John Powell of Colonial Heights named 2011 Virginia Realtor® of the Year

John Powell, Virginia's 2011 Realtor of the Year John Powell, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SHS, vice president and supervising broker of Long & Foster Realtors in Colonial Heights, was named as the Virginia Realtor of the Year by the Virginia Association of Realtors at The REal Show, our annual convention and expo.

Powell served as VAR’s 2009 president, as well as the 2007 chair of the Virginia Managers Council, 2004 president of the Central Virginia Regional MLS, 2001 president of the Southside Virginia Association of Realtors. He has been a member of the VAR Board of Directors (formerly the Policy Board) since 2004.

At SVAR, Powell has filled numerous roles including chairman of the Personnel, Membership, Past Presidents, Bylaws, RPAC, and Budget and Finance committees. Additionally, he served as treasurer and vice president of SVAR.

Powell has been a member of the Richmond Association of Realtors, Southside Virginia Association of Realtors, and VAR Honor Society since 1996. In 2005 he was named VAR’s Manager of the Year. He has been a Multi-Million Dollar Producer of SVAR since 1988 and in 2001 was named SVAR’s Realtor of the Year.

While he devotes much of his time to serving as a volunteer for Realtor organizations, Powell is also committed to helping various community organizations. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Appamattox Chapter; the Retail Merchants Association; the Petersburg and Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce; and Rotary International, Petersburg Breakfast Club.

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How can you become a Realtor of the Year?

Realtors of the Year are professionals who have made proven contributions to the real estate industry through both personal and professional achievement and outstanding volunteerism. Criteria considered for this award include:

  • Faithfulness to the principles of organized real estate
  • Adherence to Virginia real estate laws and regulations
  • Consummate professionalism and dedication to the Realtor Code of Ethics
  • Facilitator of good and ethical real estate practice among other real estate brokers
  • Advocacy on behalf of the real estate profession before media and the general public
  • Service to fellow Realtors through local, state and national association work
  • Civic activity and community involvement
  • Commitment to continuing education and professional growth

The nominee should be a qualified individual who has had an impact on the state level. Previous nominations will not affect nominees’ consideration for this award.

Nominations may be submitted by individuals, firms, brokers/managers, and by local associations, and does not exclude the member’s own office.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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