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Virginia Awards Program

Do you know someone who deserves some recognition? Someone who has gone above and beyond the call? Here is where you can help those people shine! These awards recognize outstanding leadership, accomplishments, and professionalism in our industry — recipients will be recognized in a ceremony during the 2016 VAR Annual Convention in September (and throughout the year after that). Help us recognize the best in the business by nominating your colleagues. Review the list of awards below! For more information about the Virginia Awards Program, contact Awards@VARealtor.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must collect and submit all the required information at once. Forms may not be saved in-progress. Please describe and list details and dates and only information on the application will be used for consideration of each of the awards. Please contact Awards@VARealtor.com or call Lynne Wherry at (804) 249-5711 with any questions. 

NOMINATION DEADLINE: July 22, 2016

Virginia REALTOR® of the Year Award(Apply by clicking here!)
Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame Award(Apply by clicking here!)
Code of Ethics Leadership Award(Apply by clicking here!)
VHDA Service to Virginia Award(Apply by clicking here!)
George Rink Outstanding Educator of the Year Award(Apply by clicking here!)
Appraiser of the Year Award(Apply by clicking here!)
Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year Award(Apply by clicking here!)
VAR Manager of the Year Award(Apply by clicking here!)
Virginia CRS of the Year(Apply by clicking here!)
Omega Tau Rho Award

(Applications submitted by Local Association Executive)


Virginia REALTOR® of the Year Award

(Apply by clicking here!)

The Virginia REALTOR® of the Year Award is presented to professionals who have made proven contributions to the real estate industry through both personal and professional achievement and outstanding volunteerism.

General Submission Guidelines

The general submission guidelines for the Virginia REALTOR® of the Year Award shall be as follows:

  1. The nominee should be a qualified individual who has had an impact on the local and state level. Previous nomination will not affect nominees' consideration for this award.
  2. Nominations may be submitted by individuals, firms, brokers/managers, and by local associations.
  3. Letters of recommendation and other supporting documentation, including resumes, news stories, etc., is encouraged, but not required, and will be considered as part of the application. Nominations from local REALTOR® of the Year recipients may be submitted to supplement the VAR nomination form if criteria are equivalent to the Virginia REALTOR® of the Year criteria.
  4. Online form submission is the required application format.
  5. Criteria for nominating your candidate may be for current year accomplishment and/or for any period up to the previous ten (10) years.
  6. Previous winners of this award are not eligible.
  7. All VAR awards are scaled on a 100-point system, with each section given part of the total value as outlined in the application.
  8. Entries must be received by a submission deadline as determined by VAR staff.

Nomination Criteria

The criteria for the Virginia REALTOR® of the Year Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 2: Community service


Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame

(Apply by clicking here!)

The Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame honors Virginia REALTORS® who have made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the real estate profession and markets in Virginia over a period of at least 25 years.

General Submission Guidelines

The general submission guidelines for the Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame shall be as follows:

The nominee should be a qualified individual who has been actively involved in two of the three levels of the REALTOR® organization (local, state, national) and must be recognized as a leader in the real estate profession in his/her community. Nominee must have contributed significantly to the real estate profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previous nomination will not affect nominees’ consideration for this award.

  1. Nominations may be submitted by individuals, firms, brokers/managers, and by local associations, but not by the nominee themselves.
  2. Letters of recommendation and other supporting documentation, including resumes, news stories, etc., are encouraged, but not required, and will be considered as part of the application.
  3. Online form submission is the required application format.
  4. Nominee must have had at least 25 years of continuous service as a member of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®.
  5. Nominee may be a living or deceased member of the association.
  6. For any VAR Past President to be considered for the VAR Hall of Fame induction, at least five (5) years must have lapsed since he/she served as the state association president.
  7. Entries must be received by a submission deadline as determined by VAR staff in consultation with the chair of the Awards Selection Committee.


Code of Ethics Leadership Award

(Apply by clicking here!)

The Code of Ethics Leadership Award is presented to an individual REALTOR® member who exhibits leadership and knowledge of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, arbitration and/or professional standards, and who is known to share such information with other real estate professionals; has made presentations on Ethics before nominee's own association, other associations, or before civic and community groups; and who has participated in local, state, or national association grievance, professional standards, arbitration, or ethics related activities; has taught courses in REALTOR® ethics, either fee paid or voluntary.

The criteria for the Code of Ethics Leadership Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Teaching and instructing
  • Part 2: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 3: Professional development

VHDA Service to Virginia Award

(Apply by clicking here!)

The VHDA Service to Virginia Award is presented to a REALTOR® individual who has made a significant difference in the cause of minority home ownership during the year, or whose life work merits recognition and celebration for dedication to this issue.

The criteria for the VHDA Service to Virginia Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Achievements in the area of minority home ownership
  • Part 2: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 3: Business accomplishments and community service

George Rink Outstanding Real Estate Educator Award

(Apply by clicking here!)

The George Rink Outstanding Real Estate Educator Award is presented to the Virginia REALTOR® educator who has made the most significant contributions to and exemplified leadership and service in real estate education at either the local or state level.

The criteria for the George Rink Outstanding Real Estate Educator Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Teaching and instructing
  • Part 2: Curriculum and course development
  • Part 3: Authorship
  • Part 4: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 5: Professional development

Appraiser of the Year

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The Appraiser of the Year Award is presented to the Virginia REALTOR® who has made notable contributions to the field of appraisal and the association on both the local and state level, including support of appraisal activities and dedication to the advancement of the appraisal profession.  

The criteria for the Appraiser of the Year Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 2: Community service
  • Part 3: Appraisal profession advancement activities

Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year Award

(Apply by clicking here!)

The Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year Award is presented to the industry’s highest achieving association members engaged in the field of residential property management.

The criteria for the Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Contributions to the field of property management
  • Part 2: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 3: Professional development
  • Part 4: Business accomplishments and community service

VAR Manager of the Year Award

(Apply by clicking here!)

VAR's Manager of the Year Award is presented to a Virginia broker/manager recognizing individual achievement as a broker/manager.

The criteria for the VAR Manager of the Year Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: Management innovation, creativity, and originality
  • Part 2: Service to the REALTOR® organization
  • Part 3: Commitment to personal and associate education/professional development
  • Part 4: Business accomplishments and community service

Virginia CRS of the Year

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The Virginia CRS of the Year Award is presented to a CRS designee who has been an active member of a local or state association for five consecutive years.

The criteria for the Virginia CRS of the Year Award will be asked for and scored as follows:

  • Part 1: State and Local Board Association Activities
  • Part 2: Community Service
  • Part 3: CRS Chapter Activities
  • Part 4: Production

General Submission Guidelines

The general submission guidelines for the Code of Ethics Leadership Award, VHDA Service to Virginia Award, Appraiser of the Year, George Rink Outstanding Educator of the Year, Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year, and the VAR Manager of the Year shall be as follows:

  1. The nominee should be a qualified individual who has had an impact on the local and state level. Previous nomination will not affect nominees' consideration for this award.
  2. Nominations may be submitted by individuals, firms, brokers/managers, and by local associations.
  3. Letters of recommendation and other supporting documentation, including resumes, news stories, etc., is encouraged, but not required, and will be considered as part of the application.
  4. Online form submission is the required application format.
  5. Criteria for nominating your candidate may be for current year accomplishment and/or for any period up to the previous ten (10) years.
  6. All VAR awards are scaled on a 100-point system, with each section given part of the total value as outlined in the application. A minimum of 75 points must be awarded for the nominee to be eligible to receive the award.
  7. Previous winners of award are not eligible.
  8. Applications must be fully completed at time of submission in order to be considered for selection. 
  9. Entries must be received by a submission deadline as determined by VAR staff in consultation with the Chair of the Awards Selection Committee.


Omega Tau Rho Award

(Applications submitted by Local Association Executive)

Created in 1950, the honorary fraternity of OMEGA TAU RHO is awarded by state and local Associations of REALTORS® to members and others serve the REALTOR® organization. Once a medallion is awarded, the recipient is a member for life. This award recognizes exemplary dedication and service, and the high esteem in which recipients are held by fellow members of the REALTOR® organization.

The nominee for the Omega Tau Rho Award must meet one of the following:

  • Director-at -Large of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Regional Vice-President of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Executive Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Finance Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • President of a State Association
  • Reciprocal Director to a foreign affiliate
  • President of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • First Vice President of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Treasurer of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • REALTOR® of the Year of a State Association
  • REALTOR® Emeritus of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Chairman of Standing Committees of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Honorary Members as named by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Elected National Officers of affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils (contact individual affiliate for specific guidelines)
  • Governors/Directors of affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils (contact individual affiliate for specific guidelines)
  • Local Board or State Association Executive Officers who have served 10 or more years
  • Local Board or State Association staff who have served 10 or more years
  • Comptroller or General Counsel of a local Board or State Association with 10 years of service.


VAR Honor Society

The VAR Honor Society rewards and encourages participation in leadership and educational activities of the local, state and national REALTOR® organizations. 

The application for the Virginia Association of REALTORS® Honor Society shall be reviewed by the Local Association President or Association Executive prior to being submitted to VAR. The award criteria are displayed and provided in the form.

IMPORTANT: A minimum of 100 points total, 30 of which must be state association activity and attendance at ANY professional standards class are required to qualify for membership in the Virginia Association of REALTORS® Honor Society.

The Honor Society certificate will be sent to the local association for presentation in mid October.

If you have questions about this entry, please contact VAR at Awards@VARealtor.com or call Lynne Wherry (804) 264-5033.


LISTS OF RECENT AWARD WINNERS

Virginia REALTOR® Award of the Year

Patricia A. Szego, CRB, CRS, AHWD

Haymarket

 

 

Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame
James T. Napier, GRI
Midlothian

 

Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame
John L. Powell, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SHS, SRF
Williamsburg

Virginia REALTOR® Hall of Fame
Barbara M. Wolcott
Virginia Beach


Code of Ethics Leadership Award
Linda A. Martin
Culpeper

 

Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year
Janet M. Rucinski
Virginia Beach

 

Virginia Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Pearl Insurance
Elizabeth M. Dalton, CRB
Radford

VHDA Service to Virginia Award
Bruce S. Richardson, SRES, GREEN, SFR
Richmond

 

Virginia CRS of the Year
Arleen S. Yobs, GRI, CRS, SRES
Crozet

 

WCR Award
Rebecca J. Straley, WCR, ABR, PMN, SFR, AHWD
Fredericksburg


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REALTOR® of the Year

Hall of Fame

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