We're proud of many things here at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, from our top-notch training programs, to our innovative marketing strategies and even our prime location in the heart of beautiful coastal Delaware.

But we certainly can't do what what we do without aligning ourselves with some fantastic people. And that, in a nutshell, is what we're most proud of every day that we're lucky enough to do business at and near the Delaware beaches.

We're become one of the top real estate teams in the local region, and you don't gain that kind of recognition without a lot of hard work and without hiring the best possible people to surround yourself with.

All that being said, we're proud to announce today the winners of the Oldfather Group's 2017 awards recognition program, where we take a few moments and recognize some of the people we're proud to say are part of the still growing Oldfather Group family.

Here's a photo of our winners, along with company founders Dustin and Mariya Oldfather...

Now, let's go through our 2017 award winners one by one so you can help us recognize greatness within our expanded family here at the Oldfather Group.

Part of what follows is excerpts from our media release, which should be hitting local newspapers in the next couple of weeks, so be on the lookout for that.

2017 MVP Bob Burton

Bob Burton, a licensed agent since 2012 and a 1974 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, was honored for his commitment to the Oldfather Group team and for his willingness to help out whenever and wherever the situation warrants.

“Bob is the consummate team player and we’re extremely fortunate to have him on our team here in coastal Delaware,” says Dustin Oldfather. “He’s always willing to go the extra mile whenever he’s needed, and he’s really become a big reason for our success over the last few years.”

A Lewes native and an agent for the Oldfather Group since early 2015, this is the second consecutive year Bob has been named the recipient of the firm’s most prestigious annual award.

2017 Top Producers Adam Linder and Celia Benjamin

Adam Linder and Celia Benjamin again led the way in 2017 with more than 65 combined properties sold, for a total of more than $25 million.

The firm also recognized Adam in late November for recording more than $50 million in sales in his first five years in the real estate business.

“I’ve been really fortunate to work with the Oldfather Group for the last five years. I couldn’t ask for more in terms of support than what Dustin and Mariya have given me,” admits Linder. “We’ve come a long way since we started and I’m sure we still have much further to go.”

2017 Rookie of the Year Jeff Hecker

Jeff Hecker has only been with the Oldfather Group since the spring of last year, but by the end of 2017 had already recorded an impressive 12 closings for a total of more than $2.8 million in sales.

Not a bad first year for our 2017 "Rookie of the Year!"

2017 Key Personnel Susan Huntington

Sue Huntington joined the Oldfather Group in 2016 and was recognized by the firm for her continuing commitment to expert customer service. As a client success team coordinator, she helps sellers in the often stressful final weeks leading up to property closings, and has achieved a reputation for being patient, thorough and diligent in her duties

“Sue is very focused, efficient and process-oriented when managing transactions, which is key to being a successful client success team coordinator, says Steph Moyer, the Oldfather Group’s client success team director. “She’s a true team player and she really cares about our clients, each and every day.”

Congratulations to all of our 2017 awards winners! We're extremely fortunate to be working with each and every one of you on a daily basis.

Without the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the men and women mentioned above, we wouldn't be one of the region's most successful real estate firms.

It's something we treasure and we never take for granted. Thank you!