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Awards & Recognition

Welcome to the NEFAR Awards & Recognition page, where excellence meets acknowledgment. Our awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and dedication of our members, highlighting those who not only excel in their profession but also significantly contribute to the industry and community. These accolades represent the highest honors bestowed by NEFAR, underscoring the importance of recognizing peer excellence and inspiring all members to strive for greatness. We encourage you to explore the various award categories and consider nominating a deserving colleague. Recognizing excellence not only honors the individual but also elevates the standards and aspirations of our entire community. Take a moment to submit a nomination today and help us celebrate the exceptional talent within NEFAR.

Give exemplary REALTORS® the recognition they deserve. Submit a nomination today.

Award Categories

The following awards are open to nominations from everyone. Click on an award below to read it’s description and view past winners. 

Awarded to NEFAR members to commemorate many years of exceptional service and contributions to the community, state, and the real estate profession. Prior winners excluded.

1996 – Barnett Bank

1997 – Ryan & Marks

1998 – Les Loggin, Wally Conway

1999 – Lynn Klimp

2000 – Suzette Gray, Danny Parham

2001 – Dennis Rust, Chic Acosta

2002 – Curtis Ford, Gullett Title

2003 – BB&T

2004 – Sue Robinson

2005 – Sue Robinson

2006 – Roy Mahler

2007 – Andrew Bell

2008 – Carolyn McMoran

2009 – Andrew Bell

2010 – Franchesca Swierz

2011 – Don Mullinax

2012 – Mick Dolan

2013 – John David Adams, Jr.

2014 – Julie Koren

2015 – Janna Thomas

2016 – Lisa Andrews

2017 – Franchesca Swierz

2018 – Lisa Andrews

2019 – Melanie Coomer

2020 – Lee Osborne

2021 – Wallace “Wally” Conway

Awarded to a NEFAR REALTOR® member who has actively worked to raise the consciousness of inclusiveness within NEFAR, the REALTOR® community or in their workplace. Nominees should be REALTOR® members who have earned the At Home with Diversity designation and have completed online fair-housing tools such as NAR’s Implicit Bias training, and the Fair Haven video simulation. They should also have tangibly demonstrated the promotion of fairness and diversity regarding age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability and so forth within NEFAR or their workplace, or the real estate industry.

1996 – N/A

1997 – Catherine Whatley

1998 – Russell Grooms

1999 – Dottie Hall, Dee Bumbarger

2000 – Sam Folds, Dan Jones

2001 – Wendell Davis, Selby Kaiser, Jim Morgan

2002 – Pete Dalton, Charles “Ben” Bates

2003 – Hope Bickerstaff Allenson

2004 – Gerri Jones

2005 – Pam Bingemann

2006 – Selby Kaiser

2007 – Carol Hill

2008 – Holly McMurry

2009 – Walter Williams

2010 – Paul Gruenther

2011 – Linda McMorrow

2012 – Audrey Lackie

2013 – N/A

2014 – N/A

2015 – Clare Berry, Eileen McVeigh, Rory Dubin

2016 – Janna Thomas

2017 – Carol Zingone

2018 – Sally Suslak, Gonzalo Mejia

2019 – Sharon Daniels

2020 – Sherry Davidson

2021 – Milagros “Millie” S. Kanyar; Dane Leslie; Terrell P. Newberry

Awarded to a NEFAR REALTOR® member who has actively worked to raise the consciousness of inclusiveness within NEFAR, the REALTOR® community or in their workplace. Nominees should be REALTOR® members who have earned the At Home with Diversity designation and have completed online fair-housing tools such as NAR’s Implicit Bias training, and the Fair Haven video simulation. They should also have tangibly demonstrated the promotion of fairness and diversity regarding age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability and so forth within NEFAR or their workplace, or the real estate industry.

2021 – Paul Gerald Ellsworth

Awarded to a NEFAR member who has been involved in real estate by working within the global community. Members who hold the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and are actively involved in NEFAR’s Global Council as well as those who have shown participation in some form of international real estate at the local, state, national, and international levels, are given strong consideration.

2021 – Rory Alan Dubin

Awarded to any NEFAR REALTOR® member to commemorate their faithful long-term service to NEFAR. Prior winners excluded.

1996 – N/A

1997 – Wendell Davis

1998 – Eileen McVeigh, Pam Bingemann

1999 – Don Taylor, Peter Sapia

2000 – Bob Ransom, Bonnie Siecker

2001 – George Linville, William Glenn East

2002 – Pat Jones, Dee Bumbarger, Henry Rogers

2003 – Ed Powell

2004 – Linda McMorrow

2005 – R.D. de Carle, Pete Dalton

2006 – Beverly Garvin

2007 – Sandy Holdren, Sherry Davidson

2008 – Eileen McVeigh

2009 – N/A

2010 – N/A

2011 – N/A

2012 – Carol Hill

2013 – Jeanne Denton-Scheck

2014 – N/A

2015 – N/A

2016 – N/A

2017 – Dane Leslie, Andre’ Boutte’, Audrey Lackie, Joyce Roberts

2018 – Sally Suslak

2019 – Janna Thomas

2020 – Terrell Newberry

2021 – Audrey Richie Lackie

Awarded to the REALTOR® member who has done an exemplary job to educate the NEFAR membership through professional instruction and/or mentorship to less-experienced agents in the real estate industry.

2002 – Robert Morrell

2003 – Jeffrey Marks

2004 – BB&T

2005 – Patricia Sherman

2006 – Andrew Wooten

2007 – Bob Morrell (posthumously)

2008 – Ulrich Leinhase

2009 – Ulrich Leinhase

2010 – Patricia Sherman

2011 – N/A

2012 – Beverly Garvin

2013 – Patricia Sherman

2014 – Gonzalo Mejia

2015 – N/A

2016 – N/A

2017 – Patricia Sherman

2018 – Lorri Reynolds

2019 – Kim Knapp

2020 – N/A

2021 – Dunia Christy Taylor

Awarded to a NEFAR member who has dedicated extensive personal time and resources to humanitarian causes or charitable efforts. Nomination must include specifics regarding the amount of time, type of support and/or resources rendered, and the full name(s) of organizations served. Prior winners excluded.

1996 – Barbara Lester

1997 – William “Fritz” Sheffield

1998 – Eileen Blocker

1999 – Melissa Nelson

2000 – Judy Hicks

2001 – Judy H. Law

2002 – Maria Taylor

2003 – N/A

2004 – Joanne Gaudette

2005 – Charlotte Esarey and Teva Monroe

2006 – Penelope “Penny” Daily and William Vasana

2007 – Paul Gruenther and Carol Ann Benjamin

2008 – Donna Goedecke and Carol Ann Benjamin

2009 – Rosie Hetman

2010 – Don Mullinax, Mary L. Walker, Richard MacDonald, Paul Wilson

2011 – Sandi Wagner, Mary L. Walker, Joanne Gaudette, Judy Jones Davis

2012 – Ted Mello and Randy Brown

2013 – Andrew Bell

2014 – Gloria Vinson

2015 – Mario Gonzalez and Karen Swinson

2016 – Bill Sharp

2017 – Cole Slate and Tiffany Mayer

2018 – Jessica Harrison

2019 – Lorri Reynolds

2020 – N/A

2021 – Rosario “Rose” Lampe

Awarded to a NEFAR REALTOR® member who has been a REALTOR® for a maximum of three years and who has demonstrated active NEFAR participation through educational accomplishments and/or NEFAR committee, council, and or task force service. Prior winners excluded.

2002 – Mike Temple

2003 – N/A

2004 – William Vasana

2005 – Paul Gruenther

2006 – Carol Zingone

2007 – Catheryne “Cappy” MacPherson

2008 – N/A

2009 – N/A

2010 – N/A

2011 – N/A

2012 – Andrew Bell

2013 – Diana Galavis

2014 – Julie Bentley

2015 – N/A

2016 – N/A

2017 – Joshua Rosenberg

2018 – N/A

2019 – Christian Oliva

2020 – Cherrae (Rae) Laws

2021 – Akime Heyward Deering

Awarded to a NEFAR REALTOR® member who has excelled in their professional development for the past two years. Items considered are the completion of local, state, and national real estate courses (including online courses) and the earning or supplementing NAR-conferred designations and/or certifications. Prior winners excluded.

2002 – Paul Lippens

2003 – Linda McInnis

2004 – N/A

2005 – N/A

2006 – N/A

2007 – Mary Slaughter

2008 – Carol Zingone

2009 – Cammie Thomas

2010 – N/A

2011 – N/A

2012 – Mark Good

2013 – Missi Howell

2014 – Rory Dubin

2015 – Gonzalo Mejia

2016 – Stephanie Saylor

2017 – Wanda McReynolds

2018 – Paul Ellsworth

2019 – N/A

2020 – N/A

2021 – April Hall Lloyd

Awarded to a NEFAR member who has made the greatest contribution to the property management profession through professional leadership initiatives and/or educational accomplishments. Prior winners excluded.

1996 – Vernon Dean

1997—Bryan Cantrell

1998 – Joan Sapia

1999 – Wendell Davis

2000 – Carole Martin

2001 – Michael Hodges

2002 – Wendy Brozino

2003 – Wayne Jones

2004 – Wendell Davis

2005 – Brenda Needham

2006 – Michael Hodges

2007 – Wanda Franklin

2008 – Brenda Needham

2009 – Terri Brown

2010 – Roger Perkins

2011 – Wanda Franklin

2012 – Nancy Maggiore

2013 – Tiea Vincent

2014 – N/A

2015 – N/A

2016 – Mario Gonzalez

2017 – Mike Collins

2018 – N/A

2019 – Jeanell Wilson

2020 – Philip Scarborough

2021 – Lisa A. Schueneman

Awarded to one NEFAR REALTOR® member who has demonstrated continued personal involvement and support to NEFAR and to the real estate profession for the past three years. The current NEFAR president is not eligible.

1996 – Russell Grooms

1997 – Charlene Perez

1998 – Neil O’Donnell

1999 – Walter Williams

2000 – Roy Orren

2001 – Billie K. Motz

2002 – Eileen McVeigh

2003 – Kay Seitzinger

2004 – Phyllis Staines

2005 – Andre’ Le Gras Boutte’

2006 – Millie Kanyar

2007 – Linda McInnis

2008 – Stephanie White

2009 – Carol Zingone

2010 – Selby Kaiser

2011 – Linda McMorrow

2012 – Holly McMurry

2013 – Dane Leslie

2014 – Missi Howell

2015 – Diana Galavis

2016 – Gonzalo Mejia

2017 – Kim Knapp

2018 – Diane Cook

2019 – Charles “Ben” Bates

2020 – Michael Hodges

2021 – Marc Jernigan

Awarded to a NEFAR member who has remained in the background, while faithfully going well above and beyond in serving NEFAR through volunteer service and/or support.

1996 – Shuri Speed

1997 – Betty Fisette

1998 – Bonnie Siecker

1999 – Adelva Johnston

2000 – Christine Lee Phillips

2001 – Ernie Roundtree

2002 – Holly McMurry

2003 – Sandy Holdren

2004 – Diane Moss

2005 – Bonnie Siecker

2006 – Hazel Tweedale

2007 – Carolyn Minor

2008 – Iris Clerc

2009 – N/A

2010 – N/A

2011 – Gonzalo Mejia

2012 – N/A

2013 – Donna Overman

2014 – N/A

2015 – Kim Sandberg

2016 – N/A

2017 – N/A

2018 – N/A

2019 – Joyce Roberts

2020 – N/A

2021 – Kelli Anne King

Awarded sparingly, this honor recognizes NEFAR members who have gone far and above expectations in their efforts to support NEFAR’s special projects or events.

1996 – Eileen McVeigh

1997 – Bob Ford, Less Loggins, Amy Snowden

1998 – N/A

1999 – Corey Mann, Erna Elton

2000 – Sandy Holdren

2001 – Kay Stalvey, Diane Ward, Jeanell Wilson, Mike McCray

2002 – Wally Conway, HomeBanc Mortgage Corp.

2003 – Bonnie Siecker, Teresa Campbell

2004 – Amanda Dandy, Mary Kay Engelking, Carol Hill

2005 – Erin Fortner, Cassie Browning

2006 – Carol Mikell, R.D. de Carle, Jennifer McLaughlin, Dianne Pittman

2007 – Cathy Whatley, Paul and Judy White

2008 – Vera Thrift

2009 – N/A

2010 – Carol Hill, Holly McMurry

2011 – N/A

2012 – N/A

2013 – Kim Knapp, Janna Thomas

2014 – Holly McMurry

2015 – Becky Williams

2016 – Diana Galavis, Holly McMurry

2017 – Don Mullinax

2018 – N/A

2019 – Lisa Andrews

2020 – N/A

2021 – Tiea Vincent

Exclusive Awards

Honorees for the following awards are handpicked by the NEFAR’s CEO, President, and/or NEFAR staff members.

Awarded to an elected official within NEFAR’s delegation area as a recognition of their personal efforts in supporting the real estate profession. This can be someone who has promoted legislation beneficial to the real estate profession and/or property rights. Nomination of local elected officials is strongly encouraged.

1996 – Steve Wise

1997 – Rep. Joe Arnall

1998 – Rep. John Thrasher

1999 – Sen. Jim Horne

2000 – Rep. Kelley Smith

2001 – N/A

2002 – Commissioner Brad Purcell

2003 – Rep. Ander Crenshaw

2004 – Rep. Jennifer Carroll

2005 – N/A

2006 – Rep. Audrey Gibson

2007 – Jim Overton

2008 – Lee Buck

2009 – Clay County Commission

2010 – John Crescimbeni

2011 – N/A

2012 – Angela Corey

2013 – Lori Boyer

2014 – N/A

2015 – N/A

2016 – N/A

2017 – N/A

2018 – N/A

2019 – N/A

2020 – N/A

2021 – N/A

Awarded to a NEFAR REALTOR® who has made a significant mark within the profession of real estate in Northeast Florida. The nominee’s name should be recognizable within the community-at-large and is synonymous with exemplary ethical behavior as well as knowledgeable and compassionate service to clients. This individual is also highly respected in the REALTOR® community and has demonstrated generosity with his or her time through their support of community organizations/projects/programs.

2021 – William A. Watson, Jr.

Presented to a past president who, for many years, has been actively involved in the association through personal volunteerism and has demonstrated excellent leadership abilities. This award honors someone who has unselfishly served the association and the community and exemplifies the standards established by the Realtors’® Code of Ethics. Recipients of this award must be a past president in good standing of the association, and the award may be given at any time.

2023 – Millie Kanyar

This award honors a long-time REALTOR® member, living or deceased, who has made a significant mark on the Northeast Florida real estate industry.

2021 – Walter L. Williams

2022 –

2023 – Pete O. Dalton

Retired Awards

The following awards are no longer available.

Associate Affiliate of the Year

1996 – Debra Pataky

1997 – Tim Dooley

1998 – Garry Watson

1999 – Charlene Alexander

2000 – Carolyn McMoran, Roy Mahler

1996 – Selby Kaiser

1997 – Robert Bossen

1998 – Clare Berry

1999 – Kathy Tinney

2000 – Kay Seitzinger

2001 – Russell Grooms

1996 – Randy McNeal

1997 – John Winkler

1998 – Gerri Jones

1999 – Norman W. Gregory

2000 – Hobart Joost, Jr.

1996 – Lynn Klimp, Jamie Brooks

1996 – Marty Moore

1997 – Pat Jones

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