Left to right: Nicole Murray, 2014 PMAR President and Carol Demarest, 2014 PMAR Realtor of the Year

SKYTOP, PA – At the 2014 Annual Installation of Officers dinner of the Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS® on December 6th, at Skytop Lodge, Carol Demarest, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates was named Realtor of the Year.

Demarest an award-winning Realtor has been with the Wilkins organization since the beginning of her career in May of 2003. Since Demarest joined the company, not only has she been the recipient of the Helping Hands award, she has consistently been a member of the Million Dollar Club and Top Ten in Sales. Said Christine A. Wilkins, General Manager, “Carol’s commitment to the community outweighs any of the awards that she has won as a Realtor with the company. Her commitment to her business and making sure that customers and clients are taken care of is just a part of her generosity. Carol gives back to the community in so many different ways including helping in food pantries, civic and church groups, and the sharing of her services with the hundreds of customers and clients she’s worked with over the past 11 years.”

“Carol is a member of the PMAR Social/Planning Committee, was a participant when the PMAR Realtors travelled to Harrisburg in support of Act 76 and the respect she has of her peers has not gone unnoticed.” said Nicole Murray, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates and President of PMAR.

Both Murray and Demarest are Salespersons in the BHG Bushkill office on Route 209.

Unbeknownst to her, Demarest’s co-workers submitted her name for consideration for Realtor of the Year. The Association Board of Directors then reviewed the applicants and voted on one to be the Realtor of the Year. The award is given at the Annual Installation of Officers each year.

Carol Demarest, 2014 Realtor of the Year

Said Carol Demarest about her winning Realtor of the Year, “I absolutely had no idea it was coming. I think everyone saw that by the expression on my face.” Demarest, a very soft-spoken person, didn’t know that her co-workers had submitted her name for consideration. However, Demarest graciously accepted the award from Nicole Murray, President and Beverly A. Hay, Account Executive with the PMAR. Demarest will continue her participation in the various committees while working as a Realtor in the Bushkill office. Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “Everyone was simply beside themselves. We had no idea that Carol was one of the finalists and once it was announced, that she was the winner, watching her shed tears of joy simply made all of us feel so proud of what she’s done for her community, peers and the Pocono Mountain Real Estate industry. Carol started her career with us and has grown both professionally and personally.”

PMAR is a non-profit organization that’s made up of Brokers, Associate Brokers, and Salespersons with a real estate license. Members then share the listings of each of the members through the PMAR MLS system which displays the data online with all its participants. The Association also is made up of various associate businesses which include mortgage companies, insurance companies, title companies, home inspection companies, various political leaders in the community and individuals. In 2012, PMAR bought the Pocono Real Estate Academy from Barbara Samet.

Samet, then was employed by the Association to run the Real Estate Academy until her passing earlier this year. The Association is not sure who will be named as Samet’s successor. The Real Estate Academy offers courses for persons to receive their real estate license as well as courses to receive various designations and continuing education.

The Wilkins Company was well represented at the Installation of Officers dinner and Christmas party. Christine A. Wilkins, Exec VP/General Manager, was the Master of Ceremonies; Nicole Murray, Realtor, is President of PMAR; Alex Camaerei, Realtor received the Scholarship; and Carol Demarest, Realtor was awarded Realtor of the Year. Dennis A. Mooney, V.P./Sales Manager, is also a member of the PMAR Board of Directors.

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