Jacksonville Realtor® Honored as 2022 Spirit of Advocacy Award Winner
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Realtors® recognized Russell Grooms, the 2004 president of Florida Realtors and a member of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors®, as the 2022 winner of its Spirit of Advocacy Award.
This award honors a member of Florida Realtors who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy at the local board, state association, national association and community within the governmental or political arena over their lifetime. Monetary donations are not a consideration for the award.
Grooms has invested more than 40 years in the real estate industry as a Realtor Emeritus. He has long been committed to advocacy and doing the hard work needed to support his profession. In fact, he has spent decades inspiring and educating others on key industry issues and asking for their support.
At the state level, since the mid-1980s, Grooms has been a key contact helping to keep many legislators informed about real estate industry concerns and issues. He also has served on or chaired dozens of Florida Realtors committees, presidential advisory groups (PAGs) and forums.
At the national level, he has served as a Federal Political Coordinator to members of Congress for the National Association of Realtors and on countless NAR committees, from its Federal Legislative and Political Forum to the State and Local Issues Mobilization Committee.
In the Jacksonville area community, Grooms has personally worked on numerous local, state and congressional candidate campaigns. His advocacy efforts over his long career include successfully fighting a proposed sales tax on services in Florida – twice – as well as calling for changes in the guidelines for PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs in the state.
Grooms is a dedicated advocate for private property rights, a strong voice for Realtor engagement and investment, and represents the real estate profession at its best.
Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research, and legislative representation to about 225,000 members in 51 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Newsroom website is available at floridarealtors.org/newsroom