Jeff Ward Voted “Realtor of the Year” for 2018
Realtor and Rotarian selected for community involvement, professionalism.
by Staff Writers
The Teton Board of Realtors® honored Jeff Ward as their “Realtor® of the Year” awardee for 2018 at their annual Membership Luncheon on August 9th at Spring Creek Ranch.
In presenting the award to Ward, nominating Realtor® Mike Jorgenson noted that, “Jeff epitomizes and takes pride in all the good things our industry provides to the public and is an excellent ambassador for our real estate community.” Ward’s career in Jackson Hole spans more than two decades, with extensive experience in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate.
Ward grew up in Southern California, and graduated from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, with a degree in sales and marketing. Following a move to Jackson Hole in 1995, Ward launched a successful career in hotel management—a career that helped to facilitate his transition into real estate sales in 2005 as a part of Teton Village Realty, which would ultimately be purchased by Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty in 2009. His expertise in hotel management has made him particularly well suited to the representation of buyers and sellers in condo-hotel segments of Teton Village.
Ward sells real estate with Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty alongside his wife Kelli, and partners Rob DesLauriers and Jake Kilgrow as the “Realty Group of Jackson Hole.” The team garnered accolades in July as they ranked among “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” positioned as the top sales team by volume in Wyoming by independent industry authority REALTrends.
Professionally, Ward has been an engaged member within the Teton Board of Realtors®, having previously served as the chair of the Ethics Committee and the current chair of the Grievance Committee. “TBOR looks for a Realtor® that is dedicated, ethical and professional in our industry and is actively working to make our community a better place for everyone…” according to the organization.
In the community, Ward is a committed member of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole where he has been awarded the Rotarian of the Month on several occasions, as well as multiple recognitions as a Paul Harris Fellow. Ward chairs the scholarship committee, which has awarded more than $70,000 annually in college scholarships to local high school students since 2010. “He is passionate and dedicated to the Rotary High School Scholarship Program,” said Jorgenson, “…he is emotionally vested in these kids and their stories… to help ensure those scholarships really make a difference in [their] lives.”
Jeff’s philanthropic background and fundraising within Jackson Hole extends beyond Rotary alone. He was instrumental in launching “Jackson’s Got Talent” for Teton Literacy Center, and the event will be celebrating its fifth year in November. He remains fundamentally “invested in Jackson Hole and doing what he can to make it a better place for everyone,” said Jorgenson.