Marco Island Area Association of Realtors introduced its slate of officers 2016 and recognized outstanding performance for 2015 by members and staff at its 40th annual installation dinner.
As always and in keeping with the holiday season, the affair was an evening of festive elegance, with dining and dancing, held recently at the Hideaway Beach Club.
The gala saw Dick Shanahan named as the MIAAOR’s incoming president, replacing Susan Ackerson, broker-owner of Anchor Real Estate. It’s the fourth time Shanahan, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty’s Marco office, has held the post. His fellow officers are president-elect Michael O’Rourke and secretary-treasurer Gary Elliott.
Announced as directors were Litha Berger, Carl Pucci and Christina Waldren, who will serve one-year terms;Mike Boland, George Percel and Jacqueline Strategos, who will serve two-year terms; and Ken Bennett and Ken Gandy, who will serve three-year terms.
The officers and directors were sworn in by Matey Veiss, of Miami, 2016 President of the Florida Association of Realtors.
Shanahan’s theme for the year will be, “And Then Some, Marco Island Style,” a slogan he said is exemplified by the community’s penchant for going ‘above and beyond.’ “We’re always volunteering and giving to make Marco Island a better place,” he added.
In reviewing the past 12 months, Ackerson said the year is closing with the association in sound financial shape, and its membership strong and growing. She thanked the MIAAOR’s staff and committee members for their work on associationeducational programs. She also praised the events held during 2015, especially the inaugural Annual Economic Summit, held in October.
Ackerson said the biggest issued faced by the association this year was the rental ordinance city council considered before rejecting it after the measure generated significant community opposition. She also praised the MIAAOR’s Political Action Committee, formed this year, for its efforts to preserve private property rights.
There were also four awards presented during the festivities:
- Robbie Clark Award: Litha Berger, a realtor with Premier Plus Realty
- Affiliate of the Year: Law Offices of William G. Morris
- Unsung Hero: The MIAAOR’s staff – Shirley English, Linda Johns, Kandy Sweeney, Pattie Ziesig and Faith Ellison
- Realtor of the Year: Steve Josselyn of Premiere Plus Realty
Josselyn was surprised to hearhis name called from the dais. He and his wife, Bette McGilvray, are a team at Premier Plus.
“We’ve traveled a lot for the association, to the national convention, the Florida Realtors Convention and we were just doing what we do to try and help the association,” Josselyn said of his activities on behalf of the MIAAOR. “At the end of the day, that’s what it’s been all about is trying to do the best that we can for our membership and to make sure they have the best information we can give them to do business in this new real estate climate.”
He described himself as being humbled by the recognition. “It’s a great honor, it really is and I couldn’t have done it without my wonderful wife Betty,” Josselyn added.