Martha Turner Properties celebrated its annual Circle of Excellence Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, January 29, in the ballroom of the River Oaks Country Club. The company honored 100 sales associates whose 2012 closed sales placed them in the Circle of Excellence, the company’s highest award for outstanding production. The event marked the best year for the independent brokerage whose 2012 closed sales volume reached $1.6 billion.
The presentation began at 7:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks by president and CEO Martha Turner. Dr. Robert Sloan, president, Houston Baptist University, gave the 2013 company blessing and invocation, and Marshall Maxwell accompanied the program at the piano. Turner and executive vice president and partner Tom Anderson welcomed each 2012 Circle of Excellence award-winner to the podium and presented them with gifts selected by Turner.
The Martha Turner Properties 2012 top producer was Lisa Baer, who received a diamond necklace; number two was Patti Garrison, who received a pair of diamond earrings; number three was Walter Bering; number four was Robert Bland; number five was Jay Monroe; number six was Susan Boss; number seven was Karen Harberg; number eight was Cathy Cagle; number nine was Hedley Karpas; and number 10 was Clare Leppert.
In the company’s North Division office, Bill Phillips was top producer and Arlene English and Renay Cohen tied for number two producer. In the South Division, Patricia Savage was top producer followed by Sylvia Balionis.
The company welcomed four of the 2012 Circle of Excellence winners into the Martha Turner Properties Hall of Fame: Thomas Claffy, Mary Elizabeth Hahnfeld, Hedley Karpas, and Patricia Savage. Pinnacle was added to the Circle of Excellence this year, a new level celebrating sales associates who have achieved 20 years in the Circle of Excellence. Pinnacle inductees were Robert Bland, Ruthie Porterfield, Marlene Rhoden, and Peggy Vineyard.
At the piano, Maxwell played “New York, New York,” a reference to the upcoming Circle of Excellence trip to New York, a gift for Circle of Excellence members from the company in recognition of their achievements. The awards breakfast concluded with brief remarks by Anderson who thanked everyone for their hard work, and said that his focus for the company in 2013 was the importance of relationships.