Annual Night of Honors
Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) held its annual Night of Honors celebration on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. Chartered in 1949, the 5,000+ professional member organization of REALTORS® in Collier County recognized the accomplishments of many of its members who volunteer their time and talents to better the organization, industry and community in 2016. The highest honor – REALTOR® OF THE YEAR, which recognizes a member who has distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions in the community, and on the local, state, and national association level – was awarded to Mike Hughes, who has served on more committees at the local, state and national level than can be counted. Notable positions include: former Director of the National Association of Realtors, 2015 President of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, 2009 NABOR® Citizen of the Year, and current Florida Realtors Director and Florida Realtors District 5 Vice President.
Fioretti then presented long-time NABOR® members Arlene Carozza, JB Novelli, Judy Price, Ray Carroll, and Lloyd Bowein with the 2016 Emeritus Status Award.
Emeritus Status is awarded in recognition of 40 cumulative years of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® and in recognition of valuable and lasting contribution to the real estate profession in the community.
NABOR Honor Society
NABOR® President Dominic Pallini kicked off the evening with a warm welcome followed by past President Jo Carter, who read an invocation and led guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was immediate past President Rick Fioretti, whose first order of business was to recognize 24 members into the NABOR® Honor Society; many of which were also added to the Florida Realtors® Honor Society. Honor Society members provide participation at the local, state, and national levels to include activity in NAR®’s institutes, societies and councils, designations earned; educational activities; and political involvement. (Honor Society Members: Paula Angelopoulos Urbinati, Rick Baranski, Ryan Bleggi, Peter Bobris, Nick Bobzien, Brett Brown, Christine Citrano, Jeri Cobb, Harley Conrad, Rick Fioretti, Brenda Fioretti, Susan Hubly, Mike Hughes, Jeff Jones, Priscilla Kellerhouse, Wes Kunkle, Dana Mount, Dominic Pallini, Jim Pilon, Pat Pitocchi, Bill Poteet, Cheryl Poteet, Terrilyn VanGorder, Birgit Wolf)
The prestigious Ad Miller Award was presented by NABOR® member and 2015 recipient Jeff Jones to NABOR® member Sally Masters. This NABOR® award recognizes an individual who works to enhance and/or preserve private property rights, ownership and transferability, and the preservation of the free enterprise system. Masters’ work included being NABOR®’s key contact for Garrett Richter during his terms in the Florida House and Senate. She also organized the Annual Legislative Update Forums that bring our local Florida legislators to meet with NABOR® members after each year’s session. On a personal level, Masters, whose son serves in the Marines, formed Adopt-A-Soldier.org, which prepares and sends meals and other essentials to soldiers from our area that are serving overseas.
NABOR® President Dominic Pallini had the honor of presenting the 2017 Hall of Fame Award to NABOR® member Michele Harrison. The Hall of Fame award recognizes members who have exhibited extraordinary dedication and service over 20 years of membership in NABOR®. In addition to being the NABOR President in 2005 and REALTOR of the Year In 2009, Harrison has consistently been involved in numerous committees at NABOR® as well as with local organizations including the Collier Building Industry Association serving as its President in 2007 and Builder of the Year in 2008. In addition, Harrison served as a board member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Collier, and was a member of the board of directors for the Florida Home Builders Association. Harrison is a current board member of the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center and is on the President’s Council for Hodges University.
Harley Conrad Jr., the 2015 REALTOR® of the Year award recipient, presented Mike Hughes with the top award for 2016. Hughes has been active in NABOR® since he joined as a member in 2000, and is currently a Vice Chairman of the Florida Realtors Building Committee. In addition to being the NABOR® President in 2015 and a former two-term Director of the National Association of Realtors, Mike has also served his peers as:
Member of the Florida Realtors Executive Committee
Member of the Florida Realtors Public Policy Committee
Member of the Florida Realtors Finance Committee
Chairman of the Florida Real Estate Services Committee
Chair of the Florida Realtors Investment & Treasury Committee
Chair of the Florida Realtors Risk Management Committee
Chair of the Florida Realtors Audit Committee
Hughes’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant is an asset to the many committees he has shared his time with at NABOR® including the Media Relations Committee. His contributions in this capacity did not go unrecognized and he has also earned the following accolades:
Humanitarian of the Year, Community Involvement Award, Member Spotlight Award, Citizen of the Year, Task Force Contribution Award.
The Annual Night of Honors also recognized these NABOR® members with awards:
|Affiliate/Allied Committee Contribution Award: Darline Hillard
||Affiliate/Allied Member of the Year: Holly Harmon
||Affiliate/Allied Rising Star Award: Christina Davidow
||Citizen of the Year: Mary Waller
|Educator of the Year: Jim Pilon
||Humanitarian Award: Rick Fioretti
||Leadership Academy Alumni Award: Bill Archer
||REALTOR Committee Contribution Award: Terrilyn VanGorder
|REALTOR Rising Star Award: Michael York
||Task Force Contribution Award: Larry Utterback
||Commercial Achievement Award: