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Kansas City’s Ruggiero Wins Top Magel Award

diane-ruggieroCongratulations to the 2015 William R. Magel Award of Excellence recipient Diane Ruggiero, CAE, RCE. Ruggiero is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®.

According to realtor.org:

Purpose

The William R. Magel Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a REALTOR® association.

Who Was William R. Magel?

William R. Magel began his career as an executive officer in 1956 at the Kalamazoo Board of REALTORS® in Michigan. He also served as executive vice president of the Bronx Board of REALTORS® in New York; executive vice president of the New York State Association of REALTORS®; executive vice president of the REALTORS® National Marketing Institute; administrative vice president of the National Association of REALTORS®; and senior staff vice president of the National Association of REALTORS®. He was appointed to begin service January 1, 1979, as executive vice president of the National Association of REALTORS® before he suffered from a heart attack and passed away on July 19, 1978.

Eligibility

All paid local, state, and regional MLS association chief staff officers are eligible. Eligibility must be confirmed before the nomination is processed. Individuals receiving this award are to be thoroughly screened and evaluated to make sure that the distinction of this award remains the highest, and it is truly an honor that will never be taken passively by association executives of the REALTOR® association.

Award Criteria

The candidate must have served at least 10 years, prior to nomination, in the capacity of either a chief executive officer of a local or state association of REALTORS®, or a combination of both. The candidate must have served at least one term as a member of the Association Executives Committee (call 312-329-8877 to verify). The candidate must have exhibited leadership abilities in his/her capacity as an association executive.

A statement shall be obtained from the local or state association for whom he or she served as executive officer specifying in detail the manner in which the candidate excelled in serving his or her respective organization.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations may be submitted by any person other than the candidate and must be accompanied by a letter prepared by the person making the nomination, setting forth the details of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions consistent with criteria.

 

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland is the 2017 President of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS®, and is the chief of Broker Services for Village Real Estate Services. Brian was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR® of the Year. In 2014, he was named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America. In 2015, Brian, a Golden R President’s Circle Hall of Fame RPAC investor. He founded one of the largest technology camps in the country, attracting more than 1100 real estate professionals from more than 30 states. Brian has appeared on numerous real estate television shows for HGTV and The Learning Channel. He says his favorite show so far was a one-time show he co-hosted called “The Top 25 House Hunting Tips” which aired in 2009, however some of his other episodes of “Good Buy, Bad Buy,” “House Hunters,” and “Flip That House” still air today. Brian’s roots are in East Tennessee where he grew up in Clinton. His mom, dad, and brother all recently moved to Nashville to be closer as a family, but they were a Southern Gospel singing group from as far back as he can remember. The family toured the hills of East Tennessee with a guitar, piano, and four-part harmony. He later went to Carson-Newman University, where he started more formal training in music and communications. He completed his master’s degree at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the late’90s, Brian accepted a job in Nashville’s music industry to later transition into the real estate field in 2005. Brian says he loves being a REALTOR® because it’s one of the truest portals into community service and gratitude. As a board member of Hands On Nashville, Greenways for Nashville, and Metro Nashville’s Farmers Market Commission, he is a true advocate for neighborhood issues and his city’s infrastructure. He and his spouse, Greg, founded one of the only food pantries in North Nashville, feeding more than 175 families each month. In 2014, the pantry won the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year Award. They live on a farm in Madison with their two children, Micah (5) and Esther (3).

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