William Raveis Real Estate (Mystic) Manager
ECAR 2005 REALTOR® Of The Year
Thomas Switz (left) presents the 2005 REALTOR® Of The Year Award to Jeanne Fellows
Thomas Switz, Past President and Chairman of the REALTOR® of the Year Committee, announced the REALTOR® of the Year as the final agenda item at the REALTOR® of the Year and Agent Appreciation Night at the Norwich Inn & Spa in Norwich on June 9, 2005.
In his remarks he said,
" I can honestly say that when I received the 2003 REALTOR® of the Year award it was the highlight of my professional career. To be recognized by your peers and to be selected from a group of highly qualified, dedicated REALTORS® leaves you with a feeling of humbleness and pride. My REALTOR® of the Year plaque and the beautiful clock I received from CAR are proudly displayed in my office.
I was recently had a chat with this year’s REALTOR® of the Year about our careers in the business and this REALTOR® said, "I love the REALTOR® organization, it is like a family to me". I will tell you that her actions back up her words.
The REALTOR® of the Year award recognizes REALTORS® for extraordinary efforts in the interest of their profession, clients and community. It also acknowledges the leadership qualities of those REALTORS® who perform work on behalf of the local, state and national REALTOR® Associations.
This year’s REALTOR® of the Year has been chosen from a list of exceptionally well-qualified candidates. Her commitment to education and business leadership in the REALTOR® organization and her dedication to the Code of Ethics are unsurpassed.
In addition to meeting and surpassing all the necessary criteria this REALTOR® of the Year is an extraodinary Mom to 3 teenage boys.
In her 15+ years in the business our REALTOR® of the Year has been involved in every level of our Association, which continues to this day. She has served on our Board moving up through the chairs including a very successful stint as our President. She has served on numerous committees and chaired our first Program Committee. She is largely responsible for the terrific programs and meetings we all enjoy now. She has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Membership Committee, the Electronic Data Display Task Force, the Nominating Committee, and the International Committee.
Her commitment to ethics and education is immediately apparent with any interaction with any of the many many REALTOR® colleagues who she has taken under her wing at her firm and mentored. She is currently preparing to teach a new education course from NAR called "Expand Your Market"
She is a member of on CAR’s International Committee and chairs the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® Communications and Technology Committee. She has participated for years in REALTOR® Day at the Capital, has participated in 3 New England REALTORS® Conferences, is a State Director of CAR, is a Sterling R RPAC recipient, and holds the National Association of REALTORS® Certified International Property Specialist designation.
She has attended the NAR Washington mid-year national meetings for the past 3 years and has attended numerous National conventions. This outstanding REALTOR® continues to this day to stay actively involved in our REALTOR® Association.
In addition to her REALTOR® family service she is very active in the William Raveis Breast Cancer Research annual fund raiser which last year raised over $250,000 to help fight this terrible disease. She has also been a Director for the Regional Multi-Cultural School Site-Based Management Team and volunteered weekly in the classroom while her children were growing up. Her charitable contributions also include securing donations for every Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in Connecticut.
I truly believe this award tonight is a fitting crown jewel to a dedicated professional who I know will continue to give back to our Association throughout her entire career. It is with great honor and pride that I present the 2005 Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year award to my dear friend and colleague, Jeanne Fellows."
In her acceptance remarks Jeanne Fellows expanded on her giving back philosophy which she terms "Pay It Forward." She said "If anyone in our business has ever helped you learn something important or shown you how to be more professional, then please turn around and give back to someone else who’s newer to real estate. Help a fellow REALTOR® learn how to do a better job, become more of a professional…that’s what’s good for the whole of us – Pay It Forward……"
Prior to announcing the REALTOR® of the Year Thomas Switz announced that Norm Krayem was chosen as ECAR’s nominee for the 2005 State REALTOR® of the Year. His active participation on ECAR and CAR committees and his tireless work for several years on the conveyance tax issue makes him a strong candidate.