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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 18, 2022) – In a glittering night-time event, the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS® welcomed in a new administration January 12 at the Jacksonville Marriott Hotel on Salisbury Road.

Nearly 300 NEFAR members looked on as Dane Leslie of Ponte Vedra, who served as president of NEFAR in 2011 and 2012, presided over a joyous ceremony where he installed four new officers and several new directors to head the association, which is the voice of real estate in Florida, in 2022.

Installed as NEFAR’s 2022 President was Mark Rosener, regional vice president of Watson Realty Corp. Diana Galavis, a broker-associate in the Southside office of Watson Realty Corp., was installed 2022 president-elect. Rory Dubin, broker-support manager at EXIT Real Estate, was installed as treasurer and Tiea Vincent, broker/owner at RoundTable Realty Property Management, was installed as secretary.

Lisa Brannon of eXp Realty, Gonzalo Mejia of Watson Realty Corp., Scott Nyman of eXp Realty, Christian Oliva of Watson Realty Corp. in Ponte Vedra, and Lauren Rohman, a broker with Traditions Realty in Avondale, were installed to serve two-year terms as directors of the association.

They will join Andrew Bell, broker/owner of NextHome Assurance Realty; Sonny Downey, president/broker of EXIT Real Estate Gallery; Mario Gonzalez, founder/broker of Navy to Navy Homes; Delmas “DeDee” Harper, broker/owner of Harper & Associates Real Estate; Samantha Heflin, vice president/managing broker at Watson Realty; Jeannette “Jan” Jenkins, broker/owner of Select Home Realty Group; Audrey Lackie, broker/owner of The Legends of Real Estate; Susan Severson, of eXp Realty; Cole Slate, broker/owner of Slate Real Estate; and Jennifer Tossavainen, chief financial officer of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, on the NEFAR Board of Directors this year.

The installation ceremony included a special “passing of the gavel” ceremony in which 22 REALTORS® who have served as past NEFAR presidents during the years from the 1960s to 2021, lined up to pass an engraved gavel to Rosener. Included in the presidential line-up were William Watson, Jr., founder and owner of Watson Realty Corp.; Sam Folds, owner/broker of Sam Folds Real Estate; Russell Grooms of Watson Realty Corp.; Martha Dickerson of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty; Cathy Whatley owner/broker of Buck & Buck Real Estate; Dee Bumbarger of Buck & Buck Real Estate; Clare Berry broker/owner of Berry & Co. Real Estate in Ponte Vedra; Selby Kaiser of the Legends of Real Estate; Bonnie Siecker, broker/owner of Dames Point Realty, Inc.; Jeanell Wilson of All South Realty in Jacksonville Beach; Milagros “Millie” Kanyar of Watson Realty Corp.; Dane Leslie of Ponte Vedra; Carol Zingone of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Atlantic Beach; Linda McMorrow of The Legends of Real Estate; Sally Suslak of Traditions Realty; Terrell Newberry owner/broker of Century 21 First Coast Realty; Marc Jernigan, broker-associate for EXIT Real Estate Gallery; Jeanne Denton-Scheck of Davidson Realty; Ron Harris, founder and managing partner of Harris Realty Partners; Missi Howell of the Legends of Real Estate, Wendell Davis, owner/broker of PMI Davis Realty; and Beverly Garvin, vice president at Watson Realty Corp.




The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR,) serves as the voice of real estate in Northeast Florida. It is the region’s largest professional association, representing more than 11,000 members who work in all facets of the real estate industry including residential and commercial sales and property management. It serves the public through support of community affairs programs and seeks to protect private property rights. The region's multiple listing service, realMLS, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEFAR. NEFAR is headquartered in Jacksonville, with satellite Service Centers in Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach, Palatka, and World Golf Village.