Despite a few difficult years in the real estate market, the 400 North Board of Realtors celebrated the successes of 2010 during a dinner event Thursday.
About 200 real estate agents from Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties attended the group's event, "A Night to Remember -- A Celebration of Excellence," at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
Board chairman Terry Swanson commended his colleagues.
"It was one of the most challenging years, but everyone here made it through and tonight we're going to celebrate," he said.
The major focus of the evening was on awards.
Some 80 members garnered Circle of Excellence recognition, which is given to real estate agents with $1 million or more in residential sales throughout their careers.
Seven were presented the group's highest honors: Phoenix award, for members named to the Circle of Excellence for 10 years; the Crystal Phoenix, for those with 20 years; and the Silver Phoenix for 25 years.
Carolyn Britton, Amy Burleson and Alan Grizzle received the Phoenix award.
The Crystal Phoenix went to Sue Jones and Debbie McCrary, while Janie Burel and Gay Pinson earned the Silver Phoenix.
A few first-time awards were also presented.
Tom Becker received the "workhorse" award and was named top producer for general brokerage.
Tamara Stout was named top producer for new homes, and the Cindy Komar team of Results Realty Services received the top producer team honor.
Realtor Susan Adams, who has attended the banquet for several years, said it's good for those in the real estate market to reconnect.
"It's very important to support each other always," she said. "We need to be reminded that we want to represent ourselves in a positive light and be engaged in the community.
"It's great to get together and see people you don't see every day, and to be able to see everyone socially and be reminded how important we are to each other."