Erika Doyle named Realtor of the Year
Burkhard installed as new chairman of Realtor group
Michael Burkhard was installed as chairman of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association and Erika Doyle was named the group’s Realtor of the Year at GJARA’s annual installation banquet Sept. 27 at Bookcliff Country Club.
Burkhard, a Realtor with RE/MAX 4000, will serve a one-year term as chairman, succeeding outgoing chairman Kevin Borman, managing broker of Keller Williams Colorado West Realty.
Burkhard was selected as GJARA’s Realtor of the Year last year. He’s a past vice president of the Colorado Real Estate Network, past multiple listing service chairman of GJARA and past president of the Business Buddies networking Group. In 2010 he received the Certified Residential Specialist of the Year award from the Colorado chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists and this year he earned the prestigious Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) designation, having completed extensive training to understand the different real estate investor types, and the investment opportunities, financing options and calculations needed to provide solutions for each.
Doyle, a past chairman of GJARA herself, admitted she was shocked to be selected Realtor of the Year.
“It was a huge surprise,” she said. “I’m usually able to talk without much issue, but I was absolutely speechless.”
To heighten the suspense, Doyle’s family was in hiding outside of the banquet room so as not to tip her off. In GJARA tradition, the master of ceremonies asked everyone to stand up. Then, through a series of “if” questions, people were asked to take a seat. For example, “If you’re a licensed Realtor, please remain standing.”
Ultimately, Doyle was the only person on her feet.
“I assumed it would go to someone who’s been in the business much longer than I have,” Doyle said. “You’re nominated by your peers for this award and it’s such a huge honor. I’m just very humbled to be counted with previous winners.”
The award carries a long list of qualification, said Pat Teck, GJARA executive director. The selection committee considers service to the local, state and national boards of Realtors, service to the community and professional conduct, among other things. The winner must be an active real estate agent with a minimum of three years in the business.
Doyle has been a licensed Realtor for just over a decade and established her small boutique firm, Doyle & Associates Real Estate Services, LLC, in 2005. Despite having a staff of three people (including herself), Doyle says the business has prospered from repeat and referral business and providing a high level of customer service. “We’re just so thankful to be here after the economy we’ve been experiencing,” she said.
Doyle is married with a 12-year-old daughter, Piper, “who is the absolute light of my life,” she said. In addition to being a full-time Realtor, Doyle makes it a priority to stay active with her daughter’s education, sports, and music activities. She has volunteered in the Chamber of Commerce 500 Program, but currently is focusing her volunteer efforts through the local hospice organization where she thoroughly enjoys reading to patients weekly.
Doyle’s professional affiliations include serving on GJARA’s board of directors, serving on the Colorado Association of REALTORS® board of directors, past-president of the Mesa County Women’s Network board, past program advisory committee member for Intellitec College and membership in the Employers Relocation Council.
She is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and earned her ePRO Technology Certification (ePRO).
After weathering a protracted downturn in the business, Doyle is anxious for the upswing.
“To me, things are looking better and better. Our inventory is coming down and with interest rates as low as they are it seems to be a prime time to be looking for a house — not only to live in, but as an investment property as well.”
A complete list of GJARA’s new officers and award winners will be published in the next edition of Real Estate Weekly.
Rookie of the Year: Jeff Hanson
RE/MAX Two Rivers Realty, Inc. is proud to announce the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association 2012 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, Jeff Hanson
Jeff Hanson obtained his broker’s license in August 2010 when many understood the local real estate conditions were a little soft. This gave him the opportunity to learn things from the ground up as he quickly became proficient in the intricacies of all types of real estate transactions including residential, commercial, farm & ranch, and vacant land sales.
Jeff has also become adept in the complexities of foreclosures, short sales and lending, proving to his customers repeatedly that he can deliver results. Not only is Jeff extremely organized, he is very thorough and takes pride in his work, ensuring nothing is overlooked in a transaction.
Before becoming a Realtor, Jeff was recruited to play Division I collegiate golf for the University of Colorado and turned pro directly out of college. He then had the opportunity to work under one of the most well-known and respected golf professionals in the country at Bent Tree Country Club, one of Dallas’ most prestigious golf clubs. There he was a teaching professional, spending much of his time mentoring up-and-coming stars and running a large number of member and charity golf tournaments. This very much set the stage for his passion for working with people on a personal as well as professional level in real estate and where he learned the importance of garnering relationships. Throughout his professional experience, Hanson has excelled at building long lasting relationships and possesses the ability to quickly build desired trust between he and his clients.
— RE/MAX Two Rivers
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