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Riley honored as 2008 Realtor of the Year
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Nancy Riley addresses Florida Realtors after accepting the 2008 Realtor of the Year Award



ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 25, 2008– Nancy Riley, the 2007 president of the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) and a member of the Pinellas Suncoast Association of Realtors, was named FAR’s 2008 Realtor of the Year. The award – one of several – was presented today at FAR’s 92nd annual Convention & Trade Expo at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

I should be thanking you because I think this association is just phenomenal,” said Riley after accepting the award from FAR President Chuck Bonfiglio. “Some people say I bleed (Realtor) blue and probably with too much passion. Being in this business 35 years, this association has given me the opportunity to work for and support causes that I believe in.” Riley noted that it was her birthday, adding, “This is one heck of a birthday present.”

FAR has presented both the Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 50 years. Winners are honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their local board, community, FAR and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

For more than two decades, Riley contributed to the success of her local Realtor association and its members, working with almost every committee. She served on the board of directors for both the St. Petersburg Suncoast and Clearwater associations, and was instrumental in the merger of the two organizations into the Pinellas Suncoast Association of Realtors. Prior to the merger, she was president of the Clearwater association in 1999.

At the state level, Riley worked diligently in 2007 to educate her colleagues and citizens about the need for property tax and insurance reforms. Appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, she sought input from fellow Realtors around the state on property tax issues. As FAR’s 2007 president, she was passionate about the importance of property tax and property insurance reform. She traveled the state, visiting real estate offices and speaking to the media on behalf of Realtors and the many affected homebuyers and sellers they represent. Riley was a leading force behind FAR’s advocacy efforts in 2007, leading up to Florida voters’ passage of Amendment 1 on Jan. 29, 2008.

Prior to being elected FAR president, Riley served as secretary in 2003 and treasurer in 2004. She also chaired or served on most FAR committees, and is a long-time RPAC supporter. She has been involved with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) since 1991 and served as NAR director, vice-chair and chair of its Board Forum, and as a member, vice-chair and chairman of NAR’s Credentials Committee.

Riley’s efforts reach beyond the geographic boundaries of her business or the state of Florida. She continues to promote state issues – including a national disaster insurance program – to NAR and other national leaders. She initiates and builds coalitions around the country for the betterment of the industry and the Realtor profession.

2008 Associate Realtor of the Year

Susanna Madden, a member of the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, received the 2008 Associate Realtor of the Year Award. At the local level, Madden has not only been president of her local association, but has been named Realtor of the Year six times for her secondary board and once for her primary board, the Greater Tampa association.

On the state level, Madden served as 2006 president of the Florida chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR), which awarded her the Rising Star, Extra Effort and Mentor of the Year honors. She has been a committee chair and director for the Florida chapter of Certified Residential Specialists. Madden has served on numerous FAR committees, and is currently vice-chair for the Communications Committee and the District 6 Vice-President in 2007. On the national level, she has been an NAR director and served on the NAR Business Issues, Education and Professional Standards committees.

Madden belongs to a number of community organizations and volunteers for many worthy causes, including Children’s Miracles Network, Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts and the Humane Society. Here’s another example: Two years ago, she was asked to be the auctioneer at the local Cattle Barons’ Ball with the proceeds to be donated to ROCK Camp (Reaching Out To Cancer Kids). She was given a goal of raising $5,000 to fight children’s cancer; but in 15 minutes, Madden raised $37,000. The next year, she raised $58,000; this year, in 30 minutes, she raised a record $106,000.

Realtor Achievement Award

Nancy Hogan, a member of the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches, received the Realtor Achievement Award this year. Thee award recognizes a Realtor serving as manager, broker of record, or officer of his or her company. Locally, Hogan was recognized as one of the top women in business in 2004 and 2005. Her local association named her Realtor of the Year in 2005, and has served in a leadership capacity on virtually every committee.

Hogan presents seminars throughout Florida in support of the campaign against mortgage fraud, and, at the state level, created a task force against mortgage fraud in 2006. She was the 2006 chairman of the Florida Real Estate Commission. She served as a District Vice President for FAR in 1994 and was a FAR director for many years, prior to her FREC appointment. On the national level, she actively participates in NAR conferences and has served on its Convention Host Committee.

Here’s a partial list of the many civic organizations and charities Hogan works with: Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, Salvation Army and the city of Miami Beautification Committee.

Humanitarian of the Year Award

FAR honored Claudette Bruck, a member of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, as winner of the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year Award. In a historic first for FAR, this marks the second time Bruck received the distinguished award: FAR also named her Humanitarian of the Year in 2000.

At the heart of her community efforts, Bruck is concerned with the welfare of children. She is a tireless fundraiser, financial supporter and volunteer for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless Inc., helping more than 12,000 homeless individuals since 1999. The organization operates a 200-bed emergency shelter and a 62-bed transitional housing program. Since 1984, she has also served as a member of the state’s Guardian Ad Litem program, which advocates for children in need. For her work with that program, the Florida Supreme Court and former Governor Jeb Bush honored her as “Child Advocate of the Year.”

Bruck also has served as a commissioner for the city of Coral Springs since 2006 and is a member of the Citizens Emergency Response Team.

Newcomer Award

Winning FAR’s Newcomer Award for 2008 is Christina Pitchford Perez, a member of the Sarasota Association of Realtors. The Newcomer Award recognizes an outstanding individual who entered the Realtor profession within the past three years, and, during that time, made notable contributions to the local and state associations, as well as to his or her community.

Pitchford Perez is a founding member and the 2008 vice chair of the Sarasota Young Realtors group, established by her local association in 2007 to identify and foster future leaders. She also is a founding member of the Green Realtors Alliance of Sarasota, which created and hosted a successful trade expo this year to introduce green and sustainable real estate related products to Realtors, clients and potential clients in the community.

Pitchford Perez helped plan a trade mission to the United Kingdom last year with the association’s International Committee, worked with the Mid-Florida Regional MLS Review Team, and assisted many of the local association’s committees behind-the-scenes. She volunteers for numerous community groups as well, including the Children’s Miracle Network, the PTA, United Cerebral Palsy, the local public library system, Mote Marine Laboratory and Sarasota’s Empty Bowl Project.

Other FAR award winners this year

Education – Individual Achievement: Ric Giumenta, Flagler County Association of Realtors.
Graduate Realtor Institute Scholastic Achievement Award: Suzanne Dunn, GRI, Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale; and Scott Reisig, GRI, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.
Florida Realtor Magazine Editorial Excellence Award: “How to Supercharge Your Network,” Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches.
Florida Realtor Magazine Best Article Award: “How to Manage the Curve Ball,” Rosa Nell Hammer, Realtor Association of Miami-Dade County.

© 2008 FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
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