Annual Divaris Awards Day

Posted on March 18, 2014  /  in Blog  /  No Comments

Every year Divaris holds its annual luncheon to honor the staff for their hard work throughout the year. Unfortunately Divaris’ Greater D.C. office was snowed-in, but our other offices in Charlotte, Richmond and Newport News made the trip to Virginia Beach, to participate in the festivities and network with each other in person, rather than just over the phone or by email.

The morning started out with a training and development session for all of the brokers, led by Robert J. Nahigian. Nahigian is a Principal of Auburndale Realty Co., in Massachusetts, and has more than 42 years of real estate experience with 33 years exclusively in commercial and industrial as a developer, advisor, expert witness and broker of approximately $5 billion of real estate totaling 40 million square feet. Nahigian spoke on the topic of Synergistic Sales Success for both new and seasoned commercial real estate brokers, encouraging those to think outside the box in terms of differentiating his/herself from the competition and developing long-term revenue producing relationships.


2013 Principals’ Award for Excellence Chris Taylor from the Virginia Beach Accounting Department receives her award from Gerald Divaris, CEO of Divaris Real Estate.

Later, all associates gathered for lunch and a presentation from Blair Wimbush, Vice President of Real Estate and Corporate Sustainability Officer of Norfolk Southern, a longtime DRE client. Wimbush, a 30-year veteran of the industry, is leading Norfolk Southern’s push to conserve fuel, increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, recycle and promote environmental partnerships.

Finally, 25 awards were presented to our deserving employees. Congratulations to all of our dedicated staff for another fantastic year!

2013 BRONZE CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE (billings over $100K)

  • Susan McGee, Washington DC
  • Sezin Cortinas, Virginia Beach
  • Sara Goodall, Richmond
  • Dave Bickford, Virginia Beach
  • Eric Bucklew, Virginia Beach

2013 SILVER CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE (billings over $175K)

  • Diana Teitsma, Charlotte
  • Alex Divaris, Virginia Beach
  • Jason Oliver, Virginia Beach

2013 GOLD CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE (billings over $250K)

  • Karen Beale, Newport News
  • Krista Costa,  Virginia Beach
  • Mary McGovern, Virginia Beach
  • Debbie Wake, Richmond
  • Erica Rorrer, Virginia Beach
  • Joe Farina, Washington DC
  • Levi Thomson, Virginia Beach

2013 Platinum Circle of Excellence (billings over $500K)

  • Brett McNamee, Richmond
  • Vivian Turok, Virginia Beach

2013 Property Management Award: Jae Roe, Fort Monroe

2013 S.T.A.R. player Award (Exceptional SERVICE, TEAMWORK, taking ACTION, and getting RESULTS): Ronnie Whitley, Virginia Beach IT

2013 Rookie of the Year: Blake Shell, Charlotte Brokerage

2013 Community Service Award: Ashley Grove, Virginia Beach Marketing

2013 Leadership Award: Alex Divaris, Virginia Beach Brokerage

2013 Principals’ Award for Excellence: Chris Taylor, Virginia Beach Accounting

2013 Chairman’s Award: John Wingfield, Richmond Brokerage

2013 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Brett McNamee, Richmond Brokerage

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