Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS

The Thurston County REALTORS® Association (TCRA), one of the South Sound’s largest business trade organizations, presented awards to nine individuals at their annual Affiliate Showcase &  REALTOR Awards Membership luncheon held on March 9, 2018 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia. The “standing room only” event of more than 150 attendees included displays of dozens of the group’s affiliate member companies.

Thurston County REALTOR Tonia DeBeaux
TCRA President Tonia DeBeaux was presented the Realtor of the Year award by Jerry Wilkins. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTOR

The awards were presented to Realtors, affiliates and partners who support the Association’s dedication to protecting home and property ownership and professionalism within the real estate industry, as well as enhancing the quality of life in our communities.

“REALTOR of the Year” is a top recognition by the organization each year. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the Realtor spirit and faithfulness to the principles of the organization and the REALTOR Code of Ethics.

This year, Tonia DeBeaux, a designated broker with John L. Scott in Lacey was honored as the 2017 REALTOR of the Year. Tonia is the current president of the local business organization with its more than 700 Realtor and affiliate members.

Thurston County REALTOR Awards Martin McElliott ThurstonTalk
A few of the TCRA award winners from [L-R] Tonia DeBeaux, Beverly Vincent, Martin McElliott, Michelle Wickett, Becca Heyl. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORS
“Tonia has served on various Realtor committees at the national, state and local levels while also serving in local community service organizations,” said Jerry Wilkins, who co-chaired the Association’s awards committee and presented the award.

“Tonia has a passion for business administration and accounting and readily uses these skills to serve the organizations she becomes involved with,” Wilkins explained. “Our Association members have benefited greatly from Tonia’s strong commitment and service on our Education committee where she has championed and arranged for new classes to ensure the best educational opportunities are available for our members’ professional development.”

Other Awards Presented

Several other 2017 awards were presented at the event and are listed below with the honorees:

  • Thurston County REALTOR Awards Martin McElliott
    Martin McElliott, ThurstonTalk, received the Partnership of the Year award in recognition of all that ThurstonTalk has done to cover the great community involvement of the more than 700 Realtor members and their affiliates. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORS

    Citizen of the Year for contributions in service to the public.
    Awarded to: Michelle Wickett, Axia Home Loans

  • TCRA Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to the local community.
    Awarded to: Rae Anne Toth, Keller Williams Realty South Sound
  • Partnership of the Year for support of Realtor issues and efforts overall.
    Awarded to: Martin McElliott, ThurstonTalk
  • Long Time REALTOR Spirit Award for many years of civic, business, and association accomplishments.
    Awarded to: Phil Harlan, Keller Williams Realty South Sound
  • Affiliate of the Year for recognition of affiliate association members.
    Awarded to: Jennifer Lane and Becca Heyl, Stewart Title and Escrow
  • REALTOR Special Achievement Award for civic, community and business involvement.
    Awarded to: Ed Kunkel, Jr., RE/MAX Professionals
  • President’s Award for outstanding contributions to TCRA.
    Awarded to: Beverly Vincent, association executive, Thurston County REALTORS® Association
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