2021 Virtual Awards & Installation of Officers

Aspire North REALTORS® Installs New Officers for 2021, Honors 2020 Award Winners

Aspire North REALTORS® held its annual Awards & Installation of Officers Ceremony as a virtual event on Thursday, January 14th, 2021. The event served as the induction ceremony for our 2021 Board President, Secretary-Treasurer, our President-elect for 2022, and our recently elected Directors on the Board.  We also recognized our numerous award winners for the year 2020.

Our newly installed Board officers for 2021
  • 2021 Board President | Dave Wilsey, Century 21 Northland
  • 2021 Secretary-Treasurer | Stephanie Koppe, Real Estate One Bellaire
  • 2020 Board President-Elect | Matt Hodges, EXIT Realty Paramount

The newly elected Board Directors include Heather Hudson from RE/MAX Bayshore and Matt Hodges from EXIT Realty Paramount, who will be serving his second 3-year term on the Board and who was elected by the Board to serve as our President for 2022.  Also joining the board this year is Reverse Mentor KJ Sayer from Century 21 Northland and Carolyn Ulstad from Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, who will serve as our Business Community Representative.  We would also like to acknowledge our Past President from 2020, Joni Holly, whose steadfast leadership saw our organization through a very difficult year.

Aspire North 2020 Award Winners
  • 2020 REALTOR of the Year | Jon Zickert, Real Estate One
  • 2020 Affiliate of the Year | Casie Summerfield, Genisys Mortgage Professionals
  • 2020 Political Advocacy Award | Meagan Luce, Century 21 Northland
  • 2020 Rookie of the Year | T.J. Shimek, Serbin Real Estate
  • 2020 Rookie of the Year Runner-ups | Jennifer Kreta, Keller Williams Northern Michigan and Melissa Laraway, Century 21 Northland
  • 2020 Ed Petty Lifetime Achievement Award | Paul Scott
  • 2020 Community Steward Award Recipients
    • Jessica Brutzman, Berkshire Hathaway
    • Holly Hack, EXIT Realty Paramount
    • Rene Hills, Real Estate One — Traverse City, Front St
    • Stephanie Koppe, Real Estate One — Bellaire

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Michael Kent
Communications & Marketing Director

As the Communications and Marketing Director, I oversee all the messaging and the manner in which it's delivered to our members.  This includes managing our weekly newsletter, social media presence, the members-only Facebook group, and our MLS Talk listserv.  With a background in visual arts, design, photography, and videography, I also help to develop original graphics, advertisements, and photo and video content.  If you're at one of our many events and see someone walking around with a camera, that's me!  As the unofficial tech guru of the office, I also work with staff to research and implement new technology and/or processes to better serve our members and reach them where they live, something that has become more important since the time of COVID.