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Rising Star Award

Local boards nominate and recognize members that have been in the business 5 years or less who promote professional enthusiasm and best exemplifies the Code of Ethics.  To nominate an individual, please contact your local board/association office.

2020 Rising Stars

Missy Hill – Aberdeen
Cheyenne McGriff – Black Hills
Guy Ferris – Central
Kelly Odegaard – East Central SD
Elliot Himricher – Huron
Nikki LaCroix – Meridian
Tyler Sutton – Mitchell
Casey Raftevold – Mt. Rushmore
Eric Skott – Northeast SD
Traci Bartekoske – RASE

REALTOR® Mark of Excellence Award

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The South Dakota REALTORS® has established the REALTOR® Mark of Excellence Award to recognize and promote achievement, involvement and education participation on an on-going basis. To qualify, members complete an application outlining points for various activities. Members receiving 1000 points who have accumulated the minimum number of points in at least four (4) of the eight (8) categories in a calendar year will receive a certificate at the SD REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting in January/February.

2020 Mark of Excellence Award Recipients

Amy Frink—Aberdeen
Nancy Jark—Aberdeen
Lorna Johnston—Aberdeen
Steve Anderson —Black Hills
Meredith Lee — Central
Gayle Chapel—East Central
Alan Hess—East Central
Emilie Portz—East Central
Laurie Smith — Huron
Angie Uttecht — Huron
Micah Volmer — Mitchell
Mark L Kazmer — Mount Rushmore
Sherri Lockhart — Mount Rushmore
Jason Tysdal — Mount Rushmore
Dorette Clark — Northeast
Lynn Morris — Northeast
Dawn Aspaas — RASE

Good Neighbor Award

The SDR Good Neighbor Award is to recognize South Dakota’s REALTORS® for their efforts in community and charitable service in helping to make their communities a better place for all citizens. With this award the goal is to encourage individual activity that gives REALTORS® a reputation for being compassionate, involved and sympathetic community members.

The South Dakota Association of REALTORS® will present one Good Neighbor Award at the REALTORS® Convention of the Dakotas. A cash contribution of $1,500 will be made to the charity of the winner’s choice.

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National Recognition for Joy Nelson

In 2018, SD REALTORS® member, Joy Nelson, was awarded the National Association of REALTORS® Good Neighbor Award. She was selected through a multi-stage judging process as one of five winners to receive a $10,000 grant for her charity. Joy founded Joy Ranch, an ADA accessible ranch in Watertown, offering therapy and education through horse backing riding and other outdoor activities that anyone can enjoy without being limited by medical concerns. Joy also garnished top votes in the public “Web Choice Favorites” and earned an additional $1250 for her charity.

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REALTOR® Gratitude Coin

The REALTOR® Gratitude Coin’s purpose is for an individual to recognize REALTOR® members who give their personal time, talents and commitment to helping their local community be successful over and above the real estate transaction.

This may mean different things to different people as it is subjective to the individual who is willing to nominate the REALTOR® for consideration. Examples include, but are not limited to, participating in food drives, mentoring youth, volunteering at soup kitchens, purchasing coats or backpacks, etc. REALTOR® members will be recognized throughout the coming year with the REALTOR® Gratitude Coin.

Once a REALTOR® member receives a Gratitude Coin, they are encouraged to “pay it forward” to another deserving individual in hopes to create a continuous chain of gratitude from one REALTOR® to another.

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