Sibcy Cline agents gathered at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio on April 4, 2019 for a special Fair Housing Continuing Education class.. The company hosted Trista Curzydlo, an attorney and real estate educator, who flew in from Kansas to present “Let Me Talk To You About the Man Cave – the Fair Housing Act for the Modern Real Estate Agent.”
Trista shared many stories and experiences about fair housing as well as current issues facing real estate brokers and agents. The three hours and 10 minutes flew by with her knowledge, statistics and wit.
Says Robin Sheakley, president of Sibcy Cline, “We are great supporters for Fair Housing and all it means for our profession. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and we celebrated with a special speaker for our agents. This year, we marked April’s Fair Housing month by inviting Trista to speak to 200 of our agents. It was an exceptional morning with her and we know everyone took away many ideas of how to support and appreciate all that Fair Housing laws do for our industry.”
Top Photo: Robin Sheakley (President), Trista Curzydlo, Agatha Aquilia (Director of Real Estate Development) and Eric Barrett (VP of Professional Development.)
Bottom Photo: Rob Sibcy (Chairman of the Board), Trista Curzydlo and Robin Sheakley (President)
Cincinnati’s Housing Opportunities Made Equal organization celebrated the 50th anniversary of the fair housing movement with a celebration banquet at the Renaissance Hotel on April 19, 2018.
The evening included speakers and video from past and present H.O.M.E. board members and supporters. Jeniece Jones, Executive Director, shared her excitement for the 50th anniversary and strides made by H.O.M.E. Deb Jetter, H.O.M.E.’s Director of Education (and long-time fair-housing instructor for Sibcy Cline), also shared thoughts about her 40-year career with the organization. It was a memorable evening that reinforced the importance of the nation’s fair-housing laws.
Sibcy Cline attendees to this event included: Marc Cameron (H.O.M.E. board member), Helena Cameron, Carrie-McIntosh Owens, Denise Taylor, Jeff Rosa, Jennifer Shinn, Amy Goodman, Sandy Butler and Susan Knabe.
Michele Stacy, Vice President of Human Resources for Sibcy Cline Realtors, was a recipient of the Merlin Pope Diversity Leadership Award on June 5, 2014. The honor was bestowed upon her at the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission‘s annual dinner and awards ceremony at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Hotel.
The Merlin Pope Diversity Leadership Award was created in 2003 to recognize Greater Cincinnati individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership to diversity and inclusion within their organization and/or the community. (Merlin Pope is a sociologist who is a pioneer in the field of diversity and coined the term in 1977. His diversity company has trained over one million people worldwide.)
Michele was nominated for this award by HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal), an organization that she has been a board member of for 27 years.
Michele developed and has taught fair housing classes at Sibcy Cline Realtors for 26 years. She is the Fair Housing Officer for the company with an active role in promoting fair housing practices within the company as well as the local and state boards of Realtors. She introduced cultural sensitivity into real estate agents’ continuing education programs, which led to an industy-wide focus on strong enforcement of fair housing laws throughout the region.
In Fall 2013, Michele earned the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Founders Award for her work to eliminate unlawful discrimination in housing and to promote integrated communities.
About the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
The commission was created in 1943 with the focus on the promotion of harmony and tolerance and to find solutions to problems. It now serves as a resource to many human relations related groups and is a trouble shooter for human rights issues. Its mission is “To help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual respect and understanding, and become more harmonious and cohesive.”