Winnie Stortzum, ALC, GRI, ARA, of Farmers National Company, received the 2008 Hall of Fame Award from the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers during the organization's annual meeting held here Sept. 25. Stortzum is a real estate broker and appraiser with the company's Arcola, Ill., office, which was formerly Boyd Real Estate.



Presenting the award was Don Cochran, ARA, the 2007 recipient. He is president of Cochran Ag Service, Wheeler, Il. "Winnie epitomizes the highest level of professionalism within the industry," he said. He cited Stortzum's long service to the appraisal industry in the state as well as with various national organizations representing appraisers. Those include: Board of Directors, National Realtors Land Institute; President and Board of Directors, Illinois Chapter-Realtors Land Institute, and; 25 years of membership in both the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers as well as the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.



Professional citations she has received include: 1992 Associate Realtor of the Year with the Illinois Association of Realtors; 1994 Farm and Land Broker of the Year with the Illinois Chapter, Realtors Land Institute; 2004 Land Realtor of America, National Realtors Land Institute, and; 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Association of Realtors.



Stortzum received her bachelors degree-with honors-from Eastern Illinois University, and her master of arts degree from the University of Illinois. She is a 25-year member of the Arcola Chamber of Commerce and a past president and board member of the Arcola Rotary Club.



She joined Boyd Real Estate in 1981 as a real estate broker, appraiser and office manager. Her professional designations include Accredited Land Consultant with the Realtors Land Institute; Graduate, Realtors Land Institute and; Accredited Rural Appraiser with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.



In addition to her current duties as a real estate broker and appraiser, she also is the assistant manager of AgReports, Inc., a business which sells and markets Farmland in Perspective newsletter.



The Hall of Fame Awards has been presented only 29 times in the 80-year history of the Illinois Society.



The ISPFMRA is one of 37 chapters of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The Chapter, founded in 1928, is the oldest and largest state organization of its kind in the United States.