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Realtor honored with association's Image Award

Ashland real estate broker Rick Harris switched from teaching to real estate almost 12 years ago. Harris? decision paid off Friday when he was honored by his peers with the Realtor Image Award.

According to associate broker Stacey Boals of Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate, the award is given based on an agent's ethics, community involvement, sales performance and involvement with local and state Realtors boards. Only brokers from the Rogue Valley were eligible.

The award is given by the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors.

He was nominated by peers, by Realtors from all over the Rogue Valley, Boals said. He was a very, very deserving candidate.

Harris, who worked for Ashland's Re/Max Realty Group for the past five years, said he loves his job almost as much as he loves living in the area with his wife.

He is a board member of the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors and the Oregon State Association of Realtors. He serves on the state legislative and executive Realtor committees. He has also been involved in area historical work.

Harris has taught theater arts and other subjects. In 1984, Harris moved from Spokane, Wash., to Oregon. He taught at Lane Community College in Eugene and eventually moved to Ashland to teach at SOU before starting his career in the real estate business.

Winning Friday's coveted award, he added, was an honor he did not expect.

They keep it totally secret from you, Harris said. It's not because you are out there trying to earn all you can, it's just the way you do things naturally.

Ashland Re/Max owner and broker Kyle Ahrberg won the award in 1999.

Rogue Valley agents Doug Morse and Gloria Young were runners-up for this year's award.