New ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC, and the 2018 ORRA Board of Directors formally accepted their leadership responsibilities amid the classic elegance of the Ballroom at Church Street, site of this year’s ORRA Annual Inaugural & Awards luncheon.
Nimkoff and company took the stage just prior to the association’s yearly accolades program, which included the eagerly awaited REALTOR® of the Year Award. Chere Roane, Nicole-Hudson Realty Corp, is the honor’s 2017 recipient.
“Chere has a long history of distinguished service to ORRA and, just as importantly, to a variety of our affiliated organizations,” says Jeff Fagan, Watson Realty Corp, chairman of the 2017 ORRA Awards Committee. “For example, she is supportive of both the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and the CCIM Institute on the local, state, and national levels for each. In addition, she is an unselfish mentor who takes her role in guiding less experienced REALTORS® very seriously.”
Chere is also the recipient of ORRA’s 2016 Special Meritorious Achievement Award, which recognized her devotion of time, talents, and expertise on behalf of all REALTORS®.
Honors presented at the luncheon were:
Chairman of the Year Award - to Marilia Neri, Real Estate Compass, LLC, for steadfast commitment and service to the Global Real Estate Council of Orlando.
Grant Clarke Volunteer of the Year Award - to Lori Rivera, Lovera Realty LLC, for commitment of countless hours of service and dedication to the association and to the real estate profession.
REALTOR® of the Year Award - to Chere Roane, Nicole-Hudson Realty Corp, for exceptional commitment, service, and dedication to the ideals of the REALTOR® membership, to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, and to the real estate profession.
Rising Star Award to - Justin V. LaManna, Homevest Realty, for demonstrating exceptional potential and dedication in service to the association.
Walter Rose Lifetime Award - to Budge Huskey, Premier Sothebys Int’l Realty, for rendering exceptional or unusual service to the association.
Affiliate Member of the Year Award - to Josh Pennington, Title Professionals Of Central Florida LLC, for exceptional service and dedication in support of association programs.
The event also included presentation of the 2017 President’s Awards, which are awarded by ORRA’s outgoing president to those recipients who provided exceptional support during his or her term. Immediate Past President Bruce Elliott, Regal R.E. Services LLC, recognized the following individuals:
>Julianna Boselli Neves, Glasstone Group Inc;
>Bob Caldwell, Caldwell Realty Services;
>John Lazenby, Colony Real Group, Inc.; and
>Rosie Papagiannakis, Keller Williams Winter Park.
JUSTIN V. LAMANNA, RISING STAR AWARD
“Receiving the Rising Star Award is nothing short of inspiring and humbling. Being among such a diverse group of REALTORS® that share the same passion and creative thinking challenges me every day to try new things, become a better leader than yesterday, and to never settle for complacency. I had a blast in 2017, and I enjoyed seeing what the association and all its members accomplished together. This award is not for me, but for all those who serve our association to implement growth, education, and involvement well past our day-to-day jobs." - Justin