Florida Realtors® Mission Statement
“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
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.
A 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
Florida Realtors management team executives
- 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
Bill Martin: CEO Florida Realtors. Contact Bill at Billm@floridarealtors.org
Carrie O'Rourke: Vice President of Public Policy. Contact Carrie at Carrieo@floridarealtors.org.
Margy Grant: Vice President/General Counsel of Law and Policy. Contact Margy Margyg@floridarealtors.org.
Jeff Zipper: Vice President of Communications. Contact Jeff at Jeffz@floridarealtors.org.
Dave Garrison: Vice President of Finance, Professional Development and Internal Operations. Contact Dave at Daveg@floridarealtors.org.
Dr. Brad O'Connor: Chief Economist of Industry Data & Analysis. Contact Brad at Brado@floridarealtors.org.
Eric Forsman: Vice President of Technology Services.
Contact Eric at Ericf@floridarealtors.org