2013 Member Awards & Recognitions


Annual Awards Breakfast

2013 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 2013 ceremony, we had clear weather and a great turn out!


We are proud to present the 2013 recipients of the GRAR Pinnacle Awards and Special Recognitions:

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

John Meyer
John Meyer
John Meyer Appraisal Company

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

Kate Bylsma
Kate Bylsma
Patriot Realty

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

Chip Perschbacher
Chip Perschbacher
Greenridge Realty

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

Bev Boerman
Bev Boerman
Five Star Real Estate

AFFILIATE SERVICE
For outstanding service to GRAR and its members.

Susan Pastoor
Susan Pastoor
First American Title

MOST UNUSUAL PROPERTY SOLD
A productive, operating Alpaca Farm!

Jeanine Herlacher
Jeanine Herlacher
Midwest Properties of Michigan

THE 2013 GRADUATES OF THE GRAND RAPIDS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY:

Abraham Photo
Melanie Abraham
Balsitis Photo
Melissa Balsitis
Bev Boerman
Bev Boerman
Brace Photo
Mark Brace
Decker Photo
Robin Decker
DeSmit Photo
Brian DeSmit
Ebbers Photo
Diane Ebbers
Michelle Gordon
Michelle Gordon
Guyott Photo
George Guyott
Herlacher Photo
Jeanine Herlacher
Kazma Image
Sue Kazma
Kellogg Photo
Scot Kellogg
Nelson Photo
Ingrid Nelson
Paarlberg Photo
Adam Paarlberg
Susan Pastoor Image
Susan Pastoor
Pell Photo
Linda Pell
Reedy Photo
Amy Reedy
Tucker Photo
Jessica Tucker
VerMeulen Photo
Michelle Vermeulen

COMMITTEE/TASK FORCE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Finance Committee

For providing valuable input and ideas, exhibiting a positive attitude and enthusiasm, and providing outstanding service in general.

Dan Otten

Dan Otten, Chairperson
Five Star Real Estate

Julie Grevengoed

Julie Grevengoed
JGR Real Estate

Kris Keegstra Director

Kris Keegstra
RE/MAX Grand Valley

Dave Miedema

Dave Miedema
Miedema Realty

Bob Noordeloos

Bob Noordeloos
Coldwell Banker AJS

Bob Novosad

Bob Novosad
Keller Williams of GR East

Tom Rich

Tom Rich
RE/MAX United

Karla Huitsing Pres

Karla Huitsing
Director Liaison

Towne Square Real Estate

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.

Steve Fase

Steve Fase
Prudential Preferred

John Meyer

John Meyer
John Meyer Appraisal Co.

Jack Miedema

Jack Miedema
Great Lakes Realty Systems

Tina Sprich

Tina Sprich
Keller Williams of GR East

Robert Vetvick

Robert Vetvick
Realty One

Mary Ellen Weber

Mary Ellen Weber
Keller Williams of GR East

2013 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.
Arthur Mulder
Karen Shillito