By Sarah Kirby / Transcript Staff Writer
Norman Realtors gathered to celebrate their accomplishments during the annual Inaugural and Awards Luncheon.
Hosted Jan. 9 at the Norman Hotel, the event is an annual Norman Board of Realtors (NBR) functions. Realtors were treated to lunch as officer members were installed and the 2015 AMLS president and the 2015 NBR president were inaugurated.
Outgoing AMLS president Rob Schaerer inaugurated president-elect Gwen Holmes, and outgoing NBR president Warren Taber inaugurated president-elect Steve Morren.
Morren said he was honored to have been elected last fall by his colleagues.
“I’m really excited. I really love real estate and I really love working in Norman, and I think there’s a lot of great opportunities and possibilities, and so I’m just really excited.”
He described his plans as president as one that holds many "exciting possibilities."
“We’re working with the Oklahoma City Board, and that’s something that’s been in process for years, and that relationship is coming together nicely,” Morren said.
Other plans include helping members reach their potential and working with other organizations in the community.
“We are going to have a bigger effort in educating our members more than we have in the past. We also have a new relationship with Center for Children and Families,” he said, “and so we’re really excited about continuing that. The real estate business and opportunities look good this year, and we’re really happy to be a part of of it."
Taber also presented year-end awards to six Realtors:
• Steve Morren received the Realtor of the Year Award. He has been a member of the Norman Board of Realtors for 15 years. He has had positions on the board of directors and numerous committees and offers his time to instruct New Members Orientations at the board office. He attended the Annual Goals Retreat and traveled to the NAR Leadership Summit and the NAR National Convention. Morren also has his services on the RPAC Phone Bank. His charitable activities include the Norman Rotary Exchange Committee, youth soccer and the Norman Chamber of Commerce.
• Jim West received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He became a Realtor and joined the Norman Board of Realtors 21 years ago. West has served on the Norman board of directors, becoming president in 2001. He has served and continues to serve on numerous committees. West also offers his expertise as an instructor for continuing education classes at the Norman Board. West obtained his BPOR certification from NAR in 2014.
• Patricia Keithley received the Stellar Award. She joined the Norman Board Realtors in 1994. Keithley is dedicated to the public relations committee and ROK Rally and has served at the Affiliates Luncheon as co-chair. She has participated in the “Realtor Ring the Bell Day” and has been a secretary for the Meadows Association Homeowners Board for the past 10 years. She attends monthly membership meetings and has always been a part of the Norman Board Goals Retreat. Also known as the “party planner,” she is known for her volunteerism and enthusiasm and generosity.
• Crystie Fogle received the Horizon Award. She received her license in 2011, joined the Norman Board of Realtors in 2012 and her GRI designation in 2014. Fogle is involved in and served on numerous committees, including the 5k run, golf, the ROK Rally and public relations. She volunteers her time for Toys for Tots and Shriners. Fogle also created the Dimension School Christmas Party for students last year.
• Whitney Spears received the Rookie of the Year Award. Spears joined the Norman Board of Realtors in 2014, becoming a Realtor and receiving her GRI certificate the same year. She also attended her first National Convention and the Norman Board Goals Retreat in 2014. Spears is currently serving on the membership, education and public relations committee. She has participated in the “Realtor Ring the Bell Day,” as well as other events and wherever needed.
• Carlee Jacks received the Affiliate of the Year Award. She joined the Norman Board of Realtors as an affiliate in 2009 and has since served on several including committees, including the Lu Down planning committee, the ROK Rally committee and the affiliates/public relations committee. She regularly attends Norman Board monthly membership meetings, the Goals Retreat and other annual events. Jacks is the co-chair for Tomorrow’s Leaders and is a member and participates in the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma, the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women and the Norman Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers for several causes and organizations, including Relay for Life, United Way, Norman Next, the Purcell schools volunteer reading program and the Purcell animal shelter.