On Thursday, October 3, VAR was proud to present many distinguished REALTOR® members with a variety of Virginia Real Estate Awards.

hall of famelogo copyFirst, three members were inducted into the prestigious Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame, which recognizes those with at least 25 years of service to, and volunteerism and leadership in, the REALTOR® organization:

  • Teddy Goodson, ABR, CRS, of Fairfax; Teddy has been involved with the local, state, and national associations in a variety of ways for many years, from government affairs to community outreach, and has received numerous awards including induction into the NVAR Hall of Fame, the Omega Tau Rho fraternity, the VAR Honor Society, and she has served as an NAR Director.
  • George Grundy, GRI, of Petersburg; George has been a REALTOR® for more than two decades, serving at both the local and state levels in a variety of ways. George has received many awards over the years for his dedication to ethics and professionalism, and has long been a fixture in his community.
  • Bud Kreh, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, of Madison; Bud has been a REALTOR® for nearly 50 years, and has served the profession as a broker, instructor, and mediator, as well as being involved in key positions at his local and state associations. Bud is also recognized as a long-time mentor to new agents entering the business.

Next, 9 members were recognized for their individual contributions in the following ways:

  • Jo Cross, ABRM, CRB, CRS, GRI, from Chesapeake, received the Pearl Insurance Virginia Manager of the Year award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated a dedication to the development and professionalism of their agents through their position as a broker/manager.
  • Florence Daniels, GRI, GREEN, from Alexandria, received the Code of Ethics Leadership Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated a dedication to living the REALTOR® Code of Ethics as well as sharing and teaching the Code to others.
  • Amy Gianniny, from Virginia Beach, received the Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year Award, which recognizes dedication and service to the property management specialty. Amy was one of the founding members of the Virginia Property Management Coalition Conference, which celebrates its tenth anniversary later this month.
  • Margaret Ireland, CRS, GRI, from Manassas, received the George Rink Outstanding Real Estate Educator Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of real estate education. Margaret has been in the real estate business for more than 22 years and has not only taught countless classes over the years but has also helped REALTORS® create and implement continuing education strategies to further their careers.
  • H. Glenn James, MAI, of Norfolk, received the Virginia Appraiser of the Year Award, which recognizes dedication and service to the appraisal specialty. Glenn has worked within the REALTOR® association to promote and present appraisal issues through education, volunteerism, and in legislation since entering the business in 1980.
  • Susan Mekenney, ABR, CRS, GREEN, GRI, of Fairfax, received the VHDA Service to Virginia Award, which recognizes service to communities through a focus on diversity initiatives and solutions for low- to moderate-income housing for Virginia families. Susan has long been a strong advocate for homeownership in her community, as well as a long-time volunteer for the local, state, and national REALTOR® associations.
  • Candice Bower, ABR, CRS, GRI, from Purcellville, received the 2012 Virginia Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the real estate profession through a high standard of service to home buyers and sellers. Candice has been a REALTOR® for nearly 30 years, and has long been active within the REALTOR® community in a variety of ways, dedicating many years to volunteerism and setting a high standard of service to clients.
  • Thai Hung-Nguyen, ABR, CIPS, CRS, from Falls Church, received the 2013 CRS of the Year Award, who has been actively involved in the REALTOR® community since the outset of his career. He has participated in his local and state associations, graduated from the Virginia Real Estate Leadership Academy, and is dedicated to setting high standard of service within the industry.
  • Gail Ailor, ABR, GRI, SRES, from Richmond, received the Virginia Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) State Member of the Year Award, which recognizes service and dedication to the real estate industry and the WCR. Gail has been highly involved in not only her local and state REALTOR® organizations but also in other philanthropic organizations in her community.

Last, but certainly not least, we are proud to have had 54 inductees into the Omega Tau Rho fraternity this year. Admission to Omega Tau Rho is awarded by state and local REALTOR® associations to members who have given exemplary dedication and service to the REALTOR® organization. Congratulations to:

  • William Albertson of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Lisia Amburn of the Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Suzanne Barr of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Mary Bayat of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Bradley J. Boland of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Sharon Burke of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Elizabeth Carlson of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Philip Cathell of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • J.C. Councill of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Richard Davis of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®
  • Mary Dykstra of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®
  • R. Carl Faller of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Tracey Floridia of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • J.B. Forehand, Jr. of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Maxine Francisco of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Michael Francisco of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Robert Gentry of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Max Guthrie of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Dorcas Helfant-Browning of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Leroy Houser of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Helen James of the Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • H. Stuart Johnson of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • William Kline, Jr. of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Bud Kreh of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Wendy Lucas of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Peggy Lynch of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • David Marks of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Kim Martin of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Paul Maxwell of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Lisa May of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Fran Morris of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®
  • R. Schaefer Oglesby of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Lili Paulk of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • D. Sam Perry of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Glenda Puryear of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Dewey Reynolds of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Dama Rice of the Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Ronald Ripley of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Leighton B. Robertson of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Walter Robinson of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®
  • E. Austin Salmon of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Lauren Sellers of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • E. Thomas Sexton, Jr. of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Robert Sherman of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Cindy Stackhouse of the REALTOR® Association of Prince William
  • Pat Steele of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Robert Sutherland of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Linda Terry of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
  • Dick Thurmond of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • J.P. Vaughan of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • William Walker of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • George Walker, Jr. of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Lynne Wherry of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Carlton Wingfield of the Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®

VAR also awarded it’s annual Virginia REALTOR® of the Year award to Pat Jensen of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate III in Charlottesville. Read all about Pat’s award here.

Congratulations to all our award winners!