Awards

REALTOR of the Year

Kristie DeBrun, GRI, GREEN, SFR was selected by her peers as the 2014 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 Association; sets an example of sound real estate practices; promotes cooperation among fellow REALTORS®; and has an outstanding interest in civic and community affairs.  Ms. DeBrun joined the association in 2003, holds the GRI, GREEN and SFR designations and is currently affiliated with Campo Realty.  DeBrun has chaired and served on numerous association committees including the Board of Directors and is currently the association's Secretary/Treasurer.

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)
  • Rising Star Award

    Kathy GarstThe RISING STAR AWARD was presented to Kathy Garst. Ms. Garst has been a member of the association since April of 2011 during which time has built a very successful business and at the same time has played an active role in the association through its Marketing & Member Services Committee.

    Rising Star Criteria:

    The purpose of this award is to honor a newly active CAAR 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 CAAR 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)

    REALTOR Community Service Award

    The REALTOR® COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD is given to honor an individual who has made outstanding service contributions to the community.  This award was presented to Sandy Hamilton, GRI who has been a member of the association since 2007 and is currently affiliated with RE/MAX Professionals.  Ms. Hamilton is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Network and serves on the association's 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)

  • 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 Patrick Grady, Betty Shuster and Phil Spengler.

        Patrick Grady has been a member of CAAR since 1969 and is broker-owner of Grady REALTORS, Inc.  Over the years, this individual has participated on various committees.  In 1981 this individual was joined in real estate by his wife Betty followed by his three children Cindy, David and Melissa.  In recognition of 40 years of membership this individual became REALTOR Emeritus in 2010.
     
        Betty Shuster has been a member of the association since 1978, is affiliated with RE/MAX Professionals and holds the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation.  This individual is also a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  Over the years, this individual has participated on various committees.  

        Phil Spengler joined the association in 1964 and is the owner and Managing Broker of Wanless-Spengler.  Among his contributions to the association this individual has served on the REALTOR and Developer Committee for several years having chaired this Committee in 1997 and 1998 during a very tumultuous time for development in Springfield.   This individual is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate Network. 

    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)
  • Affiliate of the Year Award

    The AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD was presented to Misty Buscher.  Buscher has been an Affiliate member of the association since 2002 and has served on a vareity of committees including the Board of Directors.  Ms. Buscher is employed as a loan officer iwth Marine Bank. 


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

    1. Membership in CAAR 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)

    REALTOR Emeritus

    Four Recognized as REALTOR Emeritus 

    Beverly Collins (RE/MAX Professionals), Ted Curtis (Ted Curtis, REALTOR), Bill Dragoo (RE/MAX Professionals) and Sharon Oaks (RE/MAX Professionals) were all recognized as having achieved the 70/30 REALTOR Emeritus status (70/30 means a minimum of 70 years of age and 30 years of membership).

    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.