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Banquet celebrates encouraging year
Many Realtors honored for milestones
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Tim Hopkins applauds during the 400 North Board of Realtors award ceremony. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Members of the 400 North Board of Realtors celebrated the successes of 2011 during an annual awards dinner Thursday night.

Held at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, the event drew about 170 of the organization’s members.

The group includes real estate agents from Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

“We’re honored to recognize all of our award recipients tonight,” said Melba Franklin, the organization’s president. “Congratulations to each of you for achieving so much in such a tough market.”

The main focus of the evening was presentation of the Circle of Excellence awards.

In order to earn the recognition for the first time, an agent must have $1 million or more in residential sales throughout his or her career.

In total, 71 people garnered the recognition for 2011.

Five were presented the group’s highest honors: Phoenix Award, for members named to the Circle of Excellence for 10 years; and the Crystal Phoenix, for those with 20 years.

Jamie Chapman, Mickey Hyams, Erica Wagner and Owen Welch, all of Keller Williams Realty Community Partners, received Phoenix awards.

Vicki Treadwell of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage took the Crystal Phoenix.

Other awards presented included the Rookie of the Year, which goes to a member who had “outstanding production and contributions” during their first 18 months in the field.

Kathryn Fickey of Century 21 Results Realty Services received the award.

The top producer and “workhorse” awards for general brokerage went to Tom Becker of Becker Realty Inc.

Tamara Stout of Century 21 was the recipient of those honors in the new homes category.

The team top producer was North Georgia Group, while the team “workhorse” award went to the Welch Team.

Four other awards were presented during a luncheon event in December.

Tim Hopkins with Keller Williams Realty Community Partners was named Realtor of the Year.

The Affiliate of the Year was Glenda Snyder of SunTrust Mortgage, while Mark DiJohn of Results Realty Service received the President’s Award.

The Jim French Award for exceptional achievement and contributions to the organization was presented to Carolyn Mixon of Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners.

Franklin closed Thursday night’s event with optimism for the future.

“All the hard work and the job all of you have done is incredible. Who would have believed our numbers for 2011,” she said.

“Wow, what a wonderful 2012 it’s going to be hopefully for us this year.”