Labor honored as Realtor of the year

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Last week was not a good time to connect with officers and directors on the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors.

Many were attending a Realtor conference in Colorado Springs, one of the many ways they volunteer their time as representatives of the growing local real estate community.

This year's board was honored for its work at the annual Board of Realtors awards banquet in late September. New 2006 officers and directors also were officially installed in their positions.

The board stepped up the typically low-key event this year with a more festive atmosphere. As a result, many more Realtors attended than in the past, said Randall Hannaway, a past president and director.

"It was just to make it more fun and recognize those who volunteer their time," he said.

During the banquet, 2005 board President Doug Labor was awarded the Realtor of the Year Award.

Labor is owner/broker of Buyer's Resource Real Estate, a business he started in 2000 after working in resort development for various companies, including American Skiing Company.

He also is a contributing real estate editor to Snow Country magazine and has served on state and national boards representing exclusive buyer's agents.

In Steamboat, among other roles, he serves as the board's statistician, tracking figures and trends in the Multiple Listing Service. Labor keeps the local market connected with other resorts by sharing information through the Rocky Mountain Resort Alliance -- an organization that tracks real estate among its member boards.

"He did an exceptional job as president this year," Hannaway said. "I thought he worked tirelessly on a lot of issues."

Taking over the president role is Dennis O'Connor, a broker at Century 21 Ski Town Associates.

O'Connor started Lincoln Avenue Realty with co-owner Beverly Glenn seven years ago. They merged the business with Century 21 last year.

Before becoming a Realtor, O'Connor practiced real estate law in Denver and California.

To fill the board and committees, directors often look to Realtors who have experience in the local industry but have never taken a leadership role. Realtor members vote on officers and directors, Hannaway said.

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, affiliated with the Colorado and National boards of Realtors, guides the more than 340 Realtor members and is the largest professional organization in Routt County.

The board is responsible for making decisions about MLS and maintaining the computer system, which contains information about listings.

The president often is the ultimate decision-maker on a lot of issues, Hannaway said.

"You really never know what's going to be thrown at you," he said. "The real estate business can be very complicated and fascinating."

The board also is responsible for the hefty task of organizing events, such as its annual Christmas community dinner and fundraisers, including the board's annual golf tournament, which funds scholarships for local high school seniors.

To stay abreast of the overall real estate industry, the board works with other businesses, including lenders, title companies and builders, through the Affiliate Partnership Coun--cil.

The president of the council, Mike Larson, vice president of mortgage lending at Mountain Valley Bank, was recognized as affiliate partner of the year at the Realtor banquet.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204

or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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