Realtors honor their own

Marlene Berrier was named the year’s top Realtor and Kevin Cooter began his first full term as the group’s chair as the Pueblo Association of Realtors hosted its annual meeting Saturday night.

Berrier, an agent with RE/MAX Pueblo West, was praised for her professional and civic accomplishments in being awarded the Thomas J. Downan Realtor of the Year award. She also is a current member of the group’s board of directors.

Other award winners:

Brittney Martinez of RE/MAX Associates received the Arthur C. Leach Outstanding Salesperson of the Year award. She was cited for outstanding ethical conduct, loyal customer service and sales volume.

Renee Hassebrock of RE/MAX Associates was named Rookie of the Year. The award is based on sales volume and involvement in the group’s education and community programs.

Lifetime Achievement Awards recognizing 30 years or more of service were presented to Kathy Pepper of Berkshire Hathaway Platinum, Greg Ratliff of RE/MAX Associates, Pat McEvoy of RE/MAX of Pueblo, James Valdez of RE/MAX of Pueblo, Bill Schwabe Jr. of Schwabe Real Estate, Brian Housman of RealEstatePueblo.com and Otis Ludiker Land Marketing.

Vern Larson of Advantage Home Mortgage was selected as Lender of the Year.

Lisa Romo of Land Title Guarantee was named Closer of the Year.

The National Association of Realtors emeritus award was presented to Cheryl Hindsley of Jones Healy. She has been a member of the national group for 40 years.

An estimated 250 people attended the Hawaiian-themed banquet at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.

Officers installed for the coming year: Cooter, chair; Dave Anderson of RE/MAX Pueblo West, chair-elect; and board of directors Joetta White, Jones-Healy; Ratliff; Brenda Walters, Pueblo Properties; Mike Spoone, RE/MAX Associates; Berrier; Scott Moore, Coldwell Banker; and Casey Edwards, RE/MAX of Pueblo.

Bob Tibbs of RE/MAX Associates and Linda Lowry of RE/MAX Associates were named the Pueblo group’s representatives to the Colorado Association of Realtors.

More than 435 people are members of the association.

Cooter on Monday said that, among the group’s goals for the coming year, are “helping to make the real estate listing information more accessible to the public — and easier for them to find online — and see the value of working with a real estate agent… It’s a fact that the average buyer (and seller) can get a better deal when they’re working with a real estate agent than if they do it on their own.”


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