The Curry County Board of Realtors (CCBR) has presented Brookings realtor Cy Vandermeer with the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the Curry County Board of Realtors and the community. According to the guidelines for the award, the recipient has demonstrated high principles, faithfulness to laws and regulations of the Code of Ethics and CCBR, and furtherance of principles of good real estate practice along with the respect and admiration of fellow REALTORS® and the general public.
“He conducts business with the utmost professionalism and is always looking out for his clients,” Blue Pacific Reality administrative assistant Renee Pletcher said.
Vandermeer is a residential, commercial and raw lands realtor who has been conducting business in Brookings for the past 17 years. He has served as board treasurer, president and state director to the Oregon Association of Realtors and was elected by his peers as Realtor of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2015.
Vandermeer is also a bus driver for the Brookings-Harbor School District. He said he began that duty several years ago.
“The regular route drivers get full benefits, and being a self-employed realtor, it was a good way to cover my wife and myself with full benefits,” Vandermeer said. “But also, since all my 14 grandchildren live out of town it’s a good way for me to see children aging and see how my grandchildren would be growing in a similar situation.”
Vandermeer also spends time as a worship leader at Calvary Assembly of God Church and he sings from time to time in the community. He relocated to Brookings in 1997 after growing up in a small community in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He and his wife Julie have three married children.
Vandermeer plans to retire as a realtor on Nov. 30. The Lifetime Achievement Award was present on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the CCBR monthly membership meeting at Southwestern Community College.