Each year the Lakeland REALTORS® accepts nominations from their members for the prestigious REALTOR® of the Year award. The REALTOR® of the Year award recognizes an active REALTOR® member who has provided outstanding service to our profession and our community during the year. Criteria include REALTOR® Spirit, high principals, faithfulness to laws and regulations and the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, participation in community activities and involvement with the Lakeland REALTORS® to help further the mission of the organization and its members.
On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Lakeland REALTORS® held its annual Installation & Awards Banquet at the beautiful Magnolia Building and awarded the REALTOR® of the Year award to two very deserving individuals, Jana Lutz and Mindy Emerson-Hunley.
Jana is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker, and will serve as a Director on the Board at Lakeland REALTORS® in 2019. She is the YPN Co-Chair and a recent Leadership Academy Graduate.
Mindy is the Broker/Owner of Tribute Realty, she is on our REALTOR® Political Action Committee, as well as the Professional Development Committee.
Both recipients always have the Association’s best interest at heart. They are leaders in our community and they volunteer their time and talents to many worth causes, including promoting the real estate profession with integrity and honesty.
The William Lofin Commercial REALTOR® of the Year was presented to Gary Ralston with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler for his dedication to serving the commercial real estate sector.
Dawn Holcomb with United Title Group of Lakeland was awarded the Preferred Business Partner of The Year award for her hard work ethic and continuous support of the REALTOR® community.
In addition to these awards, the Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Lakeland REALTORS® staff. The 2018 award went to Susan Conner with Coldwell Banker Residential. Susan has dedicated many volunteer hours to the profession and to Lakeland REALTORS®, including chairing the 2018 Golf Tournament benefiting Habitat for Humanity.
The Humanitarian of the Year award was presented to Kim Ice-Couch with Lock Insurance. Kim works tirelessly to make our community a better place, working with many charities and good causes in the community.
The Hall of Fame Award was awarded posthumously to Jan Bellamy who was for many years, the Broker of RE/MAX Experts. Jan was a REALTOR® for 34+ years, and served on many committees at Lakeland REALTORS®. Jan was known throughout the Lakeland real estate community for being a master negotiator while upholding her integrity, honesty and fairness motto. She was a true mentor to anyone who needed guidance with any and all parts of a transaction and tried to always find a compromise that made difficult situations a win-win for everyone involved.
This year in addition to the awards above, the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards given for outstanding leadership and professionalism in 2018. This award was presented to Chris McLaughlin of Keller Williams.
Habitat for Humanity of Lakeland was honored with the proceeds from the Lakeland REALTORS® Golf Tournament in the amount of $11, 393.00 for their tiny home for heroes project, also known as the “Fleming Platoon.”
Congratulations to all of our outstanding award winners.