By Outer Banks Association of REALTORS (OBAR) on January 28, 2020
The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) held its first membership meeting of 2020 at Captain George’s Restaurant last week. The meeting began with 2019 President Jean-Paul Peron of The Outer Banks Real Estate Company at eXp Realty recognizing two members for their volunteerism to the association. First, Debbie Runnells of Outer Banks Blue, was recognized as 2019 “Chair of the Year”. Peron chose her because of her dedication to both the Education and REALTOR®Fest committees. Under her Chairmanship, the day-long REALTOR®Fest had its most successful year to date by doubling attendance, bringing in more vendors, presenters, and revenue. Said Peron, “Debbie went above and beyond this past year serving a dual role chairing our professional development committee while also chairing the committee charged with planning and organizing our biggest event of the year.” Peron continued, “She did all of this while holding down a key position at Outer Banks Blue which requires her to work in both the OBX and Virginia. Her tireless efforts, dedication, and unwavering commitment did not go unnoticed.”
Steven Gillis of Steven Gillis Agency State Farm was awarded the 2019 “Affiliate of the Year.” Peron recognized Gillis for his willingness to be a sponsor for many OBAR events, as well as donating prizes for events. “When help is needed for an event, fundraiser, anything, Steven is always there. He is ready to write a check, buy the food, donate prizes, participate in the event itself, and shows up dressed better than anyone else.” said Peron. “What is great about Steven is that he doesn’t like the attention, but he participates as a sponsor and attendee because he truly believes in giving back to the community. And he always does it in his own unique way.” Gillis is well known for dressing up in a funny costume for each charity event.
After they received their awards, Peron officially handed over the gavel to 2020 President Jimmy Anderson of Long & Foster OBX. Anderson in turn, gave Peron a ceremonial gavel with his name engraved on it.
Greta Skeen and Hosea Wilson from the Dare County Tax Assessment Office discussed the 2020 Dare County Tax Revaluation and answered multiple questions during and after the meeting.
Finally, it was announced that over $700 was raised for St Baldrick’s Foundation. President Jimmy Anderson chose St Baldrick’s Foundation as the charity for that meeting.