2017 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients!


Counselor of the Year Award


The Counselor of the Year Award is presented to the Member who has contributed the most to the wellbeing of the Society throughout the year.  When voting, the members consider whether the person has a productive record of ethical business practices; whether they demonstrate our motto – Service, Experience, and Counsel; and whether they have a record of continued service to the Society.

Gary Vandenberg, S.E.C., the 2017 recipient, has a long history of volunteering, teaching, serving on the S.E.C. Board of Governors, the Executive Committee, and as president of the Society in 2013.  Gary is always willing to help where needed and his efforts are much appreciated.


Cliff Weaver Award


The Clifford P. Weaver Memorial Award was established to honor of one of the most creative Counselors of all time, and is given in order to publicize the creativity of our membership, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the real estate investment and exchange profession during an all too short life. The first trophy was awarded at the April 1976 con­ference in Las Vegas.

Stephen D. Barker, S.E.C., the 2017 recipient, sets an example of professionalism and creativity in all aspects of his life and business.  You may read about the winning transaction that Steve submitted in the article, Finding Creativity, in this issue of the Observer.  Steve and Cliff Weaver would have been fast friends.


Jack Hunt Excellence in Education Award


The S.E.C. Education Foundation established the Jack Hunt Award in December 2002 to honor Jack for his dedication to creative real estate education.  The recipient of the award must have demonstrated “vision, dedication, and service” with regard to the Society’s and the Ed Foundation’s education mission; they must have gone above and beyond their normal volunteer duties; and they must have succeeded in advancing the Foundation’s education mission.

Wes Dingler, S.E.C., the 2017 recipient, certainly fits the description above.  He has been an active instructor, including teaching the Moderator Course that was written by Jim Brondino; he served as president of the S.E.C. Education Foundation, and he is always willing to help promote the S.E.C. Education Foundation and the Society’s education and marketing.

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