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Florida Realtors® Mission Statement

FAR Headquarters, Orlando

“The mission of Florida Realtors is to advance Florida’s real estate industry by shaping public policy on real property issues; encouraging, promoting and teaching consistent standards for ethical practice and professionalism; and building on the efforts of local Boards/Associations to provide the information and tools members need to succeed.”

Florida Realtors is the largest trade association in the state with more than 155,000 members.

As a member, you’ll enjoy business contacts, networking opportunities, educational offerings, research and legislative representation, programs, services, and tremendous camaraderie. The Association headquarters is located in Orlando, and the legislative Office of Public Policy is located in the heart of  Tallahassee.

The Florida Realtors elected leadership and business management teams share a common goal.  Individually, each brings to the table years of expertise in the real estate industry and proven business management skills. As partners, they seek solutions to advance specific public policy issues and meet the needs of the state's Realtor community.

Meet Florida Realtors CEO Bill Martin

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Bill Martin is Florida Realtors’ chief executive officer. As CEO, he is the state association’s chief management officer and is responsible for administration of Florida Realtors’ programs, services and policies, as well as its financial condition.

Martin was CEO at Michigan Realtors® prior to his move to Florida. His extensive resume includes serving in the U.S. Army with the famed 101st Airborne Division, then as a trooper with the Michigan State Police. In 1987, Martin was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives serving Calhoun County; a position he held for four terms. In 1995, then-Michigan Gov. John Engler appointed him commissioner of the Michigan State Lottery; and in 1999 appointed him director and CEO of the state’s largest department, the Michigan Department of Corrections. In that position, Martin managed 19,000 employees and oversaw a $1.7-billion budget.

Meet 2016 Florida Realtors President Matey Veissi   

Matey H. Veissi, broker-owner, Veissi Associates in Miami, is the 2016 president of Florida Realtors, the state’s largest professional association with 155,000 members.

veissiMATEY_2016_5x7PortraitA leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Matey also has chaired virtually every committee in Miami Realtors, her local association, and was named its Realtor of the Year in 1996. She was the creator and charter member of the association’s International Council and a founding member of its Honor Society. She received a lifetime achievement award in 2005.

Matey is also an associate professor at Florida International University’s College of Finance and a member of FIU’s Real Estate Institute Advisory Board and Women’s Mentoring Program.

As president of the state association, Matey will focus on enhancing Florida Realtors’ services and support programs for real estate professionals. “Great service is the hallmark of professionalism, and we want our members to wow our customers,” she says. “In addition, our organization will continue to be a strong advocate on key issues affecting our local communities.”

Meet all the Florida Realtors officers

2016 Leadership Team Officers

2016 District Vice Presidents

  • District 1: Dick Schroeder
  • District 2: Angela Pitre-Reddy
  • District 3: Patty Renna
  • District 4: Christina Pappas
  • District 5: Jason Jakus
  • District 6: Lynn Mooney
  • District 7: Marilyn Pearson-Adams
  • District 8: Mariela Bartens Santurri
  • District 9: Grey Burge
  • District 10: Debbie Miller
  • District 11 Marnie Allen
  • District 12 Sharon Voss
  • District 13 Sherry Grooms

Florida Realtors management team executives

Bill Martin: CEO Florida Realtors. Contact Bill at

Carrie O'Rourke: Vice President of Public Policy. Contact Carrie at

Margy Grant: Vice President/General Counsel of Law and Policy. Contact Margy

Jeff Zipper: Vice President of Communications. Contact Jeff at

Dave Garrison: Vice President of Finance, Professional Development and Internal Operations. Contact Dave at

Dr. Brad O'Connor: Chief Economist of Industry Data & Analysis. Contact Brad at

Eric Forsman: Vice President of Technology Services. Contact Eric at
Florida Realtors history: 100 years and going strong
How long has Florida Realtors been around? 2016 marks our 100th anniversary!

In 1916, 68 real estate brokers from 16 Florida communities gathered in Jacksonville for the first convention. That first meeting marked the beginning of a vision and an ongoing mission to serve the Realtors of Florida and the people who make their home in the Sunshine State. Realtors brought order, fairness and professionalism to the real estate business in Florida. Since that humble beginning, thousands and thousands of Realtors have helped millions of Floridians achieve the American dream of homeownership.

Today, Florida Realtors members and the management team are busier than ever, protecting private property rights and keeping a very close eye on some 3,600 pieces of legislation each year that can impact property owners in Florida.

 Contact Us

Florida Realtors
7025 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL

Tel: 407.438.1400
FAX: 407.438.1411

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Tel: 407.438.1409

Technology Hotline
Tel: 407.587.1450

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