Grand County Board of Realtors names Riemenschneider Realtor of the Year
October 14, 2010
The Grand County Board of Realtors has named Katie Riemenschneider “Realtor of the Year” for 2010.
A Grand County resident for more than 20 years, Riemenschneider moved to Grand County after earning her graduate degree at Butler University, “because I heard it was cool,” she said. She married her husband Rick 15 years ago and they have two children – Jacob, 5, and Noah, 9.
An avid telemark skier and mountain biker, Riemenschneider is actively involved in the community, serving on Winter Park Town Council and its planning and zoning commission, numerous homeowner association boards, the council for Lord of the Valley church and is heavily involved with the newly formed Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition.
She is also active in school functions and, because Noah is an alpine racer, “we spend a lot of time as family going to races,” she said.
“As I think about it more and more, there so much opportunity here,” she said. “It’s challenging for all of us at times, but the kids love living here.”
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Riemenschneider earned her real estate license in 1997 after working for nearly a decade in the reservations center at Granby Ranch. She served as President of the Board of Realtors in 2006-2007 and continues to sit as the chairperson for the local CARHOF (Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation).
Riemenschneider is now one of eight owners of Real Estate of Winter Park, which opened three years ago. The company built itself without a corporate umbrella to become more invested in the community, Riemenschneider said.
“We are all about working together and giving back to the community,” she said. “Being locally owned puts us in a position to take the money we would have given to corporate and budget it to give back to community. We promote Grand County.”
“I feel extremely fortunate to be with the Real Estate of Winter Park,” Riemenschneider added. “We have great clients. There are always challenges and this market is particularly challenging.”
Given the state of the economy, Riemenschneider said that stepping up and being involved in the community is all the more important.
“There is a lot of distress up here, and a lot of it is on locals,” she added. “It’s trying and sad. But, whether it’s a buy or a sell, I’m just trying to help people. Whatever direction they are going. And I appreciate it that people approach me when they do have challenges.”
The challenges don’t seem to have slowed Riemenschneider down at all: “This is going to be my second best year in real estate,” she said.
The Realtor of the Year is chosen through nomination by a group of peers. Past recipients review all nominations and choose the person who will be named based on community involvement, activity on the Board of Realtors and participation within the industry.
2009 Realtor of the Year Becky Brosh said, “Katie’s commitment to her community is evident in that she makes a positive contribution in so many areas … We are so pleased to recognize Katie for her powerful stance as an advocate for our community and we are proud to have her represent the Realtors.”
Riemenschneider received the award at the Grand County Board of Realtors’ installation banquet Sept. 26.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.