Board announces Realtor(R) of the year

    CALGARY, March 22 /CNW/ - The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB(R)) is
pleased to announce that its highest honour, the T.W.H. (Bill) Saunders
Memorial Award, was awarded to Vern Tetz, of RE/MAX Real Estate Central at the
Board's annual Awards Night ceremony, held Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Spruce
Meadows. Unfortunately, Vern was unable to attend, however, long time friend
Frank Shreenan, also from RE/MAX Real Estate Central, accepted the award on
Vern's behalf.
    The award's history stems from a former Board Member, Bill Saunders, who
was considered by his peers to be a truly a great man who gave freely of his
time; not only to the real estate industry, but also to the community at
large. Bill was such an exceptional man and when he passed away, the Board of
Directors in 1978, decided to create an award in his name to honor those who
followed in his footsteps - making contributions to the industry and to the
community. And year after year, another outstanding Member of the Calgary Real
Estate Board carries on his legacy.
    The award is not based on dollars earned, but is presented to a CREB(R)
Member who has made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and
to the community.
    Vern Tetz has been an active Member of CREB(R) since 1975 and was
recognized in 2000 as a CREB(R) Honorary Life Member. Vern has also been
recognized by RE/MAX on numerous occasions, including such honours as being
accepted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX Western Canada Manager of the
Year 2003, and RE/MAX International Manager of the Year 2003. He is a man of
integrity and honesty. In 1973 Vern started his career as a REALTOR(R), which
has served him well, from 1976 to 2001 Vern was a continuing member of the 
MLS(R) Million Dollar Club.
    Vern and his wife Joyce have one son; Mark, who resides in Visalia,
California with his wife Christina. Both Vern and Joyce are members of the
Central United Church where Vern has volunteered on committees for many years.
Vern has also assisted in fundraising for many organizations such as school
sporting events, The Royal Trust Annual Tyke Hockey City Tournament, Elks
Canada, and the Sarcee Fish and Game Association.
    Throughout his career as a REALTOR(R) Vern has taken many opportunities
to stay informed and educated in the industry. He has participated in courses
at SAIT, Olds College, CREB(R), AREA and RECA. Vern not only expanded his
knowledge of the industry through education, he also made time to participate
in many levels of the real estate industry. He has taken part in many
committees, as well as participating in the marking of exams on several
    Vern Tetz is a highly respected member of the community and the real
estate industry and he is a true representative of what the T.W.H. (Bill)
Saunders Memorial Award stands for.

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