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YPN awards recognize leadership in real estate

June 2016

YPN awards recognize leadership in real estate

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Pictured: (From left to right): Jennifer Aunger-Richie, chair of OREA YPN, congratulates the YPN Leadership Award winners at the 2016 conference, including Einas Makki, Lindsay Reid, Peter Butler, John-Ross Parks, and Bradley Mayer-Harman.

Five REALTORS® were honoured at an awards luncheon as part of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) annual general meeting and leadership conference.

The OREA Young Professionals Network (YPN) Leadership Awards were given out to recognize real estate salespeople new to the profession or under the age of 40. Nominees were recognized for their volunteer efforts on behalf of organized real estate, for giving back to their communities and investing in their professional development.

Jennifer Aunger-Ritchie, chair of OREA YPN, presented the awards during a luncheon at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre during the 2016 conference in March.

“I’m extremely happy to be up here for a second consecutive year introducing our 2016 YPN leadership award winners,” Aunger-Ritchie told the audience. “This year we had a record 26 applicants, and there were numerous worthy candidates who didn’t make the top five, but they all make me incredibly proud to work among such an exemplary group of professionals.”


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“Today we’re here to celebrate five individuals who are redefining what it means to be a real estate leader in the year 2016,” she said, announcing the five award winners and their accomplishments. “They were selected for their outstanding track records of progress in real estate and their communities.” The winners are as follows.

Peter Butler of the Simcoe & District Real Estate Board was described as a consummate professional who views organized real estate not as an end in itself, but a means to do more for the communities he serves. He asks not what real estate can do for him, but what he can do for his colleagues and profession. He has served on every committee at his local board and is serving as the current president. “A highly respected friend and colleague to many, he has rapidly become an indispensable asset to the real estate community,” the citation noted.

Einas Makki of the Timmins, Cochrane & Timiskaming Districts Association of REALTORS® was lauded for having made great strides in the real estate industry in a short time. After only three years in the profession, she served as president of her local association. “She has developed considerable technology expertise which she champions among her colleagues and the broader real estate community,” read the citation. “With a passion for shaking things up, this winner is poised to be a game-changer.”

Bradley Mayer-Harman of the Brampton Real Estate Board was praised for his comprehensive real estate education and unmistakeable drive to succeed, “reflected in the numerous leadership positions he has held in his six years in the industry, including his current role as president of his local association. He brings a passion for real estate technology and a desire to help his industry become more successful with every project he undertakes. He is devoted to working with families and communities,” according to the citation.

John-Ross Parks of the Quinte & District Association of REALTORS® was described as an outspoken advocate for organized real estate who worked tirelessly on behalf of his local and provincial associations. Parks participated as a frontline speaker at OREA’s Emerge conference for several years. “He serves his industry and community diligently and with heart, continuously identifying new and creative ways to bring people together and make positive change,” the citation noted.

Lindsay Reid of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® was praised for her commitment “to the lives she touches, which is exemplified in the many ways she goes and beyond to serve her clients, “from offering to babysit for a client in need of a massage to donating blood with a busy client on their way to a showing.” She has served for two years as a director on her local board and recently launched her own non-profit organization to encourage real estate professionals and others to volunteer in their communities.”

In the coming months, OREA will be highlighting the top lessons learned from the above five winners and inviting them to share their ideas for taking real estate to the next level through a series of video interviews. Learn more about OREA YPN. Read about other awards presented at the OREA 2016 conference.


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Ray Ferris

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