Congrats to St. Louis Association of Realtors president-elect Barry Upchurch, who recently was honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis as a Duncan Bauman Cabinet of Life Trustee. Upchurch has served the nonprofit in a multitude of capacities, including board chair and chair of the development and finance committees. Pictured above: Upchurch, right, with Boys & Girls Clubs president Dr. Flint Fowler

insider-ncc-logoCongratulations to those honored last month by the National Conference for Community and Justice: Dr. Ghazala Hayat, SLU professor and past president of Interfaith Partnership; Amy Hunter of the YWCA; Richard Mark of Ameren Illinois; Robert Millstone of Millstone Capital Advisors; and Nancy Tice, community volunteer.

Insider-Irene-Hannon-2-hi-resLocal romance writer Irene Hannon published her 50th novel, Sea Rose Lane, last month! The Des Peres resident also was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, only the 16th member in the group’s 36-year history! Hannon celebrated with family at Algonquin GolfClub. Kudos all around!

Insider-SCP-Headshot-2CBL & Associates Properties and its regional marketing director Sean Phillips have been honored with a MAXI Award by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The owner of Chesterfield Mall, West County Center and three other area malls, CBL was applauded for its blog, launched by Phillips in 2011. Bravo!

Insider-CNBC-iphone6-199We’re rooting for hometowners Matt Heck and Jeremiah Raber, who will appear on Season 2 of CNBC’s West Texas Investors Club. They don’t know the exact date of their appearance, but they do know their product, Nutshellz, is popular with athletes, law enforcement officers and combat troops. So what, exactly, is Nutshellz? Protective gear for the groin.