Here are a few photos from the Columbus Real Estate Exchangors (CREE) meetings these past two weeks. Last week I presided over my last meeting -- the annual holiday breakfast and awards program. This event is a time for CREE members to just relax, socialize and recognize outstanding work in the field of commercial/investment real estate. A super event, filled with wonderful food and great friends and colleagues. We feasted on a sumptuous buffet breakfast at Little Bear Golf Club in southern Delaware County, Ohio, where the organization meets weekly for its marketing sessions and information exchanges.
Even with icy roads and cars spinning off highways and into ditches, nearly 100 members of CREE and their guests braved the weather to attend this annual event. Officers for 2009 were sworn in and we presented awards for outstanding IRS 1031 transactions by members during 2008. In addition, a number of members were recognized for special service to the organization during the past year.
Nicely done Judy. Thanks for the time you put into this epic ballad of a humble commercial/investment agent leading the most sophisticated, creative minds in this industry in Central Ohio. Like you said in your lyric, some days it was magic, some days it was like trying to herd bumble bees. But each day, it was truly a joy.
Here I am, flanked (from left) by Phil Manogg, Furman Tinon Real Estate, and Jim Simmons, Prudential CRES Commercial, 2009 CREE president and vice president, respectively.
At this morning's meeting, I was honored by 2009 President Phil Manogg and members who were present for the last marketing session of the year. They presented me with this beautiful plaque as thanks for my year as president of CREE. It was a good year for the organization. I believe, marked most importantly by a significant increase in membership.
Without question, I am honored to have been been asked to guide this ship during 2008. While it is called the "Columbus" Real Estate Exchangors, it truly is a multi-county, regional organization. Central Ohio covers some seven or eight counties and agents and brokers have clients not only here, but throughout the nation.
Founded in 1959 as The Trade and Exchange Association, its first president was Larry Horn. I was the 50th president. It is an incredibly dynamic organization of which I am proud to be a part. The most creative minds in real estate -- it sounds arrogant, even pompous -- but it is true. To be asked to lead this organization was humbling, to be sure. It was stressful, it was time-consuming, it was challenging. Most of all, in the end, it was fun.
Phil, Jim, Ryan, Amber, and all the members of CREE, here is to a fantastic 2009!