GODFREY — Kevin Botterbush of Botterbush & Associates was named 2016 Realtor of the Year by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors on Feb. 13 at their annual award banquet. He received special recognition during the Illinois Realtors state banquet June 21 in Springfield at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Botterbush began his career in real estate in 1989 as a licensed salesperson; he became a broker in 1991 and a managing broker in 2012.
He is the primary pre-license instructor for the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors as well as the coordinator for the real estate program at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. He has served on numerous committees and the Board of Directors.
Botterbush’s community involvement includes being a trustee for the Hayner Public Library District, Lewis and Clark Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he has been active for 45 years, and he is an Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver award winner. He also serves with Junior Achievement, the American Heart Association, Riverbend Growth Association, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and the Godfrey Park and Recreation Commission.
The Realtor of the Year award is presented annually to one member of the association who best exemplifies the professional qualities of a Realtor. It is based on service and leadership in community and civic affairs as well as activities within the association. Banquet proceeds benefit the work of the foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes research and academic advancement in real estate subjects through a series of grants and scholarships.
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors serves nearly 1,000 Realtor and affiliate members in the southwestern Illinois region, including Bond, Calhoun, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and Montgomery counties. The association strives to promote education, professionalism and ethical conduct in the real estate industry; to advocate for the protection of property rights; to assist in providing Americans with safe and affordable housing; and to further the interest of property ownership.