2014 Member Awards & Recognitions


Annual Awards Breakfast

2014 GRAR Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony


Each December, the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® hosts a special Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony during which, in addition to the incoming President and Board of Directors being installed, those members whose achievements have gone above and beyond the standard are given special recognition.

The categories of recognition range from Outstanding Achievement of a Committee or Task Force to an award for REALTOR® of the Year. The criteria to be eligible for one of these awards are many, with members nominating those whom they feel meet the standard. Award winners are revealed at the end of the ceremony, which takes place at Frederik Meijer Gardens on what always seems to be a perfectly snow-capped morning. Luckily, for the 2014 ceremony, we had clear weather and a great turn out!


We are proud to present the 2014 recipients of the GRAR Pinnacle Awards and Special Recognitions:

REALTOR® OF THE YEAR
Our Association's highest honor.

Sterk Sam
Sam Sterk
Five Star Real Estate (Grandv)

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Demonstrating excellence and professionalism in the real estate industry while serving as an example for other real estate agents.

Jessica Tucker
Jessica Tucker
Keller Williams GR East

GOOD NEIGHBOR
Making exceptional contributions which enhance the quality of life within our community.

Dover Jill
Jill Dover
Greenridge Realty

MOST CONGENIAL PROFESSIONAL
Demonstrating an exceptional dedication to professionalism in all areas of business.

Grysen Lori
Lori Grysen
Towne Square Real Estate LLC

AFFILIATE SERVICE
For outstanding service to GRAR and its members.

Byrne Rory
Rory Byrne
Chicago Title Agency/Byrne

MOST UNUSUAL PROPERTY SOLD

Romanowski Janet
Janet Romanowski
Keller Williams GR East

THE 2014 GRADUATES OF THE GRAND RAPIDS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Blehm, Jim
Jim Blehm
Blehm, Yvette
Yvette Blehm
Byrne
Rory Byrne
Fase, Patrick
Patrick Fase
Frody, Larissa
Larissa Frody
Hudson, Ron
Ron Hudson
King, James
Jim King
Mans, Beth
Beth Mans
Martin, Wyatt
Wyatt Martin
Nelson, Cindy
Cindy Nelson
Overbeck
Jayne Overbeck
Partlo
Hanna Partlo
Rich
Tracie Rich
Stoddard
Susan Stoddard
Stolsonburg
Craig Stolsonburg
Vanderloo
Lisa VanderLoo
Greg Williamson Portrait
Greg Williamson
Wu
Wayne Wu

COMMITTEE/TASK FORCE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
International Task Force

For developing a library of global and cultural resources to assist REALTORS in gaining the practical knowledge and skills necessary to market West Michigan properties to a diverse set of buyers.

Nelson Photo

Ingrid Nelson, Co-Chair
Keller Williams GR East

Bass Michael

Michael Bass, Co-Chair
Greenridge Realty (Summit)

Bolin Brenda

Brenda Bolin
Midwest Prop of Michigan (Main)

Jason Karen

Karen Jason-Gill
RE/MAX SunQuest Realty

Jovanovic Joe

Joe Jovanovic
Greenridge Realty (Summit)

Martin Wyatt

Wyatt Martin
Greenridge Realty (EGR)

Jodi Rogers

Jodi Rogers
DFCU Financial

Savino Rick

Rick Savino
Berkshire Hathaway (Main)

Westbrook Terry

Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty

Bruce Bylsma Director

Bruce Bylsma
Director Liasion

Bylsma, Bruce, Broker

REALTOR®-EMERITUS
REALTOR®-Emeritus status is presently granted to REALTOR® members who have held membership in NAR for a cumulative period of forty (40) years. NAR, MAR, and GRAR dues are waived for REALTOR®-Emeritus members. This status differs from Life Membership by virtue of the fact that these members continue to be actively engaged in listing and selling real estate.

Bittrick Cathy

Cathy Sherman Bittrick
RE/MAX SunQuest Realty

Stegman Dan

Dan Stegman
Midwest Prop of Michigan(Main)

Visser Ken

Ken Visser
Visser Appraisals, Ltd.

2014 LIFE MEMBER
Life Members have been members of the Association for 20 years, are over the age of 60, and are no longer actively selling real estate. Life membership allows these pillars of the real estate community to continue to participate in events and keep up to date with Association news.
Gwen Combs
Jerry Hallmark