The International Night Out Dinner & Awards ceremony is the global real estate community's chance to relax and kick up our heels after a long year's work. About 650 attendees from more than 60 countries gathered to reunite with colleagues, to develop new friendships, and to recognize those individuals and organizations that have worked so hard during the past year to keep our international real estate world turning. Special thanks and congratulations to this year's award winners:
Global Achievement Award - Gail Lyons
As NAR's Regional Coordinator to Asia for 9 years, Gail is one of our longest serving Regional Coordinators. She has also held various leadership posts in NAR's global programs. Education is one of her passions, and over the years she has trained thousands of professionals in Asia. NAR is very appreciative of her service and dedication.
Global Achievement Award - Ruth Krinke
Ruth has served as NAR's Regional Coordinator to Western Europe and brings tremendous energy, passion, and relationship-building skills to the region. Her knowledge of the region and specialized areas such as referrals and second-home markets has made her a valuable resource in this role. We look forward to Ruth's continued involvement as Liaison to Sweden and as special representative to CEPI and CEI.
CIPS Instructor of the Year - David Wyant
David has demonstrated exceptional devotion to the CIPS education program. He has taught eight CIPS Institutes and several individual courses this year. The majority of our new CIPS designees earned their designations as a direct result of his efforts in the classroom. We are pleased to honor him with this award.
CIPS Course Sponsor of the Year - Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Association (CREBA), Philippines
CREBA organized one of our most successful CIPS Institutes of the year in 2012 with 85 students, and we continue to receive many new designees as a result of their efforts to encourage their agents to get the designation in the Philippines.
Outstanding Ambassador Association - Texas Association of REALTORS®
Each year, our foreign cooperating association partners are paired with a state or local REALTOR® association that has agreed to serve as an ambassador association. This year we honor the Texas Association of REALTORS® for quietly and modestly building a dynamic ambassador association relationship with AMPI Mexico, where between AMPI chapters and local Texas associations, over 75 agreements have been established that facilitate doing business and making connections from the grassroots level on both sides of the border. This year, Texas and AMPI have held two joint trade missions - in Cozumel and San Antonio - with over 100 REALTORS® participating.
International REALTOR® of the Year - John Glaab and Linda Neil of Mexico
This is a new award category for 2012. The award is designed to recognize and honor international members who embody REALTOR® spirit. Recipients of this award go above and beyond; they volunteer their time to the Association and help to build REALTOR® brand awareness. They are educating and promoting REALTOR® professionalism to both agents and consumers, while also providing an example for all REALTORS® to follow.
John Glaab and Linda Neil are long-standing International REALTOR® members, and are true stewards of our Association. John, a CIPS designee and published real estate writer, utilizes public relations and social media to grow the REALTOR® name and brand. Linda Neil, the current NAR President's Liaison to Mexico, has just been added to the cadre of CIPS instructors. Together, this dynamic duo successfully serve as global ambassadors for our Association.
Global Achievement Award Winners:
- REALTOR® Association of St. Lucie/Treasure Coast Global Business Council
- West San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS®
- Greater Fort Lauderdale REALTORS®
- Miami Association of REALTORS®/International Council of the Miami Association of REALTORS®
- Texas Association of REALTORS®
- Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®
- Sarasota Association of REALTORS®
- South Bay (CA) Association of REALTORS®
- Houston Association of REALTORS®
- Denver Metro Association of REALTORS®
- Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association
- Arcadia (CA) Association of REALTORS®
- Naples Area Board of REALTORS®
- Hawaii International Real Estate Council
- Marco Island Association of REALTORS®
- Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®
- Washington (State) REALTORS®
- Raleigh Regional REALTOR® Association/Triangle International Council of REALTORS®
- Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of REALTORS®
- REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach
- Georgia Association of REALTORS®
- Main Street Organization of REALTORS®
A special thanks to all who attended and made the night memorable, and congratulations to our 2012 award winners. We look forward to another successful year in 2013!