Columbus REALTORS® honors its best and brightest of 2014!

Columbus REALTORS® held its annual Awards celebration on Thursday, April 24, 2014, where more than 350 family, friends and colleagues came out to honor six central Ohio citizens for their outstanding commitment to the real estate profession and to the central Ohio community. The festivities were held at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center in Powell. Here we showcase this year’s honorees.

Bob McCarthy, 2014 Broker of the Year

Bob is the broker of Howard Hanna RealCom Realty and has been a member of Columbus REALTORS® for 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from The Ohio State University and is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), a Foreclosure Intervention Specialist (FIS), and a Residential Relocation Specialist (RRS). He has also earned the National Association of REALTORS® Diversity Certification.

For Columbus REALTORS®, he currently serves as co-chair of the Foundation Fundraising Committee, vice chair of the Professional Standards Committee, and member of the Foundation Board of Trustees and Recognition and Sales Awards committees. Bob has also served two three year terms on Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors, chaired its Grievance and REALTOR® Care Day committees, and has served two three year terms as a member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) committee.

He is a Charter Member and graduate of Columbus REALTORS® Leadership Academy, a member of the Association’s Ten Million Dollar Sales Award Club; and recipient of its Volunteer Service Award. He’s also an RPAC Diamond Life Member.

In the community, Bob has been a parent volunteer for St Brigid Girls’ Volleyball and Basketball teams; served as Secretary for the Muirfins Swim Club, and has volunteered for Team in Training, where he raised $2,600 for Leukemia/Lymphoma. He has also participated in many run/walks for several organizations, including the Arthritis Foundation, CHA Animal Shelter, and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Shari D. Carroll, 2014 Salesperson of the Year

Shari is a sales associate with Keller Williams Capital Partners and has been a member of Columbus REALTORS® for 27 years. She holds the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and the Graduate, REALTORS® Institute (GRI) designations.

She currently serves on the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation Advisory Board, and has co-chaired the REALTOR® Care Day Committee, and served as a member of the Affordable Housing, Communication, Education, Equal Opportunity, Governmental Affairs, Membership, Sales Advisory, and Standard Forms committees.

Shari is a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Twenty-Five Million Sales Award Club, a CORPAC Life Member and a recipient of the Columbus REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement and Volunteer Service awards. She has served two times as president of the North Area Real Estate Association and was president of the local Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), where she has also served three years on its Governing Board.

Shari currently serves as the Drive Chair/1st Vice President of Charity Newsies and, on June 1, 2015, will become only the second woman in Charity Newsies’ 107–year history to serve as president and chair of its Board. She has coached 4th grade volleyball and has served as a volunteer for Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network at her church.

She has also served four years on the Board of the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce and as its president in 2005/2006. In addition, she has been on the Honor role for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as one of the top 100 Pledge Raisers.

Melissa Friermood, 2014 Affiliate of the Year

Melissa has been a sales representative with Northwest Title Family of Companies since 2006. She started in the title business in 2004, and has been a member of Columbus REALTORS® for the past five years.

She currently serves as the Affiliate representative on the Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors, is vice chair of the REALTOR® Care Day Committee and is a member of the Young Professionals Network (YPN). In the past, she has served as a member of the Foundation Advisory Board, the CORPAC Governing Board, and as chair of both the Foundation and CORPAC Fundraising committees.

Melissa is also an officer and active member of the Greater Dublin Realty Association, Greater Worthington Area Real Estate Association, the North Area Real Estate Association, and of the Southern Delaware County Realty Association. She has also been a member and officer of the Hilliard Area Realty Association and the West/Southwest Area Realty Association.

In the community, Melissa volunteers with the Clintonville Homes Tour, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Habitat for Humanity, Homeport, Keller Williams Red Day, Parade of Homes, and St. Andrews Church. She is also a CRC Holiday shopper. She contributes to the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Bishop Watterson High School, Charity Newsies and to the Neighborhood Service, Dublin and Worthington food pantries.

Koretta Tennant, 2014 Rising Star of the Year

Koretta is a sales associate with Keller Williams Capital Partners and has been a member of Columbus REALTORS® since June 2012.

In her short tenure in real estate, Koretta has been selected Keller Williams Capital Partners 2012 Rookie of the Year with only six months in the business, earned top 3 rookie of the month recognition for 11 consecutive months in 2012; and, in 2013, earned membership in Columbus REALTORS® One Million Dollars Sales Award Club.

She also currently serves on the Columbus REALTORS® Builder/REALTOR Alliance (BRAC) and REALTOR® Care Day committees. She holds a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) Designation and is working towards obtaining the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) and ePro designations.

In the community, Koretta volunteers with Angels for MTT and has served on the Board of Camp Mary Orton and as a volunteer with Triumph Columbus.

Norwood “Buzz” Thomas, 2013 Instructor of the Year

Buzz Thomas is a sales associate with Coldwell Banker King Thompson and has been a member of Columbus REALTORS® for 30 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Business. He holds the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and the Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) designations.

He currently serves on Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors, is a member of the Grievance, Governmental Affairs and Member Services committees, and is a past co-chair and current member of the Affordable Housing Committee. He is also a member of Columbus REALTORS® 2013/2014 Leadership Academy.

In the past, he has served as a member of the CORPAC Governing Board and as a member of the Builder/REALTOR® Alliance Committee (BRAC). Buzz is the Columbus REALTORS® continuing education instructor for its Olde Town East Bus Tour, serves as an Ohio Association of REALTORS® Director and is a past president of the Midtown Area Real Estate Association.

In the community, he serves on the Board of Directors of Southeast Community Health and of the United Services for Effective Parenting, and is a Lay Leader at Livingston United Methodist Church. Buzz is also a member of the City of Columbus’s Homebuyer Education Advisory Committee, and has coached Little League Baseball and St. Mary’s Middle School Basketball.

Kim Maggard, Mayor, City of Whitehall, 2014 Citizen of the Year

The Honorable Kim Maggard, Mayor, City of Whitehall, has 10 years of experience leading city government and is a strong advocate of economic sustainability for all. She is a passionate supporter of underrepresented segments of the city of Whitehall and of central Ohio and has a committed track record of directing or contributing to various civic programs.

During her first year as Mayor, she worked to stabilize Whitehall residential and commercial property values, and through the city’s partnership with Huntington Bank created the “My Home” Program, where the city has set aside $150,000 to provide down payment assistance to entice homebuyers to take a new “look” at Whitehall homes. The city also works with area real estate agents to market Whitehall’s affordable homes and home sales are now stabilizing property values in city’s residential neighborhoods.

Whitehall was also the first municipality to take advantage of a partnership with the Franklin County Land Bank, and was granted two commercial “eyesore” properties. One abandoned property is being resold as a business and another was transferred to the Whitehall Community Investment Corporation, along with $250,000 of city money, to completely rehab the property for business leases.

Mayor Maggard holds a Bachelors of Science Degree with emphasis in Law Enforcement Administration and Sociology from Eastern Kentucky University; a Secondary Teaching Certificate with emphasis in Sociology from Morehead State University; and a Graduate Study in Library Science from Kent State