New ORRA President Jeffrey M. Fagan, Watson Realty Corp, and the 2019 ORRA Board of Directors formally accepted their leadership responsibilities in January during a formal gala at the Hilton Orlando, site of this year’s ORRA Annual Inaugural & Awards event.
Fagan and company took the stage just prior to the association’s yearly accolades program, which included the eagerly awaited REALTOR® of the Year award. Reese Stewart, RE/MAX Properties SW Inc., is the honor’s 2018 recipient.
“Reese stood out to us as someone who has demonstrated a high degree of competence in an ORRA leadership role,” says Awards Task Force Chairman and 2016 REALTOR® of the Year recipient Lisa Ford, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando. “He has humbly served in a multitude of capacities over the years, and in addition consistently displays unusual effort and initiative on behalf of ORRA.”
Honors presented during the gala include:
Association Educator of the Year Award – Cynthia Shelton, Cynthia Shelton Inc., for demonstrating excellence in teaching and in commitment of service to the association.
Chairman of the Year Award – Lesley Wilson VanGoethem, Innovative Realty Solutions Gr, for focusing on the association's goals; maintaining accurate committee records; conducting committee meetings in a professional manner; and demonstrating traits of a leader of the association.
Grant Clarke Volunteer of the Year Award – Rosie Papagiannakis, Keller Williams Winter Park, for demonstrating leadership and commitment to the fulfillment of the association’s strategic plan through volunteer committee work and activities.
Pillar of the Community Award – Megan Sladek, SunFlorida Realty, for demonstrating exceptional community service and outreach.
REALTOR® Rising Star of the Year – Ryan Ditmar, Lineage Real Estate, for offering exemplary contributions of service, time, and commitment to the association.
Walter Rose Lifetime Member – Maureen Golmont, Watson Realty Corp, for rendering exceptional and unusual service to the association.
Affiliate Member of the Year – Chris Atwell, First International Title, for providing outstanding contributions of service, time, and commitment to the association.
Affiliate Rising Star of the Year – Leslie Heimer, American Liberty Mortgage, for providing outstanding contributions of service, time, and commitment to the association.
The event also included presentation of the 2018 President’s Awards, which are awarded by ORRA’s outgoing president to those recipients who provided exception support during his or her term. Immediate Past President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC, recognized the following individuals:
Chris Atwell, First International Title Cleberto Copetti, Real Estate Compass, LLC Deidre Graybill, Graybill Realty and Associates LLC Lee Nimkoff, Lee Anne Nimkoff Lori Rivera, Florida Int’nl Real Estate LLC Chere Roane, Nicole-Hudson Realty Corp
2018 ORRA REALTOR® Emeritus
Frank Schieber, Frank W Schieber Appraiser, has been awarded the status of REALTOR® Emeritus, which honors long and faithful service to the REALTOR organization. REALTOR® Emeritus is granted by special vote of NAR directors and recognizes individuals with 40 years of REALTOR® membership.
2018 ORRA 30-year Tenure
The following ORRA members have been part of the REALTOR® organization for 30 years. In honor of their longtime support of the REALTOR® mission and ideals, ORRA is pleased to provide each with a discount toward their 2019 local REALTOR® dues plus a special lapel pin to mark the milestone.
William Amon, New Homes Real Estate, Inc. Harold Bell, Bell & Associates Realty, Inc. Zaida Bills, Boutwell Bills Realty Harold Bricker, Ameriteam Realty, Inc. Janice Cullity, Homevest Realty John Denmark, John D. Denmark Vicky Denning, Watson Realty Corp Keith Finnerty, Venture I Properties, Inc. John Forrester, Keller Williams At The Parks Angel Gonzalez, Nuestro Realty Company Jacqueline Green, Green Appraisal Group, Inc. Teresa Harrell, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando Sau Hiu, Florlando Properties, Inc. Doris Houck, Coldwell Banker Residential RE Harlean Hutchinson, C21/Oviedo Realty Barry Jamieson, Jamieson Properties, Inc. Peggy Johnson, Flamingo Realty of Orlando Robert Kazaros, Sentinel Real Estate, Inc. Valerie Kennedy, Colonialtown Realty John Klotter, Jade Realty Group Inc Mary LaFrancis, Coldwell Banker Residential RE George LaPierre, Central FL R.E. Connection, In Lenny Layland, Investorlando Realty Andrew Lockhart, Keller Williams Winter Park Steven Marshall, Clayton, Roper & Marshall Aida Martin, Midtown Realty of Orlando Marie Missavage, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando Velma Moody, Engel & Volkers Bruce Myrick, Ordev Realty Group LLC Diane Nelson, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando Walter Oller, HomeRiver Group Rebecca Osleger, Coldwell Banker Residential RE Thomas Otto, Atlantic Gulf Properties, Inc. Joanne Prince, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando Wayne Shelton, Century 21 Professional Group Inc Michael Steding, Clayton, Roper & Marshall Pamela Tucker, Greater Orlando Realty USA Inc Gitta Urbainczyk, Keller Williams Heritage Realty Joseph Wake, Coldwell Banker Residential RE Patricia Webb, Universal Properties of Orl. Cae Whitehurst, Cae Whitehurst Nancy Woodruff, Woodruff Realty, Inc. Wandy Yu, Your Agent Realty, Inc. James Zweifel, Century 21 Professional Group Inc