Prudential Connecticut Realty recognized and celebrated its top real estate agents, teams and offices for all of their hard work and dedication in 2011. The annual event was held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville April 20. More than 800 sales associates, employees as well as executives from Brookfield Properties and HomeServices of America attended this year's ceremony.

Prudential Connecticut Realty's top agents were awarded, based on their 2011 national standings by Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, a Brookfield Real Estate and Relocation company. The company also recognizes employees and sales executives that have demonstrated extraordinary customer service. Based on the Walt Disney `Keys to the Kingdom" recognition program, founded by the late Walt Disney himself, employees are nominated for `Keys' throughout the year. The top key holders from each region were recognized for going "above and beyond" with their clients and co-workers.

The event kicked off with an early morning vendor trade show, with more than 20 real estate industry-related vendors from around the state. A Joan River's impersonator greeted agents as they entered the venue, reinforcing the `Stars of the Red Carpet' theme. All attendees were given the chance to be interviewed by `Joan' on the Red Carpet, recognizing everyone as real estate stars.

Peter Helie, CEO of Prudential Connecticut Realty welcomed everyone and thanked them for their dedication and hard work throughout 2011. Ron Peltier, CEO of HomeServices of America, the new parent company of Prudential Connecticut Realty and Prudential Rhode Island Realty, followed Helie welcoming everyone to the HomeServices Family. Brookfield Real Estate and Relocation CEO Graham Badun also spoke to the future of the franchise. Candace Adams, president of Prudential Connecticut Realty, presented the keynote speech which began with a recap of 2011 and ended with a video highlighting the past years accomplishments as well as what's next for the company. Highlights included a new website homepage, mobile application and a new luxury homes program.

"You can't run your business on just tools and technology," said Adams. "The most important part of what you do is building lasting relationships and staying focused on our core values, which is what truly differentiates you."

In its philanthropic efforts, the company was raked the No. 3 contributor to the Sunshine Kids Foundation out of over 600 Prudential Real Estate Affiliates in North America. The Sunshine Kids is a nonprofit charity dedicated to children with cancer. The foundation provides positive group activities and emotional support for cancer patients, as well as a variety of programs and events for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.

Peter Helie, Candace Adams and Jim LaBanca, vice president of relocation, presented a $201,855 check to G.W. Bailey, executive director of the Sunshine Kids and star of `Major Crimes' a spinoff of "The Closer." Bailey gave a thank you to everyone in attendance and congratulated Prudential Connecticut Realty for raising $1.9 million for the Sunshine Kids over the past 10 years. Sunshine Kids spokeman, 15-year-old Cory Pineau from Connecticut, gave a speech about living with cancer and how the Sunshine Kids helped him regain a sense of his childhood.

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