Three awards were given at the Installation and Awards Banquet on January 13 at The Legacy. The association's yearly award, REALTOR® of the Year, is awarded to a REALTOR® for outstanding service to the association. Ken Harlan was recognized as the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year. Harlan has been a REALTOR® member of the LAR since 2003, and since joining, he has served on many committees, including MLS Issues and Policies, Finance, and Governmental Affairs/TREPAC. Harlan chaired the MLS Issues and Policies Committee in 2007 and 2014. He has earned the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation (GRI). He is also a graduate of the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program (TRLP) and a $1,000 Major Investor in TREPAC. Harlan also represents the LAR at the state level, serving on the Texas Association of REALTORS® MLS and Technology Committee and Professional Standards Committee. He is appointed as a Texas Association of REALTORS® Director for 2017 to 2019.
The association also celebrated two REALTOR® members with the Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is not a yearly award and is only given to REALTORS® who have dedicated many years of service to the real estate profession and especially, the LAR. Linda Gaither and Emily Ratcliff were given the Pinnacle Award for their 20 plus years of service to the LAR. They both hold the professional designations: Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI). They are $1,000 Major Investors in TREPAC and members of the National Association of REALTORS® President' Circle. Both ladies have served on more than ten LAR committees, subcommittees and task forces, each and chaired more than five committees. They were both elected as President of the LAR, Gaither in 2005 and Ratcliff in 2001. Their service also extends to the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Gaither has served on TAR's Legislative Liaison Program, Political Involvement Council, REALTOR® Legislative Network and State Representative Contact Team. Ratcliff served on TAR's Convention Task Force, Legislative Committee, Nominating Committee, Professional Standards Committee and served as a TAR Directors from 2002 to 2007.