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William Raveis holds awards ceremony

Updated 2:50 pm, Monday, April 9, 2012
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On April 2, William Raveis Real Estate held its 38th annual awards ceremony, recognizing the achievements of its associates, loan officers and employees. The ceremony was a full morning event, held at the Scinto Auditorium in downtown Shelton.

Associates and employees cheered as William Raveis opened the ceremony with a video montage of past awards and awards winners. As the ceremony continued, top managers, mortgage bankers and administrative managers were lauded for their efforts and contributions to the company in 2011. When the room stood to clap for a stage full of award-winners, William Raveis added a unique level of energy, playing DJ-spun upbeat music in the background.

"This was likely one of the most energetic, fun awards ceremonies we've had in our 38 years of doing business," Bill Raveis, Chairman & CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance said. "The awards is a time when we reflect upon the successes of our talented associates, mortgage bankers and staff. This ceremony did that and more."

Raveis discussed some of the challenges the real estate industry faced in 2011.

"2011 was a year of fits and starts in the real estate industry," he said. "The incredible success of our team is a testament to the fact that they are poised for achievement, no matter the state of the market."

Some of the major award-winners included:

Manager of the Year for Conn. - Thora Colburn, William Raveis Madison & Old Saybrook;

Manager of the Year for Mass. - David Friend, William Raveis Hingham & Scituate;

Entrepreneur of the Year - Pete Fickeisen, executive mortgage banker, William Raveis Boston, Hingham/Provincetown and Nantucket;

Top Mortgage Banker by Closed Volume - John Grosso, executive mortgage banker, William Raveis Westport, with $65 million.

For more information on theawards ceremony, visit raveis.com.

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance was recently ranked in 2010 by sales volume in RisMedia's Real Estate Magazine as the No. 1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the ninth largest real estate company in the USA. The firm is nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and realtor education. For four consecutive years, William Raveis has also been named as "The Best Real Estate Company" in two states and as a "Best Place to Work" in 2010 and 2011 by the Boston Business Journal. William Raveis has 2,700 sales professionals and 80 company-owned and affiliate offices in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For more information, visit raveis.com or blog.raveis.com.