The Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR) announced that two of its long-time members were recognized for recent contributions to the Florida REALTOR industry at the Florida Realtors 2017 Convention & Trade Expo, held August 17 in Orlando.
REALTOR Achievement Award – Michael Hughes
Florida Realtors recognized NABOR REALTOR of the Year Mike Hughes as the winner of Florida Realtors 2017 REALTOR Achievement Award, which recognizes a REALTOR who serves as manager, broker of record or officer in his or her company. The award acknowledges the winner’s previous three years’ contributions to the community, local, state and national REALTOR associations.
Hughes has served and chaired numerous committees for his local board over the years; in 2015, he served as NABOR president. That year also marked his ninth consecutive year on NABOR’s board of directors. He has served on the local Media Relations Committee since its inception and is frequently interviewed by local media as a voice for the REALTOR community. He was named his local REALTOR of the Year in 2016, and currently serves on NABOR’s Budget and Finance Committee.
At the state level, Hughes has served or chaired many Florida Realtors committees, including the Broker/Manager Forum, Top Broker, Audit, Executive and the Risk Management committees. He is currently on the Public Policy Committee and serves on Florida Realtors’ Board of Directors, a position he’s held for 11 years. He also is the 2017 District 5 vice president for Florida Realtors and continues to serve as a trustee for the Florida Realtor Disaster Relief Fund. Hughes was a National Association of Realtors’ director for 2014 and 2015 and served on NAR’s State and Local Issues Committee from 2014-2016.
Education Volunteer of the Year – Paula Angelopoulos Urbinati
NABOR member Paula Angelopoulos Urbinati won the Florida Realtor’s Education Volunteer of the Year Award. When it comes to professional development, Urbinati offers an extensive resume of participation. She assists in new member orientation at her local board, serves as a monitor for classes, helps market education classes and has been a chair/vice chair of its Professional Development Committee. She also served on Florida Realtors Professional Development Committee and the National Association of Realtors Professional Development Committee.
Urbinati participates in homebuyer workshops in her community and speaks to the public about the value of working with a REALTOR at various community events. Every month, she volunteers for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of SWFL and encourages others to donate their time packing meals for families in need. Habitat for Humanity in Collier County also benefits from Urbinati’s volunteerism, as she’s happy to “swing a hammer” or do whatever she can to help build these homes.
She’s been a guest speaker for the national CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) Council, often speaks to new REALTORS and others about the benefits of investing in RPAC (REALTOR Political Action Committee), and is an irrepressible ambassador for education at the local, state and national level.
To view the entire list of Florida Realtor members who received recognition at the 2017 Convention & Expo, go to http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents.