Brigadier General Thomas J. Sellars, newly retired Commander of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, was honored as the Conway Country 2011 Citizen of the Year at Jack Conway Realtor’s annual convention held last week at the Quincy Marriott Hotel. The General accepted his award on behalf of the 6,400 troops he had led in Iraq, Afghanistan, and here in the Commonwealth. He then switched roles and unexpectedly presented Chairman Jack Conway with the Department of the Army’s “Commander’s Award for Public Service.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by a company that has given back so much to the community and has helped generations of Massachusetts citizens to become homeowners,” said Sellars. “There is a difference between a business and an institution. An institution has its own personality – its own history, and it serves all of us. The Jack Conway institution is something I’m proud to be a part of, and if a man is known by the company he keeps, then I’m feeling pretty good today.”
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel James Sahady, who accompanied Sellars to the ceremony, presented the Commander’s Award to Jack Conway as CEO Carol Bulman and hundreds of Conway Country associates rose to their feet waving a sea of American flags hailing both their founder and their citizen of the year.
A Brockton native and graduate of the Stoughton Public Schools, Brig. Gen. Tom Sellars and his wife Nancy live in Randolph. He retired from his 37-year career in the Massachusetts National Guard in September shortly before the last U.S. soldier returned from the war.