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Annual Awards Ceremony Takes Emotional Turn
for Agents at John R. Wood Properties


February 27, 2017 (Naples, FL) – Nearly 60 years after Founder, John R. Wood, opened the doors of his first real estate office, over 150 agents across 13 offices in Southwest Florida were recognized for top performance in more than a dozen distinguishing categories that comprise the John R. Wood Properties Circle of Excellence Awards. The awards breakfast, which was held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort on February 22, 2017, was underscored by the attendance of its legendary Founder and Chairman of the Board, John R. Wood.

The three-hour breakfast began with a poignant video tribute that inspired laughter and appreciation surrounding the realities of the real estate profession. Special presentations were shared as individual introductions of the honorees were announced. The camaraderie between agents, staff, and managers was evidenced in the level of networking as well as through the supportive applause and standing ovations as awards were presented to fellow agents.

The now 87-year-old John Wood, who recently lost his wife of almost 66 years to cancer, quietly watched the ceremony unfold. When the awards were complete, he made his way to the stage to address the family of Realtors and staff before him. Ever the southern gentleman and family man, Mr. Wood began his speech with humbled gratitude at the success and growth of his company over the years. He reminisced about the opening of his first office in 1958 when there was only one Realtor employed. He then gave a touching tribute to his late wife and the many contributions she made to the company over the years. To close, he offered singular appreciation to each and every individual in the room for creating the amazing entity that now comprises John R. Wood Properties.

“The success of this company is because of every single one of you in this room,” said Mr. Wood. “Every single one of you. And I thank God for each of you.”

The entire banquet hall was on their feet with applause and palpable emotion. The energy within the room was a testament not only to the unique company dynamic, but also the ultimate reverence felt for a man who remains a living legend in the real estate community and especially to his family of over 500 Realtors at John R. Wood Properties.


Below is a list of the John R. Wood Properties 2016 Circle of Excellence Awards presented at the Annual Awards Breakfast.

The President’s Award

For the 25th year, the Bill Earls/Larry Lappin team from the Central office secured The President’s Award for their position as the number one entity at John R. Wood Properties with more than $125 million dollars in closed sales volume.

Diamond Circle – Individuals

Kristin Cavella Whorrall
Ray Couret
Bruce Miller

Diamond Circle – Small Teams

Don Winkler
Jill Rogers
The Needles Group
Williams Kellam Group
Jill Kushner Group
Roderick and Sue Price
Delaney Team
Mindy Young
Samuel Team

Diamond Circle – Large Teams

The Bua Bell Group
Patrick Dearborn Team
The Wood-McMahon Team
The Robyn Pfister Griffin Team
The Link Team
The Lickley Group

Emerald Circle – Individuals

Susan Wall
Shannon Lefevre
Bonnie Camp
Amy Velyvis
Suzanne Klym
Michelle Paradis
Amy Nease
Chad Phipps
Mike Hagan
Joe Rivera
Annemarie Giannini
Linda Loomis
Scott Lepore
Cheryl Turner
Mary Yon

Emerald Circle – Small Teams

Naylor Groenteman Team
Aaron Wolf
Greg Gorman and David Burke
Napoleon Luxury Real Estate
Team Harris
Lynette Grout and Shawna Gannaway
The Monika DeBenedictis Team
Laura and Chris Adams
Natalie Kirstein Team
The David Tate Team
Kellie Brown Team
Dustin Beard Team
Bill Verdonk Team
Jim Mayer Team
Debbie Frost Team
Dave Urban
White-Shoots Team
Monte Gerard Team
Ann Henning
Doug Treadwell Team
Karen Sweatlock Team
Sharon and Ray Kennedy

Emerald Circle – Large Teams

Dawn Hoffman Group
Vesci Real Estate Team
Judy Hansen Team
The Garren Grup Group

Platinum Circle – Individuals

Claire Gogan
Elli Taylor
Nan Dietrich
Kathleen Stanton
Sharon Grabau
Mike Sokol
Blaze Zdravev
Florean Mader
Annie Hagstrom
Dorota Harris
Dennis Brando
Jayson Matthews
Sara Rice Williams
Yvonne Wood
Doug Stewart
Jim Flack
Cindy Kruesi
Sharon Hammond-Turnblad
Diana Coyle
John Robert III
Kim Case
Rob Dowling
Lexi Martin
Lyn Reddy
Anita Colletti
Oscar Velez
Roxane Menna
Pat Sweeney
Robin Crudele
Alysia Shivers
Kyle Suhr
Dottie Sugarman
Sally Kellogg
Sandy Malone
Kim Ellis|
Carol Fox
Sally Pratt
Lyn Bedell
David Johnston
Susan Hubly
Danni Sadler
Nandy Miller
Albie Varoski
Lynne Hancock
Suzanne Garry
Gary Mills
Claire Licciardi
Heidi Varsames
Monika Goodrich
Chuck Felix
John Turner
Jim Carzo
Cathy Wynne
Barbara Salinas
John Newman
Diana Fricke
Kevin Waters
Roger Brunswick
Connie Spitzmiller
Jerry DiGiacomo
Diane Rudd
Brandon Dejesus
Zach Anderson

Platinum Circle – Small Teams

Siemers Team
Dixon Team
Dooley Realty Group
Mary and Jamey Halpin
Steve Sims Team
Lynn and Patrick Fulton
Rosemary Everett and Jessica Bibbee
Gil and Donna Clark
Zvibleman Team
Keith Marvelle Team
Sims Team
Mari-Jo Koval
Dave and Lynn Bower
Bill Charbonneau
Donna Wadsworth and Susan Russo
Tom and Carmen Grifferty
Jim Scartz Team
Mimy VonSchreiner Team
Valentine Team
Braverman Group

Platinum Circle – Large Teams

Sarah Thompson

Gold Circle – Individuals

Laurie Bellico
Richard Garner
Lana Marvelle
Jon Manderscheid
Kevin Smith
Roger Hill, Jr.
Guy Brooks
Jeannette Batten
Karen Champion
Christianne Payne Arthur
Marc Galanto
Harry Stone
Lynn Atkinson
Gerald LeFebvre
Bob Rowan
Sharon Worley
Frank Petras
Scott Newsome
Julie Blanton
Heather Zurlo
Jill Pyszkowski
Elaine Zacka
Betty Kampfer
Lisa Johnson
Doug Decaster
Jeanne Shapira
Judy Kembl
Dana Billings-Lark
Jill Nesbitt
Brooke Connors
Stuart Miller
Hank Cassi
Ken Levine
Gwen Geletka
Butch Morgan
Margie Ebert
Cathi Bruce
Jackie Palowitz
Tracy LeBaron

Gold Circle – Small Teams

Bridget Fagan and Michael Soulard
Bobbie and Alex Dusek
Cindy and John Conlin
The Huber Dix Team
Catherine and Steve Barsky
Ann and Bob Sullivan
Chris and Ana Waleri

Rising Star Award

Dave Urban
Blaze Zdravev


Outgoing Referrals

Scott Muhlhauser
Arianne Taylor
Huber/ Dix Team
Pat Ward
Kathy Adair
Chris Blondin
Roger Brunswick
Linda Hammer
Jeanne Roedding
Patti Saitow
Kevin Waters


John R. Wood Properties is the oldest real estate company in Southwest Florida with almost 60 years of industry and market experience. The firm currently has thirteen offices serving Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Ave Maria, and Sanibel/Captiva Islands, with over 500 agents and staff across Southwest Florida.  For more information about John R. Wood Properties and our elite real estate agents, visit