In so many ways, 2018 was a pivotal year for us at CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company. We tackled an ambitious company-wide rebranding initiative, welcomed many new real estate professionals, achieved growth in our company production and gave back to our Dallas/Fort Worth communities even more. None of this would’ve been possible without the hard work and dedication of our 900+ agents and staff, who were all recognized at our annual Awards Celebration.
Big Name Guest Speakers
We were thrilled to have former Dallas Cowboys safety and three-time Super Bowl Champion Darren Woodson share his story of preparation and purpose. In order to achieve success, it takes a combination of hard work, integrity and dedication that happens both in and behind the scenes. “They’re a compelled group. That’s the kind of teammates that I want,” Woodson said of our leadership team. “They’re true leaders. They show up with smiles and lift everyone up. They wake up with a purpose.”
Later in the program, Realogy Chief Executive Officer John Payton and CENTURY 21‘s new CEO Mike Miedler joined CEO Jim Fite and Chief Operating Officer Eric Fite of CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company for a living room discussion about their whys, the future of the real estate industry, new customer relationship management/agent productivity tools and social media resources that we will see by the end of 2019.
Payton hasn’t always worked in real estate, but his 20+ years in the luxury hotel industry provided him the understanding of a brand’s importance. “CENTURY 21 has an exceptional brand recognition score in the 90s which is in the Apple and Amazon territory for scoring. How do you get that? It’s more than 50 years of signage at the end of driveways building that,” Payton said. “Paired with the Realogy family of brands, CENTURY 21 has access to technology, research and data from national partnerships with companies like Facebook.”
As for Miedler, he has spent his entire professional career with CENTURY 21. “I started from the ground-up. The majority of my experience comes from first-hand knowledge of what real estate agents do every day,” Miedler said. From this agent-level perspective, Miedler is able to confidently lead CENTURY 21 as they develop partnerships and programs that enable our agents to provide an all-around better experience for their clientele. “A large amount of our focus is figuring out what technology help our agents be more effective and efficient at their jobs.”
CENTURY 21 Chief Marketing Officer Cara Whitley gave an exciting presentation on new marketing initiatives and technology that were announced the previous week at C21’s One21 Conference in Las Vegas. She shared with us a variety of tools that will assist agents with productivity, improve upon lead quality, create effective Facebook/Instagram advertising and offer unique benefits to our clientele.
Giving Back to Our Communities
With its launch in 2017, the Judge Fite Charitable Foundation has already touched countless lives throughout our communities. Tragedy and hardship does not discriminate, and the unexpected can happen to our loved ones at any moment. Through the generous donations of our real estate professionals, staff and others in 2018, we were able to provide financial support through more than $100,000 in grants to individuals and families in need.
Giving back is not simply a part of the CENTURY 21 organization, it is a major passion. For 40 years, CENTURY 21 has been a proud partner with Easterseals in helping provide crucial resources for individuals with disabilities and their families. In 2018, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company was the second highest Easterseals fundraiser of C21 franchises across the United States. Our 20th Annual Boots & BBQ Auction raised a record-breaking $230,000 for our friends at Easterseals North Texas.
We continue to support Dwell with Dignity’s mission of helping local families escape poverty and homelessness. Through the design and installation of complete home interiors, these families are better enabled to live healthy, safe and empowered lives. Our real estate professionals and staff donate kitchen supplies and appliances including dishes, silverware, towels, mixing bowls and microwaves that are placed in each home.
2018 Production Awards
Throughout 2018, our real estate professionals personified our company mission: to serve the community, develop people, have fun and achieve profits. We were thrilled to celebrate each of their successes in production, quality service and personal growth.
This year we recognized an impressive 273 agents as multi-million producers, awarded 41 agents and teams with the Quality Service Award, 60 agents and teams with the Quality Service Pinnacle Award, 33 agents with the Masters Ruby Award, 10 agents with the Masters Emerald and 5 agents with the Masters Diamond Award. The top C21 awards, Centurion and Double Centurion, were presented to the following real estate professionals and teams:
Amy Herzog · Araceli Mercado · Bonnie Brown · Christina Kang · Curt Anderson · Jamie Bodiford · Kaitlin Lovern · Lori Mayo · Mary Barakat · Mary Eubanks · Miogene Alexander · Sarah Lyons · Sha’ Hair · Tom Robertson
2018 Centurion Teams
Ann Weaver Team · Bellows Team · Southern Star Home Team · Kim Pratt Team · Nick Termini Group · Robyn and Lanae Team · Sarah Padgett Team · Wickliffe Team
2018 Double Centurion Teams
The Gauntt Team · The Troy Olson Team
Each year, the CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company leadership team selects individuals and teams who live out our company’s core values each and every day. From being goal-focused and results-driven to dedication to our clients, profession and community, we are incredibly proud of the following agents and staff for their performance in 2018:
Judge B. Fite Award – Individual (Volume & AGC)
Judge B. Fite Award – Team (Volume& AGC)
The Gauntt Team
Dene Fite Quality Service Award
Jan Fite Miller Award – Individual
Jan Fite Miller Award – Teams (Volume)
Sarah Padgett Team
The Wickliffe Team
Jim Fite Leadership Award – Director
Kristal Amador, Chief Marketing Officer
Jim Fite Leadership Award – Manager
Tim Gauntt, North District Sales Manager
For more about top awards and recognition, visit here.
Core Services Achievements
At CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company, we are fortunate to support our agents and their clients with turn-key services throughout the entire buying and selling process. Like our real estate professionals, our Core Services family had an outstanding 2018 filled with record-breaking achievements and national recognition.
For years, Vicki Butcher and the Relocation and Business Developmenet Department has been recognized nationally for their commitment to providing exceptional service when it comes to relocation. At the Cartus Conference this year, Relocation not only won the coveted Platinum Award (six consecutive years), but also the Five Star Award for achieving our outbound referral goal and the Celestial Award for closing the highest number of outbound referrals in the Central Region.
Butcher awarded Rhonda Chapman from C21 Judge Fite Property Management (C21JFPM) company with the Most Outbound Referrals Closed, C21JFPM with Most Outbound Referrals Sent, Roslyn Gauntt of Southlake/Colleyville with Top Overall Relocation Real Estate Professional (REP) and Maria Otterbine of Arlington with Overall USAA REP.
Since CENTURY 21â started announcing Commercial Awards in 2007, our Commercial Department has been ranked within the top five each year. This year, we welcomed Nelson Arroyo as the new Director upon the retirement of Larry Harbour, and his team came in as the #4 C21 Commercial Division in the entire United States. Arroyo also presented Emad Salem with the Top Producing Agent Award for Commercial in 2018.
Mike Fletcher, Liz Connelly and Cynthia Goodson of our Connections Network had a very busy 2018 with a rebranded logo, website and Community Moving Guides to help our real estate professionals provide a vendor network for their real estate needs. They handed out four New Vendor Referral awards with Miogene Alexander of Denton earning Top Agent, the Robyn & Lanae Team of Mansfield as Top Team, Tammy Woods of McKinney as Top Staff and Mansfield as Top Office.
CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Property Management
We can’t celebrate CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Property Management’s success without first acknowledging its fearless leader, President William Ferguson, on an amazing 40 years with the company. With more than 1,600 properties managed in 2018, William and his team recognized Jibran Najmi of Arlington as the Top Referring Agent, Debbi Rousey of Weatherford as the Top Signing Agent, Mansfield as the Top Referring Office and Weatherford as the Top Signing Office for the year.
Fueled by the rebranding initiative, Ben Yeatts and his team at Designated Title capped off a strong 2018 with an expanded area of coverage across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. They handed out three awards, with Traci Benson of Waxahachie earning Top Agent for Referrals, the Nick Termini Group of Rockwall earning Top Team for Referrals and Southlake/Colleyville earning Top Office for Referrals.
Judge Fite Insurance
We were thrilled to welcome Darren Allred as the new Director of Judge Fite Insurance, and under his leadership the team added Allstate Insurance as an additional A-Rated option for policyholders in 2018. To celebrate a great year, he gave out a variety of awards to both agents and offices: Traci Benson earned her second referral award for Top Individual Agent Referrals, the Sarah Padgett Team of Mansfield for Top Team Referrals, Mansfield for Top Office Quotes & Issued and Ennis for Top Office Buyer Capture Rate.
Jill Clifton and her team of mortgage professionals with Cardinal Financial expanded our offerings to support financial transactions last year, and took the time to thank our agents for their referrals. Vivian Vance of Grand Prairie earned the Top Agent Referrals Closed, the Sarah Padgett Team earned their second referral award for Top Team Referrals Closed and Grand Prairie received Top Office Referrals Closed.
To all of our real estate professionals and staff, thank you for making 2018 an exceptional year for CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company. We look forward to growing our businesses, people and Dallas/Fort Worth communities in 2019.
Future with C21 Judge Fite Company
Looking towards the future, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company will roll out new endeavors, tools and offerings for agents in 2019. Jim Fite, CEO and President, shared his State of the Company Address with market updates, top real estate professionals recognition, Grow Our People 121% initiative, Dallas Cowboys partnership, marketing enhancements, luxury program, national and regional awards, community service projects and more. Momentum will continue as the company strives to continually receive the Best Place to Work and Top Places to Work, remain the #1 CENTURY 21 in Texas, earn top awards in the C21 system and retain our quality service satisfaction rating of 98%.
To help our agents build upon client relationships, they will have access to exceptional resources such as home evaluation products, marketing materials and upscale apparel. New intranet systems, improved processes and streamlined paperwork will provide added value to REPs in 2019.
2019 will be a year of exponential growth – professionally, personally and company-wide. To learn more about our company or joining us, please visit www.century21judgefite.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
For the Awards Celebration 2019 Recap video, visit here.