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Top Realtors honored in Denver

Highlights:

  • More than 650 real estate leaders attended the DMAR Roundtable awards ceremony today.
  • Gerry Fitzpatrick of RE/MAX Southeast was named Broker/Manager of the Year.
  • Every award winner thanked his or her team and support staff.

The Denver Metro Association of Realtors, the largest Realtor association in the Denver area, today honored its top members in 2012 in its version of the Academy Awards.

DMARUnlike the Oscars, however, winners gave short speeches during lunch at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel, which drew about 650 of its 5,000 members. DMAR has about twice the number of members as the second largest association in the metro area, the South Metro Denver Realtor Association.

Awards at the 35th Roundtable event were handed out in various categories for the top DMAR members for 2012, which was a blockbuster year for the industry and the brokers honored at the event.

“What is really nice about this event is that it following what had been several pretty weak years,” said David Pike, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who is the current president of DMAR.

“I think we are not only opening the door to a new, stronger market, but we are closing the door on what had been a very weak market,” he said.

Only the best Realtors made it through, and sin some cases thrived, through the Great Recession, Pike said.

“The people who are here today are survivors,” Pike said. “Survivors are my heroes.”

There was one consistent thread running through the event, which lasted less than two hours: Every winner thanked their team and support staff.

Winners, by categories, include:

  • Lorri DeLaney, of Coldwell Banker Residential, the lone “Rising Star” for selling more than $1 million in properties in her first year of the business. As is true in many, if not most businesses, the first year is often is considered the most challenging for Realtors.
  • Top Individual Producer for 2012:

Winner: Anne Dresser-Kocur, of Fuller Sotheby’s International, who completed more than $47.6 million in sales last year.

  • Top Individual Producer based on the number of sides:

Winner: Greg Geller, principal of Vision Real Estate.

Geller completed what was described as an “incredible” 135 sides in 2012.

  • Top Corporate Producers for 2012, which requires more than 51 percent of the production coming from corporate deals.

Winner: Ruben A. Estrada, Keller Williams Preferred. Estrada completed more than $37 million in deals.

  • Top Corporate Producer based on number of sides completed:

Estrada, with 221.9 sides.

  • Top Team Production based on dollar volume:

Winner: Linda, Tre and Josh Behr, of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, with $110 million in completed deals.

  • Top Performances by Teams based in sides closed.

Winner: The Brendan Bartic team from Coldwell Banker Denver Central, with 172.3 completed sides.

  • Top Projects of 2012 in the Denver-area based on volume.

Winner: Lance Chayet, of Hanover Realty, with more than $12 million in production and 38 sides. (This is considered the most difficult category and Chayet was the only one to quality for it.)

The numbers were not released for most of the winners in the next categories, which were based on production and the number of agents in each office.

  • Offices with one to five associates:

Winner: Verne Harris, Public Realty Co.

  • Offices with six to 10 associates:

Winner: Karen Frisone, K.O. Real Estate.

  • Offices with 11 to 30 associates.

Winner: Greg Geller, Vision Real Estate.

  • Offices with 31 to 50 associates.

Winner: Tim Clark, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.

  • Offices with 51 to 100 associates.

Winner: Luisa Staerkel, the Kentwood Co. – DTC.

  • Office Volume for Offices with more than 100 associates:

Sally Scaman, Coldwell Banker North Metro, with more than $313 million in production.

Meanwhile, Beth Ward from RE/MAX Alliance, was named the 2012 Support Person of the Year.

This award was created in 2008 to honor individuals whose service to their company and the brokerage company was invaluable to their firm and the profession.

Before Ward’s name was announced, she was described as someone known for her “positive attitude and smile, even when working with 80-plus cranky Realtors,” said presenter, Cheryl Preheim, the Channel 9 reporter and anchor, who presented the awards. (Proheim protested that she did not write word “cranky,” but was only reading her script, eliciting laughter from the audience.)

Ward also was praised for volunteering at the Children’s Miracle Network, the Susan G. Koman organization and for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park.

Ward said she did not expect to win, but was honored to have received it

The final award, the Broker/Manager of the Year, was presented by Gretchen Rosenberg-Faber, who was the recipient of the award for the previous award.

Gerry Fitzpatrick, of RE/MAX Southeast, received the award.

Gerry Fitzpatrick

Gerry Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick started his real estate career in 1978, is a life member of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors and has served on the board of Metrolist board of directors for six terms. He is the current vice chair of the Metrolist board.

Fitzpatrick grew his office from 17 agents in 1985 to the “mega-office firm (it is) today,” Rosenberg-Faber said.

In 1987, his office was the first in the Denver area to hit the milestone of selling $100 million in properties. In today’s dollars, that would be the equivalent of $204.4 million.

When not selling real estate, Fitzpatrick has help raise more than $2.5 million for Children’s Hospital Burn Center as a major sponsor of the “Colorado Firefighters Hot Time in Kool Cars Car Show.”

He also is the secretary of the Denver Roadsters, Colorado’s oldest car club.

When he accepted the award, Fitzpatrick noted that he had just been talking to his longtime friend, Denver developer Buzz Geller.

Fitzpatrick and Geller both were graduates of the 1963 George Washington High School class and are preparing for a 50-year reunion.

“I was probably voted the most likely not to succeed in high school,” he joked. “I am really blessed,” to be involved in selling homes.

Fitzpatrick said that Realtors are “yes junkies,” whether they are asked to list a home, represent a buyer, or volunteer for an organization.

“Here is a great ‘yes’ from me,” Fitzpatrick said in his acceptance speech. “And thank you.”

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