2013 Industry Awards Honor Real Estate Leaders

2013 Industry Awards Honor Real Estate Leaders

Austin Board of REALTORS® names recipients of prestigious awards

AUSTIN, TX – November 11, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 ABoR Industry Awards. These awards honor leaders in the real estate community for their outstanding contributions to the industry and their local communities. Join us in congratulating these hard working real estate professionals.

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REALTOR® of the Year
Judith Bundschuh of Catalyst Realty

Judith Bundschuh believes that being a REALTOR® means being an integral part of the community and providing ethical, professional assistance to clients looking to buy or sell their homes. Over the past decade, Judith has done that and more to represent the Austin Board of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® brand. She has served to make the Central Texas community a better place and has done so in many ways.

Judith served six years as an ABoR Director and was the 2011 President of the Board. She has also acted as both an ACTRIS and ABoR Foundation Director, and held multiple more positions within both ABoR and the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR). She considers it an honor to have been allowed to serve in the many roles that she has and notes that her experiences have made a difference in both her personal and professional life.

Rookie of the Year
Jackie Horton of Curve Realty, LLC

In 2013, Jackie Horton’s first year as a REALTOR®, Jackie closed 40 transactions for $8.5 million in volume. Jackie built a solid foundation for her career after graduating from Texas A&M University by joining a national new homebuilder in Austin. After ten years as a sales counselor and sales manager, Jackie decided to turn her knowledge and experience toward Residential Real Estate. Believing that her clients deserved a well-educated partner, Jackie immediately obtained the GRI: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute, ABR: Accredited Buyer’s Representation Designations and the SFR: Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification. She dedicates herself to her community by participating with Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen and Texas Humane Heroes.

Community Service Award
Laurie Loew of Give Realty, Inc.

After experiencing some life changing events, Laurie Loew made the decision to create a business model focused on benefiting others. She soon found that she had created a “social” business, and was at the forefront of the latest business trends called social entrepreneurship and For-Benefit business.

She is regularly consulted by business owners and organizations on how businesses can become more “socially responsible.” Helping others realize the benefits of giving—both personally and professionally—is Laurie’s passion. She works tirelessly to promote the benefit of giving.

Affiliate of the Year
John Schutze of Supreme Lending

John Schutze joined the financial services profession shortly after college, becoming a financial adviser specializing in personal financial planning. He soon began to focus on helping his clients manage their mortgages, and then fully transitioned to the mortgage profession in 2002.

He believes it is important to invest in his profession and has been actively involved with the Austin Board of REALTORS®, Women’s Council of Realtors, and other industry organizations since 2005. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Austin Board of REALTORS® Foundation. His favorite quote: “To the world, you may be just one person. But to one person, you may be the world.”

You are invited to attend the 2014 Installation and Awards Gala, where ABoR will honor this year’s Industry Award winners, as well as install the incoming President of the Board Bill Evans, the 2014 ABoR Officers and Directors, and the 2014 ABoR Foundation Directors. The gala will take place Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 – 11:30 p.m. at the ZACH Theatre, located at 1510 Toomey Road, Austin, TX 78704. Tickets are $100 each and are limited in quantity. Purchase your ticket at Abor.com/Installation. For more information, contact Shirley Williams in ABoR’s Education Department at 512-454-7363, ext. 1603.

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is a non-profit, voluntary organization representing nearly 9,000 licensed REALTORS® in Central Texas. As the primary source for accurate and comprehensive property listing information for REALTORS® in Greater Austin, ABoR works to advance the REALTOR® mission and protect homeowner rights. For more information, please contact the ABoR Marketing Department at or 512-454-7636. Visit AustinHomeSearch.com, a public resource on Austin real estate, for the latest news on the local housing market.

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