Awards

REALTOR of the Year

Todd Musso, GRI, SFR was selected by his peers as the 2015 REALTOR® OF THE YEAR.  This cherished award is presented annually to a REALTOR® who is faithful to the principles of organized real estate, real estate laws and regulations of the organization; sets an example of sound real estate practices; promotes cooperation among fellow REALTORS®; and, has an outstanding interest in civic and community affairs.  Mr. Musso joined the organization in 2005 and is Manging Broker for Wrightsman-Musso, Ltd. in Virden.  A second generation REALTOR®, Musso is a graduate of the CAR Leadership Academy and has served on a number of CAR's committees including, chairman of New Member Forum, Finance, Executive and Nominating Committees.  Musso served as CAR's president in 2011.  Musso is a Major Investor in RPAC, and has been active in the Illinois Association of REALTORS serving on a number of committees as well.

The purpose of the REALTOR® of the Year Award (ROTY) is to recognize a REALTOR® who has made a significant contribution to the Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and the community at large.

The criteria, which will be considered in the selection process, are:

  1. Eligible individuals include all REALTOR® members -- owners, managers, salespeople, including current Association officers, directors and past award recipients. The current association President and members of the REALTOR® of the Year Committee are not eligible.
  2. Professional Ethics & Practice -- is faithful to the principles of organized real estate, laws and regulations of the Association and Code of Ethics; sets an example of sound real estate practices; and promotes cooperation among fellow REALTORS®.
  3. Extraordinary leadership and participation in the Capital Area Association of REALTORS®, Illinois Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®, and its affiliated and other related trade organizations.
  4. Active Involvement in Civic, Service & Community Organizations.

Past Recipients:

  • Gail M. Wanless (1983)
  • Leonard W. Sapp (1984)
  • Marthann Sescleifer (1985)
  • Randall C. Raynolds (1986)
  • Julie Davis (1987)
  • J. Barry Johnson (1988)
  • Ronald D. Ladley (1989)
  • Phillip B. Gebben (1990)
  • Martin Baptist (1991)
  • Rita Victor (1992)
  • William Furling (1993)
  • Cynthia Nagle (1994)
  • William B. Thomas (1995)
  • Bonnie VanDerSlik (1996)
  • Marggie Zimmerman (1997)
  • Clark E. ABud@ Denton (1998)
  • Allan R. Young (1999)
  • Joseph H. Metzger (2000)
  • Mike Buscher (2001)
  • Ron Duff (2002)
  • Pat Regan (2003)
  • Barbara Krueger (2004)
  • Rick Hanselman (2005)
  • Gail Chevalier Zini (2006)
  • Cheryl Dambacher (2007)
  • Peter Steward (2008)
  • Ed Mahoney (2009)
  • Steve Contri (2010)
  • Phil Chiles (2011)
  • Nancy Long (2012)
  • Susan Madison (2013)
  • Kristie DeBrun (2014)
  • Todd Musso (2015)
  • Rising Star Award

    The RISING STAR AWARD was presented to Anthony Buscher who is a broker affiliated with The Real Estate Group. Buscher joined the association in 2011 and is a graduate of the CAR Leadership Academy. 

    Rising Star Criteria:

    The purpose of this award is to honor a newly active CAR REALTOR® member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the success of the Association’s programs, projects and goals.

    The criteria that will be considered in the selection process are:

    1. Current CAR REALTOR member
    2. Member for less than four years
    3. Demonstrates unusual enthusiasm in Association and its programs by attendance and participation
    4. While sales production is not an overriding factor it shall be a consideration

    Recipients:

    • Kyle Killebrew (2007)
    • Todd Musso (2008)
    • Natchure Stockton (2009)
    • None (2010)
    • Jane Hay (2011)
    • None (2012)
    • Kathy Garst (2013)
    • None (2014)
    • Anthony Buscher (2015)

    REALTOR Community Service Award

    The REALTOR® COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD is given to recognize an individual who has made outstanding service contributions to the community.  This award was presented to Lisa Ernst, GRI who has been a member of the organization since 2004 and is currently a broker with the Real Estate Group.  Ernst is a graduate of CAR's Leadership Academy and has served for a decade on its Community Service Committee which she currently chairs.  Ernst has also served on numerous other Committees including the Board of Directors.    

     

     

    The criteria, which will be considered in the selection process, are:

    1. Eligible individuals include all REALTOR members -- owners, managers, salespeople, including current Association officers, directors and past award recipients.
    2. Active Involvement in Civic, Service & Community Organizations -- active involvement means more than just being a member, it means having mad a significant contribution to the organization=s ideals and its work. The selection committee may place more weight on current community involvement.

    Past Recipients:

  • Kathy Snell (1995)
  • Bonnie Wabner (1995)
  • Janice Butler (1996)
  • Julie Davis (1996)
  • Linda Waldron (1997)
  • Ronald W. Duff (1998)
  • Cindy Nagle (1999)
  • Betty Grady (2000)
  • Ronald Ladley (2000)
  • Beverly Collins (2001)
  • Ruth Ann Ayers (2002)
  • Steve Contri (2003)
  • Jan Sables (2004)
  • Susan Madison (2005)
  • Linda Nelson (2006)
  • Marggie Zimmerman (2006)
  • Steve Dove (2007)
  • Cindy Hamilton (2007)
  • Melissa Grussenmeyer (2008)
  • Ed Mahoney (2008)
  • Michelle Higginbotham (2009)
  • Jan Sables (2009)
  • Stan Vacek (2010)
  • Steve Unverzagt (2011)
  • Jane Locasio (2012)
  • Fritz Pfister (2012)
  • John Klemm (2013)
  • Kaye Brittin (2013)
  • Sandra Hamilton (2014)
  • Lisa Ernst (2015)

  • Hall of Fame Award

    The coveted HALL OF FAME AWARD is given only to REALTORS® with a history of community service, moral and social integrity, high professional standards a minimum of 50 years of age and a minimum of 20 years exemplary service to the Capital Area Association of REALTORS®.  This year the award was presented to John Klemm, Nick Musso and Fritz Pfister.

        John Klemm joined the association in 1977 and is the owner and Managing Broker of Sangamon Realty.  Among his contributions to the association Klemm has served on the REALTOR and Developer Committee for several years having chaired this Committee, chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, member of the Board of Directors and serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the organization.  

        Nick Musso, GRI has been a member of CAR since 1993, holds the GRI Designation and is Broker-Owner of Wrightsman-Musso, Ltd. in Virden.  Over the years, Musso has participated on the Board of Directors and various other committees having also chaired the Professional Standards Committee.     

        Fritz Pfister, GRI has been a member of the organization since 1987, is a broker affiliated with RE/MAX Professionals and holds the GRI Designation.  Over the years, Pfister has participated on various committees including the CAR Board of Directors.     
     

    The criteria, which will be considered in the selection process, are:

    1. 20 years of REALTOR® membership
    2. History of community service
    3. 55 years of age and current REALTOR® membership, if living (if deceased age is not a criteria
    4. Moral and social integrity
    5. Adherence to high professional standards and the Code of Ethics
    6. Emphasis on extraordinary service to the association and MIS

    Past Recipients

  • Clyde Grizzell
  • Morris Hyman
  • Charles J. Johnson
  • John AScotty@ McAuley
  • Lawrence H. ADoc@ Owen
  • Leonard W. Sapp
  • Russell Sprouse
  • Charles S. Wanless
  • Gail M. Wanless
  • J.H. Young
  • Phillip B. Gebben (1988)
  • William E. Hoecker (1988)
  • Marthann Sescleifer (1988)
  • George H. Reavy, Jr. (1989)
  • Charles E. Robbins (1989)
  • Thomas J. Hamilton (1991)
  • John B. Clark (1993)
  • Willard Kennedy Jr. (1994)
  • Martin Baptist, Jr. (1995)
  • Dani Mohan (1995)
  • Ronald D. Ladley (1995)
  • I.K. Friedman (1996)
  • William B. Thomas (1996) 
  • William Furling (1997) 
  • Barbra Steward (1998) 
  • Rita Victor (1998) 
  • Janice Butler (1999) 
  • Marggie Zimmerman (1999) 
  • Glen Garrison (2000) 
  • Pat Regan (2000) 
  • Joe Metzger (2001) 
  • Sharon McDaniel (2002) 
  • Kathy Lascelles (2002) 
  • Gary Glisson (2003) 
  • Cindy Nagle (2003) 
  • Julie Davis (2004) 
  • Ernie Lang (2004) 
  • Terry Nuding (2004) 
  • Randy Raynolds (2005) 
  • Bonnie Wabner (2005) 
  • Clark “Bud” Denton (2006) 
  • Beverly Collins (2006) 
  • Ed Mahoney (2007) 
  • Susan Madison (2007) 
  • Art Seppi (2008) 
  • Curtis Tillett (2008) 
  • Jan Sables (2009) 
  • Peter Steward (2009) 
  • Cheryl Dambacher (2010) 
  • Rick Hanselman (2010) 
  • Al Young (2010) 
  • Steve Unverzagt (2011) 
  • Gail Chevalier Zini (2011) 
  • Barb Krueger (2012) 
  • Lynn Raymond (2012) 
  • Nancy Long (2013) 
  • Tip Tippett (2013)
  • Patrick Grady (2014)
  • Betty Shuster (2014)
  • Philip Spengler (2014)
  • John Klemm (2015)
  • Nick Musso (2015)
  • Fritz Pfister (2015)
  • Affiliate of the Year Award

    The AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD was presented to Pat Quigley.  Quigley has been an Affiliate member of the organization since 1990 and has served on a vareity of committees including Chairman of the REALTOR and Affiliate Committee.  Quigley is employed as a loan officer with Town & Country Banc Mortgage Services, Inc. 


    In selecting this award’s recipient the following criteria is considered:

    1. Membership in CAR for a minimum of two (2) years.
    2. Service to at least one committee of the Association. Active in Association functions in general and have demonstrated the qualities of leadership, honesty, and integrity.
    3. Demonstrates knowledge in their field.
    4. High principles and high ethical standards in the conduct of real estate.
    5. Outstanding loyalty and devotion to the advancement and success of the Association through attendance at meetings, service on committees, special assignments.
    6. Cooperates with other members.

    Recipients:

    • Amy Laughlin (2011)
    • Joy Gilliand (2012)
    • Dana Lyons (2013)
    • Misty Buscher (2014)
    • Pat Quigley (2015)

    REALTOR Emeritus

    Spengler Recognized as REALTOR Emeritus 

    REALTOR Phil Spengler Managing Broker of Wanless-Spengler was recongized for having been a member of the organization for 50 years and earning REALTOR Emeritus status.

    REALTOR® Emeritus status requirements:

    1. Capital Area Association of REALTORS®: Any person who has held membership in the Capital Area Association of REALTORS® as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 30 years and has reached the age of 70 is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status.
    2. National Association of REALTORS®: Any person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS® is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status.