Eight West Valley individuals and teams in the real estate industry were among 41 people and organizations honored at the third annual BREA awards for productivity.
The awards, an acronym for Best Real Estate Agents, are based strictly on units closed and total volume during the previous year.
More than 400 Realtors and brokers attended the ceremony at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts April 18, which this year was expanded to include all of Maricopa County. The first two BREA events focused only on East Valley agents.
West Valley honors and their awards were: Top Individual/Units Closed, Juan Grimaldo,Keller Williams Realty Professional Partners; Top Individual/ Volume, Andrew Johnson, Realty Arizona Elite Group LLC; Top Group/Units Closed and Top Group/Volume, Amy Barnett, Realty One Group; and Top Team/Units Closed and Top Team/Volume, Carin Nguyen, Keller Williams Realty Phoenix. HomeSmart picked up the Top Brokerage Award for both units closed and volume.
Winners in the Valley-wide arena included Rick Metcalfe, CAANAM Realty, top individual for units closed; Joan Levinson, Realty One Group, for top individual in volume; Tyler Blair, My Home Group, for top group units closed; Christopher Karas of Launch Real Estate Group for top group/volume; Carol Rose, Keller Williams East Valley, for team units closed; and Andrew Bloom, Keller Williams Arizona Realty, for team volume.
Phoenix awards and their winners were: Top Individual/Units Closed, John Fagundes, AZ Real Estate and Property Management; Top Individual/Volume, Karl Tunberg, Midland Alliance Real Estate; Top Group/Units Closed, Sally Cashman, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; Top Group/Volume, Ed Carleton, Capstone Realty Professionals; Top Team/Units Closed, Kelly Cook, Keller Williams Arizona Realty; and Top Team/Volume, John Gluch, Launch Real Estate. HomeSmart took Top Brokerage awards for both units closed and volume.
The awards were started in 2017 by Heidi Zebro, director of sales acquisitions for On Q Financial Inc. She and her employer wanted to acknowledge some of the top Realtors in the East Valley, but reduce the element of subjectivity as much as possible by looking strictly at the most productive agents, based on the number of closed units and sales volume according to data pulled from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.
She wound up attracting about 150 Realtors and public officials to her first gala in 2017.
Last year, the number of attendees doubled.
“The real estate industry is one of the most intriguing and followed segments of any thriving metropolitan area,” Zebro said, adding, the “BREA Awards specifically recognizes the performances of the top producing real estate licensees on a local level.”
In addition, a new award was added in honor of a West Valley Realtor, Mark Parris, who died in his sleep at age 44 last October. He had suffered from sleep apnea.
Scottsdale Realtors Joseph and JoAnn Callaway won the Mark Parris Award.
The award is given “to an outstanding individual in the real estate community who represents the gift of promoting others, making others know their value, professionalism and integrity,” Zebro said.
All proceeds from the event went to The Foundation of Blind Children, whose mission is to “provide education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence.”
The media sponsor for the event was Times Media Group, publisher of West Valley View, The Glendale Star and Peoria Times.