Keller Williams Leaders Sweep NAR Distinguished Service Awards

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National Association of REALTORS® recognizes Mike Brodie and Jim Helsel for decades of service to the real estate industry

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Growing up around my grandfather and father who were in real estate taught me how to treat people right. They taught me to always ‘do the right thing.' -- Jim Helsel

During the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in New Orleans, Mike Brodie of Texas and Jim Helsel of Pennsylvania received the Distinguished Service Award for their exceptional dedication and commitment to the real estate industry.

From a NAR member base of more than 1 million, no more than two recipients are selected each year to receive the prestigious award. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest recognition for real estate professionals. Brodie and Helsel were selected based on their active devotion to service at the local, state and national association levels. Their combined experience equates to more than 80 years of service.

Throughout his real estate career, Brodie has served in multiple leadership positions within the REALTOR® organization, including as NAR treasurer in 2005 and 2006. He has served on the association’s board of directors for 18 years and has led numerous NAR committees.

“Keller Williams has been a great vehicle for my opportunity and success,” said Brodie, who serves as Operating Principal of the Keller Williams Plano (Texas) market center and Maryland/D.C. Region and was a founding member of the board of KW Luxury Homes. “It gives me the freedom to serve others – both in real estate and in the community at large. The outstanding training, technology, and most of all the culture have helped me reach my goals.”

Helsel has also been an active member of NAR and served as treasurer from 2008 through 2010. He served on the association’s board of directors for nearly three decades. Helsel has contributed to his local and state REALTOR® associations. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® and served on its board of directors for 24 years while leading several committees and groups.

“Growing up around my grandfather and father who were in real estate taught me how to treat people right,” said Helsel, who serves as president of Helsel, Inc. and Senior Managing Director of KW Commercial of Central Pennsylvania. “They taught me to always ‘do the right thing.’”

“For four decades, Mike and Jim have displayed their extraordinary devotion to the REALTOR® organization and the real estate industry as a whole,” said Keller Williams CEO Mark Willis. “We are proud to be business partners with them and are thankful for their continued leadership. They exemplify what it truly means to serve with passion!”

"Mike and Jim have hearts for service in their local communities and carry the KW Culture into everything they do,” Keller Williams President Mary Tennant said. “Their dedication to making a positive impact on those around them has inspired thousands.”

Brodie and Helsel not only excel in their industry, but also share a personal friendship and have been a continued source of encouragement to one another during their decades of service.

About Keller Williams Realty:

Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is the largest real estate franchise company in North America, with 700 offices and 110,000 associates in more than a dozen countries around the world. In 2014, Keller Williams was named the No. 1 training organization in real estate and No. 2 training organization across all industries in the world by Training magazine. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale visit Keller Williams Realty online at (http://www.kw.com). For more information about KWWorldwide, please visit kwworldwide.com.

About The National Association of REALTORS®:

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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