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Steve Merchant Named 2014 REALTOR® of the Year

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  
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Steven Merchant, Global Realty International, has been recognized for his professionalism and commitment to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and to the real estate industry with the association’s 2014 REALTOR® of the Year award, the highest honor bestowed on an ORRA member.

The honor was presented during the annual ORRA awards program, which this year was a luncheon event held February 25 at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs. The event also included presentation of ORRA’s first-ever sales performance awards.

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. Merchant, ORRA’s 2013 chairman of the board of directors, was noted for his exceptional continued support of association's strategic plan and ongoing programs following the end of his chairmanship.

REALTOR® of the Year Finalists

Bruce Elliott, Regal Real Estate Professionals LLC
Chere Roane, Nicole-Hudson Realty Corporation

Additional honors presented during the event included:

Chairman of the Year

Kathi Adkins, The Realty Factor Inc, for steadfast commitment and service to the ORRA Professional Development Forum


Cindy Egeli, Elite Real Estate Professionals
Dan Lopez, Legends Realty

Grant Clarke Volunteer of the Year

Lisa Ford, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando, for commitment of countless hours of service and dedication to the association and to the real estate profession


Matthew Audier, Keller Williams Heritage Realty
Claire Schwartz, Claire Schwartz & Associates, LLC

Pillar of the Community

Tansey Soderstrom, The Real Estate Firm of Orlando, for unselfish volunteer service towards the betterment of the community


Dennis Burgess, Total Realty Corp
Linda Sampieri, The Anderson Group and Company PL

Rising Star of the Year

Christian Bohyn, RE/MAX Gateway, for demonstrating exceptional potential and dedication in service to the association


Joseph Doher, BHHS Results Realty
Lisa Hill, Florida Realty Xperts

Specialty Award – Commercial

Gary Gagnon, Gagnon Real Estate Investments LLC, for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of the Orlando Regional Commercial Council


Eric Alexander, Exit Realty Martin Group
Ben Brenner, Brenner, Inc.

Specialty Award – Global

Beatrix Masotti, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of the Global Real Estate Council of Orlando


Cleberto Copetti, Real Estate Compass, LLC
Rosie Papagiannakis, Keller Williams Advantage Realty

Specialty Award – Property Management

Kathy Pasha, Warner-Quinlan Inc for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of the ORRA Property Management Council


Tina Lopez, Legends Realty
Kim Meredith-Hampton, Hampton & Hampton Management Leasing

Specialty Award – Young Professional

Carlos German, Carlos German and Team Inc, for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of Orlando Chapter of the Young Professionals Network


Melissa Cruz, RE/MAX Town & Country Realty
Hollie Gondera, Keller Williams Advantage 2 Realty

Affiliate Member of the Year

Thomas Battoe, Performance Inspections, for exceptional service and dedication in support of association programs


Shawn Berry, Shawn M Berry Esq
Daniel Lewis, Mr Rekey Of Orlando

Association Educator of the Year

Beverly Pindling for sharing her wisdom with her fellow REALTORS®


Grant Simon
Dee Toohey

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