Realtors honor top performers

The Lawrence Realtor community gathered Saturday evening to honor its most hard-working and productive members.

Linda Boyd of Stephens Real Estate was named the 2003 Realtor of the Year at the Lawrence Board of Realtors Annual Installation Mixer at Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace.

Boyd said she was proud to work in the Lawrence real estate community because of the loyalty and dedication exhibited by her co-workers.

“All of you have become family to me,” she said to the crowd of 230 people as she accepted her award. “I can’t tell you how much I love you all and appreciate this.”

Family also was an important part of the evening for Michelle Hack with Lawrence Realty Associates, who won the 2003 Salesperson of the Year award. Hack’s husband, Bill Hack, also is a Realtor, and he brought their three sons to the podium when Hack’s name was announced. She gave her acceptance speech with her youngest son perched on her hip.

“When I walked up there and my boys were standing there, it was just perfect,” she said. “I was floored.”

Both women are among the top Realtors in their firms, each producing more than $3 million in sales in 2003. Speeches in their honor praised their sales skills, their ability to balance a job and a family and how well they interact with customers and co-workers.

“Her business is relationship driven,” said Caren Rowland, 2002 Realtor of the Year, in introducing Boyd. “She is successful without being aggressive.”

In addition to her award, Boyd also was named secretary when the board announced its new officers and directors. Deborah McMullen took over as president of the board. The former president, Paul Forio, will remain on the board as a past president. Lisa Ramler is the board’s president-elect and Mark Hess was named treasurer.

Michelle Hack, left, and Linda Boyd are this year's honorees at the Lawrence Board of Realtors Annual Installation Mixer. Hack was named the group's 2003 Salesperson of the Year, and Boyd was named 2003 Realtor of the Year Saturday evening at the mixer at Lawrence Country Club.

The board’s 2004 directors are Chris Earl, Diane Kennedy, Linda Trotter, Rob Hulse, Alan Miller and Sonya Maness-Turner.