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Harvey Goodman honors top agents at convention

RECOGNITION — More than 150 people took part in Harvey Goodman’s 2020 Kickoff and Convention at Belmont Hills Country Club. -- Contributed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Harvey Goodman, Realtor held its 2020 Kickoff and Convention Jan. 28 at Belmont Hills Country Club.

“This is our one day a year where we ask our agents to reschedule their day, and join us to celebrate last year and focus on what improvements we are focusing on this year,” stated John Sambuco, managing partner for Harvey Goodman.

Every year Goodman honors its sales team and presents awards to the top-producing agents of the prior year. Those honors were presented by Sambuco, John H. “Jay” Goodman III and Mary Goudy, corporate sales manager.

The top sales award for sales in Ohio for the Goodman team went to Laney Ross. Licensed in West Virginia and Ohio, Ross compiled more than $14,621,392 in sales volume for 2019 sales when combining his efforts with the Eastern Central Association of Realtors in Ohio and Wheeling Board of Realtors.

Sales awards were presented for top honors for sales in Belmont County to Karen Derosa, first place; Ross, second place; and Scott Connors, third place. In Jefferson County, Lorrie Raymond earned the top spot, second place went to Coleena Groch and Emal Westling achieved third place. In Harrison County, Derosa earned another first-place prize, Bill Mehl took second place and David Miller took third place.

In West Virginia, Sam Matheny took the award for top sales in the state for the Goodman team with $7,984,650 in MLS sales, according to the Wheeling Board of Realtors. Kristine Roberts earned first place for sales in Hancock County, followed by Jay Pederson in second place and Miriam Solomon in third place. The Brooke County top sales award went to Matheny, with Kristine Roberts finishing second and Miriam Soloman third. In Ohio County, Scott Connors took first place, Patti Hoskins came in second and Carl Nix took third place. In Marshall County, Connors earned first place, John Kazemka took second place and Matheny came in third.

The following agents were awarded a 2019 Harvey Goodman Pinnacle of Excellence Founder’s Award: Laney Ross, Karen Derosa, Scott Connors, Sam Matheny, John Kazemka, Kristine Roberts, Lorrie Raymond, Anna Smith, Patti Hoskins, Becky McNeely, Hilary Lucki, Bill Mehl, Maria Reynolds, Ed Eberhart, Kathy Osovich, Nate Harler, Stacey Seidler, Paula Porter, Coleena Groch, Tom Young, Trisha Mamula, Carl Nix, Judi Nemeti, Jay Pederson and Mark McNeely.

The keynote speaker was Charles Zelek of the United States Department of Energy.

Zelek is a senior economist with the department’s office of fossil energy in Washington, D.C. There were approximately 150 in attendance to hear Zelek explain energy market analyses and how oil and gas will impact the Ohio Valley. Zelek shared economic changes around the country following the expansion of the oil and gas industry. Average incomes in areas could double or even triple, he said. The positive impact of plants, factories and various supporting industries will have a generational positive impact that will be felt everywhere, including real estate.

The event included a private breakfast for the members of the Goodman team and a chef’s creation lunch. Attendees participated in the HGR Affiliate Scavenger hunt “The Treasure Among Us.”

“We are so very proud and honored as our team was again recognized as the ‘Best Real Estate Company’ in the Ohio Valley,” Sambuco said. “In 2019 our teams were voted ‘Best of the Best’ in West Virginia and Ohio. We covet these people’s choice style awards by the readers of the Wheeling News-Register, The Times Leader and the Herald-Star.” Sambuco continued. “Today, we recognized each of you for your achievements, however, there is no higher level of praise than when the public awards you the title of ‘The Best Real Estate Company in the Ohio Valley.'”

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