2015 ORRA Annual Awards Results
Monday, January 11, 2016
Jeff Fagan, Watson Realty Corp, was recognized for his professionalism and commitment to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and to the real estate industry with the association’s 2015 REALTOR® of the Year award, the highest honor bestowed to an ORRA member.
The honor was presented during ORRA’s 16th annual awards program, which this year was held as part of an evening event at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. The January 8th gala featured the installation of 2016 ORRA President John Lazenby and the 2016 ORRA Board of Directors.
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. Fagan, an ORRA director and chairman of the ORRA Standards Task Force, was noted for his instrumental role in the creation of the association’s new Excellence in Professionalism – Gold Key Certification program.
This original program has required Fagan’s involvement from the ground up, from curriculum development to venue selection. In just its first year more than 1,100 ORRA members earned the certification, which was specifically designed by the ORRA Standards Task Force to illustrate the ultimate in REALTOR® professionalism and quality service.
Additional honors presented during the evening included:
Affiliate Member of the Year
Melissa Barry, R P Funding Inc
Melissa served as chairman of the 2015 ORRA Affiliate Forum, which handles the planning of many large-scale membership functions, including the annual REALTOR® expo and holiday open house.
Association Educator of the Year
Cynthia DeLuca, Total Realty Corp
Cynthia was recognized for the many, many classes that she teaches at ORRA. Her education efforts result in REALTORS® who are well versed in important topics such as property management, distressed sales, brokerage management, and more. Cynthia is one of ORRA's Gold Key Certification course instructors and even teaches a section of the training that leads to the highly regarded Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation.
Chairman of the Year
Mark Humphreys, RE/MAX Assured
Mark served as chairman of the 2015 ORRA Grievance Committee, which performs the essential function of receiving complaints of alleged violations against the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and requests for arbitration.
Grant Clarke Volunteer Award
Cynthia Egeli, Keller Williams Winter Park
Cindy was recognized for her longtime participation as an ORRA volunteer, across many areas and with many committees. In particular, Cynthia is extremely involved in the governmental affairs activities of the association, and as the chairman of the 2015 Governmental Affairs Committee worked to ensure that the REALTOR® voice was heard by local representative and municipalities. Cindy is a 2015 ORRA Good Neighbor Awards recipient in recognition of her extraordinary impact on our community as a dedicated volunteer with the Orange County Guardian Ad Litem program.
Rising Star of the Year
Joseph Doher, BHHS Results Realty
Joe was noted for his potential to serve in a leadership capacity during the coming years. He is active in a wide variety of ORRA programs and participates on a multitude of committees. As a member of the 2015 ORRA Member Relations Committee, Joe was instrumental in the development of a project to recruit and train members as ORRA ambassadors in the community.