Paulette Richie, of the South Central Arkansas Realtors® Association, was chosen among very respectable local board and association Realtors® of the Year as the 2016 Arkansas Realtor® of the Year on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The banquet was held during the Arkansas Realtors® Association’s 92nd Annual Convention at the Fayetteville Town Center. The Arkansas Realtors® Association is honored to have Paulette representing our state this year.
The banquet spotlighted the Realtors® of the Year from all the local Realtor® Boards and Associations around the State, and recognized their services over the past year. The Realtor® of the Year criteria is set by the National Association of Realtors® and includes service to the community, business accomplishments, service to the local, state and national Realtor® organizations, and adherence to the Realtor® spirit of honesty and fair play in all life experiences.
Paulette is the Executive Broker of Coldwell Banker Rector Phillips Morse – Saline County Branch. Paulette has been in the real estate industry since 1998. Since beginning her real estate career, she has worked for a Coldwell Banker office. In 2015, Paulette became a licensed real estate instructor. Paulette puts a great deal of importance on real estate education and furthering her knowledge in her industry. She has obtained several designations and gone through many trainings throughout her career.
As a member of several local Realtors® associations, Paulette has served in every capacity available. As a member of the Arkansas Realtors® Association, she has served on three committees, chaired one and served on the Board of Directors. On the National level, Paulette currently serves on the Broker Involvement Council. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Arkansas MLS since 2012 and was their president in 2014.
Paulette is also a member of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, British Car Club, and several Chambers of Commerce. She volunteers for several organizations including American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Arkansas, Pulaski County Volunteer Fire Department Fundraisers, Toys for Tots, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and many more.
“I am very excited, honored and humbled to have been chosen as the 2016 Arkansas Realtor® of the Year, especially given the quality, experience and contributions made by all of the other local board candidates. Thank you to everyone for the support and congratulations, I am truly overwhelmed. I would like to say thank you to a couple of people in particular who started me on my road to participation, Ken Gill and Bob Walker. Ken started it all for me when he asked me to put my name in as a candidate to serve in my first local board position and to step up my donation level in ARPAC many years ago. I had been in the business for 3 to 4 years without being involved in leadership or committees and had no real understanding of the importance of ARPAC and an involved member until he gave me a push. Bob has consistently shown me what it means to be willing to serve by his example since the day we started working together. Since then, I have been mentored and encouraged by many other very special people. Thank you, again” says Paulette Richie.
The Arkansas Realtors® Association is the state’s professional and trade association for persons in real estate. It is the umbrella group for Arkansas’ local Realtor® Boards over the state and in turn is the state arm of the National Association of Realtors®, which has headquarters in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Members of the local, state and national groups subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are identified by the registered term, “Realtor®.”