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Kona Board of Realtors Award Erik Hinshaw “Rookie of the Year”

Last week at the Kona Board of Realtors Annual Membership Meeting, Hawaii Life’s Erik Hinshaw, R(S), was awarded the distinction, “Rookie of the Year.”

Erik receiving his award from Margaret Reynolds, R(B)

This award is special for Realtors in that it’s peer-based, and Erik was competing with four other agents to win. On the heels of one of the worst real estate markets in recent history, it’s a testament to Erik and his dedication to his craft, that so many of his peers would notice—and appreciate—all that he has accomplished this past year.

Okay, so 2010 wasn’t his first year in real estate, and “rookie” might be pushing the descriptive envelope for Erik, but like the vast majority of Realtors struggling to survive in 2008 & 2009 (many didn’t, nearly 35% of the Kona Board of Realtors members left the business) Erik spent a lot of time learning, networking, and beating on sellers to lower their asking prices in keeping with the new world order.

Fast forward to November 2010—and just try to keep up with the rocket ship named Erik Hinshaw. While this award is not business volume-based, Erik’s production is certainly worth noting: Just over $4M sold, 13 transactions in 10 months. Um, wow. I’m not sure where that puts Erik in terms of his competition, and I know it doesn’t matter to him, because for Erik, it’s about his clients—the people that he serves day in and day out. Ultimately, that’s the reason Erik so deserves this recognition—each and every day Erik lives and breathes a higher level of service—where his clients are treated like people, not a commission dollar amount, or transaction number, but a person.

Congratulations, Erik! It is my honor and privilege to work for you as your Broker. You make me a better BIC—you encourage teamwork and cooperation among our Hawaii Life ‘ohana, and you truly lead by example. Well done! Now, go sell. Oops, I mean, keep on serving your peeps!

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Alex Cortez

November 5, 2010

Congrats, Erik. Obviously a very well-deserved recognition, based not only on volume (which is impressive enough), but also on your embodiment of the Aloha Spirit.

Alex Cortez

November 5, 2010

Congrats, Erik. Obviously a very well-deserved recognition, based not only on volume (which is impressive enough), but also on your embodiment of the Aloha Spirit.

David Buck

November 5, 2010

Good on you Erik! Must be because you have such an awesome Broker 🙂

David Buck

November 5, 2010

Good on you Erik! Must be because you have such an awesome Broker 🙂

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

November 5, 2010

@David… awwww…. you’re sweet! But seriously, I’m a better Broker because of Erik, and am in his debt for it! He’s really amazing!!!

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

November 5, 2010

@David… awwww…. you’re sweet! But seriously, I’m a better Broker because of Erik, and am in his debt for it! He’s really amazing!!!

Dan & Marion Fumento

November 5, 2010

Great job Erik!

Dan & Marion Fumento

November 5, 2010

Great job Erik!

rich graybill

November 5, 2010

Aloha and congrats Erik!
You certainly deserve the award as i know how hard and efficient you work. You have set a high standard in the industry and i wish you much continued sucess mate!
Cheers,
Rich Graybill
Oahu

rich graybill

November 5, 2010

Aloha and congrats Erik!
You certainly deserve the award as i know how hard and efficient you work. You have set a high standard in the industry and i wish you much continued sucess mate!
Cheers,
Rich Graybill
Oahu

Erik Hinshaw

November 5, 2010

Thanks Katie. Thanks all of you. It has been a great year for me and the recognition from my fellow real estate agents means a lot.

As for focusing on people I have Hawaii Life to thank for that. At other companies I spent all my time and energy on creating marketing and searching for sales leads. Can’t say I enjoyed it at all.

Hawaii Life has taken care of both of these tasks for me so now I can concentrate on my clients and what they need. I get to spend my days driving around and looking at houses up and down the Kona Coast with clients from all over the world. Life is good.

Erik Hinshaw

November 5, 2010

Thanks Katie. Thanks all of you. It has been a great year for me and the recognition from my fellow real estate agents means a lot.

As for focusing on people I have Hawaii Life to thank for that. At other companies I spent all my time and energy on creating marketing and searching for sales leads. Can’t say I enjoyed it at all.

Hawaii Life has taken care of both of these tasks for me so now I can concentrate on my clients and what they need. I get to spend my days driving around and looking at houses up and down the Kona Coast with clients from all over the world. Life is good.

Debra & Tommy Chambers

November 5, 2010

Aloha and congratulations Erik!!! You are truly deserving of this recognition. For anyone who may be wondering, as clients, we were always treated as people and never as a commission source. Our property search lasted for months and ranged from Kona to the Kohala Coast. Erik was always more than willing to show us anything we wanted to see. And Katie was there also. Your help was invaluable in helping us find the right property for us. Best wishes for continued success.

Debra & Tommy Chambers

November 5, 2010

Aloha and congratulations Erik!!! You are truly deserving of this recognition. For anyone who may be wondering, as clients, we were always treated as people and never as a commission source. Our property search lasted for months and ranged from Kona to the Kohala Coast. Erik was always more than willing to show us anything we wanted to see. And Katie was there also. Your help was invaluable in helping us find the right property for us. Best wishes for continued success.

Tracy Stice, R(B)

November 5, 2010

As Debra and Tommy Chambers (the people who write our paychecks ) state ” we were always treated as People” , Erik, you are the man!
This is such an incredible honor for you to be recognized by your peers. To step up in a tough market and focus on what the needs of your clients are is truly what this business is all about. The good news is, you made enough money this year to “pay taxes first”, pay your “bills second” and hopefully you have enough left over to eat. You will be a success in the future. Please ask Debra and Tommy for a few referrals, they are your true fans and nobody matters more than them!

Tracy Stice, President, Hawaii Association of Realtors 2010

Tracy Stice, R(B)

November 5, 2010

As Debra and Tommy Chambers (the people who write our paychecks ) state ” we were always treated as People” , Erik, you are the man!
This is such an incredible honor for you to be recognized by your peers. To step up in a tough market and focus on what the needs of your clients are is truly what this business is all about. The good news is, you made enough money this year to “pay taxes first”, pay your “bills second” and hopefully you have enough left over to eat. You will be a success in the future. Please ask Debra and Tommy for a few referrals, they are your true fans and nobody matters more than them!

Tracy Stice, President, Hawaii Association of Realtors 2010

Beth Robinson R(B)

November 5, 2010

Congratulations, Erik! Sorry I wasn’t here to see you collect your award in person, but I’ll have a lei waiting next time you make it up to Kohala.

Beth Robinson R(B)

November 5, 2010

Congratulations, Erik! Sorry I wasn’t here to see you collect your award in person, but I’ll have a lei waiting next time you make it up to Kohala.

Winston

November 5, 2010

Right on Erik – you’re doing amazing work over there and this award is well-deserved.

Winston

November 5, 2010

Right on Erik – you’re doing amazing work over there and this award is well-deserved.

Kathy Awai

November 5, 2010

Fantastic Erik! Congrats for such an accomplishment in this very tough market; you’re the bomb!!

Kathy Awai

November 5, 2010

Fantastic Erik! Congrats for such an accomplishment in this very tough market; you’re the bomb!!

Justin - Head Web Head

November 5, 2010

Big Mahalo, Erik. You, and other hard working agents, are what make Hawaii Life such a big success. It’s all about service, and that’s why people enjoy working with you. I know I do.

Justin - Head Web Head

November 5, 2010

Big Mahalo, Erik. You, and other hard working agents, are what make Hawaii Life such a big success. It’s all about service, and that’s why people enjoy working with you. I know I do.

Dano Sayles

November 6, 2010

What an honor to have your fellow REALTORS acknowledge your professionalism and great service. Nice work Erik.

Dano Sayles

November 6, 2010

What an honor to have your fellow REALTORS acknowledge your professionalism and great service. Nice work Erik.

Pam Deery, R(B)

November 6, 2010

Erik; You never cease to amaze me… I am equally impressed by your attitude and stamina!!

Pam Deery, R(B)

November 6, 2010

Erik; You never cease to amaze me… I am equally impressed by your attitude and stamina!!

Erik Hinshaw

November 6, 2010

Debra & Tommy Thanks. Can’t wait to see you both. We had to kiss a lot of toads along the way but I think we found you the perfect place.

Tracy, Thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot coming from you. As soon as I can find some time Im gonna come over and check out that fish pond. Need some inspiration for my lower half acre here in Captain Cook.

Beth, Your encouragement and advice has been of immense help. Couldn’t ask for a better teammate. I’ll be up for a dog run soon to collect that lei.

Winston, Thanks for making us all look so good. (I only wish you had been the photographer at the event. Not my best pic.)

Kathy, This team of ours makes it easy. Gives us that time to spend with clients. Im sure your gonna do great too.

Justin, Thanks so much. You have made such a huge impact on my career. You connected me with Debra and Tommy and all of my other clients/friends. Couldn’t have done it without you and I am forever grateful.

Dano,Thanks for the kind words. Can’t wait to get over to Maui and check out what’s happening at Wailea.

Pam, You know how much your advice and good humor means to me. You have been there through every twist and turn and I can’t wait to see what we can do next year.

Mahalo All.

Erik Hinshaw

November 6, 2010

Debra & Tommy Thanks. Can’t wait to see you both. We had to kiss a lot of toads along the way but I think we found you the perfect place.

Tracy, Thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot coming from you. As soon as I can find some time Im gonna come over and check out that fish pond. Need some inspiration for my lower half acre here in Captain Cook.

Beth, Your encouragement and advice has been of immense help. Couldn’t ask for a better teammate. I’ll be up for a dog run soon to collect that lei.

Winston, Thanks for making us all look so good. (I only wish you had been the photographer at the event. Not my best pic.)

Kathy, This team of ours makes it easy. Gives us that time to spend with clients. Im sure your gonna do great too.

Justin, Thanks so much. You have made such a huge impact on my career. You connected me with Debra and Tommy and all of my other clients/friends. Couldn’t have done it without you and I am forever grateful.

Dano,Thanks for the kind words. Can’t wait to get over to Maui and check out what’s happening at Wailea.

Pam, You know how much your advice and good humor means to me. You have been there through every twist and turn and I can’t wait to see what we can do next year.

Mahalo All.

Pattie Freeman

November 6, 2010

Congratulations Erik!

I know how hard you work and what a great way to get started in your real estate career. Recognition by your peers is the best (well from clients too!) Wishing you the very best in all ways!

Puako Pattie

Pattie Freeman

November 6, 2010

Congratulations Erik!

I know how hard you work and what a great way to get started in your real estate career. Recognition by your peers is the best (well from clients too!) Wishing you the very best in all ways!

Puako Pattie

Matt

November 6, 2010

Erik, your success is such an expression of who you are. It’s been so great to see it all happen. You are definitely the ‘Solid Representation’ part of the equation. Thank you for all you do. You’re an inspiration, and we’re honored to support you in your awesomeness. You definitely deserve this acknowledgement. Congrats and mahalo nui, Matt

Matt

November 6, 2010

Erik, your success is such an expression of who you are. It’s been so great to see it all happen. You are definitely the ‘Solid Representation’ part of the equation. Thank you for all you do. You’re an inspiration, and we’re honored to support you in your awesomeness. You definitely deserve this acknowledgement. Congrats and mahalo nui, Matt

Ken Molina R(S)

November 6, 2010

Congratulations Eric, many more successful rookie years ahead.

Ken Molina R(S)

November 6, 2010

Congratulations Eric, many more successful rookie years ahead.

Heidi White, R(S)

November 6, 2010

Erik, Congrats! You are a great Realtor, Friend and Confidant! I am most appreciative of your bringing me over to Hawaii Life. Glad I tagged along as it was the best decision in my career! I know you will go far and I want to be there celebrating each accomplishment. I don’t know anyone (except Katie Minkus) that works harder than you! Let’s keep enjoying the ride on this new high tech Real Estate Vehicle. Thanks to Winston, Matt, Katie and the whole wonderful interisland team.

Heidi White, R(S)

November 6, 2010

Erik, Congrats! You are a great Realtor, Friend and Confidant! I am most appreciative of your bringing me over to Hawaii Life. Glad I tagged along as it was the best decision in my career! I know you will go far and I want to be there celebrating each accomplishment. I don’t know anyone (except Katie Minkus) that works harder than you! Let’s keep enjoying the ride on this new high tech Real Estate Vehicle. Thanks to Winston, Matt, Katie and the whole wonderful interisland team.

Diane Chavez

November 8, 2010

Erik,
That is really a great start in the Real Estate Biz…
Congratulations!

Diane Chavez

November 8, 2010

Erik,
That is really a great start in the Real Estate Biz…
Congratulations!

Michele McKinley, RS

November 15, 2010

Erik,

Very Proud of you! You are such a great person and Realtor! I know you will have many more great years of success. I look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks for all you do and who you are. See you soon!

Michele McKinley, RS

November 15, 2010

Erik,

Very Proud of you! You are such a great person and Realtor! I know you will have many more great years of success. I look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks for all you do and who you are. See you soon!

Claire Bajo

December 8, 2010

Erik, You are such an Awesome person.. and it shows in your sales action! Congratulations Big Time! Love working with the Giants in the Industry! Blessings Always~ c:*

Claire Bajo

December 8, 2010

Erik, You are such an Awesome person.. and it shows in your sales action! Congratulations Big Time! Love working with the Giants in the Industry! Blessings Always~ c:*

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