(Shiloh, IL.) – The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) recently recognized members at its annual Awards Luncheon. The Association award the prestigious REALTOR® of the year, Affiliate of the Year, Professionalism Award, and Community Involvement. The members were announced and awarded at the Association’s Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the St. Clair County Club.
Angie Zahn, Broker with Strano & Associates in New Baden received the 2019 REALTOR® of the Year award. The REALTOR® of the Year award is a very high honor the Association can bestow on a member. It is presented to an individual whose dedication to excellence has most profoundly enhanced the professional image of REALTORS®. The award recognizes the REALTOR® of the Year’s personal leadership and service qualities, applied not only to the real estate industry, but also to the promotion of civic, community and charitable causes. With almost 30 years of experience in the industry, Angie is a firm believer in professionalism, community outreach, and service. In her years as a member, she has been involved in chairing numerous committees, and served as President of the MLS and RASI. Angie lives by the following words in her real estate career – “People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Steve Ellerbrake, Broker with RE/MAX Preferred in O’Fallon received the 2019 Professionalism Award. Professionalism is the backbone of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois. Steve is a true professional. Through his commitment to the Association as a Director and a member of the Budget & Finance Committee, he is well-respected and was nominated by his peers for this award. As busy as this member can be, he will always take the time out of his day for you. His quick wit and his fun personality help make him the professional he is.
The 2019 Affiliate of the Year award was given to Patrick Varnum of Liberty Mutual. The Affiliate of the Year award is the highest honor an affiliate member can receive. It is awarded to a dedicated individual who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to supporting the Association’s activities. Patrick possesses all the qualities of a volunteer/leader through his commitment and dedication to the Association. He is always the first one to raise his hand to help, and his enthusiasm is contagious. No matter the task, this year’s Affiliate of the Year is always there for the Association. He is currently a part of the Association’s Leadership Learning Institute and exudes professionalism.
Mandy McGuire, Broker with Keller Williams Marquee in Columbia, was awarded the 2019 Community Achievement Award. Mandy has a wide array of organizations she donates her time and talents to. She is a founding member of Crown, an organization that supports beneficial opportunities to female owned & managed businesses through networking, education & community service. She is a chairwoman of Sparkle Fest, a local one stop shopping event of female led businesses raising money for higher education scholarships for local young women. She hosts a local 4th of July Bike Parade allowing children to decorate their bikes, promote bike safety, and give all participants a free helmet. She’s a member of her local Kiwanis Club and rotary club, helping raise money to donate to local schools through fishing & bowling tournaments. She is the chairwoman of two major fundraising events for her children’s school, leading their dinner auction & Bags & Bubbly (designer handbag live raffle). She is also a sponsor and volunteer for Songs 4 Soldiers raising money to help veterans with a wide variety of problem-solving solutions. She and her husband also sponsor and facilitate Wreaths Across America. She lives where she loves and that truly shows through her commitment to our local community.
The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois is proud of the award recipients and thanks them for their continued service.