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Coldwell Banker Premier Realty holds awards ceremony

Updated February 26, 2019 - 11:27 am

Coldwell Banker Premier Realty gave out its annual awards and Chairman and CEO Bob Hamrick gave the state of the company and addressed the real estate market during a breakfast at the Smith Center on Feb. 20.

The real estate company has given out awards going back to its founding in Las Vegas in 1983 and it continued when Bob Hamrick and his wife Molly, the president and chief operating officer, took over ownership in 1998.

About 200 people attended the event that recognizes the success, production and tenure from the previous year. Coldwell Banker Premier Realty has 260 agents and 45 support staff spread out among three campuses in Green Valley, Centennial Hills and West Sahara Avenue.

The most prestigious award given is named for Marilyn Squitieri, a retired Coldwell Banker sales associate who was a leader in the real estate community from 1983 to 1996. It’s given to a sales or support staff person who consistently demonstrates high standards of service, including community service, productivity and leadership.

This year’s recipient is Lavert Benefield who’s been with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty since 2010.

Bob Hamrick said Benefield has been a top producer with the firm and always available to do training classes, share thoughts with agents on how to be successful and gives back to the community, Hamrick said. He has had a long career as a dancer, and continues to provide an annual scholarship to worthy kids.

“He’s someone who can’t say no in teaching a class, lead a discussion, participate in a program or bare his soul for the sake of others to help them accomplish the success he has enjoyed,” Hamrick said. “He consistently creating new goals to which he ascribes to achieve to.”

Benefield served as a dance supervisor for Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show “A New Day” for five years. He also worked as a dance captain for Gloria Estefan’s Las Vegas show. The 49-year-old Benefield said he became a Realtor in 2008 after Dion’s show finished.

“I was a speculator like everyone else during that period buying up multiple houses. I felt like I could have done a great job as an agent,” Benefield said. “I stepped into it and wanted to provide more education and better guidance.”

Benefield said he’s surprised, overwhelmed and honored about winning the award.

“This award is about production but how much I’m giving as well,” Benefield said. “Other than production, it’s about what we give back to our community as well as our fellow agents.”

Benefield said he helps provide scholarships for the performing arts.

In his address, Hamrick said the state of the company is very strong. The company’s gross sales volume went from $800 million in 2017 to $935 million in 2018. The gross commission income rose from $26 million to $27 million. The gross income per closing rose from $8,371 to $9,702.

The average gross commission income per agent is the highest in the marketplace at $107,570, Hamrick said.

Hamrick said even though inventory is increasing in the marketplace, he’s optimistic because that leads to a flight to quality.

“When listing inventory increases, the public is more concerned who they select to get their home sold,” Hamrick said. “We believe that is positioning us to be the one selected because our brand is recognized and agents are full-time and the most productive in the marketplace.”

Coldwell Banker Premier Realty’s Corporate Services Department was named a Cartus Masters Cup semi-finalist for the second year in a row and is one of eight semi-finalists in the country. The Masters Cup will be awarded next month during the Cartus Broker Network International Conference in Las Vegas. CBPR’s Corporate Services Department has also earned a Cartus Platinum Award for the fifth consecutive year and is the only Platinum broker in Southern Nevada. This department has a combined 64 years of relocation experience and closed 820 units in 2018.

Other award winners are:

2019 COLDWELL BANKER PREMIER REALTY ANNUAL AWARDS

GROSS COMMISSION INCOME MEDALISTS

Awarded to the top three sales associates and the top three teams with the highest-gross commission income.

• GOLD — Kiefer Lester Team

• SILVER — Gaitan Group

• BRONZE — Stan Hicks, Mason Richburg Group

• Moretti Team

Kaori Guerra Team

Crowder Team

Hutchins Team

Cooper Kattau Team

Hallerman Team

Greg Clemens Group

• GOLD — Hanna Dam-Nardelli

• SILVER — Loralee Wood

• BRONZE — Diane Varney

Brandon Bueltel

Tina Mello

Kameron Kildea

Paula Burlison

Ginger Campbell

Joel Lifschutz

Jacki Evans

SALES MEDALISTS

Awarded to the top three sales associates and the top three teams with the most qualifying open transaction units.

• GOLD — Gaitan Group

• SILVER — Kiefer Lester Team

• BRONZE — Kaori Guerra Team

• GOLD — Hanna Dam-Nardelli

• SILVER — Tina Mello

• BRONZE — Joel Lifschutz

LISTING MEDALISTS

Awarded to the top three sales associates and the top three teams with the highest number of listings.

• GOLD — Gaitan Group

• SILVER — Kiefer Lester Team

• BRONZE — Cooper Kattau Team

• GOLD — Loralee Wood

• SILVER — Tina Mello

• BRONZE — Paula Burlison

COLDWELL BANKER PRESIDENT’S ELITE

Membership is awarded to sales associates with at least $400,000 in GCI or 55 closed units.

Hanna Dam-Nardelli

Joel Lifschutz

Tina Mello

Diane Varney

Zach Walkerlieb

Loralee Wood

COLDWELL BANKER PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE

Membership is awarded to sales associates with at least $245,000 in GCI or 35 closed units.

Teams: Membership is awarded to team with at least $625,000 or 85 closed units.

Gaitan Group

Kiefer Lester Team

Brand Bueltel

Paula Burlison

Sarah Cadiz

Ginger Campbell

Jacki Evans

Kameron Kildea

Nichole LaVigne

Mike Oliver

Robin Riedel

Diane Rowe

Lisa Simpson

Matthew Steiner

Nanette Verdin

COLDWELL BANKER DIAMOND SOCIETY

Membership is awarded to sales associates with at least $165,000 in GCI or 25 closed units.

Teams: Membership is awarded to team with at least $425,000 or 70 closed units.

Crowder Team

Kaori Guerra Team

Stan Hicks, Mason Richburg Group

Hutchins Team

Moretti Team

Lavert Benefield

Gary Egelin

Ronda Hecker

Ron Johnson

Steve Kwasneski

Randy Milmeister

Wanda Mullen

Mark Peveler

David Riedel

Cheri Sacenti

Alan Sheleheda

Jessie Sorani

Felicia Struhl

Rick Thompson

Alex Vazquez

COLDWELL BANKER STERLING SOCIETY

Membership is awarded to sales associates with at least $120,000 in GCI or 18 closed units.

Jill Alegre

Karen Behringer

Necia Bunnell

Jim Croteau

Vickey England

Brenda Fischer

Lance Hamrick

Myra Hatten

Christopher Huff

Regana Kooman-Henry

Mark Lambert

Sandra Munley

Mark Rink

Skip Schifrin

Katie Spilotro

Jodi Tyra

Nancy Wong

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE

Awarded to sales associates with a minimum of one open buyer sold or one open listing sold, and one new listing each month

Crowder Team

Gaitan Group

Hutchins Team

Kiefer Lester Team

Tina Mello

Zach Walkerlieb

Loralee Wood

CIRCLE OF HONOR | SALES

Awarded to sales associates with a minimum of one open buyer sold or one open listing sold each month.

Gary Egelin

Kaori Guerra Team

Stan Hicks, Mason Richburg Group

Ronda Hecker

Ron Johnson

Regana Kooman-Henry

Steve Kwasneski

Nichole LaVigne

Joel Lifschutz

McNamara Group

Moretti Team

Robin Riedel

Diane Rowe

Jessie Sorani

Felicia Struhl

Nanette Verdin

Zanoni Guinn Group

CIRCLE OF HONOR | LISTINGS

Awarded to sales associates with a minimum of one listing taken each month.

Paula Burlison

O’Brien Mulloy Group

LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the Coldwell Banker Premier Realty Leadership Team members who have the largest impact on the successful performance of the company or their campus. Consideration is given to attitude, productivity and excellent service standards.

Marizel Valenzuela,accounting services

Caitlan Kerekes, director of sales associate services, Sahara Campus

SKYROCKET AWARD

Awarded to sales associates and teams with at least two years of tenure, a minimum of 10 closings and who have increased their gross commission income at least 50 percent over the previous year.

Brandon Bueltel

Nancy Call

Jacki Evans

Hutchins Team

Ollie Arimado

Necia Bunnell

Ginger Campbell

Gary Egelin

Christopher Huff

O’Brien Mulloy Group

Mark Peveler

Jessie Sorani

Todd Lemoine

Jim Reitz

Diane Rowe

Matt Steiner

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Membership is awarded to the first-year sales associate of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty with the highest-gross commission income within their first 12 months in the real estate business.

• Winner: Sarah Cadiz

• First Runner Up: Casey Wheeler

• Second Runner Up: German Tirado

HORIZON AWARD

Awarded to the first-year sales associate of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty who achieve an average of$3,000 in gross commission income each month since their association.

David Benson

Matt Bruno

Stephanie Bullock

Stephen Davey

Clark Kiat-Ong

Mark Moore

Carlye Sandoval

Lora Smith

QUALIFIED LISTING EXPERT

Awarded to sales associate or team who achieve a minimum of 12 listings with no expired or withdrawn listings.

Brandon Bueltel

Ginger Campbell

Jim Croteau

Crowder Team

Hallerman Team

Mike McNamara

David Riedel

Robin Riedel

SALES SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION

Awarded to sales associate of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty who achieve a minimum of 12 sales and have less than five percent cancellation.

Hallerman Team

Mike McNamara

Mark Rink

Regana Kooman-Henry

Robin Riedel

Rick Thompson

Jodi Tyra

CONCIERGE VENDOR OF THE YEAR

The Best Concierge Service Provider of the year voted by Coldwell Banker Premier Realty sales associates.

Will Mitchell, Home Pride Inspections

ASSOCIATE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Presented to the sales associates for their leadership contributions within our Associate Advisory Council.

Gary Egelin

Jacki Evans

Pam Mulloy

CUSTOMER SERVICE/FIVE STAR AGENTS

Awarded to the sales associates with a minimum of 12 annual closings and the combination of the highest response percentage and excellent service ratings.

• Winner: Mark Rink

• Honoree: David Riedel

• Honoree: Loralee Wood

GOOD SPORT OF THE YEAR

Voted on by our sales associates and presented to the individuals showing the most supportive encouragement, contagious enthusiasm and overall good-sport attitude within their office.

Rick Aco, Sahara Campus

Pam Mulloy, Green Valley Campus

Alan Sheleheda, Centennial Hills Campus

SENIOR SALES ASSOCIATE

Title awarded to sales associates with more than $120,000 in gross commission income in each of any three years of continuous service with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty.

Greg Clemens

Jacki Evans

Regana Kooman-Henry

Skip Schifrin

Katie Spilotro

Matt Steiner

Felicia Struhl

Rick Thompson

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT

Title awarded to sales associates with more than $240,000 in gross commission income in each of any seven years of continuous service with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty.

Tina Mello

Diane Varney

OUTGOING REFERRAL EXCELLENCE

Awarded to sales associates with three or more closed outgoing referrals during the year.

Carol Crowder

Audra Damore

Vickey England

Kaori Guerra Team

Annette Johnson

Moretti Team

Skip Schifrin

Felicia Struhl

Jodi Tyra

PREVIOUS MARILYN SQUITIERI WINNERS

Vickey England

Cheryl O’Brien

George Knoblock

Jim Watt

Patsy Rios-Franzi

Neil & Ronnie Schwartz

Vincent Rossetti

Sue Kwasneski

Check Ankenman

Mike Webb

Greg Duffield

Tammy Pitts

Kameron Kildea

Paula Burlison

Devin Reiss

Jodi Tyra

Jim and Sandy Croteau

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