The Mill in Lebanon was transported to the 1950s as dozens of this area's most accomplished Realtors celebrated year 2014's most accomplished in their field Saturday night.
EMTAR'S "Rockin' in 2014" Awards of Excellence was the 28th annual recognition program with highlights the announcement of Realtor of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
EMTAR President Karen Lowe said there were four levels of recognition which were: Silver Award (57 recipients), those closing at $1.25 million; Gold Award, those closing at least $2.5 million (77 recipients); Platinum Award, those closing at $5 million (38 recipients), and the Diamond Award, those closing over $10 million (18 recipients).
There were also four tiers of recognition at the banquet that included a hula-hoop contest, a bubble blowing contest and presentation of best themed dressed. The majority of Realtors there dressed in poodle skirts, saddle shoes and Elvis Pressley-type attire.
The biggest highlight of the evening was the Realtor of the Year Award, which was presented to Anita Tate of Century 21 West Main Realty and Auction. To receive this award, one must first be nominated by their fellow Realtors. Then all Realtors nominated enter into a points system. Points are awarded to those nominated based on activity in their local, state and national associations, education advancements, and designations earned from personal involvement in local and civic organizations.
Also nominated were Jimmy Detrick and Debbie Melvin. Realtor of the Year for 2013 was Sue Glore.
Matthew Vance of Vision Realty Partners LLC was announced 2014 Rookie of the Year. The criteria for Rookie of the Year is to be first year licensed in real estate, a member of EMTAR and have the highest grossing sales for the year in this category.
"The realtors awards banquet held at The Mill was a huge success," EMTAR Chairman Judy Hughes said. "Celebrating with a 50s theme, the festive atmosphere was contagious! Brushing arms with Marilyn Monroe, Olivia Newton John, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis, The Pink Ladies and so many more made for a fun evening. And musical experience by The Louis Lee entertainment was phenomenal"
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