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REALTOR Celebration

2024 REALTOR® Celebration Program

-    FVCC Room 139  -

5:00pm

     WELCOME:   Emcees- Jeanie Deetz and Stephanie Thompson

  • Bar provided by Brannigans
  • ROTY & Rookie Committee Recognition
  • Board Recognition
  • Staff Recognition – Jeri Moon
  • Sponsor Recognitions

           Platinum Sponsor: Whitefish Credit Union

5:45pm

  • Dinner provided by The House of S&M Catering

6:30PM

            Platinum Sponsor: Fidelity National Title

     PLEDGE        

  • Doryce Hawkins, 2024 NMAR President

    MAR            

  • DJ Smith, 2024 MAR President

           Platinum Sponsor: Westcraft Homes

    IN MEMORANDUM

    GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD

  • Presented by the Wilsons

PAST AWARD WINNERS

REALTOR® of the Year

2023 Doryce Hawkins
2022 Jeanie Deetz
2021 Robin Wallace
2020 Kayla Warburton
2019 Bill Leninger
2018 Jackie Smart
2017 Wendy Brown
2016 Rob Keller
2015 Brian Nicodemus
2014 Katie Brown
2013 Bill Leininger
2012 Brian Nicodemus
2011 Doug Zignego
2010 Tom Marino

2009 John Osweiler
2008 Cal Scott
2007 Ted Dykstra Jr
2006 Rick Doran
2005 Cindy Willis
2004 Joyce Mitchell
2003 Gregg School
2002 Susan Smith
2001 Bruce Young
2000 Karen Harr
1999 Ted Schlegel
1998 Sharon Wilson
1997 PC Musgrove
1996 Ted Schlegel
1995 PC Musgrove
1994 Randy Saunier
1993 Cindy Lanier
1992 PC Musgrove
1991 Sharon Wilson
1990 Jane Powell
1989 Sharon Wilson
1988 Phyllis Sprunger
1987 Chuck Olson
1986 Lyle Bartlett
1985 Phyllis Sprunger
1984 Sharon Read
1983 Sandy Baden
1982 Phyllis Sprunger
1981 Chuck Olson
1980 Robert Walter
1979 Larry O’Lee

Rookie of the Year
Jean Carter Spirit Award

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • Hillary Galligher, 2023 Rookie of the Year

2024 Rookie CANDIDATES

Khrysta Turk

RE/MAX Glacier Country

Khrysta became a REALTOR® in October 2022 and immediately immersed herself in NMAR’s community service. Early 2023, she joined the Professional Development Committee and the Young Professionals Network (YPN), where she is now the vice chair of YPN and will be attending NAR’s YPN training in Chicago this August. She's actively involved with the Girl Scouts as a troop leader and parent, volunteers with the Flathead School Snack program, and the Hedges Elementary School PTO.

Even with her impressive volunteering efforts last year, Khrysta still managed to have a strong production year as a rookie agent. This year, she's off to an even better start professionally while continuing her dedication to serving the community.

Her commitment to being an engaged REALTOR® who gives back is evident through her roles with NMAR, schools, and youth organizations. While production is important, Khrysta values making a positive local impact and we believe this mindset makes her deserving of the Rookie REALTOR® nomination.

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Sarah Meehan

Montana Property Angels

Sarah has been a REALTOR® since December 2022, Sarah has hit the ground running in pursuing professional growth and community involvement. Joining the YPN Committee this April enabled her to enrich her skills and contribute ideas fostering industry growth. Attending tour meetings has provided invaluable learning, networking, and staying updated on market trends - ultimately benefiting her clients.

Sarah actively participates in local charity events, using her marketing expertise to raise awareness and funds. She has volunteered for causes like Valicity's Princess Ball, Women Who Wine, Flathead Food Bank, Log Jam, Pheasants Forever, and more - curating gift baskets, assisting with events, and making personal donations.

Transitioning from over a decade in healthcare, Sarah seamlessly brings her compassion and dedication to real estate, helping 14 families find homes or investment properties so far, with 6 more under contract. Her personalized service guides clients with integrity through their real estate journeys.

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    INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS

    REALTOR® OF THE YEAR

  • Doryce Hawkins, 2023 ROTY

2024 REALTOR® OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

Zac Andrews

GRI, RPAC Major Investor
Montana West Realty, Bigfork
Northwest Montana Assoc of REALTOR(R) since June 2004

Zac Andrews, broker owner with Montana West Realty in Bigfork and celebrating his 20th year as a REALTOR®. Zac is a passionate advocate for the real estate industry, continuously working to improve the local association. His efforts have brought key advancements like market data on the NMAR website and proposing the highly successful C2EX reward program. Currently, he's spearheading plans to acquire land and design a new NMAR building to better serve REALTORS® long-term.

Recognized for his forward-thinking ideas at the MAR leadership summit, Zac was invited to the state planning session as a valuable contributor. Today, he serves as a Governor to the Montana Regional MLS during this pivotal transition period with new regulations and challenges. He provided market insights during Senator Tester's staff visit and attended the 2023 CMLS convention amidst industry shifts like AI and lawsuits.

Beyond real estate, Zac is deeply involved in the community. He frequently attends fundraisers, and his small brokerage Montana West Realty sponsors numerous local activities. Zac has also testified to the Montana State legislature, advocating for property rights and recreational access on the Lower Flathead River when concerns arose. Despite leading a small firm, Zac has been the top producer at Montana West since his second year, known for a sterling reputation built over generations through development, consulting, and community advocacy.

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Kat Dodd

Designated REALTOR®, Supervising Broker
Performance Real Estate
Northwest Montana Assoc of REALTOR® since June 2013 

Mark Kuhl, broker owner of Performance Real Estate, is dedicated to educating and empowering others, be it REALTORS® or the public, about the real estate profession. He upholds a strong sense of ethics and finds fulfillment in acts of service. You see this lived out in his service to his country as a combat Marine with involvement in 4 separate operations including Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His service to his community as a firefighter, retired now obviously or his service to the association as a member of the Professional Standards Committee’s Grievance and Hearings panels for the last 4 years.    

His commitment to creating a positive culture was recognized in 2023 when he and his wife, owners of Performance Real Estate, received the "Best Culture" award at the Hatch Summit in Fargo for REALTOR® retention, happiness, community involvement, and online reviews. 

His company's "Exploring Flathead" YouTube channel highlights local businesses, while his "Kuhlture Keepers" podcast educates on the importance of culture across all aspects of life. With his background of service as a Combat Marine and 20-year firefighter, Mark continues to mentor, coach, and instruct both locally and abroad, driven by a passion for serving his communities. 

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Mark Kuhl

GRI, C2EX, RSPS, RENE, CRS, SRES, CLHMS, RPAC Major Investor, President’s Circle
Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana
Northwest Montana Assoc of REALTOR® since January 2015

Kat Dodd, supervising broker with Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana. Kat's goal since pursuing her real estate license in 2015, has been to build and reinforce a positive reputation for REALTORS® and the industry. She works diligently to create positive relationships and teach best practices to agents in her office. Recently, she had the opportunity to record radio ads promoting the REALTOR® brand and its value to the public.

Kat is involved heavily in her community and at the local and state level of the REALTOR® Association.  She is NMAR’s current 1st Vice President and has served as the MAR Regional Ambassador for the NW Region and currently chairs MAR’s Communications Committee and IMF.  She has attended and applied for NAR committees. Kat is also a Presidents Circle Major Investor with RPAC.  Kat is a Certified Instructor for the Supervising Broker Enhancement Course and an eight-time graduate of Keller Williams' BOLD program for education and lead generation. As a Productivity Coach, she mentors new agents through their first few transactions, instilling strong ethics and best practices. In her role as Supervising Broker, she oversees training and transaction documents for non-broker agents.

An educator, Kat teaches at least two contracts and forms/best practices classes monthly. Pursuing further education herself, she holds an Associate's in Business Management and is working towards a Bachelor's in Psychology. Additionally, she serves on Keller Williams' Associate Leadership Council, enhancing the agent experience and driving production.

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Brenda Miller

CRS, GRI, SRS, AHWD, C2EX, MRP, PSA, RENE, PSC, SFR, RPAC Major Investor
Montana Brokers, Inc.
Northwest Montana Assoc of REALTOR® since June 2007 

Brenda Miller, a broker with Montana Brokers, Inc., has been a licensed real estate agent for 16 years, always greeting others with a warm smile. Education is paramount to her, having earned numerous designations throughout her career. Heavily involved with NMAR, she has served on Several of the committees as well as chairing many of them.  she is NMAR’s current Past President, advocating tirelessly for the benefits of committee participation and relationship-building among REALTORS®.    

At the state level, Brenda currently serves as the Regional Ambassador and has been on MAR's executive committee for two years, going above and beyond with her involvement at all three levels of the association, including numerous workgroups. Her commitment extends nationally as a member of the Safety Committee, where she also volunteers to moderate specific meetings.  

Beyond her professional roles, Brenda is deeply involved in civic groups and faith-based endeavors, generously volunteering her time and financial support. She absolutely loves being a REALTOR® and values the relationships with clients and colleagues as a true blessing, embodying the humble spirit of her mission statement from Philippians 2:3-4. 

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Jean Carter Spirit Award

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In 2014, NMAR created the Jean Carter Spirit Award, named in honor of an individual who went above and beyond every measure for her Realtor community. This award goes to a Realtor who truly portrays the Realtor spirit who has given back to our members, industry, and communities as well as demonstrates the meaning of the golden rule. This award may not be given out every year and is a big honor to receive

Jean started her real estate career in Whitefish in the late 1980s at Coldwell Banker Waccholz & Co. She started as a REALTOR® and quickly became a top producer and then Broker.

 7:55pm 

  • Most Wanted Prize Give Away

THANK YOU TO OUR PLATINUM SPONSORS

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THANK YOU TO OUR GOLD SPONSORS

Flathead Premier Title Co

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Three Rivers Bank of Montana

THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSORS

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First Interstate Bank

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