AKRON, OH — Most companies commemorate the success of award winners at a banquet but seldom do they use the occasion to raise funds for charity. Once more, Keller Williams Chervenic Realty associates demonstrate their leadership in the community, using the award-winning occasion to host a "Liquid Auction" of a variety of beverages and related items for KW Cares, earning over $1,400 for the philanthropic arm of the organization. Funds collected through KW Cares events support local individuals, families and organizations in need along with assisting with the funding of larger projects through KW Cares nationally.

So far this year, Keller Williams Chervenic assisted two families devastated by an apartment fire in Barberton and provided 188 backpacks with breakfasts and lunches, including special meals for students with allergies, for Preston School in conjunction with the First Methodist Church in Stow.

The company recognized the successes of agents in its five local offices: Fairlawn, Green, Hudson, Northfield and the corporate headquarters in Stow, along with the success of the company as a whole. Broker David Chervenic also took the occasion to welcome associates from the newest office, in Boardman/Youngstown, scheduled to open this spring.

Established as Geneva Chervenic Realty in 1973, the company became a franchisee of Keller Williams International, the largest real estate company in the U.S., in late 2009. Keller Williams Chervenic grew by 93 agents in 2013 to 238 associates.

Awards included Gold and Silver level Individual Agent and Team honors in listing and sale categories. Taking top honors for the company based on 2013 transactions were: The Laurie Morgan Schrank Team, which is based at the Fairlawn office, took home 4 awards including the top awards in Closed Volume and Gross Commission Income. Kurtz and Co., from the Hudson office, were awarded three Team awards including the Gold level award in Team Listings.

In the Individual Agent category, Lea Varner from the Stow office, Linda Hartong with the Green office, and Sue Warren, based in the Stow office, were each awarded 3 trophies. Varner was awarded top awards in Individual Agent Sold Transactions and Gross Commission Income, plus was the #1 agent in the Northfield office. Hartong took home top agent in the Green office. Warren won the top awards in Individual Agent in Sold Transactions and #1 agent for the Stow office.

Other Gold level award winners for listing and sales volume included Jacob Coker for Individual Listings; Barb O’Connor, for top agent in the Hudson office; Sheppard & Associates for Leasing and Sales; and Kelly Folden as #1 agent in Fairlawn.

Silver Award winners included Jana Chervenic, collecting 2 trophies for Individual Agent in Sold Transactions and Silver Award Agent in the Stow Office; along with five collecting one award each, including Steve Spinelli, Silver Agent in Fairlawn; Tyson Hartzler, Silver Award Agent in the Green office; Susan Jordan, Silver Agent in Hudson; Joanne Podijil, Silver Agent in the Northfield office; and the Petway Team for Sold Transactions completed by a team.

Special Awards went to Rookie of the Year Matt Erkilla, who is based in the Stow office, and Roberta Rinehart, from the Fairlawn office, who was named Mentor of the Year.

"I’m so proud of our agents for all of their accomplishments!" remarked Carla Ponikvar, Team Leader for the company. "Our team sold over 2700 homes last year – that’s approximately 7 per day – just in the Summit County area. That level of success demonstrates how the agent-centric culture of Keller Williams leads to a win-win for our clients and our agents!"

Keller Williams Chervenic Realty corporate office is located at 3589 Darrow Road in Stow with additional offices in Fairlawn, Green, Hudson, and Northfield with an office in Boardman scheduled to open this spring. Contact Carla Ponikvar, Team Leader, at 330.760.3338 or email her at carlaponikvar@kw.com for more information regarding Keller Williams Chervenic Realty.