Donna-Norton Vickrey Is Awarded with the Bonnie Drewel Good Neighbor Award!

Donna receives the 2013 Bonnie Drewel Good Neighbor Award!

Donna receives the 2013 Bonnie Drewel Good Neighbor Award!

It’s always nice to see your hard work and efforts recognized in some way, shape, or form. You strive daily for a smile, a pat on the back, or an encouraging word, which then gives you the motivation and perseverance you need to get the job done.

A few weeks ago, our own Donna-Norton Vickrey attended the East Central Board of REALTORS Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 2. While there, she was recognized for all of her hard work and was awarded the Bonnie Drewel Good Neighbor Award, which is essentially the equivalent of a realtor receiving the REALTOR of the Year Award and is a very big honor for the recipient!

Donna was awarded the Bonnie Drewel Good Neighbor Award for her dedication to excellence, personal leadership, service qualities, and her great involvement in the real estate industry and in the community.

153788526If you don’t know who Donna is, she is part of the greatly successful Lisa Coose-Burkemper Team, the #1 residential agency in Lincoln County who, in 2012, averaged a home closed every four days! Donna’s office in Troy, MO is also the #1 real estate office in Lincoln County and closed over 300 transactions for over $37 million in 2012!

A resident of Troy, MO, Donna is ecstatic and honored to receive this award from the ECBR, and we are so very proud of her and happy to see her efforts recognized and rewarded!


Storm Damage and Altruism

storm damageAs I drove around the office the past 24 hours I am amazed at how quickly things can change. On the way into work I saw groups of people standing around in their pajamas drinking coffee and looking at the war zone they are faced with. Talking with one another, pointing, telling animated stories of what they have been through. Driving home last night, I see these same people working in each other’s yards, helping each other clean up the trees, the debris. It is about the younger helping the older, about neighbor helping neighbor. While I would never wish these types of disasters on anyone, it always reminds me how much good there is in a community, in an area, among families, among neighbors, among friends. It is not about being rich or poor, it is not about being black or white – it is about being part of a community that cares.

storm damaged homeAs you may have heard one of our own, Donna Tull, experienced part of this disaster. While in her basement during the heart of the storm she heard what she thought was the door blowing open and rustling up stairs. When she went up to see what was going on she noticed that it was raining in her living room; her roof had been blow off her house. When Josh and I got there that night it was just like the pictures you see in the movies, The Wizard of Oz without the cow blowing by. A clean sweep and you have a convertible house.

Donna and her family are doing fine; many of you asked if she needs anything now, and we can’t think of anything at the moment. She is staying with us, and we came home to a nice home cooked meal, compliments of family friends who wanted to do something for the Tulls. This led Josh and I to encourage Donna to play this whole thing up when people would offer food. It was the first home cooked meal either of us had in a while so we were happy for the surprise.

storm damaged signOn the wall, where I went to high school there is a big mural which states the motto of the school – “Men for Others.” If it were an all-girls school it would have said, “Women for Others,” or co-ed “People for Others.” These past few days remind me once again why I got into the real estate business. We are here to serve our community, help people provide shelter for their families, help people create wealth. While the market and sales have picked up tremendously, I think the past 48 hours is once again a reminder to us to stop, look around and show us what is truly important in life, what we are put here for and bring us back to our core values of serving others.

As of late last night we still did not have full electric at the office but it is workable. We have Internet and wireless; we can scan and copy in black and white. I will have make-shift lighting today, and the front desk calls are coming to my cell phone. Hopefully when I get there this morning we will be back in service. I will let you know when I get there.

If any of you are in need, let me know. We have a whole office and a whole company of people who are willing to serve you.


From the Marketing Dept: Upcoming Brand Change

Recently I attended an office event and an agent approached me asking several questions about the upcoming company name and brand change. The agent was running out of her personalized Prudential Select Properties envelopes and was unsure about ordering 2000 more since they will be obsolete in the future. The creative solution she came up with was to make her envelopes in Publisher and print them on her office’s black and white copier.

I love Realtors because they are entrepreneurs, and good entrepreneurs always come up with creative solutions. As to the question of the timing of WHEN the big brand switch will be? The answer is 2013 (autumn of 2013 at the earliest). Prudential Select Properties and other Prudential affiliates are all still waiting on the details of the branding, the colors, the look, the logo, etc. But PSP is ready so as soon as this information becomes available we will be able to jump in with both feet to unleash this great new brand on the world and promote our agents with it.

Some more details will probably be available at this year’s Prudential Sales Convention called Hit Play in exciting Las Vegas. This convention never fails to motivate and empower agents who attend with new ideas and excitement about the industry. Click here to find out more about the 2013 convention.

In the mean time it is business as usual and you can rest assured that PSP has something up our sleeve to promote both the new brand and you when it drops in 2013. If you want to learn more about our future brand, currently you can find information about it at And don’t forget to read our previous blog An Exciting New Brand in Real Estate for information about the brand change.

Jana Rice – Prudential Select Properties – Marketing/eBusiness