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Lubbock REALTOR® wins top award

State association honors John Walton with REALTOR® of the Year

March 11, 2007 — Austin

John Walton, broker-owner of Century 21 in Lubbock, was awarded the Texas REALTORS® 2006 REALTOR® of the Year. The winner was announced Monday at the state association’s Winter Meeting awards ceremony in Austin.

Walton was honored for his more than 30 years of dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the real estate industry through involvement in the local, state and national REALTOR® organizations.

“The REALTOR® family is truly grateful for John Walton’s dedication to our industry and association over the years,” said Avis Wukasch, chairman of the Texas REALTORS®. “His leadership and service have paved the way for many improvements that benefited REALTORS® and property owners.”

The award for REALTOR® of the Year is the state association’s most prestigious honor. The winner is selected from a large pool of candidates and is decided by the Nominating Committee, which consists of one REALTOR® member from each of 16 regions throughout the state. The honor recognizes one REALTOR® in Texas based on local, state and national service, individual accomplishments, and community and civic endeavors.

broker-owner of Century 21 in Lubbock, was awarded the Texas REALTORS® 2006 REALTOR® of the Year. The winner was announced Monday at the state association’s Winter Meeting awards ceremony in Austin.

Walton was honored for his more than 30 years of dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the real estate industry through involvement in the local, state and national REALTOR® organizations.

“The REALTOR® family is truly grateful for John Walton’s dedication to our industry and association over the years,” said Avis Wukasch, chairman of the Texas REALTORS®. “His leadership and service have paved the way for many improvements that benefited REALTORS® and property owners.”

The award for REALTOR® of the Year is the state association’s most prestigious honor. The winner is selected from a large pool of candidates and is decided by the Nominating Committee, which consists of one REALTOR® member from each of 16 regions throughout the state. The honor recognizes one REALTOR® in Texas based on local, state and national service, individual accomplishments, and community and civic endeavors.

John Walton held the top leadership position for the Texas REALTORS®, serving as chairman of the board in 1999. He was honored as Omega Tau Rho inductee in 2001 recipient and holds Graduate REALTOR® Institute and Certified Residential Specialist designations. Walton has served on various committees and task forces for the state association including Budget, Taxation, Strategic Planning and Legal Review, which he chaired in 2002. He was named the Lubbock REALTOR® of the Year in 1983. For the National Association of REALTORS®, Walton currently serves on the Board of Directors. Walton also has served as Chairman of the Texas Real Estate Commission.

About the Texas REALTORS®

With more than 110,000 members, the Texas REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit texasrealestate.com to learn more.