Realtors revel at annual installation |

Realtors revel at annual installation

Carolyn Pope/Special to the Daily

The official installation of the Vail Board of Realtors occurs on an annual basis and is usually accompanied by a somewhat rowdy party. This year was no exception, as Realtors and those engaged in the business convened at 4-Eagle Ranch for barbecue, dancing and a ceremony.

From a crew that has been around for many years – a crew that includes Bill Wilto, Rod Slifer, Kathy Cole, Jo Brown and Mac Hodge – to the newcomers who have only hung their shingles in the past year or two, all were welcomed and joined together by their love of the valley as well as their strength in customer service.

Jim McVey relinquished his reins to Joan Harned, who not only had her husband, Tom, celebrating with her, but her 80-plus-year-old dad, who was excited to see his daughter installed into the esteemed position of Chairman of the Vail Board of Realtors.

Kudos were handed out left and right. Wells Fargo’s Janelle Bryant received the Affiliate of the Year award for her work in the lending business. The highest accolades of Realtor of the Year went to Oran Palmateer.

New chairman Joan Harned began a new tradition at the event, expanding the celebration into a fund raiser for the board’s charity. The money from ticket sales and auction items were added to the Hope Chest fund, which aids members from the real estate community who are in need.

Money goes to medical care, housing and organizations with worthwhile missions for youth. Bob Dorf, a lively and competent auctioneer, sold off four tickets to the Colorado-Nebraska football game, a mama bear necklace, a ski pass and American Airline tickets, which brought in a few thousand more for the fund.

Seen at the event: Amy Dorsey, Asher Maslan, Stephanie Uberbacher, Sarah Harvey and Bill Sheehan, Bill Walsh and Suzanne Sloan.

For more information regarding the Vail Board of Realtors, call 845-1028.

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