More than 300 people gathered at “Innsbrook Downs” on Tuesday, June 5th for the “44th running” of the McColly Derby. It was the culmination of the triple crown of real estate – listings, referrals and sales – with many stepping into the winner’s circle for their 2017 achievements.
McColly Director of Marketing, Monica Decker said the group represented Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties in Indiana, as well as Cook, Will, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois Counties in Illinois. They were treated to breakfast at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville, a speech by President, Ron McColly and an awards ceremony.
The realtors’ run for the roses was adorned in theme-appropriate décor, made possible by Operations Coordinator, Rhonda McColly-Fleener, who worked with Merrillville Florist to transform the ballroom into a small version of the Kentucky Derby. Men in bow ties and seersucker suits, and women in organza hats and floral fascinators came together to celebrate a year of successes.
According to McColly, the awards ceremony recognizes top producers and offices and features a new theme each year. “I’m very proud,” he said. “A lot of people make this work and I attribute the overall success of the company to the agents.”
McColly-Fleener opened the ceremony and Mary Jane DiMichele of the Highland office provided the invocation.
McColly spoke about the state of the industry and what makes the company and the entities that operate under the McColly umbrella – McColly Bennett Commercial, the New Homes Division, McColly Auctions, McColly School of Real Estate, Community Title, the McColly Charities and the newest addition, Diamond Mortgage – successful. He also emphasized the importance of networking, referrals and learning from others’ experiences.
The McColly family of real estate, including its other brands, Bennett and Rosenboom have served three generations of clients. McColly noted how fortunate the company is to be a part of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, which sells more homes globally than any other real estate organization in the world.
Greg Leutloff, #1 Individual Producer – IL, of the Bourbonnais Heritage office has sold commercial real estate for 17 years with McColly Bennett. “I work hard, and I love it,” he said.
Brent Wright, #1 Individual Producer – IN, in the Portage Willowcreek location said he owes his success to the support and understanding of friends and family, especially his wife, Emily, his mentor, Kelly White, his office and most importantly, his clients for trusting him to help them with their real estate needs.
Lisa Grady Team, #1 Team Producers – IN, of the Schererville agency emphasized the “incredibly knowledgeable managers and support staff and McColly’s cutting-edge marketing trends and market analyzation to help ensure we give the most accurate guidance to our clients.”
Buck Tamblyn, Runner-Up Producer – IL, of the Bourbonnais Heritage office said, “I could not have closed these transactions without the help of our McColly Bennett Commercial Team. Together we finalized projects that will have a positive impact on our local communities for decades to come. I believe the infrastructure offered by McColly Real Estate is unparalleled in our industry.”
Kelly White, Runner-Up Producer and #1 Individual Total Sides Closed of the Portage Willowcreek, IN, agency noted, “With its marketing, legal and referral departments, lenders, and insurance, home warranty and title companies, McColly is a one-stop shop. This gives me an edge and allows me to provide my clients with the best service possible.”
Michelle Arseneau Team, Runner-Up Team Producers – IL, in the Bourbonnais Heritage location said, “I love that you can pick up the phone and corporate is there to help with whatever you need.”
Cyndi Piontkowski, Rookie of the Year – IL, at the Bourbonnais Heritage office explained, “It’s not work if you love what you’re doing. With McColly’s wonderful resources, McColly Bennett’s energetic and welcoming atmosphere, fellow agents, and our amazing Managing Broker, Andy Czako, I definitely love what I am doing.”
Bill Rathjen, Rookie of the Year - Jasper County, in the DeMotte agency added, “As a new broker, McColly has provided the name recognition needed to build confidence with my clients. Support from others in my office has empowered me to become a better broker.”
Lynn Randazzo, #1 Total Sides Closed – IL, of the Bourbonnais Heritage office noted she has made many friendships over the years while helping people sell, relocate or achieve their dream of home ownership. “It’s so rewarding when my clients are sitting at the closing table after finding their perfect home,” she said.
Julie Elisha, Runner-Up Total Sides Closed, in the Portage Willowcreek location said, “This is a demanding job, with hours that can put your life in a tailspin, but it’s a job I love, with clients that become friends. More importantly, my assistant Rachael Lockwood deserves recognition for keeping up with me.”
Estela Lopez Team, Runner-Up Team Producers – IN of the Schererville agency believes McColly is a one-of-a-kind, reputable company that offers outstanding results due to what they offer and their top-notch agents. “The variety of services: titles, lending, insurance, auctions, commercial, luxury homes – you name it, we have it,” she said.
Award winners recognized include: Greg Leutloff - #1 Individual Producer - IL, Brent Wright - #1 Individual Producer - IN, Schreffler-Winterroth Team (Susan Schreffler and Kelly Winterroth) - #1 Team Producers - IL, Lisa Grady Team - #1 Team Producers - IN, Buck Tamblyn - Runner-Up Producer - IL, Kelly White - Runner-Up Producer & #1 Individual Total Sides Closed - IN, Michelle Arseneau Team - Runner- Up Team Producers - IL, Brenda Versnel Team - Runner-Up Team Producers - IN, Cyndi Piontkowski - Rookie of the Year - IL, Laura Sexton - Rookie of the Year - Lake County, IN, Bill Rathjen - Rookie of the Year - Jasper County, IN, Lynn Randazzo - #1 Total Sides Closed - IL, Sandy Boyer - Runner-Up Total Sides Closed - IL, Julie Elisha - Runner-Up Total Sides Closed - IN, Estela Lopez Team - Runner-Up Team Producers - IN
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