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AREA Awards

AREA Awards 2012 Winners, Finalists & Photos

A night full of networking, laughs and recognition, the first annual Arizona Real Estate Achievement, AREA Awards ceremony was held on May 3, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix.

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards are selected by a panel of industry experts and honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

Comedian Travis Thurman made a special appearance at this year’s AREA Awards as our opening introduction. And the keynote speaker, Paul Blue, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor informed the attendees of the importance of the real estate industry, neighborhood safety, education and much more.

Congratulations to all of the finalists, honorable mentions and winners!


View photos from the event on our Facebook:

AREA 2012 Snapshots

Photos: Cory Bergquist

Congratulations to all of our winners:

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Russell Shaw, Realty One Group
Honorable Mention:
Curtis Johnson, Curtis Johnson Realty

REAL ESTATE BROKER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Deems Dickenson, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International
Honorable Mention:
Dale Hillard, West USA Realty

REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR—SMALL

Winner: TEAM Investments
Honorable Mention:
Kirans & Associates

REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR—LARGE

Winner: Keller Williams Legacy One Realty
Honorable Mention:
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

MORTGAGE BANKER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Bill Rogers, Homeowners Financial Group
Honorable Mention:
NOVA

MORTGAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Winner: AmeriFirst Financial
Honorable Mention:
CNN Mortgage

LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Tiffany & Bosco
Honorable Mention:
Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner

HOME BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lennar

CUSTOM HOME BUILDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Cullum Homes

PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Erica Curtin, HomeSmart Realty
Honorable Mention: Kent Rini, CrimeBusters AZ

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Walt Danley, Walt Danley Realty

COMPANY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Finalists:

  • Erica Curtin, HomeSmart Realty
  • Walt Danley, Walt Danley Realty
  • Don Dickinson, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Dale Hillard, West USA Realty
  • Curtis Johnson, Curtis Johnson Realty
  • Tanya Marchiol, TEAM Investments
  • Kent Rini, Crimebusters of AZ
  • Russell Shaw, Realty ONE Group
  • Kiran Vedantam, Kirans & Associates
  • Keller Williams Legacy One Realty
  • AmeriFirst Financial Inc.
  • Coldwell Banker
  • CNN Mortgage
  • Cullum Homes
  • Homeowners Financial Group
  • Lennar Arizona, Inc.
  • NOVA Home Loans
  • Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.Cc
  • Tiffany & Bosco

Presenting Sponsor:

Great American Title Agency

 

Event Partner:

Phoenix Association of RealtorsWEMAR

AREA Awards

AREA Awards 2012: Mortgage Banker Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: MORTGAGE BANKER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Bill Rogers, Homeowners Financial Group

AREA Awards: Bill RogersHomeowners Financial Group is led by President and CEO Bill Rogers. On a collaborative leadership level, HFG created a program to help with the current housing and economic crisis for Valley employers called the Homeowners Benefits Program (HBP). It was apparent that Valley employees were and still are struggling with issues such as credit repair, foreclosure prevention and debt management, along with traditional home financing. The HBP provides Arizona companies a web-based solution with the education, tools and resources to help employees with their real estate and financial needs. Rogers and COO Bob Kennedy have also lobbied as part of the Mortgage Bankers Association, pushing to implement new laws to help stabilize housing in Arizona.


Honorable Mention: NOVA

Personal commitment to professional excellence and a strong desire to help others is the common thread among the loan officers at NOVA. Loan officers pride themselves on the relationships they forge with clients and their families. NOVA has served its customers since 1980 and are able to originate loans in 19 states. In 2001, the company merged its flexibility as a mortgage broker with the efficient service of a mortgage bank to create a better way of lending. Efficiency and teamwork are the keys to the company’s accelerated loan delivery. Loan applications are handled in-house from start to finish — eliminating the need to ship applications around the country for underwriting, approval and document preparation.


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012