Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties Recognized for Excellence in Real Estate at National Conference

— Evan Roeser
Kelly Ryan, marketing director at Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties, accepts the inaugural Buzzy Award.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. / Nov. 10, 2021 – Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties, one of the area’s premier real estate brokerages, was recognized at the 2021 Weichert® Sellebration in Las Vegas for numerous achievements in real estate excellence. The national conference welcomed Weichert affiliated brokers, owners, managers and agents from Weichert franchised offices across 42 states.

Individual agents from Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties to receive recognition at the conference included Kelly Ruhlin and Sherryl Hennessey, who earned top producer awards for reaching specified thresholds in gross commission income from the previous year. Kim McElman was named the National Rookie of the Year, earning the award among first-year agents from over 260 Weichert franchised companies in operation across the country.

The company and co-broker/owners Karen and Joe Ryan were recognized as members of the prestigious Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Premier Client Group, which includes the top Weichert affiliates nationwide based on sales performance from the previous year. Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties has maintained its place among the top-three producing Weichert affiliates for multiple years running.

The company’s marketing team, led by Marketing Director Kelly Ryan, was presented with the inaugural Buzzy Award, which recognizes excellence in public relations, social media and involvement with the local community. The brokerage earned a wide array of coverage in both local and national outlets over the past year, and has continued its strong involvement with the communities it serves through many charitable and fundraising initiatives.

“Our team puts in so much effort on a daily basis to offer the best possible real estate service and stay involved with our community,” said Karen and Joe Ryan in a joint statement. “It was great to see all that hard work pay off with recognition at the conference.”

In addition to the multiple honors earned, Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties also had three members speak on panels at the national conference. Karen Ryan, who also serves as the president of the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates marketing advisory board, spoke about layered marketing, the importance of public relations and how awareness in local communities is the first step to client relationships. McElman and Hennessey also spoke on panels, offering advice and insights on they have achieved success in real estate.

Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate with offices in Hilton Head Island, Okatie, Bluffton and Beaufort, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. The company is one of the top-three producing affiliates in the Weichert national franchise system.

For more information about Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties, contact Kelly Ryan at 843-341-3700 or visit

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 About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert Companies, launched the company’s franchise division in 2001. The affiliate division was created to offer a business model for franchisee ownership candidates described as “a clearly defined operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business.” Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in 2002, was ranked as one of the top traditional residential real estate franchises in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 and was identified in 2021 by Franchise Business Review as one of the top U.S. franchises for owner satisfaction. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has offices serving over 370 markets in 41 states. For more information about Weichert, visit or for information on franchise opportunities visit

Each Weichert® franchised office is independently owned and operated

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