Attorney Rick Kraft, center, alongside his wife Tanya, and Roswell Association of Realtors President Bill Davis, left, holds a plaque presented to him from the organization during its Citizen of the Year luncheon, Thursday. (Ilissa Gilmore Photo)
The Roswell Association of Realtors recognized attorney Rick Kraft as its 2013 Citizen of the Year on Thursday during its annual luncheon.
The event honors outstanding members of the community who are committed to helping others.
Kraft is a partner at Kraft and Hunter Law Firm and has also served as the executive director of the Leadership Roswell program since 1992. He also helped establish Valley Christian Academy and continues to participate on its school board.
He is an active member at First Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and a Bible fellowship class teacher. In his spare time, Kraft is a runner and has completed 19 marathons.
Roswell Association of Realtors President Bill Davis said Kraft is not only an inspirational and motivational individual, but also “just a fun guy to be around.”
Kraft’s wife, Tanya, compared her husband to the George Bernard Shaw poem, “A Splendid Torch,” and read remarks by their son Devin. Devin said he was proud of his father and called him “a man of the community.”
Longtime friend Laurie Jerge also read remarks by Kraft’s daughter Kelsey, who compared her dad to Superman, his favorite superhero. Jerge said Kraft has touched the lives of many, including her own.
Friend Rhonda Johnson, who completed the Leadership Roswell program, echoed Jerge, saying Kraft’s work impacts others, making them better people.
For his part, Kraft said he was honored and humbled to be recognized and that he couldn’t have achieved most of what he has without the help of members of the Roswell Association of Realtors as well as others.
He encouraged attendees to live each day with urgency and to make a positive difference in the lives of someone else.
Along with a plaque and a hat naming him Citizen of the Year, Kraft received a standing ovation.