Bill Raveis, chairman and CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, recently held a private banquet at his home in Fairfield to recognize the achievements of the company's top producing agents and loan officers.

The event began with a welcome speech from Raveis.

"The sales associates we recognize today represent elite accomplishments within the company. Despite a challenging economy, they were able to demonstrate exceptional skill in helping us grow during 2010," he said.

"Our mortgage bankers are also being rewarded for their incredible work ethic and for contributing to our strongest year on record, with over $900 million in closed loans. Their persistence and dedication are part of The William Raveis Difference. Congratulations to you all."

Highlights of the banquet included naming the top 25 producing sales associates and sales teams in Connecticut and Massachusetts, done by Kent Hanley, executive vice president of Sales for Connecticut and Chris Raveis, executive vice president and managing partner of William Raveis New York and Massachusetts. Bill Raveis announced and provided warm words for the top five producing agents and teams.

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The top 10 teams and agents received diamond jewelry and a decadent bouquet of flowers in honor of their achievements.

The top five teams by sales volume, descending order, include: Jillian Klaff, Westport; Residential Real Estate Group, Back Bay; Gigliotti & Walsh, Fairfield; Michelle & Company, Westport; Al Filippone Associates, Fairfield/Darien.

Top five Sales Associates by sales volume, descending order, include: Fran Burger, Westport; Joanne Conway, Hingham; Steven White, Marblehead; Donna Beretta, Westport; Jean Ruggiero, Greenwich.

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is one of the top companies in the nation. It was recently ranked in 2010 by sales volume in RisMedia's Real Estate Magazine as the No. 1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the 9th largest real estate company in the USA.

The innovative firm is nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and realtor education. Its website, raveis.com, draws more than 10 million visits annually and includes more than 300,000 MLS listings in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

The company entered the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003 and, according to the 2010 closed sales volume in the Multiple Listing Service Pin, is now the largest independent brokerage in that state with 22 offices.

William Raveis recently expanded into New York and presently has offices in Rye, Harrison, Katonah, Chappaqua and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.

The firm has 2,700 highly trained sales professionals and 80 company-owned and affiliate offices. For more information visit raveis.com or blog.raveis.com.