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Awards and Honors

2023 Major RPAC Investors

2024 Rookie of the Year

The 2024 Rookie of the Year.  The criterias are a REALTOR® who has been in the business for less than 18 months and is based on production, association participation, congeniality and professional development related classes.  The candidate must also be nominated by the Designated REALTOR® of their office.  This year’s recipient has not only exceeded expectations in their business but is also currently serving on two SEBAR committees, the YPN Committee and Affiliate Task Force while selling over 9.3 million in their first 18 months.  In addition to their great sales record, this recipient is involved in the community volunteering with Oaks of Righteousness and Ribbons of Monroe.  This years recipient is a member of Leadership Monroe’s class of 2024 and has completed half the requirements to earn their CCIM Designation (certified commercial investment member).  Congratulations to this year’s Rookie of the Year

Cole McNew, Coldwell Banker Haynes R.E.

2024 Humanitarian of the Year

This award recognizes a REALTOR® that makes outstanding and dedicated contributions to the betterment of our community.  The candidate is nominated by a fellow REALTOR® who recognizes the time and commitment this individual has demonstrated over the past year.  This year’s recipient contributes many hours of their time and money to a variety of worthy charitable causes including Oaks of Righteousness and raising money for a local scholarship fund.  While volunteering much of their time to the community, this person has served on the Community Involvement Committee and is currently serving on the MLS Board of Directors and was still able to close over 5.1 million in sales during 2023.  Congratulations to this year’s Humanitarian award recipient

Sheila Bussell, Key Realty One

2024 REALTOR® of the Year

The criteria for this award requires participation in the Association at the local, state and national levels as well as community service involvement.  The 2024 REALTOR® of the Year has been a member for over 35 years and during that time has served and/or chaired on the Downriver Legislative Committee, Downriver Chapter Board of Regents, SEBAR Board of Directors, Professional Standards Committee, Professional Development Committee, Bylaws Committee, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Affiliate Task Force just to name a few.  This year’s recipient is not only dedicated to volunteering for SEBAR committees but you will most likely find them at nearly every event held by SEBAR.  In addition to attending everything SEBAR, they continue to show their dedication to continual learning by attending numerous MR Conventions, Broker Summits and NAR Conventions.  This recipient has earned the GRI Designation, At Home with Diversity and C2EX endorsement.   They have been and continue to be a supporter of RPAC and SEBAR.  Helping to grow our Realtor membership by making it their mission to visit member offices each quarter of 2023.

Penny Tarwacki, New Dimensions Realty

2024 Affiliate of the Year

The criteria are an Affiliate who is an active member of SEBAR that has demonstrated high principles and faithfulness to laws and regulations of the Code of Ethics not only to other members but the public as well.  This year’s recipient has been a member for over 16 years and during that time has been very active with SEBAR serving on the Membership Committee, Community Outreach Committee, YPN Committee and had been an Affiliate Director.  They are a strong supporter of the Association, including instructing an occasional lunch & learn and is always willing to help set up or clean up after an event.  They volunteer for the Oaks of Righteousness Soup Kitchen and have been known to feed SEBAR members on many occasions.  This year’s recipient has attended numerous Michigan Realtors Conventions and is currently sitting on the Michigan Realtors Convention Task Force.  Congratulations to this year’s Affiliate of the Year.

Frank Lucarelli, First American Title