Realtors' association honors award winners

June 11, 2005|by MALINDA SHAVER of HomeSource

June is a popular time of year for organizations to recognize members who contribute substantially to attaining the group's objectives. In Hagerstown, the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors put the spotlight on five people for their efforts during the past year in support of PMRAR's committees and activities.

This year's winners and the award categories are:

Jim Gullace, Countrywide Home Loans - Affiliate of the Year. Gullace has been active on the realty group's trade show and programs committees; and has sponsored the golf tournament.

Cynthia Hull, Hull Real Estate Service and Hagerstown Community College - John Younkins Memorial Award. Hull focuses on education for real estate agents, recruits and trains instructors, and works to advance professionalism in real estate.

Mary Matthews, Century 21 MG Realty - Maryland Realtor of the Year. Matthews has been involved in building coorperative efforts between brokers, and between regional groups, as well as being an active agent and broker.


Karen Starr, Jack Gaughan Realtor ERA - Pennsylvania Realtor of the Year. Chairman of of the Pen-Mar community service committee since 2000, Starr also is devoted to regional charitable activities and to customer service.

Phyllis Bender, RE/MAX Realty Agency - Distinguished Service Award. Besides continuing to add to her professional skills, Bender has actively contributed to local and regional real estate and charitable efforts.

Featured speaker at the association's June 3 luncheon event was Brien Poffenberger, President/CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, who presented a review of several ways that the Chamber serves and benefits local businesses and organizations such as Pen-Mar, including plans for services that the chamber will be implementing over the next year.

The Pen-Mar luncheon also set the scene for the installation of new members. Elva Kroeger, membership chairman, pledged 17 real estate professionals to the pursuit of the group's objectives. For information about the association, call 301-797-4480 or e-mail:

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