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Friday, February 15, 2013  
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Orlando REALTOR® | January/February 2013

By Steve Merchant

Welcome to 2013! I appreciate everyone who attended our January 11th  Red, White and Groove Awards and Inaugural Gala. My family and I had a very special evening. I congratulate all of our award winners and thank the many others who are so worthy of recognition.

I am truly honored for the opportunity to serve as ORRA’s chairman of the board. I’m proud to follow some great leaders of our association and look forward to making a positive contribution to our continued success. To the person, I am excited to work with the impressive members of our board of directors, our dedicated staff, and the many REALTOR® and affiliate volunteers who will be so important to our success.

I’ll be looking to our strong committee and council chairs to continue providing great education and networking opportunities. To complement our current level of impressive services, my two greatest goals for 2013 are to raise the REALTOR® profile through community service, and to encourage greater  individual REALTOR®  participation in ORRA events.

I’m pleased to recognize our newly formed ORRA Community Relations Committee, led by Chairman John Lazenby, Colony Realty Group, Inc., (ORRA’s 2009 Pillar of the Community award-holder) and Vice Chairman Tansey Soderstrom, Stirling Sotheby’s International Real Estate. Among the committee’s many objectives is to coordinate community service projects that all ORRA members can participate in. Announcements of community service opportunities will be announced as they arise in the Orlando REALTOR® Online e-newsletter and posted on, so be sure to keep your eye on those.

Lastly, as your chairman, I am here to serve you! I encourage you to learn about the many benefits of your membership.  With so much support, I’m confident we will have a great year. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any ORRA-related concern at or 407.310.6193.

ORRA Chairman of the Board Steve Merchant, Global Realty International, is available at

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