Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma January 2020 - Page 7

Barbara Brown Sander was awarded the Teri Wagnon Outstanding Affiliate Award at the recent Edmond Board of Realtors banquet. Shari Benton, pictured with Tom Rosser, was named “Affiliate of the Year” by members of the Edmond Board of Realtors. Benton accepted the award at the recent EBR banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn. Among the realtors of distinction was incoming Board president Jilian Gardner, who earned the title of Realtor of the Year. “We always like to make the Realtor of the Year award a big surprise, so she had no idea,” Carter said. “Jilian is with ER A Court yard (Real Estate), and she also was installed as incoming president, but her selection of Realtor of the Year was in recognition of her giving so much of her time and effort to our association. She does a tremendous job, representing the Edmond real estate communit y, the board, and through her volunteer work. She is a great example of the qualit y professionals we have working in the industry here in Edmond. She’s phenomenal. “We also gave away the Most Cooperative Realtor of the Year – this is an honor which is selected by other realtors (in the association), and when they vote, they can’t vote for anyone within their own office. It has to be someone they’ve done business with, with whom they’ve got a good working relationship,” she continued. “This award was given to George Carlton with Churchill-Brown & Associates.” Other distinctions were given to Shari Benton and Barbara Brown Sander, who were awarded Affiliate of the Year and the Teri Wagnon Outstanding Affiliate Award, respectively. “Affiliate of the Year honoree was Shari Benton with First American Title Insurance Company — those awards are given to realtors who go above and beyond in their working with our vendors, and other professionals whose work kind of ‘touches’ real estate,” she said. “Shari has served on several committees in the past, she supports us with sponsorships, she’s very involved and is willing to step up whenever asked. She’s a great asset to the real estate communit y here. “Last year, we created the Teri Wagnon Outstanding Affiliate Award, in honor of one of our affiliates who passed away, and who had made a huge impact in our industry,” Carter said. “This is something we don’t plan on awarding every year, but this year, it was given to Barbara Sander who has been with Old Republic Home Warrant y for, I think, almost 20 years. She’s another professional who always goes above and beyond for our industry, and we wanted to recognize her, especially since it was her last year with her company as she retired.” Carter said the banquet, with around 300 realtors and associates in attendance, was a “great success,” exemplifying the caliber of real estate professionals working in and around the Edmond area. Stephanie Carter, association executive, Edmond Board of Realtors. January 2020 | The Business Times 7