Business briefs: CGR realtor earns new designation

Colorado Group Realtor earns new designation

Joy Rasmussen, broker/owner of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs, has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Realtors who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding achievement in residential real estate. Only 37,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential, less than 3 percent of all licensed Realtors nationwide.

Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS Designees subscribe to the strict Realtor code of ethics, have been trained to use the latest tactics and technologies, and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

Rasmussen has been a member of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and National Association of Realtors for the past 12 years. An avid outdoor and fitness enthusiast, she is also a leader in the Steamboat Triathlon Community, having founded the Steamboat Triathlon and Steamboat Lake Triathlon and currently heads up the Old Town Hot Springs youth triathlon program as their head coach.

“I am honored to be a member of the CRS organization. CRS Represents realtors who have been dedicated to their craft by numbers of transactions, overall dollar volume, years as a professional realtor and testing results,” said Rasmussen. “It’s another way of informing buyers and sellers that I’m committed to their best interests.”

Eddington becomes member of ABOTA

Richard Eddington, Esq. of Cantafio Eddington P.C., recently has become a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

“The preservation of the civil jury trial, ‘Justice by the People,’ is the primary purpose of ABOTA, who seek attorneys that display skill, civility and integrity, to achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment,” according to a news release.

To become a member, a trial lawyer first must participate in a prescribed number of jury trials as lead counsel, but also demonstrate high personal character enjoying honorable reputation.

An attorney then must be nominated by a sponsor member and receive 75 percent voter approval to be considered for membership.

The chapter executive committee must next approve the presented application and submit the same for final approval by the national board.

“I was quite honored to be asked to join, particularly as the majority of ABOTA members are either judges or attorneys that represent insurance companies and not lawyers like me that represent the rights of those injured in motor vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents and other plaintiffs who have been damaged or harmed,” Eddington said.

Members of ABOTA consist of not only practicing trial attorneys, but sitting and retired judges, including former members of the Colorado Supreme Court. There currently are only 126 members of the ABOTA in the entire state of Colorado.

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