The heads of Scottsdale’s most famous real estate families received a special honor at an awards ceremony that saluted some of the most productive Realtors and teams in the city April 18.
Scottsdale Realtors Joseph and JoAnn Callaway, known affectionately as “Those Callaways,” received the inaugural Mark Parris Award during the third annual BREA celebration.
The BREA Awards – an acronym for Best Real Estate Agent – were inaugurated in 2017 by Heidi Zebro, director of sales acquisitions for On Q Financial Inc, and her employer to acknowledge some of the top Realtors in the Valley.
They reduced the element of subjectivity as much as possible by basing the awards on the number of closed units and sales volume, according to data pulled from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.
But the Callaways earned a special distinction for their community service.
The Mark Parris Award, named in honor of a West Valley Realtor who died in his sleep at age 44 last October, was started this year to recognize “an outstanding individual in the real estate community who represents the gift of promoting others, making others know their value, professionalism and integrity.”
The late Realtor’s parents and other family members turned out at the event, held at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, to personally give the award to the Callaways.
Meanwhile, BREA awards to Scottsdale professionals included: Julie Calza, My Home Group, Top Individual/Units; Joan Levinson, Realty One Group, Top Individual/Volume; Tina Valiant, HomeSmart, Top Group/Units; Christopher Karas, Launch Real Estate, Top Group; Beth Rider, Keller Williams Arizona Realty, Top Team/Units; and Andrew Bloom, Keller Williams Arizona Realty, Top Team/Volume.
For top brokerage, HomeSmart won honors for most units closed and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International won for volume.
Awards went to Realtors and companies in four quadrants of the county as well as for Valley-wide performance.
Winners in the Valley-wide arena included Rick Metcalfe, CAANAM Realty, top individual for units closed; Joan Levinson, Realty One Group, for top individual in volume; Tyler Blair, My Home Group, for top group units closed; Christopher Karas of Launch Real Estate Group for top group/volume; Carol Rose, Keller Williams East Valley, for team units closed; and Andrew Bloom, Keller Williams Arizona Realty, for team volume.
Phoenix awards and their winners were: Top Individual/Units Closed, John Fagundes, AZ Real Estate and Property Management; Top Individual/Volume, Karl Tunberg, Midland Alliance Real Estate; Top Group/Units Closed, Sally Cashman, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; Top Group/Volume, Ed Carleton, Capstone Realty Professionals; Top Team/Units Closed, Kelly Cook, Keller Williams Arizona Realty; and Top Team/Volume, John Gluch, Launch Real Estate; HomeSmart took Top Brokerage awards for both units closed and volume.
This year’s event drew more than 400 real estate professionals – more than twice the size of the audience at the first awards ceremony in 2017.
Additionally, the scope of awardees was widened this year to include the entire county since the first two years focused solely on the East Valley.
There’s a reason why she expanded the scope.
“The real estate industry is one of the most intriguing and followed segments of any thriving metropolitan area,” Zebro said, adding the “BREA Awards specifically recognizes the performance of the top producing real estate licensees on a local level.”
All proceeds from the event went to The Foundation of Blind Children whose mission is to “provide education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence.”
The media sponsor for the event was Times Media Group, publisher of the Scottsdale Progress.