Coldwell Banker announces International Award Winner

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Tom Martin, President and COO of Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty/Lake Country, is proud to announce the 2015 Coldwell Banker International Award Winners. These award designations are the most coveted and respected in the industry and reflect the company’s pride in the honorees’ extraordinary level of achievement. INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S PREMIER AWARD Brian Quinn: Brian Quinn has once again received the International President’s Premier award. This award represents the top 1 percent of all Coldwell Banker® sales associates worldwide who qualified for this distinguished award. Brian has been consistently recognized as the Lake Country’s top producing agent, as documented by the official records maintained by the Lake Country Board of Realtors®, and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. He is the most successful buyer’s agent in the history of Reynolds Plantation in addition to being a top listing agent of luxury home property in the Lake Oconee area. Brian’s knowledge of the many communities of Lake Oconee and the lake area is without compare. It’s what comes with the expertise gained after years of experience and innumerable transactions.

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE AWARD Four associates earned membership in the company’s International President’s Circle, a level achieved by only the top 6% of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system. Designees include: Robert Boatright, Jeanne Dufort, Jim Linney, and Gale Weaver. Robert Boatright: Robert, a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club, is consistently one of the top producing real estate Sales Associates in the Lake Oconee area including the 2012 Gold Award recipient for being the #1 Individual Agent. He has successfully represented clients including professional athletes, coaches, investors and first time home buyers. Robert’s clients attribute their positive experience to his attention to detail, personal touch and diligence in getting his clients the best value possible. Robert sets new standards in what to expect from a real estate sales associate. He and his wife, Pam, enjoy living on the lake and the relaxed lifestyle at one of the nation’s premier gated golf communities. Jeanne Dufort:  Some call Jeanne a “Rural Lifestyle Consultant” – She retired to the Lake Country in 2005 and since then has spent her time working to support her local community and helping others discover the unparalleled quality of life Georgia’s Lake Country has to offer. Jeanne is past President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors, the 2010 Lake Country Realtor® of the Year, and is a Phoenix Member (10 years+) of the Million Dollar Club.

Whether buying or selling, Jeanne is a fulltime Realtor® who gets results. Jim Linney: Jim was recognized as Lake Country’s Realtor® of the Year for 2014 and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. He has an outstanding track record of community involvement, has a high level of business success, and has consistently been a well-respected, unselfish member of the Lake Country Board of Realtors®. He specializes in the listing and sale of golf and lake properties and has the uncanny ability to remember every home he has visited and every transaction that closed around the Lake Country. Jim and his wife, Kathy, have lived and golfed in Reynolds Plantation for more than ten years. Gale Weaver: Gale has more than 20 years of experience as a Realtor® and has been a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club since 1997. She has earned the Phoenix, Eagle, and Crystal awards from the Lake Country Board of Realtors®.

As an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and a former broker/owner, Gale knows the ins and outs of the Lake and the Lake Oconee area. A Yankee by birth and a Southerner by choice, Gale and her husband, Ray, enjoy the pace and worry-free living of Lake Oconee. INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND SOCIETY AWARD Two associates earned membership in the company’s International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 12% of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system. Designees include: Ann Foster and Mandi Bonner. Ann Foster: Personal service, aggressive marketing, and a commitment to knowledge in the field have allowed Ann to become a top-producing Lake Oconee Realtor® and to achieve her numerous successes. She is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club and has served as President of the Lake Oconee Board of Realtors®.

Other honors Ann has earned include Area Realtor® of the Year and State of Georgia Realtor® of the Year Nominee. Ann’s knowledge and experience have allowed her to bring success to her clients – whether selling property or looking for the perfect lot or home in Lake Country. Mandi Bonner: Mandi is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. She understands the excitement of buying an existing home or building your dream home. Her background in building and marketing has led to her selling success as she anticipates the needs of her clients. Mandi delivers the level of service required in the destination real estate market at Lake Oconee and strives to ensure a great real estate experience for both buyers and sellers.

INTERNATIONAL STERLING SOCIETY AWARD Five associates have been honored as members of the company’s International Sterling Society. This distinguished membership was awarded to the top 17 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system. Designees include: Lamar Callaway, Terri Thornton, Rick Riegel, Jerry Kearney, and Kay Stevens. Lamar Callaway: Lamar, a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club since 1998, is committed to exceeding the expectations of his buyers and sellers. His youth was filled with excitement growing up in this small rural area of Georgia, hunting, fishing, and floating down the Oconee River before it was formed into Lake Oconee in 1979. He has been a Realtor® since 1987 and strives to deliver the highest possible professional standards and customer service. Terri Thornton: Terri has lived in Greensboro and the Lake Oconee area for most of her life.

She became a Realtor® in 1994 earning lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Club in 1998 as well as several Coldwell Banker distinguished awards. She has watched this area grow from a small town to a resort area with gated communities, golf courses, lake homes and a prestigious hotel. Terri has served as a board member of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Equalization and on various other committees in the community. She is a graduate of 1998/99 Leadership Greene Program & currently serves on the Greensboro Zoning Board.

Part of Terri’s 20+ years of success not only includes selling in the Lake Oconee area but also in-town properties of Greensboro, Union Point, Buckhead, Madison, Eatonton and some of the rural areas of Greene, Putnam, Morgan, & Oconee Counties!  Rick Riegel: Rick, a certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, has over the years provided a high level of professional service with honesty, integrity and tireless dedication to all of his customers, Buyers and Sellers. It’s called “Guaranteed Customer Satisfaction” – a winning plan that has earned Rick annual awards and ensured his professional success. Jerry Kearney: The natural beauty of Georgia’s Lake Country, warm weather, bass fishing, and Southern hospitality attracted Jerry to Lake Oconee in 1979. With 30+ years as a professional Realtor® and as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club, Jerry has the knowledge and expertise to guide buyers and sellers in today’s market. Kay Stevens: Kay Stevens is a lifelong resident of the Lake Country who has been representing buyers and sellers since 1979 when Lake Oconee was filled. Her career in real estate has spanned 30+ years, and she is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. Kay has seen this area transition from a rural farm and timber community to one of the best retirement and recreational communities in the country. Kay says, “The best part of my profession has been the many friends that I have made. I don’t know any other career I could have chosen that would have connected me to so many wonderful people in the community where I live and play.” Kay represents buyers and sellers in a professional and ethical manner, using her many years of experience and knowledge to serve their needs. “I am very proud of every sales associate who has earned these prestigious awards. They are at the top of the real estate industry both locally and nationally, providing dedicated expertise to their clients while obtaining exceptional results,” said Martin.

We take extreme care in identifying, selecting, and welcoming the right individuals to join our growing organization. Once on our Coldwell Banker Team, we take great strides to provide our agents with the finest training, tools, technology, leadership, and support available. Our associates have a shared collective vision for serving as the trusted source of innovative real estate solutions creating exceptional experiences for our clientele.” For more than a century, the Coldwell Banker name has stood for integrity, commitment, and innovation.

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