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REALTOR® of the Year

The GKAR REALTOR® of the Year is recognized by their peers for their contributions to the real estate profession and to the greater Kalamazoo community.


Gayle Zientek

2017 REALTOR® of the Year

Network Team Homes Realty
801 E. Centre Ave.
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 366-4644

Gayle joined GKAR in 2004. In her first three years she earned her ABR, CRS, GRI, and e-PRO Designations. She also earned her associate broker’s license in 2007.

Gayle and her husband Steve are the Broker/Owners of Network Team Homes Realty in Portage which opened in 2012. She has served on at least one committee each year since joining GKAR, including two years on the Board of Directors and two years as GKAR’s Treasurer (one of her favorite memories is hand-signing over 600 checks to GKAR Members).

Over the years, Gayle’s focus has been on building relationships, networking, personal development, community involvement, and engaging on social media to inspire agents around the world to-wards success.

She has been a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally on the power of relationship marketing as it relates to business.

You will always find Gayle with a charged cell phone capturing images and video of people and events. She values her friendships and celebrates people every day.

Past REALTOR® of the Year Recipients

1958     Orville B Schroeder 1959     Clarence Hawthorne 1960     C Ray Clapper
1961     Ty Carter 1962     Robert Early 1963     Harry Hurni
1964     Arthur Warly 1965     Lowell A Swanson 1966     ---
1967     BW Borkenstein 1968     Robert E Greene 1969     Dale O Wheeler
1970     Kenneth S Bright 1971     Bruce R Perry 1972     Arthur C Early
1973     John W Bosch 1974     Philip C Keelan 1975     Meryl Weimaster
1976     Philip P Perry 1977     Douglas R Preston 1978     Frank R Stokes
1979    John B Olheiser 1980     John W Bosch 1981     Rod O' Brien
1982     Tom Tobin 1983     Jerry Carlson 1984     Lowell I Swanson
1985     Marian E Greene 1986     Robert L Walton 1987     Sam Cupps
1988     Woody King 1989     Phyllis Bogren 1990     Kathy King
1991     Tim Brown 1992     Nick Pratt 1993     Judy Haugh
1994     Jared Arnold 1995     Lonnie Palleschi 1996     Sally Elser
1997     Al Rowe 1998     Tim Brown 1999     Marty Wagar
2000     Ray Becker 2001     Mary Sutton 2002     Don Cain
2003     Sue Cornell 2004     Wayne Wilkinson 2005     David Maturen
2006     Dennis Field 2007     Rose Rook 2008     Rick Hoffman
2009     John Jackson 2010     Rick Berner 2011     John Buttery
2012     Audrey DeVault 2013     Cheri Schulz 2014     Cathy Gasper
2015     Nancy Fish 2016     Lee Crossley 2017     Gayle Zientek

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Nominations for the 2018 REALTOR® of the Year are no longer being accepted. Nominations for 2019 will be accepted from September 1st, 2018 to September 15th, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

Important Details:

  • Nominees must be a Primary Member of GKAR.
  • Nominees must possess a current Michigan Real Estate License.
  • Nominees must have been a GKAR Member for a minimum of five consecutive years.
  • Self-nominations are permitted.
  • Nominees cannot be a current officer, newly-elected officer, or former REALTOR® of the Year.
  • The recipient will be honored at the local level and recognized at the GKAR Installation & State of the Association Holiday Luncheon. 
  • The REALTOR® of the Year name will be submitted to Michigan REALTORS® (MR) for consideration as MR of the Year and shall be the guest of GKAR at the appropriate MR Convention.