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Philip P. Perry

Humanitarian Award

Philip P. Perry

The Philip P. Perry Humanitarian Award was conceived upon the passing of distinguished GKAR Member, Philip P. Perry in 2004. The Award honors the legacy of a Member who devoted his lifetime to selfless humanitarian efforts. 

The Award is given to a current GKAR Member who embodies the spirit of selflessness that was important to Mr. Perry throughout his life. To submit a Nomination, please read the Guidelines and use the form below.


Jared Arnold

2021 Award Recipient



Jared Arnold is an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate. Jared began his career in 1981 at Reed & Company REALTORS®, working alongside Bill Reed, Steve Nuss, and Melody Stirk. He became a partner in 1985, joining Bill, Steve, and Gary Clay as owners. Later, Mary Sutton & Olivia Hensley joined the firm—what a fun, synergistically successful team!

Jared moved to Cain REALTORS® in 1989 as their Sales Manager. He became General Manager and Partner in 1991, alongside Bob Oudsema, Phil Perry, and John Jackson. When Cain merged with Olheiser & Berghorst in 1996 to form Prudential West Michigan REALTORS®, Jared went back to listing & selling.

Jared was active in GKAR from the start. He joined the Education Committee in 1982, serving twice as its Chairman. He joined the Risk Management and Professional Standards Committees in the late 1980’s, serving as RM’s Chairman numerous times. He has chaired many Ethics and Arbitration panels and has participated on MR Ethics panels.

Jared is dedicated to education. He earned his Associate Broker’s license in 1984 and has earned the following NAR designations: GRI, CRS, CRB, RAM, CRE & ABR. He became a certified Michigan Civil Mediator in 2011. He taught numerous GKAR classes over the years, including real estate calculators, pre-licensing, orientation, sales agreement, and buyer representation.

Jared had the great fortune of a career in mental health prior to real estate. Starting as a Gryphon Place HELP-Line crisis worker in 1973, he got involved in training other crisis workers and became Gryphon’s Crisis Services Coordinator in 1974, in charge of training crisis workers and administering Gryphon’s 24-hour crisis and information services. Since his work there, he has maintained close ties, serving a 6-year term on their board in the ‘90’s and a subsequent 6-year term currently. He has served as Board President three times.

Gryphon had a huge influence on Jared’s life. It trained him to focus outward on the needs and dreams of others; it has greatly enhanced his sensitivity to the emotional ups and downs that home buyers & sellers typically experience. It didn’t hurt that Gryphon is also where he met his wife of 46 years, Beverly Gregus. Back in 1981—it was a deep recession with 14%+ interest rates—Beverly’s support (and steady in-come—Gryphon) was key to Jared’s survival in this business. He considers himself a lucky boy, indeed.

Nomination Form & Instructions 

The deadline for Nominations is September 1st of each year.

  • Include organizations and committees, offices held, awards received, specific accomplishments, etc.
  • Be specific. Use estimations of hours volunteered, number of people helped, dollars raised, examples of things the Nominee has done, etc.
  • Include resumes, articles, testimonials, etc.

Award Guidelines

  1. The deadline for nominations is September 1st of each year. Nominees shall be any Member of GKAR who is in good standing. All levels of Membership will qualify. 
  2. The Award is intended to recognize individual contributions, rather than Association or company-wide efforts. However, if an individual with a company can be singled out as instrumental to the success of a group effort, he or she is eligible. If the achievements of two individuals absolutely cannot be separated, they can enter as a pair, and their entry will be considered as one.
  3. Nominees should have contributed in such a manner so as to have improved the quality of life for others in greater Kalamazoo. Those activities are not limited to real estate or housing issues and may include such areas as crime prevention, youth mentoring, homelessness, and others.
  4. Nominees should have made a significant contribution of personal time; however, financial contributions or other resources may be considered by the Committee as well.
  5. Nominees will be judged on the level and impact of personal contributions and the suitability as a role model for others.
  6. The achievements of the Nominee will be documented by the Selection Committee.
  7. The Award Recipients will be submitted by the Association to NAR for consideration for the NAR Good Neighbor Award.


Award Recipients


Jared Arnold


Bonnie Granado


Susan Pyke


Willie Mae Pierson


Jim Hess


Bill Reed


Judson Knapper


Don Cain