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Yesterday, I Won "2013 Texas Realtor Hero of the Year"

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

Yesterday was a whirlwind for me. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Xplode conference in Houston, where founder Matt Fagioli took the time to mention our ministry (Luke 6 Ministries) and to match funds raised that day, resulting in about $1100 to help the homeless and needy families we serve.

John Gormley, who is the Vice President of the Texas Association of Realtors, was at that event in Houston as well, and he was intrigued by our efforts and called me the next day to chat, and to invite me to the TAR winter meeting, which is held right here in Austin.

John told me, "I'd like for you to come as my guest. I won't make you sit through 4 days of boring meetings, but I'd like to introduce you to a few people." I'm almost always up for a good networking opportunity, so I was looking forward to it. He later texted me and we decided to meet for lunch yesterday at the Hyatt Regency, where the meetings were being held. 

Little did I know that the invitation was really an elaborate plan to get me into a luncheon where I was given the "2013 Texas Realtor Hero of the Year" award in front of a few hundred of my colleagues here in Texas. I had NO IDEA that I would be attending an awards ceremony, and even less knowledge that I would be receiving one. 

Frankly, when they began to introduce the winner, I thought, "THAT is a cool award." Then, as the introduction went on, I was excited to think that someone else was doing great things to help the homeless ("wow - that's just like what we're doing"), including serving victims of domestic violence. Then, within about 30 seconds, I realized that I was about to go on stage myself. Incredible feeling. 

This is only the 5th year that this award has existed, and they only give out ONE per year. With a Texas Association of Realtors membership of over 90,000, this is a HUGE honor for me. I can't say enough how humbled and thankful I am to have received this. 

Yesterday was one of the most memorable and exciting days I've had in awhile, and I am sincerely thankful to God, John, and Matt for making it possible.

I have never awakened thinking, "Today I will be getting a crystal obelisk on a stage in front of 300 Realtors from around the state." But it happened. I'm glad that I didn't go to the bathroom during this announcement, or decide to re-schedule my lunch appointment for any reason.

My wife and kids were thrilled, too, and it was (I suppose somewhat appropriately) a hero's reception when I finally made it home around 9pm. 

The amount of attention that I've already seen for our ministry is thrilling. I was able to invite my wife to the reception yesterday evening, which was really nice, including good food, drinks, and company. I am hopeful that this will bring more attention to the work we're doing, and to the people we're helping. 

I won't lie - I'm also hopeful that it brings me more business and more high-quality agents to our company. 

Either way, this was a very special and very memorable day. 

Thanks for reading!

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Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

What a great story - congratulations for this well deserved award, Jason!

Feb 12, 2014 12:24 AM
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Congratulations Jason, great recognition for a great cause!!!

Feb 12, 2014 12:39 AM
Kim Norton
CREATIV Real Estate Solutions - Bentonville, AR
Selling Northwest Arkansas

Congratulations and may God continue to bless the work of your hands and the lives that you touch...

Feb 12, 2014 05:23 AM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

For selfless service I can't think of a better example in the rain.


Feb 12, 2014 09:37 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Jason,

Truly a honor bestowed upon you and so glad the ministry is getting help. With all this great publicity, you might get a lot more money too $$$$$$$.

Feb 12, 2014 12:43 PM
Brian Clinger
Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt - Cascade, MI
Brian Clinger ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES

Great cause, great award.  Thanks for your ministry!

Feb 12, 2014 05:45 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

You have reached so many through your efforts and with the help of those around you. You are very deserving of the award.

Feb 12, 2014 08:06 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good morning Jason,  First of all, Congratulations.  It is always nice to do something, not expecting anything in return and then get blessed for your efforts...... and you even got a free lunch out of it.  Who knows what business you will get along the way, just because to went out of your way to help someone.  Awesome!

Feb 12, 2014 10:24 PM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Great job, always trying to help others is what I try to do also and it seems to always come back to you in one for or another. Congratulations and keep going.

Feb 13, 2014 06:08 AM
Jamie Seaux
Denton, TX
North DFW Properties Century 21 Judge Fite

First of all, thank you for your compliment!  I had so much fun putting it together, so it made it so rewarding to see such a liking to it!

Second, congrats on your award!  What an accomlishment!!

No third necessary. Great blog & I will be following!

Feb 13, 2014 11:48 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Jason, this is awesome! So glad to hear about your award, and hopeful that this attention will inspire others to do more. Congratulations!

Feb 13, 2014 07:24 PM
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty, Inc - Fairfax, VA
33 years of providing fully satisfying service!


Congrats! Too many folks like to cheer others on when they should be digging in to lend a helping hand - like you have amply demonstrated. Keep on keepin' on!


Feb 15, 2014 10:08 PM
Rebecca Hauer

Congratulations Jason! Being involved in the community and helping make the world a better place is 100% compatible with being an honest, ethical and successful business person.

Feb 16, 2014 03:36 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Congratulations Jason!  Job well done and well deserved!  Helping others is all of our job, some just do it better than others and some go above and beyond in helping others and you were rewarded for that great work that you do!  Keep it up and Thank GOD, He has giving you the ability to do what you do!  

Feb 16, 2014 04:06 AM
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine
You didi a more important thing by making more people aware of hoow we need to help the homeless. It is getting to be an epidemic throughout the country.
Feb 16, 2014 11:23 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Congratulations, Jason, on receiving this fine award. It is very well deserved. You do so much to help others. I am so happy you have been acknowledged. Thank you for all that you do!

Feb 19, 2014 10:31 AM
JC Melvin Broker & Trainer
JC Melvin - KW The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Digital Marketing - the key in today's real estate

Jason, job well done. It's people like you that make a difference in their communities and cities. I know that it's not really a job for you and we appreciate you and the fact that you are a credit to the real estate profession. Thanks,

JC from Vegas

Apr 03, 2014 01:02 AM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT

Congratulations Jason, That *is* a very cool award. You're making us all proud.

Apr 09, 2014 05:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's quite an honor and an accomplishment, Jason!  CONGRATULATIONS!  I sometimes see your postings about your activities on Facebook!  Keep up the good work!

Aug 05, 2014 11:42 PM
Margaret Kapranos
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Novato, CA
San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR. 415-608-5070

aaaahhhh, nice story and congratulations.

Mar 16, 2015 04:04 AM