Annual Awards

John Rausch - Realtor of the Year
Marcia Ellermeyer - Rookie of th Year
Kristen McLaughlin - Affiliate of the Year
Carson Woodland - Memorial Scholarship Award
John Lagerquist - Good Neighbor Award
Julie Abney - Hall of Fame
Laurie Koutnik - Hall of Fame
Cindy Stevick - Hall of Fame
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The Helena Association of REALTORS® (HAR) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 awards. Award recipients are nominated and selected by their peers for their commitment and contributions to the association, the real estate industry, and their community.

The 2024 Award Recipients include:

  • REALTOR® of the Year – John Rausch, Firetower Realty
  • Rookie of the Year – Marcia Ellermeyer, Big Sky Brokers
  • Affiliate of the Year – Kristen McLaughlin, Stockman Bank
  • HAR Memorial Scholarship Award – Carson Woodland, Big Sky Brokers
  • HAR Good Neighbor Award – John Lagerquist, Century 21 Heritage Realty

Four members were also inducted into the HAR Hall of Fame: Julie Abney, Western Realty; Randall Green (posthumously), Green and Green Realty Associates; Laurie Koutnik, Capital City Realty and Property Management; Cindy Stevick, Cindy Stevick Realty; 

2023 Award Recipients pictured left to right top row – Nick Garcia, Mark Stahly, Joe Mueller, Bill Cockhill, Mike Casey bottom row – Kristin Kerr, 2023 HAR President; Jenna Simanton; Jill Burger; Marcia Allen; Desirae Lindquist, HAR AE

2022 Award Recipients Pictured Left to right: Warren Sears, Autumn Kielb, Jenni Swartz, Kristen Kerr, Helena Home Team – Mary Ahmann Hibbard, Tara Palmer, and Jared Engels


IMF: The Montana Association of REALTORS® Issues Mobilization Fund was established to help pass public policies that are good for real estate and defeat those that are not. Issues Mobilization funding is used by REALTOR® associations to educate the public about the consequences of proposed real estate-related public policy and mobilize public support for the REALTOR® position on public policy issues by conducting advocacy campaigns.

RPAC: The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests.

BENEFICIARY FUND: Each year, several member events are held in order to raise funds for a HAR member or family member in financial need due to unforeseen hardships. Events my include, but are not limited to, Putt-Putt Golf, the Christmas Live and Silent Auction Dinner, Bowling Tournament and Spirit of Service Day.The events allow members to give back to the community who are in need.