It’s been a good year for Lee Robinson of Robinson Realtors, Hyde Park. In the fall he won another Pinnacle of Performance Award, a top honor from the Ohio Association of Realtors that lauds those with annual sales of at least $7.5 million.

With 30 years in the business, Robinson estimates he has a dozen Pinnacles. But, he notes, dryly, “Obviously it’s much harder to achieve (now) than in years past. It is an honor, in this environment.” This January, Robinson was named 2007 Realtor-of-the-Year/Management by the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. The honor recognizes a real estate firm owner or manager with high professional standards and ethics, and who has served both CABR and the community in significant ways.

Robinson Realtors is the primary representative for the Palisades condo project – designed by John Senhauser – in Mount Adams, where the firm has a large presence.
Chris Nachtrab and Chris Vitori have been named partners of The Everest Group/TCN Worldwide, the Cincinnati-based commercial real estate service provider. Nachtrab is an investment and retail specialist who markets properties and provides tenant and relocation services. Vitori, a vice president, handles sales, leasing and commercial office investments, including Park 50 TechneCenter, Eastgage Professional Office Park and The Red Bank Center.

Laurie Nippert Leonard, a Mariemont-based senior sales vice president with Comey & Shepherd, was named CABR’s Realtor of the Year/Sales. Leonard, a Realtor since 1987, is a director of the Ohio Association of Realtors, a trustee of Cincinnati State and president of the Civic Garden Center.

Stuart G. Hoffman, senior vice president and chief economist of PNC Financial Services Group, will deliver the main address Feb. 15 at the University of Cincinnati Center for Real Estate’s annual Economic Outlook event. The forecasting begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Westin Cincinnati, downtown. More information:

Karen Schlosser of Re/Max Unlimited was installed early in January as president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors.

The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties has named John B. Gartner its Broker of the Year. The award recognizes both industry and community leadership. Gartner is senior sales vice president and a principal of Grubb & Ellis/West Shell, where he specializes in the sale and leasing of industrial properties.

Sibcy Cline Realtors opened a new operations and training center in Mason that has room for 125 sales associates. The 19,753-square-foot office at 7395 Mason Montgomery Road replaces Sibcy’s former digs on Kings Automall Drive. Madeline Hoge, vice president and sales manager for northeast operations, says the high-tech center meets the demands of the high-growth Mason market.

Debbie Shumate, who has more than 24 years of commercial real estate experience, has joined the retail division of CB Richard Ellis. Shumate’s skills range from site acquisition to leasing to tenant representation. She achieved Top Producer ranking at Grubb & Ellis in Indianapolis and won a 40-Under-40 Award from the Indianapolis Business Journal.

At the state level, 21 Cincinnati-area people – including Robinson and Hinkley – received Pinnacle of Performance Awards at the Ohio Association of Realtors annual meeting. Other local winners include Ogle Annett, Guy W. Cagney, Chip Hunter, Robert H. Jansen, Phyllis Jones, Kathy Kramer, Christie Krieger, Sue S. Lewis, Sandra Peters, Rakesh Ram, Judy Recker, Judy A. Schlotman, Mark Schupp, Vivian Schwab, Kelley Sheakley, Michael Sweeney, Steve Sylvester, Diane Tafuri and Chris Waits.

CABR’s 2007 Top Agent in the Circle of Excellence is Michael Hinkley of Coldwell Banker West Shell. The award recognizes top performance in commission dollars.

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