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Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Awards

Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Awards


The Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Awards are presented by the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® to Washtenaw County individuals, organizations, or businesses who are proactive on environmental issues including:

           • Using products that contain recycled materials or energy saving-qualities
           • Taking steps to clean up environmental problems
           • Developing innovative recycling or reuse programs
           • Restoration and remodeling efforts that promote historical preservation and reuse materials

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Congratulations to the 2023 Recipient!

The 2023 Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Award was given to Jerry Hancock, Stormwater and Floodplain Program Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor.

For more information on his work, click here.

Past Environmental Awareness Award Recipients

1997 - Mallet's Wood: Efficient use of land.

1998 - Sunward CoHousing: Efficient use of land.

1999 - Huron Valley Watershed Council: Adopt a Stream Program.

1999 - Ed Shaffran: ReUse of buildings.

2000 - ReUse Center: Recycling efforts.

2000 - EnHouse Recycle Ann Arbor: Green building demonstration.

2001 - Habitat for Humanity

2002 - Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project: Wetland preservation.

2003 - Mallet's Creek Library: Environmental friendly building practices.

2005 - Barry Wallace: Lifelong commitment to keeping Washtenaw County drinking water pure.

2005 - Cardea Construction: Green renovation of home at 1515 South Maple.

2006 - The Conlin Company: Reduction of paved parking areas in Scio Village Condominiums.

2006 - The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources: Green renovation of building.

2007 - Mayor John Hiefje: Environmental friendly policies.

2007 - Robyn Angle: Green construction of Clearlake home.

2008 - Big George's Appliance Mart: Green construction of new store on Stadium Boulivard.

2009 - Gordon Hall

2009 -  The Cedars

2010 - Architectural Resources, LLC: Embracing green initiatives in her work as a REALTOR.

2010 - Meadowlark Builders: Their reuse, recycling, and energy efficient practices.

2011 - Laura Shope: Embracing green initiatives in her work in real estate.

2011 - Habitate for Humanity Huron Valley.

2012 - Matt & Kelly Grocoff,

2012 - First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

2013 - Matt & Rene Greff, Arbor Brewing Company 

2013 - The Betty Brigade

2014 - Urban Energy Works, LLC

2014 - The Village of Dexter

2015- Ann Arbor Learning Community

2015 - City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt District Program and Green Things Farm

        2016 - Urban Ashes

       2017 - Faith in Action and Alex Young of Zingerman's Roadhouse & Cornman Farms

       2018 - Happy Planet Running and Barbara Lucas, The Green Room, WEMU

       2019 - The Ann Arbor Public Schools and South Arbor Charter Academy 

       2020 - Richard Andres & Deb Lentz, owners of Tantre Farm and Washtenaw Food Hub 

       2021 - 3Mission Partners  

       2022 - Barry Lonik - Legacy Land Conservancy 

AAABoR Committees

AAABoR® is committed to providing the programs and services you need to be successful. Member input is critical to a strong organization. Serving on a committee will give you a voice in the discussions that guide decisions.

Click to see the 2023 AAABoR Committees

The Community Involvement Committee will identify opportunities for the Board and members to support community organizations and housing related activities.

Staff Liaison: Katharine Joyce

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The Education Committee reviews and recommends classes, seminars, and continuing education.

Staff Liaison: Angella O'Keefe.

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The Finance/Investment Committee reviews financial reports and makes budget, policy and investment recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Staff Liaison: Lica Kwofie

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The Governmental Affairs Committee works to promote the importance of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), fundraises for RPAC, creates awareness of legislation affecting the real estate industry, and makes candidate endorsement recommendations.

Staff Liaison: Angella O'Keefe

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The Grievance Committee meets as needed to review complaints alleging Code of Ethics violations and requests for arbitration.

Staff Liaison: Tom Renkert

The Membership Engagement Committee is responsible for activities designed to promote recruitment, retention, and communication with the membership. It aims to attract new agents to the AAABoR and informs existing membership about opportunities and events via social media and in-person visits. It will institute regular member outreach as well as an exit survey which aims to collect member experiences.

Staff Liaison: Katharine Joyce

The MLS Committee reviews and recommends MLS policy, rules and regulations and MLS products and services.

Staff Liaison: Eric Rolfe

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The Strategic Planning Committee is an advisory committee whose charge includes evaluating short and long term strategies that add value to AAABoR membership while at the same time generating alternative revenue streams needed for the sustainability of the association.

Staff Liaison: Christine Paga

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Future MLS Advisory Group Committee is an advisory committee whose charge includes evaluating the future of our MLS system and making recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Staff Liaison: Tom Renkert 

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Young Professionals Network Committee brings together fellow "young at heart," like-minded professionals for networking and insight into the real estate industry.

Staff Liaison: Christine Paga

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Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Mon - Fri

If you need any assistance or help, our team is available over the phone or in the office Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. Curbside pick-up/drop-off is available by appointment. Please call (734) 761-7340 to schedule your appointment. 

About Us

The Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors® is the Trade Association for the Washtenaw County, Michigan REALTORS. Established in 1919, the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors has grown from 20 REALTOR® members to over 1,000 REALTORS® and Affiliate members today. The mission of the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors is to strengthen our REALTOR® community through advocacy, collaboration, education, innovation and civic engagement.The Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors® promotes standards of REALTOR professionalism, ethics and integrity; provides tools and technology to enhance membership profitability; communicates REALTOR viewpoints on private property issues to government officials; and markets the value of REALTORSto members of the public.(*The term REALTOR is a registered mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the world’s largest trade association, the National Association of REALTORS, and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.)

REALTOR® of the Year

The REALTOR® of the Year award is given to a REALTOR® who has made a commitment to contribution to their community, clients and the local and state REALTOR® Associations.

2022 REALTOR® of the Year


Chrissie Geaorge
Trillium Real Estate

This year’s award recipient cares deeply about the experiences her clients have throughout their transactions. She knows that the relationships she creates with other REALTORS® help to ensure positive sales experiences. She appreciates the inherent guide the REALTOR® Code of Ethics provides and works diligently to make certain her work reflects that Code.

The REALTOR® of the Year believes supporting our local association provides an opportunity to create a fair, honest and professional marketplace that can support  REALTORS® working to build fulfilling, community-based businesses. In various roles throughout the past ten years, she has worked hard to help the association serve the membership to the best of its abilities.

She has served the board in many roles including five years as an MLS Committee member, with a year each as its Vice Chair and Chair, currently serving on the Finance Committee since 2016 (including serving as Vice Chair and Chair), a member of the Non-Dues Revenue/Strategic Planning Committee since 2020, and a member of the Board of Directors for eight years including serving as Treasurer and President. She has attended various state and national REALTOR® association events.

Since 2016, our award winner has been a speaker for and frequently involved with Mott Children's Hospital’s Perinatal, Infant and Reproductive Loss (P.I.R.L) Committee.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize marriage in 2015, she co-hosted a fundraiser and information event “S.C.O.T.U.S. or Bust!” which included political participants within our local, state and federal governments.  Much of the professional/political involvement was coordinated through her brokerage. The event raised significant financial gifts and awareness.

She is an Ann Arbor SPARK Annual meeting attendee and a member of The Ark. Her passion for her work and service to her clients is well known within her broad community.

We are thrilled to present the 2022 REALTOR® of the Year Award to Chrissie George of Trillium Real Estate!


Who's Who of Past REALTORS® of the Year

Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®
1986 - 2019



Jean Willing


Michelle Derr


Vance Shutes


William Cornish


LaTanya Keith


Joe Peoples


Bev Sikorski


William Miliken


Alex Milshteyn


William Kinley


Susan Snyder




Edward Surovell


Dennis Pearsall


 Linda Lombardini


Jeff Stabnau


Paul Frisinger


Kay Merx


Rick Jarzembowski


Peter M. Cornell


  Jodie Franklin


Eunice Burns


Helen Corey


 Tonya Ireland


Robert Andrus


Pat Williams


Todd Lands 


James Anderson


Sandi Smith  


 Matt Miller

1996 David Lutton   2008 Laura Dykstra


Laurie Buys
 1997  Dawn Foerg  2009  Mary Helen Gilbert (in memoriam)  2021  Megan Mazurek

Ann Arbor Board of REALTORS®
1967 - 1985



Robert Davis


John Swisher, Jr.


David Gillies


Charles Reinhart


Richard Caldwell


Carl Brauer, Jr.


Ruth Hobbs


Robert Thornton, Jr.


Bart Hamilton


Fred Eibler


George Fahmie
(REALTOR® Associate of the Year)


Peter Cornell


Lawrence Larson


Carolyn Lewis


Randolph White


Warren McLean


Jerry Klein


Robert Thornton, Jr.


Janice Caldwell

Ypsilanti Board of REALTORS®
1967 - 1985



Maurice Obermeyer


Wendell Barnes


David Hamilton


Ruth Murray



William Cornish


Harold Lawson


John Simpkins


Allen Elmer


Norman Abercrombie


Gerard Elmer


Larry Collins


Keith Metty


David Simpkins


Franklin McVeigh


Lucille Compton


Marion Starwas


Patricia Ballard

Affiliate of the Year

The Affiliate of the Year award is given to an affiliate member who provides significant contributions and outstanding service to the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®. Recipients are nominated by their peers and elected by past award recipients.  

2022 Affiliate of the Year

John Simpkins
First Merchants Bank

This year’s award recipient supports his community through volunteer work. He recently served for three consecutive years as the Lead/Chair for the Ann Arbor Rotary Club’s largest annual fundraiser, the Golf and Tennis Outing & Auction and has sponsored and participated in Washtenaw County’s American Heart Association, “Heart Walk”. He is in his fourth year serving in a volunteer position with his company’s Community Engagement Committee and in his fifth year as the elected Finance Council Chair for his local church and parish.

This member, who is in his twenty-second year as a mortgage banking professional, focuses on availability to his clients and professional referral partners. Working with many local REALTORS® comes naturally for him having grown up in a local real estate family. In 2021, he was recognized by his company as the top producing loan officer in both units and volume and was recently asked to present at the First Merchants Bank National Annual Sales Meeting. 

Our award winner proudly supports RPAC and recently completed a two-year term as the elected Affiliate Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board or REALTORS®.

We are thrilled to present the Affiliate of the Year Award to John Simpkins of First Merchants Bank. 


Who's Who of Past Affiliates of the Year

Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®
1988 - 2020

Year Name                                           Year Name                                                  Year Name
1988 Ken Collica 1999 Thomas McLinden 2010 Teresa Myers
1989   2000 Scott Broshar 2011 Christy Perros
1990 Gary Selesko 2001 Gary Selesko 2012 Kitty Rose
1991 Patricia Suggitt 2002 Debra Ellison 2013 William Smith
1992 Bill Holmes 2003 Michael Hobercht 2014 Sharon McRill
1993 Ira Mark 2004 Thomas Richardson 2015 Constance Pearson-Ramirez
1994 Richard Stuber 2005 Greg Ottaviani 2016 Jeremy Shaffer
1995 Ron Fletcher 2006 Kristy Haborian 2017  
1996 Mary Wiseman 2007 Nancy Burger 2018 Monica Juleff 
1997 Marcia Major 2008 Cindy Reach 2019 Rebecca Brooks
1998   2009  Jeff Fletcher 2020 Carrie Aeschliman
        2021 Amanda Lawrence