SIOR Awards

Howell Watson Distinguished Service Award

The Howell Watson Distinguished Service Award is the highest form of volunteer recognition given by SIOR. The award recognizes an individual's outstanding service to SIOR through exceptional volunteer leadership, participation and involvement in SIOR programs and activities, and contributions to the industry. It recognizes a member (or members) of SIOR renowned for extraordinary professional and personal qualities. Factors that may be considered in granting this award include leadership, integrity, service record, clear dedication to the principles of SIOR, and active participation at national meetings at all levels.

This award was originally named after a distinguished leader of SIOR, Howell H. Watson. Unlike other SIOR awards, it is not presented annually. It is bestowed only when one member's accomplishments and contributions clearly stand out above all others. To preserve the prestigious nature of the award, it is ordinarily not presented more than once every few years.

The Past Presidents Advisory Council oversees administration of this award.

Criteria for Award
Recipients will be selected based primarily on their service to SIOR. Other contributions, such as industry and community involvement, may be considered. Any member, including Retired, will be eligible, but Past Presidents will be eligible only after they have been out of office for five years or more, and a major consideration will be their level of activity in, and contributions to, the SIOR during the years following their presidency.

Nomination Process
Nominations for recipients will be sought with a nomination form sent to the general membership, however, the award will only be given when it is deemed meritorious. The award will be presented at an SIOR World Conference. Nominations will be vetted by the EVP and senior level staff. Final selection of a recipient rests solely with the Past Presidents Advisory Council.

The name of the recipient will be announced in advance and published in the Conference promotion material.

Review the list of past recipients

Presidents Award for Community Service

The purpose of the award is to honor an SIOR member who displays outstanding stewardship in their community or community at large through work with not for profit, charitable or similar organizations. 

The award will be presented to the individual at an SIOR World Conference.  The recipient will receive an award and a contribution of $5,000 made out to the organization(s) of their choice with which they have been involved. 

The nomination criteria are the following:

  •  Nominations may be submitted by a chapter or an individual member; chapters may submit more than one nomination, and self-nomination is permitted.
  • Nominee must be an SIOR member in good standing.
  • The organization must be a community service organization with a 501(c)3 or equivalent status.
  • Contributions within the real estate industry shall be considered but are not to be a major factor.Political activity is specifically excluded.
  • Only completed nomination forms and all corresponding attachments submitted by deadline will be considered.

The judging will be made by a selection committee made up of three (3) SIOR Past Presidents, the SIOR Vice President, the Speaker of the Council of Chapter Presidents (COPS), a member at large nominated by the Executive Committee, and the immediate past recipient of the award. 

If questions, please contact Virginia Antevil at or 202.449.8204.

Review the list of past recipients

Innovator of the Year Award

The Innovator of the Year Award celebrates the CRE digital media achievements of an SIOR member over the past year. The recipient is an SIOR who showcases best use of industry relevant digital content development, and/or promotion. This Innovator of the Year Award, presented by SIOR’s Technology & Communications Committee, was created to showcase the excellence, passion, and hard work of our members, as well as the value add they bring to the industry.

  • Candidates must be an active SIOR
  • Self nominations are allowed.
  • An award can be based on the work of a team, but it must contain an SIOR member, who will accept the award on the team's behalf.

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