At a formal gathering of many of its members June 19, the Sussex County Association of Realtors took the rare step of naming two of its members to its most prestigious annual honor.
Seaford realtor Trina Joyner and Rehoboth Beach realtor Bob McVey were named co-Realtors of the Year for 2014, as voted on by a select committee of SCAOR members. Both award recipients are also former presidents of the association.
“We had two top-notch candidates this year, and there was just no way the committee could decide on one over the other,” says Brad Riedle, 2014 SCAOR president. “Bob and Trina have both accomplished so much during their careers, and have given so much to our association, that it was really impossible to differentiate between the two of them. So we decided to send them both on to the state competition.”
Both Joyner and McVey are now eligible for the title of Delaware Realtor of the Year, which will be announced by the Delaware Association of Realtors during a Thursday, Oct. 23 ceremony at Dover Downs.
Both recipients had been nominated for the local award in past years, but were ineligible due to their status on SCAOR’s Board of Directors.
“I feel that everyone should commit a small amount of their time to volunteer efforts, including service to our local realtor association,” says McVey, SCAOR’s 2013 president. “It’s a very rewarding experience and very fulfilling to know that my fellow SCAOR members thought enough of me to honor me with this award.”
Says Joyner, who served as SCAOR president in 2012, “I’m very excited to share the spotlight with Bob because we’re such good friends, but it’s also very humbling to be recognized by your peers in this way. I guess it goes to show how dedicated we both are to our profession, but I’m still at a bit of a loss for words. It’s quite an honor.”
SCAOR looks for many qualities when searching for the annual winner of this prestigious award, including board activity on the local and state levels, business accomplishments, involvement in civic activities, significant contributions and awards, and the so-called “realtor spirit.” The latter includes helping others in the industry, being accessible to the local board of directors and working to improve the realtor image.
“Truthfully, this award for both Bob and Trina is long overdue, and we are happy to finally recognize them in this way,” says Riedle. “I only wish we had more Bob McVeys and Trina Joyners out there; it would make my job a whole lot easier.”
In addition to the annual Realtor of the Year award, SCAOR also named Suzanne Landon of Jack Lingo Real Estate as its 2014 Good Neighbor of the Year for her work with the Cancer Support Community of Delaware and Harry Wooding as its 2014 Educator of the Year.
To read more about issues related to Sussex County’s real estate industry, or about the Peninsula Commercial Alliance, visit www.scaor.com.