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Reese Stewart named 2018 REALTOR® of the Year

Saturday, January 12, 2019  
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2018 REALTOR of the Year

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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.

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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.

President's Awards

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


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