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Orlando REALTOR® Cynthia Shelton earns NAR Distinguished Service Award

Wednesday, November 18, 2015  
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Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association member Cynthia Shelton has received the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Distinguished Service Award. The award is considered the highest honor a REALTOR® can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state, and national association levels, but must not have served as NAR president.

The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR’s more than one million members. NAR established the DSA in 1979 to honor REALTORS® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities. She was recognized during the organization's annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego.

“I am honored to receive NAR’s Distinguished Service Award,” Shelton says. “I am proud to be a member of the REALTOR® family and get to help guide clients find properties that meet their needs and drive economic growth in the local community. I feel lucky to be a part of something bigger, and I thank all of my friends and colleagues for being partners in this with me.”

Locally, Shelton served as president of the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® in 1994 and has led several committees of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® and the Vancouver Clark County Association of Realtors®. She is currently a member of both the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS®.

At the state level, Shelton served as Florida REALTORS® president in 2009, a challenging time for the industry. Shelton navigated the association through the downturn, getting the association’s finances in order at a time when the state’s REALTOR® membership dropped 28 percent and repositioning the association for future growth. Shelton managed to yield program savings of $1.2 million and personnel savings of $1 million while also spearheading a rebranding campaign to usher in a new era for the association. Shelton was named REALTOR® of the Year in Florida in 2010 and currently serves on the board of directors. In the past, Shelton serviced as chair of the state association’s Past Presidents Advisory Council, Nominating Committee, Executive Committee, Building Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and many others.

On the national level, Shelton has held many leadership positions throughout the organization during her tenure as a REALTOR®, including serving on the board of directors. Shelton served as a regional vice president in 2011, was a liaison for five NAR presidents and has led several NAR committees. She is also in the REALTOR® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member, or CCIM, an institute affiliate of NAR. She is currently serving as the 2015 committee liaison for Second Century Ventures and special projects. Shelton was also the 2002 international president of CCIM.

Shelton began her career in 1975 practicing residential real estate in Washington State and began moving toward commercial work in 1983. She relocated to Florida in 1985 and worked with KinderCare Learning Centers for 10 years, acquiring and developing childcare centers around the state and consulting with employers about onsite childcare at workplaces. Shelton then also served as vice president of acquisitions at Commercial Net Lease Realty Inc., until she took her current position as director of investment sales at Colliers International Central Florida.

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