Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors

February 16, 2008 - Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors host awards banquet

Paparazzi, a red carpet, and movie stars greeted guests as they arrived at the recent Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors Eighteenth Annual Million Dollar Club Awards Banquet held at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia. The much anticipated event honored sponsors, past officers, directors, committee chairs, citizens of the year, and of course, top-producing realtors.

2008 Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors President June Slusser welcomed everyone to the banquet. Presentations of past officer plaques, recognition of directors and committee chairs, and presentations of county director awards were first on the agenda. Sponsorship honorees were next with United Community Bank, Mountain Lake Publishing FMLS, American Home Mortgage Corporation, Cadence Bank, and Styletech Appraisal Group receiving sponsorship awards.

It was an exciting moment when Tom Murphy was named Union County Citizen of the Year. Murphy received a standing ovation as he accepted his award. Amy Mason was honored as Fannin County Citizen of the Year and Jane Forster received the award from Clay County. Congratulations to these three winners.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Realtor of the Year. This prestigious title went to 2007 Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors past President Karen Godfrey of RE/MAX Hiawassee.

Another highlight was the announcement of top producer and recipient of a Nine Million Dollar Club Award. This designation went to Kristy Petrillo of RE/MAX Town and Country. Top producers in each of the five counties of the Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors included Richard Kelly of Clay County, Kristy Petrillo of Fannin County , Lynn Mitchell of Gilmer County , Darin S. Bender of Towns County , and Greg D. Brock of Union County .

Many other realtors were honored during the awards banquet. Approximately 180 awards were presented to realtors and real estate teams.

The Million Dollar Club Award recipients are dedicated professionals that are at the top of their field. These hard-working individuals (and teams) gather together once a year for a night of celebrating their own, and each other's, accomplishments.

The Eighteenth Annual Million Dollar Club Awards Banquet was a special evening for all that attended. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was exciting, and the guest speaker was spellbinding. Keynote Speaker Terry Watson entertained the crowd with his infectious can-do attitude and his joyous sense of humor. Part stand-up comic and part motivational trainer, Terry Watson was the perfect guest speaker for this group of realtors. Watson is well known throughout North America and is one of only 156 people in the world to hold the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor designation.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to the awards committee for their hard work and attention to detail in planning the successful event. Chairperson Pat Macey, Sande Peterson, Andrea Bowman, June Kephart, Sherry Busteed, Pat Margo, Maggie Manto, and Sarah Chumbley did a great job pulling everything together.

The Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors has over 1,200 members from Union , Towns, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Clay, and Cherokee counties. The board serves its members by providing educational programs, products and services which enhance their ability to operate successfully in an ethical, professional and legal manner.