February 21, 2013 — Austin
Celebrating a year of accomplishments, the Texas REALTORS® recognized outstanding members and local associations February 15 during its annual Winter Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Austin.
“This event commemorates a year of incredible growth for the Texas housing market and is a chance to honor the Texas REALTORS® and local REALTOR® organizations that have been true innovators and leaders for our association and our industry,” said Shad Bogany, chairman of the Texas REALTORS®.
Receiving one of the most anticipated awards of the day, Lance Lacy, a former TAR chairman and owner of Lacy & Co. Realty in San Angelo, was named Texas REALTOR® of the Year. This title is bestowed annually to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the industry through involvement in their national, state and local REALTOR® organizations over the past 10 years.
Carolyn Arnold, chief executive at the Permian Basin Board of REALTORS® in Midland, received one of the most esteemed leadership recognitions, the Tom D. Morton Award for top association executive in Texas. In the last seven years, Arnold has raised the highest per-capita TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) investments in the state, doubled attendance at local association luncheons and revamped the boardâ€™s committee structure.
The William C. Jennings Award for best commercial real estate transaction was awarded to Ken Wimberly of Arlington for his strategic guidance in the purchase of a large portion of the Six Flags Mall.
In addition, Texas REALTORS® gave special recognition to continuing-education instructors and programs. Katrina Barnes of Houston was named Educator of the Year. An advocate for ensuring quality REALTOR® education, Barnes is a GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) instructor who also teaches technology, broker-responsibility, marketing, and pre-licensing classes for Texas REALTORS®.
The Houston Association of REALTORS® and MetroTex Association of REALTORS® in Dallas also were honored with Education Program of the Year awards. These awards recognize outstanding local-association education programs that meet member needs and increase professionalism in the real estate industry.
The Texas REALTORS® also inducted six members into the National Association of REALTORS® Omega Tau Rho fraternity, which recognizes REALTORS® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry. Inductees included: Roy Del Bosque of Corpus Christi; Kaki Lybbert of Greater Denton/Wise County; Patricia Mays of MetroTex; Rob Rayner of Greater Denton/Wise County; and Tom Gann of Lukfin.
Finally, the Texas REALTOR® Hero Award, which recognizes a Texas REALTOR® who has done exemplary work in promoting and advancing homeownership in Texas, was given to Bryan Hutchinson of the Greater Lewisville Association of REALTORS®. Hutchinson created a give-back program to fund temporary housing for families of children with cancer and was instrumental in launching the “Cloud 9 Charities Challenge,” a program that benefits homeless families.