Realtor Dave Spackman received the Teton County Board of Realtors’ Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday in honor of his 25 years in the business.

It was only the third time in the board’s history that it honored one of its members with the lifetime award.

Spackman — surprised by the award and choked up — told fellow Realtors he felt “so fortunate to have moved to Jackson when I did, and to have worked with my two sons and my daughter-in-law” in the business.

Spackman, who lost one son 18 months ago in an avalanche in the Tetons, thanked colleagues for being his friends as well as business associates. He noted that people are attracted to Jackson Hole for scenery and sport, “but they stay here for the people.”

Longtime Realtor Ed Liebzeit praised Spackman as “honest, ethical … having the highest values every day with everyone he deals with.”

Mentioning Spackman’s helpfulness with people new to the business, Liebzeit said, “Dave treats all of us as friends, colleagues” rather than as competition.

Spackman does business as Spackman and Associates through Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty.

The board honored two other people as well.

Mack Mendenhall was named Realtor of the Year. Mendenhall is an associate broker with Graham Faupel and Associates at Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, the Christie’s associate in Jackson Hole.

Mendenhall has been a Teton Board of Realtors board member and has also served with the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

The board named Jim Waldrop its Business Person of the Year. Waldrop is general manager of the Wort Hotel.

Besides managing the landmark hotel, Waldrop recently completed a term as president of the board of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Jackson Hole Airport board and has worked with the state tourism board and the Wyoming Restaurant and Lodge Association.

Mark Huffman edits copy and occasionally writes some, too. He's been a journalist since newspapers had typewriters and darkrooms.

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