On Tuesday morning, McColly Real Estate hosted its 44th annual awards ceremony to acknowledge agents and staff achievements from 2017. This year's theme was the McColly Derby and the event was held at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville.
The realtors’ run for the roses was adorned in theme-appropriate décor, made possible by Operations Coordinato, Rhonda McColly-Fleener, who worked with Merrillville Florist to transform the ballroom into a small version of the Kentucky Derby. Men in bow ties and seersucker suits, and women in organza hats and floral fascinators celebrated a year of successes.
According to president Ron McColly, the awards ceremony, which has been taking place since the early 90’s, recognizes top producers and offices and features a new theme each year. “I’m very proud,” he said. “A lot of people make this work and I attribute the overall success of the company to the agents.”
McColly-Fleener opened the ceremony and Mary Jane DiMichele of the Highland office provided the invocation.
McColly spoke about the state of the industry and what makes the company and the entities that operate under the McColly umbrella successful. The entities are McColly Bennett Commercial, the New Homes Division, McColly Auctions, McColly School of Real Estate, Community Title, the McColly Charities and the newest addition, Diamond Mortgage. He also emphasized the importance of networking, referrals and learning from others’ experiences.
The McColly family of real estate, including its brands,have served three generations of clients. McColly noted how the company is fortunate to be a part of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, which sells more homes globally than any other real estate organization in the world.
Many agents were awarded and recognized for their achievements. Some of the distinctions included the President’s Platinum Individual Award, President’s Platinum Team Award, Presidents Gold Individual Award, Presidents Gold Team Award, and Rookie of the Year. Glass- etched trophies were awarded to top producers, while gold pins were given for the service awards.
Brenda Versnel and her team from Northwest Indiana, and Michelle Arseneau and her team from Chicago Southland,were awarded for being the Runner-Up Producers in their regions.
“To be a part of such a great team like McColly has been awesome and changes my whole perspective upon the real estate community where everyone really cares about the business and cares about the community,” Versnel said. “I am honored to be considered for the award. Helping people, helping my peers, and treating people like they are my family are the most important things to me. I know that Ron McColly does exactly that for everyone on our team; Mr. McColly truly cares about all of us.”
Other award winners included Cyndi Piontkowski of Illinois, Laura Sexton of Lake County, Indiana, and Bill Rathjen of Jasper County, Indiana, who each accepted the 2017 Rookie of the Year awards. This award is given to individuals based on their performances from their first 12 months with the company.
As the award ceremony wrapped up, agents gathered to take photographs with their team members and continued to mingle with one another. After seven years, Kelly White, who has been a brokerage associate for the McColly Real Estate Portage Willowcreek office, said her favorite part of the social events is the opportunity to talk with her fellow coworkers and see the unique themed decorations.
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