Distinguished Service Award

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The Distinguished Service Award is given during the Texas REALTORS® Conference in recognition of a member's career service to the real estate industry and the community. 

Deadline: July 30, 2015

How to enter: Download and complete this PDF that includes a submission form as well as a list of the documentation necessary for each entry.

Who can enter: Candidates who have made significant industry contributions throughout their career and who have participated in local activities and civic organizations may be nominated. These leaders are true professionals and outstanding citizens of their community.

How the winner is chosen: Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and the nominating association will be contacted by mid-August to coordinate plans for the presentation.

Contact Ruth Lyons for more information. 


Nomination guidelines and qualifications

The candidates nominated for this honor must have made significant industry contributions throughout their career and are also judged on their participation in local activities and civic organizations. These leaders are true professionals and outstanding citizens of their community.

  1. No more than two REALTORS® may be honored each year. The recipient(s) are selected by the DSA / REALTOR® of the YEAR committee, who will name one, two or no recipients based on the nominations submitted by local associations.
  2. Past presidents/chairman of TAR and previous recipients of the REALTOR® of the YEAR honor are not eligible to be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award.
  3. The Distinguished Service Award shall be presented by the immediate past chairman of TAR at the annual convention.
  4. The Distinguished Service Award recipient shall have a minimum of 25 years of service within the real estate industry and shall currently be a REALTOR® member with an active real estate license. Years of service while a member of another state/local association are accepted.
  5. Only one nominee from each local association will be considered, but an association other than his or her own may nominate the candidate. The nominating association may contact the candidate to secure the information required to complete the nomination. There shall be no campaigning for this award.
  6. Letters of endorsement and/or recommendation in support of this candidate will be accepted from the president and/or association executive of the nominating and/or primary association ONLY. Letters can be mailed to TAR by the nomination deadline. Additional recommendations should not be solicited or submitted.
  7. A recent photograph is required in a digital format or if none is available, a photograph can be mailed to TAR by the nomination deadline.
  8. Following the nomination process each year, all nominations, other than those selected, will be discarded and will not be automatically considered the following year. Candidates will only be considered if a new nomination is submitted.

The Distinguished Service Award is based on the following criteria:

Local Service (30%): Include all contributions and service at the local level, i.e. committee service, special assignments, participation in PAC activities, meeting attendance, offices held, seminar activity, education work, membership and offices held in local chapter of the institutes or other related organizations.

State Service (30%): Include all TAR contributions and service at the state level, i.e. committee assignments, attendance at annual meetings, and offices held. Participation in legislative assemblies, calls-to-action, PAC events, seminars, educational programs as an instructor or monitor, in-town and out-of-town visits to other associations, membership in affiliated organizations and other state-sponsored activities.

National Service (10%): Include all NAR contributions and service, i.e. committee assignments, participation in work group and/or task forces, service as a legislative liaison, participation in calls-to-action, consistent attendance at NAR meetings such as conventions, Hill Visits, or other national meetings, offices held, membership held in any of the institutes, societies or councils, visits made to out-of-Texas associations as speaker or guest and any other national-level activity.

Civic Activities (15%): List activities or involvement with Chamber of Commerce work, religious and cultural contributions to the community, public welfare, campaigns, political offices held (with or without pay). Examples include city council, commissioner's court, school boards, planning commission, etc.

Individual Accomplishments (15%): List contributions that have enhanced the image of the real estate professional, the industry and/or include examples of the nominee's participation as a mentor or role model to new members at the local, state, or national level.

Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and the nominating association will be contacted by mid-August to coordinate plans for the presentation.


Past recipients

Rob Orr, Fort Worth / Leslie Rouda Smith, Plano – 2014
No recipient named in 2013
Rob Rayner, Denton / Virgil Trower, Odessa – 2012
Bob Baker, Collin County / Eloise Eriksson Martin, Dallas – 2011
Jackie Arnette, San Antonio / Norman Dierschke, San Angelo – 2010
Sandy Bednar, Austin / Ronda Needham, Dallas – 2009
Hazel Lewis-Wiltz, Arlington – 2008
Sarah Norman, Bryan/College Station – 2007
Adrian Arriaga, San Antonio – 2006
Doug Hamilton, El Paso / Ruben Pena, San Antonio – 2005
Joan Deal, Colleyville / D’Ann Harper, San Antonio – 2004
Mary Jo Berryman, Fort Worth – 2003
Jacob Casanova, Bandera / Kay LePage, San Antonio – 2002
John Stone, Dallas – 2001
Joanne Justice, Arlington / Mary Starr, Bay Area – 2000
Rob Hovious, El Paso – 1999
Frank Nadolney, Houston – 1996
John Dallas Eckstrum, Montgomery County – 1994
Don Osborne, Lubbock – 1993
Emmadean Berry, Grand Prairie – 1992
Barbara McCarver, Houston – 1991
Mary Claude Gay, Denton – 1990