Grateful for SPAAR Heroes!

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Grateful for SPAAR Heroes!

Grateful for SPAAR Heroes!

SPAAR would like to reflect on its August, September and October SPAAR Heroes: Sue Nichols, Sandy Maxwell and Robbie Grossman, respectively.

Sue Nichols

SPAAR member Sue Nichols brought the idea of an exhibit to the Diversity Committee and the idea took hold. Fast forward to spring 2019 and the Owning Up! exhibit has become a five-panel display that addresses the segregation within the Twin Cities housing market over the years as well as how Realtors® played a part in the divide. Ramifications of the segregation are still apparent throughout the Twin Cities today.

“Happiness in life correlates to making contributions to good causes,” said Sue, who has been a Realtor® for more than 15 years and was named as 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. It’s been great that the entire Diversity Committee has supported and embraced this important project.”


Sandy Maxwell

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 Maxwell has been named SPAAR Hero for September 2019.

Sandy has been a Realtor® since 1989 and helping people is one thing she likes best. Serving kids and Veterans is especially important to Sandy, and the annual golf tournament is one way she gives back. The “Tee it up for the Kids” charity golf event had raised $260,000 by 2018, with another tournament taking place in August.

The golf tournament supports the youth camp that brings together the dependents of active and retired men and women of the National Guard in a fun, supportive, educational and patriotic environment and helps the kids to better cope and understand the stress of separation by military duty. Sandy’s husband Tom also served in the Army.


Robbie Grossman

Robbie Grossman has been named SPAAR Hero for October 2019 for his work with the Twin Cities chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), of which he was instrumental in the local chapter’s founding and currently serves as its president. Robbie also serves as co-chair of the National Legislative Committee for VAREP. The Association exists to increase sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities.

A Gold Star grandson of his maternal grandfather who served in the US Air Force and tragically lost his life in a service-related air accident in 1958, Robbie wanted to honor his family history of patriotism and military involvement. VAREP is an avenue for him to serve his country and the veterans he holds great respect for in a meaningful way. In 2020, Robbie will serve on SPAAR’s Board of Directors and currently serves on its Government Affairs Committee.


About the program:

SPAAR Hero is a program of SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee, sponsored by SPAAR’s REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. If there’s someone you think should be named SPAAR Hero, contact Joe McKinley, Vice President of Advocacy & Community Engagement, at

Tune in to eNews on December 2 to learn the identity of the November SPAAR Hero!

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