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Matt Green named 2008 Realtor of the Year

by Andrew Kirk, of The Record staff

Matt Green was named Friday evening as the Park City Board of Realtor’s choice for the 2008 Realtor of the Year. He is the Chief Executive Officer for Keller Williams Park City Real Estate. The board selected him for his "outstanding contribution to real estate and his high regard for the ethics of the real estate profession." The awards ceremony was held at Newpark Hotel.

According to president Lincoln Calder, the Park City Board of Realtors believes service to the community is a vital component of the profession. That’s why even in a year as tough as this one for real estate, it was important for the board to recognize members of the community who made it a better place to work and live.

"Congratulations to all the winners who in a difficult economic environment are serving the community to the highest level. It’s not about just being a professional but also about community service," he said in a recent interview. The Realtor of the Year award is given to an active member of the Park City Board of Realtors who best exemplifies and promotes a positive Realtor image through the highest levels of service within the real estate community and the local community. Recognition encompasses local, state and national Realtor and non-Realtor participation, according to the board.

Green joined the board in 2001 and served as an agent for Prudential Utah Real Estate until moving to Keller Williams in 2008. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in business finance and an emphasis in real estate finance. Green’s lifelong involvement with Park City started at the age of four when he came to the mountains with his father to ski for the first time. He served as a director for the Park City Board of Realtors for four years and was the president in 2007. He is also the developer of the board’s new website to be released shortly. Father of four, Green has volunteered as a high school head varsity coach for five years and was the head coach of the Northern Utah High School All Star Team 2000-2001. He has also served as an off-ice official for both the Paralympics Sledge Hockey championships and the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

Sharon Woodbury also received a surprise recognition with the Director’s Award, which is the equivalent of a "lifetime achievement award," Calder explained. He said she was chosen her for her significant contributions, meritorious service, professionalism, integrity and fairness during her service to the board.

Several others were honored for service to the community at the ceremony including participants over the years in the Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee and the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee. Carol Agle, Heidi Gatch, Jan Wilking, Suzanne Sheridan, Karri Dell Hays, Mike Beck, Kathy Mears, Max Greenhalgh and Jan Wilking were to be honored for their work with the committees.

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The 2008 Community Service Award was given to Park City Mayor Dana Williams and former Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer for their respect and commitment to preserving open space.

"They have been champions within the community through the most visible and, perhaps the most impressive, acquisitions of open space which have been purchased during their tenures," according to the board.

Two acquisitions in particular were highlighted: The Clissold Property with 183 acres including the hillside to the south of the Quarry Mountain subdivision and wrapping around above State Route 224 The second was the recent acquisition of the Property Reserve Inc. land including 680 acres of open space below the Olympic Park and 365 acres in Round Valley.

The Le Roy J Pia Award (formerly Affiliate of the Year) Award was given to Rick Klein of Mountain Summit Mortgage.

The Distinguished New Member Award was given to Rob Wells of Keller Williams Park City Real Estate. The award recognizes a new member who has "shown the potential of rising to the top of the ranks in the future through their dedication to professionalism through education, board activity, sales and community involvement," according to the board. Recently retired from the military, Wells moved back home to pursue the family’s heritage in real estate. His father is the vice president of real estate for Deer Valley Resort and his mother is a long-time respected Realtor.

The Professional Achievement Award focuses on professional service to the board and the community as well as education and sales performance. The following individuals were to receive them: Patrick Giblin, Jeff Coe, Heidi Ingham, JanaLee Jacobsen, Laurie Nadeau, Nancy Tallman, Brad Thompson, Sandra Vogt, Laurie Wing, Marcus Wood, Chad Mitchell, Leanne Parry, Diane Rinehart, Brett Peretti, Tami Whisker, Lincoln Calder and Karin Ross.

The Sustaining Masters of Professional Achievement honors were to given to Betty Brown, Tom Calder, David Dorius, Rich Fine, Heidi Gatch, Matt Green, Dennis Hanlon, Deb Hartley, Jim Lea, Kathy Mears, Bridgett Murphy, Bonnie Peretti, Tyler Richardson, Roger Stephens and Dick Stoner.

Debbie Richter-Elrick was also remembered for her role in the building of the board. There is a new inscription alongside a red hat that is in the reception area of the board office.

John Tolbert of Talisker Mountain Realty was the Premier Sponsor of the event.

Jim Doilney of Newpark Hotel sponsored the venue for the evening. Other sponsors included The Park Record, East West Partners, Keller Williams Park City Real Estate, Newpark Hotel, Park City Signs, Prudential Utah Real Estate, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, The St. Regis, The Montage, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Homes and Land Magazine, Red Ledges Realty, Coalition Management, Intermountain Mortgage, Luxury Residence Group, National Property Inspection, Redstone Home Inspection, Spotlight Home Tours and Staging Places.

The celebration was organized by Tami Whisker, Kathy Mears, Bridgett Murphy, Maire Rosol, Steve Chin, Patrick Giblin, Nina Arlook, Kelly Rogers, Cindy Stoltman and Diane Rinehart.