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The Affiliate of the Year award is given to an affiliate member who provides significant contributions and outstanding service to the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®. Recipients are nominated by their peers and elected by past award recipients.  

2022 Affiliate of the Year

John Simpkins
First Merchants Bank

This year’s award recipient supports his community through volunteer work. He recently served for three consecutive years as the Lead/Chair for the Ann Arbor Rotary Club’s largest annual fundraiser, the Golf and Tennis Outing & Auction and has sponsored and participated in Washtenaw County’s American Heart Association, “Heart Walk”. He is in his fourth year serving in a volunteer position with his company’s Community Engagement Committee and in his fifth year as the elected Finance Council Chair for his local church and parish.

This member, who is in his twenty-second year as a mortgage banking professional, focuses on availability to his clients and professional referral partners. Working with many local REALTORS® comes naturally for him having grown up in a local real estate family. In 2021, he was recognized by his company as the top producing loan officer in both units and volume and was recently asked to present at the First Merchants Bank National Annual Sales Meeting. 

Our award winner proudly supports RPAC and recently completed a two-year term as the elected Affiliate Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board or REALTORS®.

We are thrilled to present the Affiliate of the Year Award to John Simpkins of First Merchants Bank. 


Who's Who of Past Affiliates of the Year

Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®
1988 - 2020

Year Name                                           Year Name                                                  Year Name
1988 Ken Collica 1999 Thomas McLinden 2010 Teresa Myers
1989   2000 Scott Broshar 2011 Christy Perros
1990 Gary Selesko 2001 Gary Selesko 2012 Kitty Rose
1991 Patricia Suggitt 2002 Debra Ellison 2013 William Smith
1992 Bill Holmes 2003 Michael Hobercht 2014 Sharon McRill
1993 Ira Mark 2004 Thomas Richardson 2015 Constance Pearson-Ramirez
1994 Richard Stuber 2005 Greg Ottaviani 2016 Jeremy Shaffer
1995 Ron Fletcher 2006 Kristy Haborian 2017  
1996 Mary Wiseman 2007 Nancy Burger 2018 Monica Juleff 
1997 Marcia Major 2008 Cindy Reach 2019 Rebecca Brooks
1998   2009  Jeff Fletcher 2020 Carrie Aeschliman
        2021 Amanda Lawrence