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Steven Merchant named 2014 REALTOR® of the Year

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  
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Steven Merchant, Global Realty International, has been recognized for his professionalism and commitment to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and to the real estate industry with the association’s 2014 REALTOR® of the Year award, the highest honor bestowed on an ORRA member.

The honor was presented during the annual ORRA awards program, which this year was a luncheon event held February 25 at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs. The event also included presentation of ORRA’s first-ever sales performance awards.

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. Merchant, ORRA’s 2013 chairman of the board of directors, was noted for his exceptional continued support of association's strategic plan and ongoing programs following the end of his chairmanship.

Additional honors presented during the event included:

Chairman of the Year

Kathi Adkins, The Realty Factor Inc, for steadfast commitment and service to the ORRA Professional Development Forum

Grant Clarke Volunteer of the Year

Lisa Ford, Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando, for commitment of countless hours of service and dedication to the association and to the real estate profession

Pillar of the Community

Tansey Soderstrom, The Real Estate Firm of Orlando, for unselfish volunteer service towards the betterment of the community

Rising Star of the Year

Christian Bohyn, RE/MAX Gateway, for demonstrating exceptional potential and dedication in service to the association

Specialty Award – Commercial

Gary Gagnon, Gagnon Real Estate Investments LLC, for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of the Orlando Regional Commercial Council

Specialty Award – Global

Beatrix Masotti, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of the Global Real Estate Council of Orlando

Specialty Award – Property Management

Kathy Pasha, Warner-Quinlan Inc for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of the ORRA Property Management Council

Specialty Award – Young Professional

Carlos German, Carlos German and Team Inc, for devotion, time, and talent on behalf of Orlando Chapter of the Young Professionals Network

Affiliate Member of the Year

Thomas Battoe, Performance Inspections, for exceptional service and dedication in support of association programs

Association Educator of the Year

Beverly Pindling for sharing her wisdom with her fellow REALTORS®

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