FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Announces
Stephen Walker Named Georgia REALTOR® Of The Year
ATLANTA, GA (September 18, 2017) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties is proud to announce that Stephen Walker from our Peachtree City office was named 2017 REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) for the Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR). The honor was announced during the Keynote Session of GAR’s 2017 Annual Conference, which took place in Jekyll Island, Georgia. “I have a passion and desire to not only be the best REALTOR® I can be, but in giving back to others through service, dedication, and support for my family and community,” said Stephen. “I feel so grateful and humbled to receive such an honor.”
“We congratulate Stephen on this well-deserved honor. Stephen is a true professional and works hard to deliver an exceptional experience for his clients and customers. He also takes the time to help fellow associates and give back to our community. We are proud to have Stephen Walker as a member of our family,” said Dan Forsman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.
Since 1920, GAR has selected one deserving individual to be honored as REALTOR® of the Year annually. Stephen was one of 34 REALTORS® from across the state nominated for the 2017 award. “When you want to define what is means to be a REALTOR®, just mention the name Stephen Walker,” said Sheila Brower of Marietta, 2017 GAR President. “Stephen shares his talents in so many ways, and all that he does comes from the heart. Personally, I feel very blessed to have had him in my life for so many years and am very proud of him as a REALTOR® and as a man who loves his family!” Sheila adds, “From the reception he received when his name was announced for this honor, our GAR members feel the same.”
Stephen has more than 17 years of experience in real estate. As a top producing REALTOR® for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, he was named 5th out of 1,600 agents in 2016, is a current member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chairman’s Circle – Platinum Level which represents the top one percent of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents worldwide, and has been recognized as a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Top Ten Individual Agent for ten years running. “The Peachtree City office is so proud of Stephen and this well-deserved recognition,” said Steve Quinn, Senior Vice President & Managing Broker. “Stephen amazes his colleagues with his unceasing energy and passion for our profession. He is always willing to assist others who may need help with a contract or client. He supports office activities just as enthusiastically as he would the local board or the state functions.” Steve adds, “Stephen is truly is an encourager of others. He cares deeply for his customers and clients, striving to provide his personal high standard of service. We feel it is an honor to work with Stephen. In an industry where repeat and referral clients are vital, this is the core of Stephen’s business.”
A member of the Fayette County REALTORS® (FCR), Stephen is the first Fayette County REALTOR® to receive this award in 35 years. He served as board president in 2016, is a three-time recipient of FCR’s REALTOR® of the Year, and is also a recipient of the board’s Circle of Achievement award. “We are proud to see Stephen’s years of commitment to the REALTOR® association at the local and state level recognized by being named GAR REALTOR® of the Year,” said Veronica Bangsboll, 2017 President of the Fayette County REALTORS®. “He has worked tirelessly to help his local community, board and state, and this award was well deserved.”
Stephen is also a member of the Council of Residential Specialists, the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and is a secondary member of the Newnan-Coweta Board of REALTORS®. Dedicated to continuing education, Stephen holds eight designations, including the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation and the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) from the Council of Residential Specialists.
Stephen is a graduate of the Leadership Academy at the local (FCR) and state (GAR) levels. He is dedicated GAR volunteer, having served on several committees, including the State and Local Governmental Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and he has chaired the Conference Committee twice. Stephen was recently appointed to GAR’s 100-Year Anniversary Task Force, which will oversee the association’s centennial anniversary in 2020. He is a fixture at GAR’s conferences, where he is often asked to sing the national anthem and serve as caller for Bingo tournaments. Stephen is a staunch supporter of private property rights and homeownership, and demonstrates his commitment by being a high-level investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee.
Stephen is a 1995 graduate of Clayton State University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. Having earned the rank of Eagle Scout, he has a long history of service to the community. Stephen’s sought-after talents as an emcee have led to his involvement in several organizations, including the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, Bloom Frocks and Rocks, Healing 4 Heroes, Real Life Center, and Southern Crescent Chorale, among many others. Stephen and his wife Michelle are parents to two teen-age daughters and active members of Southside Church in Peachtree City.
“When you are represented by Susan Clowdus Real Estate, you are in the capable hands of highly trained real estate specialists with thorough knowledge of the local market and over 20 years of proven negotiating experience. We are proud to have Susan Clowdus and her team as new members of our family,” said Dan Forsman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties has over 1,600 associates and 22 offices across the Greater Metro Atlanta area. Led by president and CEO, Dan Forsman, the organization offers a full suite of real estate services including residential real estate, luxury real estate, new homes services, condo/ high-rise services, commercial real estate, corporate relocation, property management, mortgage lending, title and settlement services, home warranties and insurance. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties is an independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity. Visit http://www.BHHSGA.com.
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