Francesca Stygar, Advertising Writer

Every year the Ohio Association of Realtors hosts a convention and recognizes the best in the industry with their awards program. Honorees were recognized during the OAR’s 106th annual convention gathering on September 19-21 in Columbus after being nominated by their peers and board members. The Ohio Association of Realtors, with more than 28,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio and has been working to reward realtors in Ohio for their contributions to the industry since 1910.

As listed on the OAR website, award criteria included four levels of recognition: the Award of Achievement ($1 million in sales or commercial leases OR 25 sale/lease transaction credits); the Award of Distinction ($2.5 million in sales or commercial leases OR 50 sale/lease transaction credits); the Award of Excellence ($5 million in sales or commercial leases OR 75 sale/lease transaction credits); and, the Pinnacle of Performance ($7.5 million in sales or commercial leases OR 100 sale/lease transaction credits).

All OAR members on good standing were eligible for the award, and those who were being recognized attended the President’s Sales Club Dinner while at the convention.

For the realtors who participated in the event and received an award, the program not only showcases their achievements in the field, but their dedication to the communities they serve as well. They are known for being enthusiastic in pursuing greatness in everything they do, including customer service and sales. But mostly, these realtors are chosen because they have excelled in allowing families and individuals to achieve the American Dream of owning a home to call their own.

The 2016 Realtor of the Year award was given to Berkshire Hathaway’s Gloria Cannon of Columbus.

“I love real estate,” Cannon says. “And more importantly I love helping my clients succeed and meet their goals.”

The Realtor of the Year award is the highest honor offered, which recognizes an active Board member who has provided outstanding service to the profession and the community. Only one nominee can be submitted per year.

The website also states that the award is based on “professional achievements, local realtor Board/Association activities, service to the Ohio and National Association of realtors, as well as business and education experience and civic activities.”

Other prestigious awards given at the ceremony included the Distinguished Service Award, the OAR Certificate of Merit Award, and the OAR Excellence in Community Service Award.

The board and its members are always encouraging other realtors to become involved with the organization in order to strive to be the best in their field. The awards program is designed to not only recognize people for the achievements, but to reflect on how the real estate industry can impact not only select individuals, but also communities of people as a whole.