Local Realtor wins state award
Vicki Burns named Colorado Realtor of the Year
The best career move Vicki Burns said she ever made was in 1986 when she became a real estate agent.
“I like knowing that I helped someone with one of the most important decisions of their life — buying a house,” the owner and managing broker of Brass Key Realty said.
Last week, Burns became the first Craig Realtor to win the state’s top honor, the Colorado Association of Realtors “Realtor of the Year” award.
Burns said she didn’t know she was nominated for the award until she received it at the association’s annual convention in Colorado Springs.
“It is not something that you anticipate or expect,” Burns said.
The award came after a ceremony that Burns described as not quite a roast, but embarrassing nonetheless.
“You just have to sit there and be embarrassed,” she said.
Burns’ co-workers and family knew she won Realtor of the Year long before she did. Not wanting to spoil the surprise, they kept the news from her.
Her friends and family even helped get some pictures of Burns as a child for the ceremony.
“I’m amazed nobody dropped (a hint),” Burns said.
Larona McPherson, a real estate agent at Brass Key, said it was tough to keep the secret for more than a month.
“When you pull the wool over Vicki’s eyes, you have accomplished something,” she said. “There were several situations where we thought for sure it was blown.”
McPherson said she went as far as erasing one of Burns’ e-mails to maintain the surprise.
Burns was chosen for the award from more than 23,000 real estate agents in the state.
The award isn’t based on sales but on community involvement, spirit and involvement with the national and state associations of Realtors.
Burns served as president of the Colorado Association of Realtors in 2002 and has served as the group’s treasurer.
Coming from a small town makes winning the award especially exciting, Burns said.
The Craig Board of Realtors has 27 members; and others have as many as 3,000.
In addition to working with industry groups, Burns is active in local organizations, including Habitat For Humanity and the booster club at Moffat County High School.
Burns also has worked as a Girl Scout leader and taught Sunday school.
“If it has something to do with kids, for the most part, I’m involved,” she said. “I always say I gave birth to three and raised about 20 of them.”
Like the award, Burns said she isn’t too concerned about her sales numbers.
“I’m here for the long run,” she said. “You don’t make your fortune on one sale.”
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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