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Lou Nimkoff named ORRA's 2013 REALTOR® of the Year

Monday, January 13, 2014  
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Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services, LLC, has been recognized for his professionalism and commitment to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and to the real estate industry with the association’s 2013 REALTOR® of the Year award, the highest honor bestowed on an ORRA member.

The honor was presented during the 14th annual ORRA awards program, which this year was part of An International Affair Awards & Inaugural gala. This international-themed evening event was held Winter Park's new The Alfond Inn in Winter Park and included installation of ORRA’s 2014 officers in addition to dinner and entertainment.

The REALTOR® of the Year award acknowledges an individual who has displayed exceptional commitment, service, and dedication to the ideals of the REALTOR® membership, to the association, and to the real estate profession. Nimkoff was honored for his efforts in getting ORRA’s new commercial council group up and running in 2013. In addition, he served as 2013 chairman of the ORRA Investment Committee and was instrumental to the ORRA Governmental Affairs Committee’s successful "Yes on Amendment 4” campaign in 2012.

Additional honors presented during the event include:

Affiliate Member of the Year Award
Tara Corriveau, North American Title Company, for exceptional service and dedication in support of association programs;

Pillar of the Community Award
Theodora Uniken Venema, Downtown Brokers, LLC, for unselfish volunteer service towards the betterment of the community;

Rising Star of the Year Award
Steve Graul, Good Neighbor Realty; for demonstrating exceptional potential and dedication in service to the association; and

Walter Rose Lifetime Achievement Award
Steve Merchant, Global Realty International, for tireless devotion and service to the real estate industry and to the highest ideas of the REALTOR® organization.

ORRA also announced finalists for each of the awards. These included:

Finalists, Affiliate Member of the Year Award
Melissa Barry, RP Funding, Inc.
Leslie Zimmerly, Fidelity National Title Group

Finalists, Pillar of the Community Award
Kathleen Gallagher McIver, RE/MAX Town & Country Realty
Tansey Soderstrom, Real Estate Firm of Orlando

Finalists, REALTOR® of the Year Award
Steve Amburgey, Realty Executives Central Florida
John Naglee, Invitation Homes

Finalists, Rising Star of the Year Award
Lisa Ford, Charles Rutenberg Realty

Carlos German, Carlos German & Team, Inc.

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, recognized as one of the most innovative local real estate associations in the country, represents more than 9,500 real estate professionals throughout Central Florida.

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