Here’s to You, FAR Award Winners! World-class professionals who consistently set high standards of excellence within the real estate community were honored when the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR) recognized this year’s award winners at the 91st Annual Convention & Trade Expo at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa. Frank E. Kowalski Realtor® of the Year
Frank Kowalski, from the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches, received this “lifetime achievement” award for his tireless contributions to his community as well as local, state and national real estate associations during his 35 years in the business.
Locally, he won the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was named Realtor of the Year twice. He also served as Treasurer for the Corporate Board of Directors and has faithfully served on many committees including Education, Leadership and the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC).
He was FAR President in 2005, and has been a loyal and generous financial contributor to RPAC for years. He’s served on dozens of committees, been active in Smart Growth initiatives and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Political Strategy and was previously chairman of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC).
At the national level, Kowalski served as the president’s Liaison to Germany, as a member of the executive committee and as a Director for five years. He was also a Federal District Coordinator. Over the years he’s participated in many NAR committees and key initiatives including the Council of Residential Specialists of the Realtors National Marketing Institute. And he served as national president of the Council of Residential Specialists. Madeline H. “Matey” Veissi Associate Realtor® of the Year
Representing the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches, Matey Veissi has served on just about every committee in her local board. She has been an Honor Society member every year since 1990, a Charter Member of the Board of Directors, and creator and charter member of the Leader International Council. So, it’s no surprise that she received the Chairman’s Lifetime Award in 2005 and she was named Realtor of the Year in 1996.
On the state level, she wasappointed by the governor to the Governor’s Task Force on license law review for the state of Florida and was 2003 Chairman of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC). She has also chaired FAR’s Business Trends and Technology Forum and served on the Professional Development and Risk Management committees. She currently chairs the Strategic Planning committee.
Nationally, Veissi was the NAR President’s liaison to the Bahamas Real Estate Association from 1999 through 2004, and she has been a member of the International Operations Committee every year since 1999. She is also a member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) and the Internat-ional Advisory Council.
Veissi has also found time to coach baseball and cross-country and volunteer for the House-for-the-Homeless. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct Professor at Barry University in Miami for 30 years. Sherri Meadows Realtor® Achievement Award
This award recognizes Sherri Meadows’ contributions during the previous three years to her community, local, state and national Realtor associations. Meadows has dedicated countless hours to the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors®, where she has served as Legislative Chair, By-Laws and Publicity Chair, and was named Realtor of the Year in 1995. She has also chaired the local Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC), been the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) president and president of the local chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR).
At the state level, she has not only been an active member of dozens of committees but she has also been an FAR Director, chaired the Legislative & Political Forum, served as Legislative Day Vice-Chair, the Gubernatorial Candidate Screening monitor, and a U.S. Senate Candidate Screening Panel member. Tricia Carlisle-Northcutt Humanitarian of the Year
Tricia Carlisle-Northcutt, member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® felt compelled to help low-income children who often don’t qualify for government-sponsored health programs. So she founded the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) in April 2005, which provides free medical, dental and mental health care to children without insurance in two counties where access to health care is poor.
In only two years, CVHN has provided care to 300 children using a network of more than 80 doctors, dentists and mental health professionals, all of whom donate their services. All of CVHN’s funding comes from grassroots donations and 85 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to helping the children. Patricia Pavelka Carrico Newcomer Award
With this award, FAR recognizes an outstanding individual who has entered the real estate profession within the past three years or less, and has made notable contributions to the local and state associations, as well as to his or her community.
In her first year in real estate, Patricia Pavelka Carrico, member of the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation and joined several committees. She has also become active in Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) fundraising and the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR), and is a candidate (or has pending designations) for the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designations. Pavelka-Carrico is also a licensed mortgage broker.
Other 2007 FAR award winners include: Graduate, Realtor Institute Scholastic Award
The GRI award is presented to the member with the highest cumulative score on the GRI exam. This year’s award went to Diana Foster, GRI, Hernando County Association of
Realtors®, whose cumulative score was 291 out of 300 possible points. Education—Individual Achievement
Roland Guidry, CAM, e-Pro, Emerald Coast Association of Realtors. Florida Realtor Magazine Editorial Excellence Awards
“How to Set Up a Paperless Office,” Joe Ballarino
, Naples Area Board of Realtors. Editorial Excellence:
“How to Sell Industrial Real Estate,” Stan Stouder
, Realtor Association of Greater Ft. Myers and the Beach. Editorial Excellence:
“How to Start Your Own Brokerage,” Noel A. Edwards
, Realtor Association of Greater Ft. Lauderdale.