Fort Worth Realtors group honors members’ contributions

Realtor of the Year Michael Langford

The Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors (GFWAR) recognized four members for their significant contributions to the association and Fort Worth’s real estate industry. The members were honored during GFWAR’s recent awards luncheon.

Michael Langford of Orr Real Estate received the Charles McMillan Realtor of the Year Award, which honors a Realtor whose contributions have made a significant impact on GFWAR, the real estate profession and the Fort Worth community.

The other honorees:

  • Joelene Slocum, Williams Trew Real Estate, the Marie and Dayton Sheridan Realtor Spirit Award.
  • Alex Krus, Rattikin Title Company, Affiliate of the Year Award.
  • Elizabeth McCoy, Williams Trew Real Estate, the A.L. Purvis Distinguished Service Award.

“GFWAR is so incredibly fortunate to have a membership that is eager to give back and serve their professional and personal communities,” said Suzanne Westrum, CEO of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. “These four recipients exemplify the best of our membership as time after time they have shown their dedication to the advancement of our association and the betterment of the real estate industry as a whole.”

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Realtor of the Year honoree Michael Langford is a third generation Realtor who knew early on that the key to a fulfilling career was to give back to his professional community. As a past president of GFWAR, Langford has been an active member for over a decade, serving on committees and in leadership with the board of directors. During that time, he has also served in leadership positions for the National Association of Realtors, Texas Realtors and the Society of Commercial Realtors. He has spent the last two years as a presidential appointee to the board of directors, where his expertise has been an invaluable asset.

The Marie and Dayton Sheridan Realtor Spirit Award recognizes a member whose joy and enthusiasm for their work inspires their peers to answer the call, and Joelene Slocum is an eager and detail-oriented partner in service to her industry, both as a member of the board of directors and as a member of committees. She is a mainstay at GFWAR events where she always volunteers to lend a hand. Outside of GFWAR, Slocum is an active member of her community, volunteering her time for those in need and serving the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Aledo.

The Affiliate of the Year Award honors a member who has continually worked to build a strong partnership between Realtor and affiliate members and has positively contributed to the success of GFWAR. Alex Krus dives into everything he does with enthusiasm and passion and has become a cornerstone of GFWAR during his time as an affiliate member, serving on key committees and going the extra mile to help each committee achieve its goals. He shares all of his talents – including those from his theater background – in support of the association and the real estate community.

Elizabeth McCoy personifies the A.L. Purvis Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to a member who has made a lasting impact on Fort Worth’s real estate industry, including prolonged and distinguished service to both GFWAR and the community. McCoy led GFWAR as board president in 2021, helping the association navigate through the recovery from the pandemic and revolutionizing how GFWAR served its members. A member of GFWAR for more than 20 years, McCoy has served on numerous committees and led the CEO Search Task Force in 2023. She serves in leadership roles at the National Association of Realtors and recently received the Texas Realtors Spirit of TREPAC Award.

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The Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors was established in 1918 and has spent more than a century representing the real estate industry in the Greater Fort Worth area. With approximately 5,000 Realtor and affiliate members, GFWAR advocates for property rights and housing opportunities, while advancing professionalism and ethics in the real estate industry. For more information visit the association’s website.

Information for this article was provided by the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors.