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