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 extraodinary 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.