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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.

2012 Bill Evenboer

Bill Evenboer

2021 REALTOR® of the Year

Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®

Bill has been a REALTOR® for 33 years, Broker for 28 years, and Real Estate Owner for 26 years, our recipient has closed over 1,500 real estate transactions, managed and trained numerous agents, and owned and developed several sub divisions.

He has served GKAR as President twice, as Treasurer for 6 years, the Board of Directors for 10 years, and served on numerous Committees over the last 30 years.

He has also served the community including: Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services President and Board Member, Deacon at his church, Little League and Rocket Football Coach, Vice President and President of PCHS Football Boosters, Sponsor and Volunteer for Walk to end Homelessness, Sponsor for Big Brother Big Sisters both with the Bowling event and the annual Dinner fundraiser, Sponsor and Volunteer at Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, and Sponsor for the USTA Boys National Tennis Championships at Kalamazoo College.

Over the years, he has served many people with selling or buying property and has always made it a priority that the clients’ needs are first and foremost. Bill has also always done his best to work together with other agents in a win-win manner and enjoys helping new agents regardless of which Broker they work for.

Bill and Claudia (also a REALTOR®) have been married for 41 years and have 2 sons Jonathan and Rob (also a REALTOR®).


The nomination period for 2022 begins on September 1st, 2021.

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.

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
2018     Dan Jaqua 2019    Natalie Rowe 2020    Greg Miller
2021     Bill Evenboer