Space Coast Association of Realtors Installs New President, Board of Directors During Gala in Palm Shores

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all-volunteer leadership team will steer largest trade organization in Brevard County

The Space Coast Association of Realtors installed its 2019 president and Board of Directors during its Installation Gala on January 11 in Palm Shores. (Space Coast Association of Realtors image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM SHORES, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Association of Realtors installed its 2019 president and Board of Directors during its Installation Gala on January 11 in Palm Shores.

This all-volunteer leadership team will steer the largest trade organization in Brevard County throughout the year, ensuring that its commitments to property owners, Realtors members and local communities are met or exceeded.

“Our Association could not do the great work we do for home buyers and sellers and our community without our great leadership team,” said Leah Selig, Space Coast Association of Realtors chief executive officer.

“It takes hardworking, compassionate people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and put in the time. I’m looking forward to working with our 2019 Board of Directors and can’t wait to see what they accomplish this year.”

During the installation, the Space Coast Association of Realtors 2018 President Mike Artelli handed the gavel over to 2019 President Dennis Basile. Former Florida Realtors District Vice President, current Space Coast Association Board member and close friend, Director Mike Selig, installed the new president.

Florida Realtors President-Elect Barry Grooms installed the 2019 Officers: Melissa Goldman, Reagan Masone, Pat Weeks, and Board of Directors: Mike Artelli, Dan Barber, Jim Britton, Dave Gaudreau, Lynnette Hendricks, Louise McLean, Kerry Ramage, Mike Selig and Lynn Whelpley.

Each member of the Board of Directors was elected to serve a three-year term.

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“The installation of the 2019 Space Coast Association of Realtors leadership will mark our Association’s 60th anniversary since our founding in 1959,” said Dennis Basile, Space Coast Association of Realtors president.

“I am very proud to be following in the footsteps of our past presidents that have served our Association and our community in the past. These include individuals like Al Trafford, Robert Houha, Jack Korenblit, Rodney Ketchum, Al Tuttle, Wes Bray and our current Congressman Bill Posey. I am most proud of the 2019 volunteer and employee leadership team that I will have the privilege to work beside this year.”

During the gala, 13 newly minted Realtors Emeritus members were honored for having maintained National Association of Realtors membership for 40 or more years.

These members were recognized for their valuable and lasting contributions to the real estate profession and their community.

The evening also included an awards presentation.

The Realtors Spirit Award was given to Pat Weeks for her display of motivation, enthusiasm and participation. Tammy Crisafulli was presented with the Rising Star Award for being a new “up-and-comer” on a bright trajectory in our Realtors organization.

The Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Gina McTernan to recognize her for selflessly giving her time and energy to the less fortunate. Bob Willmarth was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his cumulative lifetime support of the real estate profession and Association.

In accordance with a long-held tradition, past Space Coast Association of Realtors presidents pass a gavel down the line to the 2019 President Dennis Basile during the Association’s Installation Gala on January 11 in Palm Shores. (Space Coast Association of Realtors)

The Business Partner of the Year Award was given to Embrace Home Loans for the company’s efforts to support our Realtors community. Finally, Lynn Jones was named the Realtors of the Year for going above and beyond the call of duty to serve and represent the Association.

This was the Space Coast Association of Realtors’ second installation gala in its new building in Palm Shores. In 2017, the Association sold both of its buildings and broke ground on a new one in a centralized location to better serve its members.

The Association opened the doors of the 15,000-square-foot building in January of 2018. Both installation galas filled up quickly with hundreds of attendees.

Special guests for the 2019 Installation Gala included Florida Realtors President-Elect Barry Grooms and his wife Sherry, Flagler County Association of Realtors CEO Dorothy Sperber and her husband George, New Symrna Beach Board of Realtors President Ginger Steger and her husband Scott, Daytona Beach Association of Realtors 2018 President Debbie Callahan and her husband Tommy.

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