Awards

REALTOR of the Year

Mike Buscher, CRB, GRI was selected by his peers as the 2016 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. Buscher has been a member since 1990 and is Managing Broker  for The Real Estate Group in Springfield.  Mr. Buscher served as president of CAR in the year 2015 as well as 2000 and was selected as the REALTOR of the Year previously in 2001.  Mr. Buscher currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice-chair of the Leadership Academy Work Group.  Buscher 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)
  • Mike Buscher (2016)
  • Rising Star Award

    The RISING STAR AWARD was presented to Tracy Shaw who is a broker affiliated with The Real Estate Group. Shaw joined the association in 2012 and is a graduate of the CAR Leadership Academy.  Shaw currently serves as Vice-chair of the Community Service Committee. 

    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)
    • Tracy Shaw (2016)

    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 Steve Myers who has been a member of the organization since 1991 and is currently owner and Managing Broker of Myers Commercial Real Estate.  Mr. Myers chairs the Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) and served as president of CAR in 2014.

     

     

    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)
  • Steve Myers (2016)

  • 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 Sudi Blood and Steve Contri.

        Sudi Blood, CRS, GRI has been a member of the organization since 1993 and is a Broker affiliated with RE/MAX Professionals in Springfield.  Sudi currently serves on CAR's Community Service Committee.

         Steve Contri, CRS, GRI has been a member of CAR since 1982, holds the GRI Designation and is a Broker affiliated with RE/MAX Professionals in Springfield.    Steve currently serves on CAR's Community Service Community.

    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)
  • Steve Contri (2016)
  • Sudi Blood (2016)
  • Honor Roll

    2016 CAR Honor Roll

    For the first time in 2016, CAR unveiled a new recognition program called the “CAR Honor Roll”.  The overall intent of this program is to recognize both REALTOR® and Affiliate members who are well rounded in their support of the organization and involvement in the community. 

    Both REALTORS® and Affiliates have the opportunity to earn this recognition by amassing the required number of points for their 2015 activities.  At least 90 points must be earned in five different categories for REALTORS® and 60 points in three different categories for Affiliates.  Categories include REALTOR® activities, networking, education, community engagement and production.  Congratulations to our 2016 class of CAR Honor Roll members.


    REALTORS®
    Sudi Blood
    Kaye Brittin
    Michael Buscher
    Dominic Campo
    Gail Chevalier Zini
    Philip Chiles
    Ashley Coker
    Steve Contri
    Kristie DeBrun
    Ronald Duff
    Kim Elliott-Birtch
    Sandra Hamilton
    Lori Hammel
    Dana Hudson
    Jane Locascio
    Jacob Mabus
    Edward Mahoney
    Stephen Myers
    Michael Oldenettel
    Suzie Sables Duff
    Debra Sarsany
    Patricia VanEtten


    Affiliates
    Brad Dyer
    Cris Lust
    Patrick Quigley
    Kim Taylor
    Janet Trader
    Stephanie Verardi

    Affiliate of the Year Award

    The AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD was presented to Stephanie Verardi.  Verardi has been an Affiliate member of the organization since 1991 and serves on the CAR Board of Directors.  Verardi 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)
    • Stephanie Verardi (2016)

    REALTOR Emeritus

    Davis and Young Recognized as REALTOR Emeritus 

        REALTOR Julie Davis Broker with the Real Estate Group was recognized for having been a member of the organization for 40 years and earning the 40-year REALTOR Emeritus status. Davis served as CAR's president in 1988.

        Allan Young Broker-owner of RE/MAX Professionals in Springfield was recognized as having attained the 40-year REALTOR Emeritus status.  Young served as CAR's president in 1998.

    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.