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Annual Inaugural & Awards

Wednesday, March 7, 2018  
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Orlando REALTOR® | MarchApril 2018

New ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services LLC, and the 2018 ORRA Board of Directors formally accepted their leadership responsibilities amid the classic elegance of the Ballroom at Church Street, site of this year’s ORRA Annual Inaugural & Awards luncheon.

Nimkoff and company took the stage just prior to the association’s yearly accolades program, which included the eagerly awaited REALTOR® of the Year Award. Chere Roane, Nicole-Hudson Realty Corp, is the honor’s 2017 recipient.

“Chere has a long history of distinguished service to ORRA and, just as importantly, to a variety of our affiliated organizations,” says Jeff Fagan, Watson Realty Corp, chairman of the 2017 ORRA Awards Committee. “For example, she is supportive of both the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and the CCIM Institute on the local, state, and national levels for each. In addition, she is an unselfish mentor who takes her role in guiding less experienced REALTORS® very seriously.”

Chere is also the recipient of ORRA’s 2016 Special Meritorious Achievement Award, which recognized her devotion of time, talents, and expertise on behalf of all REALTORS®.

Honors presented at the luncheon were:

Chairman of the Year Award - to Marilia Neri, Real Estate Compass, LLC, for steadfast commitment and service to the Global Real Estate Council of Orlando.

Grant Clarke Volunteer of the Year Award - to Lori Rivera, Lovera Realty LLC, for commitment of countless hours of service and dedication to the association and to the real estate profession.

REALTOR® of the Year Award - to Chere Roane, Nicole-Hudson Realty Corp, for exceptional commitment, service, and dedication to the ideals of the REALTOR® membership, to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, and to the real estate profession.

Rising Star Award to - Justin V. LaManna, Homevest Realty, for demonstrating exceptional potential and dedication in service to the association.

Walter Rose Lifetime Award - to Budge Huskey, Premier Sothebys Int’l Realty, for rendering exceptional or unusual service to the association.

Affiliate Member of the Year Award - to Josh Pennington, Title Professionals Of Central Florida LLC, for exceptional service and dedication in support of association programs.

The event also included presentation of the 2017 President’s Awards, which are awarded by ORRA’s outgoing president to those recipients who provided exceptional support during his or her term. Immediate Past President Bruce Elliott, Regal R.E. Services LLC, recognized the following individuals:

>Julianna Boselli Neves, Glasstone Group Inc;
>Bob Caldwell, Caldwell Realty Services;
>John Lazenby, Colony Real Group, Inc.; and
>Rosie Papagiannakis, Keller Williams Winter Park.

Gallery and Quotes (view all event photos)

“Receiving the Rising Star Award is nothing short of inspiring and humbling. Being among such a diverse group of REALTORS® that share the same passion and creative thinking challenges me every day to try new things, become a better leader than yesterday, and to never settle for complacency. I had a blast in 2017, and I enjoyed seeing what the association and all its members accomplished together. This award is not for me, but for all those who serve our association to implement growth, education, and involvement well past our day-to-day jobs." - Justin

REALTOR of the Year Award
pictured: Lisa Ford, Chere Roane, Cliff Long
“Receiving recognition for my involvement with ORRA touches my heart because it honors not just what I do, but also what I believe. Being a part of our association — committees, education, networking — is what every REALTOR® should do. It helps us become better REALTORS® through the things we learn and the people we meet, which in turn benefits both our clients and our profession." - Chere
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Pictured: Cynthia Shelton, Budge Huskey, Cliff Long
“I’m truly honored to be considered worthy of such recognition and to join the ranks of such prominent past recipients. I proudly accept it knowing well the legacy of my service to the association and industry at large is purely a reflection of the caliber of REALTORS® with whom I’ve had the privilege of working throughout my 34-year career, so many of whom are lifelong ORRA friends.” - Budge
Chairman of the Year Award
pictured: Dennis Burgess, Marilia Neri, Cliff Long
“I am super honored to have received the Chairman of the Year Award, and I couldn't have done it without the help of great mentors such as Cleberto Copetti, Beatrix Masotti, and Maria Grulich. I had a great team behind me and enjoyed a committee full of members who were all amazing and ready to help at any time.” - Marilia
REALTOR of the Year Award
pictured: Cathy Marino, Lori Rivera, Cliff Long
“Simply having a Volunteer of the Year Award illustrates my belief that REALTORS® should be more than just the transaction. I’m grateful to have volunteered in 2017 with so many others who shared my passion; no one does it alone, and the individuals who made up the 2017 ORRA Community Relations Committee put in extraordinary effort to show that REALTORS® don’t just sell houses, they build better communities.” - Lori 
Affiliate of the Year Award
pictured: Cat Brower, Josh Pennington, Cliff Long
"I am truly honored to have received this award! How lucky am I to have a career that allows me to hang out with my friends on a daily basis, much less be recognized for it. I look forward to many more years of continued service at ORRA." - Josh

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