Awards, Designations and Community Involvement
Awards and Designations
AWARDS AND DESIGNATIONS
To be an expert in any profession, I believe that you must be willing to devote extra time and effort to training, continuing education, and self-analysis. These are Awards & Designations I have earned in the recent years. SODREP
--Society of Distinguished Real Estate Professionals. This prestigious award is earned by less than 1% of the REALTORS in Grand Rapids, and is presented by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. It is presented to individuals demonstrating leadership in the industry in sales volume, while also pursuing not only vigorous educational requirements but also active involvement socially and politically in our neighborhoods and communities.
ABR--Accredited Buyers Representative. This designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors for advanced educational requirements.
CRS--Certified Real Estate Specialist. This prestigious designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors based on advanced educational requirements and also high sales records. It is earned by less than 5% of the REALTORS in the United States.
GRI--Graduate REALTORS Institute. This designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors for advanced educational requirements.
AHWD--One America: At Home With Diversity. This prestigious designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors based on completion of an extensive Diversity training program. It is earned by less than 1% of the REALTORS in the United States.
e-Pro--This designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors for advanced educational requirements in technology.
SFR--Short Sale and Foreclosure Resources. This certification is awarded by the National Association of Realtors for advanced educational requirements to facilitate short sale transactions.
RE/MAX 100% Club--This annual award is presented by RE/MAX International for high sales records.
RE/MAX Hall Of Fame--This Life Time Achievement Award is presented by RE/MAX International for high career sales.
Grand Rapids Association of Realtors
Michigan Association of Realtors
National Association of Realtors
Multiple Listing Service of Southwest Michigan Regional Information Center (SWMRIC)
BNI: Business Network International ( Local Chapter: MVP/Most Valuable Providers)
Local First, West Michigan business group
Each year I strive to do my part to make our planet a better place than it was a year ago. I believe we all need to be involved in our communities, helping to effect positive changes in the environments around us. I believe that "Giving back to our Community" is not only helpful for those around us, but it also helps to promote balance within our own lives...mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
Issues that have been important to me, and those of which I am currently involved or have been actively involved in the recent past, include: HOUSING ISSUES...working with the homeless, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, working with Fair Housing committees to help eliminate discrimination in housing, and serving on various committees for the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES...Sustainable Living has become increasingly important to me. I am involved in locally grown, organic food co-ops and Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA). Supporting locally owned businesses, as well as global businesses that strive to be less destructive to the Earth and it's people is important to me.YOUTH...Working with our youth is a passion for me. I have enjoyed my time with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade girls in the local school system as their "Brownie Girl Scout" leader; and as they grew older, also continued my work with them in 4th & 5th grade as their "Junior Girl Scout" leader, and later with them in middle school as their "Cadette Girl Scout" leader. My past experience in tutoring area children has also been very rewarding. THE GREATER COMMUNITY...Volunteering at Hospice and helping the terminally ill with holistic health practices; Volunteering at Frederik Meijer Gardens, local botanical gardens.