Going above and beyond wins two Long Realty sales professionals major company honors to acknowledge their community service and professional achievement. The awards were announcedat the company’s annual meeting, held Jan. 26 as a Zoom call.
The Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award for 2022 went to Jennifer Anderson, an associate broker with Long’s Houghton/Southeast/Vail office. Winning the Barrington L. Long Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 was Sue Brooks, a sales agent with the company’s Foothills office.
The Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award: Jennifer Anderson
The award recognizes a sales associate or employee who best exemplifies a commitment to community involvement and “service above self” while inspiring others to do the same. It is named for Samuel H. Woods, a Long Realty member noted for his dedication to helping others.
Anderson’s efforts have touched practically the entire community of Vail. Her résumé includes sitting on the boards of a number of local organizations, from the Greater Vail Community Resources program (assisting people facing food insecurity) to the Desert Crown Theater Company. Her service extends to new-school planning and site-council membership, as well as leading the women’s ministry for her church. She’s also on the board of the Cienega High School choir boosters.
A native Tucsonan, Anderson earned her real estate sales license in 2004 and stepped up to a broker’s license in 2018. The head of the Jen Anderson Team, she’s a 2022 member of Long Realty’s 1926 Circle of Excellence, Platinum level, as well as a vice-president member of the company’s Executive Council.
The award includes a donation to the Samuel H. Woods Memorial Scholarship Fund in the name of the recipient. Administered by the University of Arizona Foundation, the fund supports a scholarship for a student studying regional land development at the university’s School of Geography and Development.
The Barrington L. Long Lifetime Achievement Award: Sue Brooks
Named after Barrington L. Long, president and owner of Long Realty from 1952 to 1980 and son of company founder Roy H. Long, the award is presented to a Long Realty associate whose life and character have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of real estate, earned the respect and admiration of professional peers and repeatedly inspired others to excel.
Renowned for the help she gives other agents—rookies and seasoned professionals alike—Brooks founded and actively monitors Tucson REALTOR® Resource, a Facebook group exclusively for licensed Tucson REALTORS®. According to the group’s intro page, its purpose is to “discuss buyer needs, share vendor information and ‘for the good of the profession’ information.”
It’s “a place for active real estate agents to network and promote best practices creating a strong Realtor community,” Brooks said. Group membership has grown to 2,700 agents.
Brooks earned her real estate salesperson’s license in 2008 after a career in sports marketing and management (think PGA, LPGA, Formula 1 . . .) and fundraising for nonprofits. Sue is a 2022 member of Long Realty’s 1926 Circle of Excellence, Gold level, and a vice-president member of the company’s Executive Council.
“What a joy it is to see Jen and Sue win these honors,” said Laura Mance, president of Long Realty. “It’s hard to say who should get which award. They both give back to their community and profession wholeheartedly, they’re both dynamic leaders, and they both deserve the best because they are the best.”