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2023 Associate Realtor of the Year Mari Colgan
2023 Associate Realtor of the Year Mari Colgan and Florida Realtors President G. Mike McGraw pose with her award.

Tampa Realtor® Honored As 2023 Associate Realtor of Year

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Realtors® has recognized Mari Colgan of the Greater Tampa Realtors® as Associate Realtor of the Year for 2023. The award was presented at the state association’s recent annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

Florida Realtors has presented Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for 68 years. Winners are honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their local board, community, state association and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). A real estate professional for over 24 years, Colgan has long supported the real estate industry and her profession, sharing her leadership and experience by serving on countless committees at the local, state and national levels of the Realtor organizations.

As the Tampa association’s 2018 president, she was pivotal in facilitating the merger between the East Pasco Association of Realtors and Greater Tampa Realtors. Along with that challenge, she helped create the association’s new logo and develop its revamped branding. She also spearheaded the remodeling of the Tampa headquarters, affectionately referring to it as the “members’ house” – which is still the office’s nickname among Tampa Realtors. In 2020, she received the highly regarded District 6 Vernon Taylor Award, which recognizes her outstanding service and contributions to the real estate profession.

Colgan has been a Crystal R and Sterling R major investor in the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC), which proves her commitment to investing in the future of the real estate profession. While serving as the key contact for U.S. and state legislative leaders, she has established relationships with influential policymakers, advocating for the voice of Realtors to be heard at the highest levels.

In 2021, as chair of the state Convention Committee during a year when pandemic fears and lockdown issues were easing, she helped ensure the success of a new hybrid online and in-person convention format for Florida Realtors’ members.

Colgan served as a NAR director for six years. She also participated in Florida Realtors’ NAR Director Mentee/Mentor program as one of the “Elite Eight” in 2019, thus gaining the opportunity to work with national leaders for the real estate industry and valuable insight into how NAR operates.

Her involvement in her community spans numerous years and organizations, including the Student Advisory Council of McDonald Elementary, The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Advisory Council and her church. A dedicated Realtor, Colgan leads by example and demonstrates her commitment to her profession and her community.

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research, and legislative representation to about 238,000 members in 51 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Newsroom website is available at