giving Back

Realty Executives of Cape County Broker Associate Recently Awarded Good Neighbor Award

 

Congrats to Raelenna Ferguson, Broker Associate at Realty Executives of Cape Country, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri who was recently awarded the Good Neighbor Award from the the Missouri Association of Realtors.

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes and rewards REALTORS® across the state of Missouri for their dedication to local communities and volunteer service. The winner of the annual Missouri Good Neighbor Award receives $2,500 for his or her charity, as well as statewide recognition.

Ferguson was honored for her local non-profit One City, an organization that works to better racial reconciliation and socio-economic divides. Its mission is to create space and opportunities that unite the community through community gatherings and development, job training and employment, and child enrichment opportunities.

Beyond One City, Ferguson and her family have a passion for international mission work, traveling to Haiti and Africa. Ferguson strives to enhance One City and spread the message of unity throughout Missouri and internationally.

Along with her charitable work Ferguson continues to build her real estate business and real estate team concept. Ferguson received her real estate license in 2004 and developed her own team in 2015. Her hope is to continue to provide exceptional service and build a team that is truly excited and thankful to be in the real estate industry.

Realty Executives Leadership Strong Presence on the Arizona Association of REALTORS® 2019 Board

Realty Executives is proud to be well represented on the leadership team for the Arizona Association of Realtors® (“AAR”) with 75 percent of the team being represented by Realty Executives. The board is elected by association members and leads AAR in its goals and legislative discussion.

AAR is the largest trade organization in Arizona, representing more than 50,000 Arizona Realtors®. The association works to better the profession of real estate and is dedicated to the protection of private property rights and best interests of Arizona Realtors® in legislation. Members meet to discuss regional and national issues and to support other real estate professionals. AAR strives to provide top education and training for its members and several other benefits.

Patrick Lewis, Regional Development Director of Realty Executives Camelback, serves as the 2019 AAR President. Lewis has been a Realtor® since 2002, serving the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. In 2014, Lewis also served as President of Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors.

Mary Roberts, Realtor® at Realty Executives Lake Havasu City, serves as 2019 President Elect with her rotating to the AAR President role in 2020. Roberts is in her 30th year as a real estate professional. She served as President of Lake Havasu Association of Realtors® in 2013 and President of the Lake Havasu Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors® twice, 2010 and 2015. She also served as AAR Treasurer in 2017.

Gary Nelson, Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff, serves as the 2019 Treasurer for AAR. The life-long Flagstaff resident became a Realtor® in 1994 and a Broker in 1998. He has served on the board of directors for the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and received multiple real estate certifications.

“The Realty Executives network takes pride in our commitment to be thought leaders and innovators,” said Patrick van den Bossche, president of Realty Executives International. “Having Realty Executives lead the 2019 board of the Arizona Association of Realtors® is a true testament of our dedication to the profession, helping lead the way for the Arizona real estate community.”

Feel Good Friday – Realty Executives in The Villages

Glenn Stein and his team at Realty Executive in The Villages have had a busy year impacting their community.

They help wherever they see a need, donating approximately $18,000-$20,000 to different local charities each year including Combat to Careers. Most recently, they hosted a musical bingo tournament which raised funds for children in need and are preparing to help host the Vietnam Wall Memorial in The Villages over Veteran’s Day.

However, Stein’s main focus is to help underprivileged children, a cause he holds close to his heart. Continue reading

Realty Executives agents give back to their communities

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Realty Executives sponsored The 41st Annual Phoenix 10K & Half Marathon, which benefits The Mollen Foundation, a group dedicated to preventing childhood obesity

“REALTORS® are always working to improve and enhance the communities in which they live, work, and serve,” says Alan Marks, president of Realty Executives Boston West.

Marks participated in the 36th Pan Mass Challenge this year, cycling 162 miles in support of Dana Farber Cancer Research. He raised $13,866.

“I wanted to do something positive, both physically and financially, that had broad based community benefits,” he explains. Continue reading

Realty Executives agent brings community together with viral Facebook video

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“This isn’t about me, this is about all of us.” ~Ben Loates

Realty Executives agent Ben Loates was trying to come up with ways to keep his four kids occupied on a Saturday when he came up with a great idea: A park crawl. Meet up at a park with family and friends, rake some leaves and jump around in them, grab a snack, and then pack up and move on to another park where they’d do it all over again.

He decided to make a video and post it to Facebook, inviting his neighbors in Spruce Grove, Alberta, to rise to the challenge.  Four parks, 30 minutes at each stop, with free food and prizes donated by local business. He called it The First Annual Spruce Grove Fall Park Crawl.

To his surprise, the video went viral. Continue reading

Realty Executives Oceanside Joins Local Fundraiser in Flagler Beach, Florida

Realty Executives Oceanside in Flagler Beach is lending a helping hand to the local community by participating the Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race.

“We are so happy to be able to participate in this fun community event,” said Bruce Vinnick, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Oceanside. “We’re grateful to be able to contribute to the Flagler Volunteers Service, Kiwanis Club and Wheels In Motion Car Club who are joint hosts of this annual event.”

“Our first year participating and we won third place!” Vinnick said.

Realty Executives Oceanside Participates in Community Event | Courtesy of Bruce & Shannon Vinnick
Realty Executives Oceanside Participates in Community Event | Courtesy of Bruce & Shannon Vinnick

Last year’s event was very exciting with 13 bed entries and a great crowd. The net proceeds of $3,932.92 were distributed equally to the partnering organizations for their individual programs which benefit the children and youth in Flagler County. Changes were made to the route this year and will once again, pull out all the stops to provide a fun event that is a great crowd-pleaser.

The event started at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach. A parade of the theme decorated beds preceded the race itself. Teams of 5 pushed their beds through the course and completed in 4 pit-stop challenges.

“We are having fun and helping those in need within our community,” Vinnick said.

Learn more at www.FlaglerFunCoastBedRace.org.

Sandy Rubolotta receives national 2015 Volunteering Works award

Sandy-Rubolotta-gifFor Executive Sandy Rubolotta of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® Pompton Plains, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, giving back to the community she serves could mean giving her neighbors the priceless gift of good health.

In 2008, Rubolotta founded the Greater Pompton Area Chapter of Deborah Hospital Foundation. Inspired by her own experience at Deborah®, Rubolotta made it her mission to raise awareness and funds for the local hospital that treats patients regardless of their ability to pay.

REALTOR® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®, recently recognized Rubolotta’s efforts and has gotten behind her cause in two significant ways.  Sandy is just one of five national recipients to receive the 2015 Volunteering Works award.  The New Jersey REALTOR® has been awarded a $1,000 grant and has been paired with a Good Neighbor mentor for her charitable work with Deborah®.  (REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award mentors have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work.)

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Realty Executives Five Star Homes Readies Home for U.S. Veteran and Family

Realty Executives Five Star Homes in Festus, Missouri recently welcomed home United States Army Veteran, Chad Hembree and his growing family, to their new home. Together with Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), Broker/Owner Cindy Callahan and her team of Executives played an important role in providing a new home for the Hembree family.

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In October 2014, Wells Fargo contacted Realty Executives Five Star Homes to coordinate and ready a home in Northwood’s Subdivision, Festus, for the veteran. Wells Fargo has pledged to donate 30 million dollars to support returning service members and veterans through the end of 2015. To meet their goal, Wells Fargo partnered with MWSF and Operation Homefront, organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of returning combat-wounded veterans by providing transition assistance, financial literacy and homeowner education courses. The home was donated to MWSF who in turn donated the property, mortgage free, to the Hembree family.

Realty Executives Five Star Homes readied the home by coordinating new carpet and flooring, a new roof, all new appliances, fresh paint, new deck, and other needed repairs. Many partner affiliates and clients answered Realty Executives Five Star Homes’ call to “fill the pantry.” The team collected paper goods, cleaning supplies, canned and dry goods along with some gifts for the children. An Americana bench and wreath for the front porch was also donated to the family by Realty Executives Broker/Owner Cindy Callahan, along with several gift cards.

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“It is an honor to be a part of the support for this family. A simple ‘thank you’ does not seem enough for all the service men and women who defend our country every day do for us. May you find peace and we welcome you home to Festus with open arms,” Cindy Callahan said.

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An official Key Ceremony was held on April 1st, 2015, to turn over the keys to Chad and his wife Katherine, who have two young children and are expecting a baby in May.

 

 

REALTOR® Mary Johnson’s Charity ‘Kindness Above Everything’ (KAE) Wins Award

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Mary Johnson (left) of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. receives the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Spirit Award at the Ontario Real Estate Association’s 2015 Leadership Conference in Toronto.

For Mary Johnson of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. in London Ontario, home is most definitely where the heart is.  Johnson has helped countless families find homes throughout her diverse, nearly 20-year career in real estate, and also mentors real estate professionals in her role as Owner of one of London, Ontario’s top brokerages.  Her consideration for others, attention to detail, tenacity and hard work extends beyond the everyday operations of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. and the London real estate market, and deep into the community Johnson serves.

“Mary has, for many years, been quietly helping people in need, always operating under the radar and not bringing any attention to herself,” said Carl Vandergoot, President of the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®.

At the Ontario Real Estate Association’s 2015 Leadership Conference in Toronto,  Johnson was awarded the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Spirit Award, in honor of the charitable work she does through an organization she founded, Kindness Above Everything (KAE), which exists “to improve the lives of local impoverished families through financial support.”  KAE connects with local agencies to find the hidden needs of families in the community, ranging from children to seniors.

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For more information about KAE, contact Mary Johnson at maryjohnson@realtyexecutives.com.