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Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois names Realtor of Year, others

The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois honored several members for top awards during its annual awards luncheon.

The association awarded the prestigious Realtor of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, Professionalism Award and Community Involvement Award.

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Angie Zahn, broker with Strano & Associates in New Baden, received the 2019 Realtor of the Year award, presented to an individual whose dedication to excellence has most profoundly enhanced the professional image of Realtors. The award recognizes personal leadership and service qualities, applied not only to the real estate industry, but also to the promotion of civic, community and charitable causes.

Zahn has almost 30 years of experience in the industry. She has been involved in chairing numerous committees and served as president of the MLS and RASI. She said she lives by these words: “People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Steve Ellerbrake, broker with RE/MAX Preferred in O’Fallon received the 2019 Professionalism Award. He is a director and a member of the association’s Budget & Finance Committee and was nominated by his peers for this award.

The 2019 Affiliate of the Year award was given to Patrick Varnum of Liberty Mutual, awarded to an individual who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to supporting the association’s activities. He is currently a part of the association’s Leadership Learning Institute and exudes professionalism.

Mandy McGuire, broker with Keller Williams Marquee in Columbia, was awarded the 2019 Community Achievement Award. She donates her time to a number of organizations. She is a founding member of Crown, an organization that supports beneficial opportunities to female owned and managed businesses through networking, education and community service. She is a chairwoman of Sparkle Fest, a local one stop shopping event of female led businesses raising money for higher education scholarships for local young women. She hosts a local 4th of July Bike Parade allowing children to decorate their bikes, promote bike safety, and give all participants a free helmet. She’s a member of her local Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club and involved in many other charitable causes.

The members were announced at the Awards Luncheon on March 13 at the St. Clair County Club.

The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois is the voice for real estate in Southwestern Illinois with over 950 members.

More information and photos from the event can be found at

PHOTO: Realtor of the Year Angie Zahn receives her award from Brad Krueger, a past recipient of the award.

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