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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 165,000 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 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells

Maria Wells, broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart, is the 2017 president of Florida Realtors, the state’s largMaria Wellsest professional association with 165,000 members.

A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Wells has served as president of the Realtors Association of St. Lucie and the Realtor Association of Martin County. She currently is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, which is her primary board, Realtor Association of Martin County, Miami Association of Realtors and The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors Association in Pennsylvania.

She has been secretary, treasurer, vice president and district vice president of the state association, as well as serving on numerous boards, forums and committees. She also is a director of the National Association of Realtors, serving on several committees and as chair of NAR’s Insurance Committee and Research Committee.

In the community, Wells has been a member of the Martin County Orchid Society, Leadership Martin County Planning Committee, and organized fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association and Library Foundation Pearls of Wisdom Ball.

Meet all the Florida Realtors officers

2017 Leadership Team Officers

  • President Maria Wells
  • President-Elect Christine Hansen
  • Vice President Eric Sain
  • Treasurer Barry M. Grooms
  • Secretary Cheryl Lambert

2017 District Vice Presidents

  • District 1: David Ferro
  • District 2: Lynette Hendricks
  • District 3: John Mike
  • District 4: Jaclyn Kelley
  • District 5: Michael Hughes
  • District 6: Barbara Jordan
  • District 7: Bert Meadows
  • District 8: Trina Searcy
  • District 9: Teresa Dyer
  • District 10: Trevor Puskar
  • District 11 John Castilli
  • District 12 Tim Weisheyer
  • District 13 Erik Korzilius

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: Senior 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 Research. Contact Brad at

Eric Forsman: Vice President of Technology Services. Contact Eric at
Florida Realtors history: 101 years and going strong

How long has Florida Realtors been around? 2017 marks our 101th 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

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Tel: 407.587.1450

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