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Yesterday, I Won "2013 Texas Realtor Hero of the Year"

Yesterday was a whirlwind for me. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Xplode conference in Houston, where founder Matt Fagioli took the time to mention our ministry (Luke 6 Ministries) and to match funds raised that day, resulting in about $1100 to help the homeless and needy families we serve.

John Gormley, who is the Vice President of the Texas Association of Realtors, was at that event in Houston as well, and he was intrigued by our efforts and called me the next day to chat, and to invite me to the TAR winter meeting, which is held right here in Austin.

John told me, "I'd like for you to come as my guest. I won't make you sit through 4 days of boring meetings, but I'd like to introduce you to a few people." I'm almost always up for a good networking opportunity, so I was looking forward to it. He later texted me and we decided to meet for lunch yesterday at the Hyatt Regency, where the meetings were being held. 

Little did I know that the invitation was really an elaborate plan to get me into a luncheon where I was given the "2013 Texas Realtor Hero of the Year" award in front of a few hundred of my colleagues here in Texas. I had NO IDEA that I would be attending an awards ceremony, and even less knowledge that I would be receiving one. 

Frankly, when they began to introduce the winner, I thought, "THAT is a cool award." Then, as the introduction went on, I was excited to think that someone else was doing great things to help the homeless ("wow - that's just like what we're doing"), including serving victims of domestic violence. Then, within about 30 seconds, I realized that I was about to go on stage myself. Incredible feeling. 

This is only the 5th year that this award has existed, and they only give out ONE per year. With a Texas Association of Realtors membership of over 90,000, this is a HUGE honor for me. I can't say enough how humbled and thankful I am to have received this. 

Yesterday was one of the most memorable and exciting days I've had in awhile, and I am sincerely thankful to God, John, and Matt for making it possible.

I have never awakened thinking, "Today I will be getting a crystal obelisk on a stage in front of 300 Realtors from around the state." But it happened. I'm glad that I didn't go to the bathroom during this announcement, or decide to re-schedule my lunch appointment for any reason.

My wife and kids were thrilled, too, and it was (I suppose somewhat appropriately) a hero's reception when I finally made it home around 9pm. 

The amount of attention that I've already seen for our ministry is thrilling. I was able to invite my wife to the reception yesterday evening, which was really nice, including good food, drinks, and company. I am hopeful that this will bring more attention to the work we're doing, and to the people we're helping. 

I won't lie - I'm also hopeful that it brings me more business and more high-quality agents to our company. 

Either way, this was a very special and very memorable day. 

Thanks for reading!

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 83 commentsJason Crouch • February 11 2014 07:26AM

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Jason - I commented on your FB update last night, but I'll say it again, Wow, what an honor.  Congrats. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Jason - I commented on your FB update last night, but I'll say it again, Wow, what an honor.  Congrats. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Jason - I commented on your FB update last night, but I'll say it again, Wow, what an honor.  Congrats. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Jason - I commented on your FB update last night, but I'll say it again, Wow, what an honor.  Congrats. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Jason - I commented on your FB update last night, but I'll say it again, Wow, what an honor.  Congrats. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Jason - I commented on your FB update last night, but I'll say it again, Wow, what an honor.  Congrats. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

DEBBIE - Thank you! I was utterly surprised. I'm happy that I didn't wear jeans, or have something in my teeth.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jason, what a way to surprise a guy--I am sure the choice was a no brainer :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Such an honor Jason, CONGRATULATIONS. It proves what a difference you are making.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations to you Jason... truly a wonderful honor... I would have loved to have seen your face when they mentioned your name as the one receiving the honor...

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) almost 5 years ago

Excellent! Congratulations! What a wonderful award.

Posted by Deb McNeill, Fort Worth Real Estate (Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx) almost 5 years ago

Jason:

Congratulations this is simply recognition of  several years of sacrifice and service to the people of our community. Very proud of you. 

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 5 years ago

Jason, that is an incredible honor for you, congratulations! What's really terrific is the way you go about your ministry work without any expectation of recognition. BTW, we know where your real reward is...

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations on the award Jason, I know you put so much work and effort into your ministry and are making a difference in your community. I's wonderful to be recognized by your peers but as Jason put it, we know where your true reward is.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations on a well-deserved award. You are making a huge difference in the lives of people - what could be better than that?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Well done. Well deserved recognition of your efforts. More importantly it is a shining example for us all!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Wow, that is amazing Jason!  Congratulations!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations! What a terrific award and for such a great cause. Keep up the great work.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 5 years ago

Jason, Pretty impressive and I hope the recognition helps expand your ministry!  Nice work, and proud of you!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations.  What an amazing honor for doing wonderful things for people who need it.  But for the Grace of God, there go I.  I would have been at one point in my life many years ago if it had not been for a wonderful friend. 

Posted by Lynn Ashley-Rohovit, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Rivermoore Park Realtor almost 5 years ago

That is a huge honor and congratulations to you Jason for being recognized in all the work you do in your community and real estate

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 5 years ago

That's a wonderful honour, and sounds as though it's totally deserved.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 5 years ago

Jason ... Congratulations on your award from Texas association of Realtors. You are an amazing and positive example of how a real estate professional can make a real difference for others in his/her community - and that you are able to combine that with your mission.

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jason - Congratulations. That is a huge honor, and well-deserved.

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Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations!  What an honor and what great work you are doing!  It sounds as if this award is well deserved!

Posted by Debbie Atwood, Real Estate Broker (Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA) almost 5 years ago

Jason, this is so, so incredible. What a heartwarming story and such a nice way they went about surprising you. Congratulations on your very well earned reward and for bringing more publicity to your very worthy cause!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 29 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) almost 5 years ago

 Yeaaay, Jason!!!  

Posted by Kate McQueen, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (CB&A Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Hey Jason,

A HUGE congratulations on receiving such an awesome award.  And the thrill of the surprise.  Best of GREAT success to you in 2014!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) almost 5 years ago

SO many awards, so little time...  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 5 years ago

Jason - congratulations.  You did what you did for all of the right reasons rather than looking for recognition.  That is when you get the recognition.  I am sure your family and friends are proud.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago
Congratulations! That's awesome!
Posted by Jana Haren almost 5 years ago

Jason, this was simply an "Amazing Award" to recognized all your efforts toward a very worthy cause. Congratulations! Keep up the Great Work!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations! This is truly doing good and everything else pales in comparison!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 5 years ago

Now that is a great honor and a great marketing tool also.

Congrats on the award.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 5 years ago

That's great!  I like the name "Luke 6 Ministries."  Keep the success rolling!

Posted by Brandon Vukelich, Exceptional Service. Stellar Results. (BV Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Very deserving Jason and I hope it brings more attention and awareness to your ministry and increased business to you personally as well. Awesome!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 5 years ago

Wow!  That's terrific!  Good for you!  And you made our industry shine!

Posted by Francine Viola, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations on a great honor!  Give without expecting to receive.

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 5 years ago

GREAT JOB!!! 

Posted by Bob McCranie, Your best advocate when buying or selling your hom (Broker/Owner - Texas Pride Realty) almost 5 years ago

WOW! Kudos Jason! That'san award well deserved!! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Michael Ha Elmhurst, Woodside, Maspeth (Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village) almost 5 years ago

Awwww Jason, you are a hero everytime you help someone that needs help.  And it just feels good.  I am glad to see you recognized as a hero in the eyes of your peers. Keep up the good work.  People are counting on you and they need you.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Sure seems like a perfect award for you. Brilliant group to choose you! Congratulations!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 5 years ago

Jason -- What an awesome honor! Congratulations... and well deserved.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Jason- Congrats on the award- what an honor!  I hope it brings you a lot of business too!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations, a special award for a very special fellow who does so much for others.  Blessings in your continued work Jason, and hope this exposure helps with the growth of your ministry.

Posted by Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations and for showing why be a valued based REALTOR® means success not just in sales but in life.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 5 years ago

What a great well - deserved honor.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Jason

Congratulations on be named the Texas Realtor Hero of the Year.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Jason, congratulations on being recognized! I like where you said you thought at first they were talking about someone else. That's humility. Keep up the good work, 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations on a well deserved honor!

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) almost 5 years ago
We don't do this for statues, but I bet it feels nice! Congratulations! Love and light, Laura
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 5 years ago

Wow, congratulations, Jason! Very well-deserved! The work you are doing through your ministry is blessing a lot of people.

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

What an incredible accomplishment! 

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) almost 5 years ago

Jason-Congratulations. That is such a selfless thing you and your group do. Good to see someone recognized for doing good.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations Jason!

Of course, your family is happy and proud of you:)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations, that is a HUGE accomplishment, and something to be exceptionally proud of!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) almost 5 years ago

What an incredible honor and event -- keeping it a secret so it would be a surprise must have made it even more special!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 5 years ago

Wow Jason.  Congratulations!!  Quite an honor.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Jason, congratulations! What a super recognition and a great way to have been honored!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) almost 5 years ago

Very cool, good for you and keep it up.

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Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) almost 5 years ago

Very cool, good for you and keep it up.

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Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) almost 5 years ago

Yes to this was and is a very special day. It was done to you as you believe

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations Jason. It is a highly esteemed award. This is the type of thing that really matters in life, not the sales or the dollars we earn but the marks we live along the way.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 5 years ago

What a great story - congratulations for this well deserved award, Jason!

Posted by Jill Saddler, Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+! almost 5 years ago

Congratulations Jason, great recognition for a great cause!!!

Posted by Eva Aliaga, Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton IdealFloridaLiving.com) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations and may God continue to bless the work of your hands and the lives that you touch...

Posted by Kim Norton, Selling Northwest Arkansas (CREATIV Real Estate Solutions) almost 5 years ago

For selfless service I can't think of a better example in the rain.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jason,

Truly a honor bestowed upon you and so glad the ministry is getting help. With all this great publicity, you might get a lot more money too $$$$$$$.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) almost 5 years ago

Great cause, great award.  Thanks for your ministry!

Posted by Brian Clinger, Brian Clinger ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES (Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt) almost 5 years ago

You have reached so many through your efforts and with the help of those around you. You are very deserving of the award.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jason,  First of all, Congratulations.  It is always nice to do something, not expecting anything in return and then get blessed for your efforts...... and you even got a free lunch out of it.  Who knows what business you will get along the way, just because to went out of your way to help someone.  Awesome!

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Great job, always trying to help others is what I try to do also and it seems to always come back to you in one for or another. Congratulations and keep going.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) almost 5 years ago

First of all, thank you for your compliment!  I had so much fun putting it together, so it made it so rewarding to see such a liking to it!

Second, congrats on your award!  What an accomlishment!!

No third necessary. Great blog & I will be following!

Posted by Jamie Seaux, North DFW Properties Century 21 Judge Fite almost 5 years ago

Jason, this is awesome! So glad to hear about your award, and hopeful that this attention will inspire others to do more. Congratulations!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Jason

Congrats! Too many folks like to cheer others on when they should be digging in to lend a helping hand - like you have amply demonstrated. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Posted by Dave Rosenmarkle, 31 years of providing fully satisfying service! (Highland Realty) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations Jason! Being involved in the community and helping make the world a better place is 100% compatible with being an honest, ethical and successful business person.

Posted by Rebecca Hauer almost 5 years ago

Congratulations Jason!  Job well done and well deserved!  Helping others is all of our job, some just do it better than others and some go above and beyond in helping others and you were rewarded for that great work that you do!  Keep it up and Thank GOD, He has giving you the ability to do what you do!  

Posted by Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County (NCS Premier Real Estate) almost 5 years ago
You didi a more important thing by making more people aware of hoow we need to help the homeless. It is getting to be an epidemic throughout the country.
Posted by Jimmy Faulkner, The Best Of St. Augustine (Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage) almost 5 years ago

Congratulations, Jason, on receiving this fine award. It is very well deserved. You do so much to help others. I am so happy you have been acknowledged. Thank you for all that you do!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 29 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) almost 5 years ago

Jason, job well done. It's people like you that make a difference in their communities and cities. I know that it's not really a job for you and we appreciate you and the fact that you are a credit to the real estate profession. Thanks,

JC from Vegas

Posted by JC Melvin - Commercial & Business Broker, The ONE Thing Workshop Trainer (JC Melvin - KW Southwest) over 4 years ago

Congratulations Jason, That *is* a very cool award. You're making us all proud.

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 4 years ago

That's quite an honor and an accomplishment, Jason!  CONGRATULATIONS!  I sometimes see your postings about your activities on Facebook!  Keep up the good work!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 4 years ago

aaaahhhh, nice story and congratulations.

Posted by Margaret Kapranos, San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR. 415-608-5070 (Century 21 Real Estate Alliance) over 3 years ago

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