REALTORS® of the Year
Each year, we honor one residential, one commercial and one global Realtor® as Realtor® of the Year, who is nominated by their peers and colleagues. The residential Realtor® of the Year is announced during the annual Realtors® of Distinction luncheon, the commercial Realtor® of the Year is revealed during a Commercial Investment Division luncheon and the global Realtor® of the Year is revealed during a Global Business Chapter luncheon.
Congratulations to the 2019 Realtors® of the Year!
Residential Realtor® of the Year, 2019: Dave Sansom
Dave Sansom is the CFO and COO with Carolina One Real Estate Services. Originally from Pittsburgh, he now lives in Awendaw with his wife of 22 years, Nancy, and their three children.
Dave has been licensed since 2000 and an active leader in the Realtor®️ organizations for more than 10 years, serving as a director on the National Association of Realtors®️ and the SC Realtors®️ boards as well as President of both the CHS Regional MLS (2014) and Charleston Trident Association of Realtors®️ (2017). Prior to his current position with Carolina One Real Estate, Dave managed the Carolina One Coleman Boulevard office, overseeing the day to day activities of more than 70 licensees. He has also served in various leadership positions with the Realty Alliance, The Real Trends Peer Review Group and the Center for Creative Leadership.
Dave holds a BS in Business Management from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors®️ (CTAR) recognized Jeremy Willits, Senior Vice President at Avison Young, as the 2019 Commercial Realtor®️ of the Year during the Commercial Investment Division’s annual luncheon in February.
The award recognizes Willits’ contributions to and participation in activities as a member of the local, state and national Realtor®️ Associations, as well as the community at large. Jeremy served as President of CTAR in 2010 and of CHS MLS in 2005, in addition to multiple roles with the state and national Realtor®️ organizations.
Willits has worked as a commercial Realtor®️ in Charleston for more than two decades, brokering hundreds of lease and sale transactions across a wide variety of industries and properties throughout our region.
CarlMichael Harrison, 2020 President of CID, spoke about Willits in his award presentation saying, “His ethical, professional and personal mannerisms are best in class. It is no stretch to say that he raises the bar of our organization and commercial Realtors®️ as a whole”
“Jeremy has been a valuable asset for the Realtor®️ organizations for many years—his leadership at our Association moved us through some of the most challenging years our market faced. He is a champion for Realtors®️, an incredibly talented businessman and a fixture of the Charleston community—this is a long overdue honor!” said CTAR CEO, Wil Riley.
In addition to his professional work, Willits is a committed member of the Charleston community—lending his time and talents to community organizations like The Roper Hospital Foundation, Trident United Way, and the Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association.
Global Realtor® of the Year, 2019: Georgia Richard
The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors recognized Georgia Richard, Sales Associate for Carolina One, as the 2019 Global Realtor®️ of the Year during the Global Business Chapter luncheon on February 19.
The award recognizes Richard’s exceptional involvement with the CTAR Global Business Chapter (originally a council), which she aided in establishing in 2014. In 2018, she was instrumental in gaining support to transform the Global Business Council into the Global Business Chapter. Richard also helped solidify CTAR as an Ambassador Association to South Africa during her time on the NAR council selection committee.
Richard is a bilingual agent who has worked in the real estate industry for over ten years. She specializes in the Charleston tri-county area, and is one of the area’s top producers. Richard has international clients, is active in various local, national and international organizations and has attended NAR global events and conferences multiple times since 2013.