2016 MetroTex Award Winners (from l-r) Russell Berry, Easterwood Cup; Sandy Donsky, Ebby Halliday MetroTex Community Service Award; Kimberly Addison Kramer, Affiliate of the Year Award; Johnny Mowad, Lois Hair Bernays Award.
Celebrating a year of accomplishments, the MetroTex Association of REALTORS announced the winners for each of its four prestigious annual industry awards at the MetroTex Annual Awards & Charity Event.
MetroTex Ebby Halliday Community Service Award
Sandy Donsky, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS, received the Metro-Tex Ebby Halliday Community Service Award named to honor one of our Association’s most active community service volunteers – Ebby Halliday. Sandy has been a contributor and volunteer to Legacy Senior Communities for more than 10 years. The True Life Care Community offers a full care continuum from independent living to assisted living, dementia care, nursing and rehabilitation. She has served on the Board of Trustees, VP of Fundraising and as Gala Co-Chair for the Legacy 100th Anniversary event. Sandy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Greater Dallas and was the recipient of the Beth Nathan Leadership award. Sandy is also active on the National Federation, serving on the Women’s Leadership Cabinet. She has accompanied missions abroad to deliver food, medicine and items needed for children and seniors. In this capacity Sandy is the recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson Leadership Award – Lion of Judah. Sandy is the incoming Vice Chair of the Forms and Contracts Committee, and is TREPAC whip for Forms and Contracts. She has the ABR, CRS, SRES designations and is a TREPAC Major Investor. Sandy is a current member of the Leadership Academy Class of 2016-2017.
Affiliate of the Year Award
Receiving the Affiliate of the Year Award as a professional service provider was Kimberly Addison Kramer, Lawyers Title – Lathram Pou & Associattes. Kimberly is active in multiple Committees within Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She hosts and conducts multiple CE opportunities per month as well as other continuing education for REALTORS. Kimberly currently serves as a member of the MetroTex YPN and TREPAC Committees. As a member of the TREPAC Committee Kimberly served as Co-Chair for the TREPAC White Party five years running, raising over $500k for TREPAC, far exceeding its set fundraising goal. Active in her community, Kimberly has volunteered with the YPN Committee to decorate the Jubilee Center and by collecting toys at YPN events. She has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for the past 19 years. She is a major sponsor and donor for the Resource Center of Dallas as well as the Red Party. She is a volunteer at Attitudes & Attires, dedicated to promoting personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency and at GRACE – Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.
Lois Hair Bernays Award
Johnny Mowad, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS was presented with the Lois Hair Bernays Award as the MetroTex Salesperson of Year. Johnny has served as Chair the MLS Committee. He is currently Vice Chair of the TREPAC Committee and is a member of the GMMLS Board of Directors. He is also a member of the MetroTex YPN, Professional Development, GMMLS Budget & Finance Committee as well as the TREPAC Strategic work-group. Johnny is the MetroTex appointee to the NTREIS Board of Directors. Johnny is a graduate of the MetroTex Leadership Academy – Class 23 and continues his involvement as an active alumnus. As a member of the TREPAC Committee, Johnny served as Co-Chair for the TREPAC White Party five years running, raising over $500k for TREPAC, far exceeding its set fundraising goal. Active in the community Johnny’s list of accomplishments started early with the Boy Scouts of America where he earned Eagle Scout status and is an ongoing mentor and volunteer.
He was awarded a National Merit Honor for Heroism by the Red Cross where he served as an emergency responder. A graduate of SMU, with a background in Public Relations, Johnny put his previous community outreach experience to work as Co-founder of the popular Dallas Red Party helping raise funds for Legacy Counseling Center.
Easterwood Cup Award
Receiving the highest honor bestowed on a MetroTex broker, manager, corporate officer, executive staff, or owner of a member firm was 2016 MetroTex President Russell Berry, Nathan Grace Real Estate. Russell is a graduate of the prestigious MetroTex Leadership Academy and has served as the MetroTex Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and a Director for the Association. He served as Region 12 TREPAC Trustee for four years, and is currently a Texas Association of REALTORS Regional Vice President. Russell has also served as Vice Chair and Chair for GMMLS, member and Treasurer for MetroTex PAC, and on the 2009 and 2016 nominating Committees. He currently serves as a member of the Centennial Task Force. With TAR, Russell has served as a TAR Director and on the Technology and Professional Development Management Team Committees. He is a 2007 TRLP graduate and will serve on seven Public Policy subCommittees for TAR in 2017. Russell has been a major investor with
RPAC since 2009, and has been a Director since 2013. He has served on the NAR Federal Housing Committee and is currently an NAR Director. He will also be participating in the NAR Leadership Academy in 2017.