Two area real estate professionals with vast amounts of volunteer experience were honored Monday night by the Gainesville Rotary Club.
The club named Nancy Norton its 2017 Woman of the Year and Doug Carter its 2017 Man of the Year in festivities Monday at the Chattahoochee Country Club.
Norton, director of relocation at The Norton Agency in Gainesville, was recognized for her work with several community organizations or endeavors, including the 1996 Olympic Games, the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary, North Georgia Community Foundation, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Girl Scouts, Lakeview Academy and Brenau University.
She also has given time to Challenged Child & Friends (now Sisu), Junior Achievement and Gainesville First United Methodist Church’s after-school program for Baker & Glover Mobile Home Park.
“It’s about giving back to the community, and it’s the little things you can do that can help make a difference,” Norton said in a Wednesday interview.
Lee Highsmith, who presented the award to Norton, said Norton exemplifies “service above self.”
“She encourages and leads others to participate in community service projects,” Highsmith said. “She has high ethical standards in both her business and personal life. She has used her occupation as an avenue to serve this community.”
Carter, president of Don Carter Realty, a Gainesville company founded by his father, said he appreciated the honor.
“It was a very nice surprise,” he said. “Service to the community has been a large part of what I’ve enjoyed doing. I’ve certainly enjoyed the opportunity to be able to work with lots of various organizations, both locally and statewide.”
Carter has served as chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board, vice chairman of the Technical College System of Georgia and chairman of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. He is also past president of Leadership Georgia and past chairman of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Frank Norton Jr., who presented Carter the award, said, “I know of no individual in this community that has done more for this community without recognition or accolade.”
He further described Carter as “a fine gentleman, a gentle soul who has had a powerful lasting effect on his hometown.”