Woods Bros Realty selects JumpStart Challenge winners

Matan Gill, Cory Scott and Ben Dinger
Matan Gill, Cory Scott and Ben Dinger

Woods Bros Realty was pleased to be a sponsor of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development’s JumpStart Challenge for the second year in a row. Woods Bros and its parent company, HomeServices of Nebraska, awarded a $1,000 cash prize to the team of Cory Scott and Matan Gill, who presented an innovative solution named “myBlock” to the company’s neighborhood reviews challenge.

“Not only was myBlock well designed, Cory and Matan did excellent research into the business and regulatory side of the problem,” said Ben Dinger, Internet Services Manager for HomeServices of Nebraska, who, alongside General Manager Shannon Harner, awarded the prize to Scott and Gill.

LPED’s JumpStart challenge involves corporate sponsors presenting an industry problem to various teams who, in turn, pitch a solution at a later date to the companies. HomeServices was joined by Cabela’s and nMotion accelerator in judging the Challenge, which is now in its third year. For more information about the JumpStart Challenge, visit www.jumpstartchallenge.com or the official press release.

Woods Bros Foundation for Giving donates $18,750 to local charities

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave out $18,750 to local charity organizations.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in local communities. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes a contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

In late fall, a committee of agents, selected by their offices to serve two-year terms, reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $312,000 has been donated.

“The Foundation For Giving is an amazing, positive, and strong attribute of the Woods Bros Realty family,” said Managing Broker Arla Meyer. “This is one of the benefits of being an agent with the organization.”

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2014 include Capital Humane Society, CASA for Children, CEDARS Youth Services, Child Advocacy Center, Food Bank of Lincoln, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Friendship Home of Lincoln, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Heartfelt Children’s Memorial, Hope Harbor, Inc., Huntington Holiday Headquarters, Leadership Lincoln, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln Community Foundation, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln Kids Against Hunger, Seward Youth Center, The BAY, Young Life, and YMCA of Lincoln.

2014 Foundation for Giving Committee
2014 Foundation for Giving Committee

Foundation for Giving committee members were (top row, left to right): Co-Chairperson Arla Meyer, Matt Hardesty, Lois Kohmetscher, Bob Danley, Roger Reynolds, Nanci Burchess, Chairperson Judy Sasek, Michael Poskochil, Shelly Nitz, and Linda McCall; (front row, left to right): Jayne Debus, Nickie Casburn, Pat Schmit.

Woods Bros Realty is wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America.  The full-service company offers 125 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, more than 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Foundation for Giving meetings start today

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving committee starts its annual meetings today.  These meetings consist of Woods Bros agents who have requested funds for the local charities with which they’re involved. Requests sometimes involve help for underprivileged children, iPads to help with learning, zoo passes, books, and much more. Friday the committee announces contributions and gives back to the community.

“The Foundation For Giving is an amazing, positive, and strong attribute of the Woods Bros Realty family,” said Managing Broker Arla Meyer. “This is one of the benefits of being an agent with the organization.”

The Foundation for Giving was started in 1987 by Pace Woods Sr, as he wanted to thank the agents who donated their time and money to local causes. Out of every closing each agent contributions to the Foundation, and the company matches the contribution. The idea from Pace Woods Sr.  was  to continue to  give back to the communities Woods Bros serves and with whom agents are affiliated.

“Let’s be honest,” Meyer said.  “Without the community and the people we are nothing. I personally can tell you listening to all the different nonprofit organizations will pull at your heart strings, but I am also so thankful and appreciative these organizations are here to help people in our communities. They are  not just  here to only help and  support people, they help get them back to working and being able to get through the next day.”

Woods Bros Realty has heart!

Woods Bros Realty and its sister companies were named “Top Team” by the American Heart Association for most dollars raised in the 500-999 employee category. Woods Bros offices compete each year with paper heart purchases during the month of February, in addition to other events through the year. Thanks to our generous sales associates and staff, this trophy will be making its way around our offices!

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Chili Cook-off raises $2,000 for American Cancer Society

Woods Bros Realty and HOME Real Estate agents and staff helped to raise more than $2,000 during the fifth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised $2,025 for the American Cancer Society through $1 voting beans.  Voters were made up of Woods Bros and HOME agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate. The group has raised a total of more than $10,000 to date.

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Jean Piontek and Paul DeVries of the Woods Bros Realty Wilderness Hills office for their Hardrock Baked Potato Soup.

Jean Piontek and Paul Devries won the People's Choice award.
Jean Piontek and Paul Devries won the People's Choice award.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to John Fink of the HOME Real Estate North office for his Smoked Turkey Chili. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler and Greta’s Gourmet Co-Founder Kevin Mandigo.

“We’ve had a lot of cancer within our organization, and it’s just affected so many families, so many agents, that we wanted to do something,” HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake said. “This was our way of participating and trying to help find a cure.”

The 2014 participants from Woods Bros Realty were: Allissa Troyer , Beatrice office; Amber Cross, Country Club Plaza office; Beth Scholz, Lincolnshire Square office; Jean Piontek and Paul DeVries, Wilderness Hills office. Connie Hain made her “Say Cheese-y Potato Soup” and hosted a photo booth for the Support Services office.

More photos from the event can be viewed on the Woods Bros Facebook page.

Foundation for Giving donates more than $18,000

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently allocated $18,600 raised throughout the year to local charity organizations.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in the communities we serve. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes a contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

In late fall, a committee of agents, selected by their offices to serve four-year terms, reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $293,000 has been donated.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege of working with all the agents and the different agencies our agents are affiliated with,” said Arla Meyer, Foundation for Giving co-chairperson. “There is nothing better than being able to give back to our local communities, based off of the team effort of all Woods agents and the company.”

Chairperson Judy Sasek added, “Together we are able to make this happen, and we believe that is what helps set Woods Bros Realty apart from all other companies.”

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2013 include the Seward Youth Center, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Huntington School in Lincoln, St. Monica’s, CASA for York County, Child Advocacy Center, Voices of Hope, Beatrice Backpack Program, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Capital Humane Society, Leadership Lincoln, CEDARS Youth Services, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Community Pantry & Emergency Services, the Country Club Neighborhood Association., Young Life, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln Kids Against Hunger, Friendship Home of Lincoln, Bright Lights, and Heartfelt Inc.

Foundation for Giving committee members were (top row, left to right): Amy Mosser, Karalyn Hoefer, Jayne Debus, Cindi Hahn, Co-Chairperson Arla Meyer, Nanci Burchess, Linda McCall, and Co-Chairperson Judy Sasek. (Bottom row): Nickie Casburn, Pat Schmit, Matt Hardesty and Shelly Nitz.

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Woods Bros Realty is wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America. The full-service company offers 125 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, more than 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Jeanne Cuda retires after 44 years

Jeanne Cuda
Jeanne Cuda

Woods Bros Realty would like to thank Jeanne Cuda of the Country Club Plaza office for her many years of service to the real estate profession, to the company, and most of all, to the community.

Cuda has been with Woods Bros Realty since 1980, and overall she has 44 years of real estate experience. Cuda was recognized with a reception Friday at the Woods Bros Realty Country Club office, and her legacy of service will carry on through the Woods Bros family and in the community.

Cuda, a member of the Lincoln West Optimist Club, served the community in a number of ways, most notably by heading up Homer’s Heroes. The group partnered with the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball organization to offer a division is for boys and girls with physical or intellectual disabilities.

She and her husband, Dan, also established the REALTORS Association of Lincoln Bradley L. Cuda Award to keep Lincoln’s streets safe, in memory of their 7-year-old son who was killed while crossing a Lincoln street on his way home from school. She is involved in the community in numerous other ways, from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo to a local P.E.O. chapter, and she and her husband even traveled to Joplin, Mo., to help the tornado victims.

Fellow Country Club office agent Lance Hall summed it up:

“For those hundreds, or thousands, of individuals and families that have had Jeanne as their REALTOR, they’ve had the priviledge of working with someone who does more than help people change addresses,” Hall said. “They’ve worked with someone who does more than collect a commission check. They’ve worked with a person who has represented herself and her company, in so many ways, as an ambassador.”

Chili Cook-Off raises more than $2,000 to fight cancer

Karalyn Hoefer
Karalyn Hoefer

Woods Bros Realty agents and staff helped to raise more than $2,000 during the fourth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised $2,190 for the American Cancer Society through voting beans and cookbooks sold. The group has raised a total of nearly $8,000 to date.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to Karalyn Hoefer of the Woods Bros Realty Wilderness Hills office for her Southwest corn chowder. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Country Club of Lincoln Executive Chef Lorin Dagel, and Miss Star City Kalyssa Hoefer.

Lorin Dagel, Kalyssa Hoefer, Rod Fowler & Gene Brake
Lorin Dagel, Kalyssa Hoefer, Rod Fowler & Gene Brake

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Donna Melichar of the HOME Real Estate Pine Lake office. Deb Wagner of the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office won second place, and Regina Kastrup of the HOME North office won third. Voters were made up of Woods Bros and HOME agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate.

“We’ve had a lot of cancer within our organization, and it’s just affected so many families, so many agents, that we wanted to do something,” HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake said. “This was our way of participating and trying to help find a cure.”

The 2013 participants from Woods Bros were: Deb Wagner, Lincolnshire Square; Karalyn Hoefer, Wilderness Hills; and Jo Deyong, Country Club Plaza. Connie Hain represented the Support Services office, and Samantha Kinnett and Mary Pro cooked for NLTA.

View photos from the event here.

Channel 8 covered the event as well.

Let’s put the HEAT on cancer

cookoffWoods Bros Realty is gearing up for the fourth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m. at 3355 Orwell St. in Lincoln.

Celebrity guest judges this year are: Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Country Club of Lincoln Executive Chef Lorin Dagel, and Miss Star City Kalyssa Hoefer. All of the proceeds go to the local American Cancer Society. The group raised about $1,200 in 2010, $1,700 in 2011, and $2,975 in 2012, with $1,840 going to the American Cancer Society and the remainder to support an agent’s transplant fund.

“Cancer has affected so many of our family of agents and employees that we wanted to find a way to support this worthwhile cause and put the heat on cancer,” said HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake.

Woods Bros agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate vote for their favorite soup or chili with purchased voting beans. The winning chef gets bragging rights and his/her name on the Top Chef plaque.

The 2013 participants from Woods Bros are: Deb Wagner, Lincolnshire Square; Karalyn Hoefer, Wilderness Hills; and Jo Deyong, Country Club Plaza. Connie Hain is cooking for the Support Services office, and Samantha Kinnett and Mary Pro are cooking for NLTA.

Chuck Winkler given REALTOR of Distinction Award

Chuck Winkler
Chuck Winkler

Chuck Winkler of the Woods Bros Realty office in Grand Island, was recently honored with the REALTOR® of Distinction Award from the Grand Island Board of REALTORS® (GIBOR).

The REALTOR® of Distinction Award is used to recognize an agent for outstanding conduct in business and in the community.

Winkler has been a REALTOR® since 1973 and an Associate Broker since 1976. He holds the At Home with Diversity, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate of REALTORS® Institute (GRI) designations. Winkler was president of GIBOR in 1977 and 1992, in addition to serving in other offices and committees.

He is a founding member and advocate for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Hall County and supports the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Winkler and his wife have been married 41 years and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. For more information about Chuck Winkler, visit his website at www.WoodsBros.com/ChuckWinkler.

Woods Bros Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, is a full-service company offering 124 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, more than 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

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