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John Royer, closing attorney with O’Kelley & Sorohan, was honored with the Council Chairman of the Year Award at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s (HBA) Installation and Awards Program in January.

Royer is a closing attorney at O’Kelley & Sorohan’s Gainesville office. Prior to joining O’Kelley & Sorohan, Royer had a solo practice in his hometown of Douglas that included family law, estate planning, wills and trusts, corporate law and worker’s compensation. He also practiced criminal defense as a member of the Southern District of Georgia.

O’Kelley & Sorohan’s John Royer Wins Council Chairman of the Year AwardHe is a graduate of the University of Georgia and John Marshall Law School. In 2010, Royer was sworn into the State Bar of Georgia.

Royer is heavily involved in the betterment of the Greater Atlanta HBA. In 2015, he served as a co-chair of the OBIE Awards committee and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council (SMC). He was the 2017 SMC Chairman. He extended his time and support to all aspects of the SMC as Chairman, including sponsorships, driving the OBIE Awards judges, volunteering and recruiting members. Thanks to his work as Chairman, the SMC raised more than $10,000 at its annual Silent Auction and Holiday Party in support of HomeAid Atlanta, the HBA’s designated charity. He also helped the council obtain top industry speakers for its education and networking programs, including Chip Wade with HGTV, Mark Spain with Mark Spain Real Estate and a panel of sales and marketing experts that kicked off 2017 with a sold-out event.

Royer strongly believes in involvement with the HBA, so much so that he never missed a board meeting. In addition to his successful career and association leadership roles, he is a dedicated husband and father of four.

Congratulations to John Royer for winning the Council Chairman of the Year Award! Presented annually, the Council Chairman of the Year award is given to a member that has demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence. In addition, the award recognizes them for their contributions to furthering the goals and mission of the HBA through volunteer efforts within the association and the housing industry, as well as community and charitable service.