Each month SPAAR recognizes a member or member team for their community involvement and to shine a light on the many good things REALTORS® are doing in the community every day.


SPAAR Hero is a program of SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee, sponsored by SPAAR’s REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. Members of SPAAR’s Communications Committee interview and write the SPAAR Hero articles. If you think someone should be named a SPAAR Hero, contact Joe McKinley at

Sandy Maxwell named SPAAR Hero for September 2019

Sandy Maxwell is known as a fireball for her passion of the “Tee it up for the Kids” charity golf event that just completed its 12th year, Sandy has been named SPAAR Hero for September 2019.
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Sue Nichols named SPAAR Hero for August 2019

“Racial controversy in our community is a real thing, and addressing it as Owning Up! does helps to get to the root cause."
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Seanne Thomas named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

She realized that to achieve results, she had to, in her words “get out of her own way” and build on her business and communication skills.
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Mary Knudsen named SPAAR Hero for February 2019

Mary Knudsen's efforts helped to bring the community together and increased awareness for blood cancers.
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Kevin O’Brien named SPAAR Hero for February 2020

Kevin has volunteered with many organizations over the years, including Loaves and Fishes, the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, the Ramsey Hill Association and the Summit University Planning Council District 8.
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The Odd Couple Team named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

The Odd Couple Team serves two meals a month for the Cooks for Kids program at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in St. Paul where they have collected more than $10,000 worth of food since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Maikor (Karen) Thao is named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

Karen Thao enjoys helping her community to discover the housing they desire; it’s an extension of how she’s able to help build a healthy community.
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