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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 18, 2022) – The Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®, an 11,000-member association that serves as the voice of real estate in Northeast Florida, recognized 18 annual award winners during its 2022 Installation and Awards Gala January 12 at the Jacksonville Marriott Hotel on Salisbury Road.

Wally Conway of Florida HomePro Inspections was named NEFAR 2021 Affiliate-Business Partner of the Year for his outstanding support and service to the association during 2021.

Milagros “Millie” Kanyar of Watson Realty Corp., Dane Leslie, an independent real estate consultant from Ponte Vedra Beach, and Terrell Newberry of Century 21 First Coast Realty – three former NEFAR presidents – were selected as NEFAR’s 2021 Circle of Honor winners for their significant contributions to the real estate profession within the Northeast Florida community and state of Florida.

Paul Ellsworth of Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage was recognized as the winner of the NEFAR’s Diversity Award for his work to raise the consciousness of inclusiveness within NEFAR, the REALTOR® community or in his workplace.

Rory Dubin of EXIT Real Estate Gallery was the recipient of NEFAR’s Global Involvement Award that recognizes a member who holds the Certified International Property Specialist designation, is active on NEFAR’s Global Council, and has shown participation in international real estate at the local, state, national or international levels.

Audrey Lackie, owner of The Legends of Real Estate and a member of NEFAR for 36 years, was awarded the Golden R award for her faithful long-time service to the association in many capacities.

Dunia Taylor of REMI Realty was the winner of NEFAR’s Guiding Light award as a REALTOR® member who has either done an exemplary job of mentoring less-experienced agents in ways that go above and beyond what is required by her paid position in her real estate firm.

Rose Lampe of eXp Realty was the NEFAR 2021 Good Neighbor Award for her efforts in making and distributing “Blessing Bags” to the homeless in Northeast Florida. Lampe also raised money for the Humane Society and helped fulfill the Christmas wish lists for Daniel Kids as a member of Womenade. She supported Shari’s Kidz and donated to Jax Beach Brothers’ Keepers. Her favorite quote is “Help PEOPLE, even if you know they can’t help you back!”

Akime Deering of Navy to Navy Homes was NEFAR’s 2021 Newcomer of the Year. In the business for less than three years, Deering has shown active participation in NEFAR through her educational accomplishments as well as committee, council, and task force work.

April Hall-Lloyd of Residential Movement Real Estate Group won NEFAR’s 2021 Professional Development Award, which is presented to the NEFAR REALTOR® member who has excelled in their own professional development for the past two years by completing real estate courses and earning various certifications and designations on the local, state, and national level.

Kelli King of Keller Williams Jacksonville was honored with NEFAR’s 2021 Silent Angel Award this year, which recognizes REALTOR® members who, although they do not command a formal leadership role, go above and beyond to serve NEFAR through volunteer service or support.

Tiea Vincent of Round Table Property Management received NEFAR’s 2021 Special Recognition Award for her efforts to support NEFAR’s special projects and events in 2021.

Lisa Schueneman of Shoe Realty was honored as NEFAR’s 2021 Property Manager of the Year. A property manager for 14 years, Schueneman was serving as the current president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers. She manages 100 residential unit doors and is the managing broker for her realty.

Marc Jernigan of EXIT Real Estate Gallery was named NEFAR’s REALTOR® of the Year for his personal involvement and support of NEFAR through committee work and the real estate profession for the past three years.

William Watson, Jr., owner/founder of Watson Realty Corp., was the first recipient of NEFAR’s new Real Estate Icon Award, which is given to a REALTOR® who has made a significant mark within the profession of real estate in Northeast Florida. Watson, a former president of the association, entered the real estate profession in 1960, opened his own firm in 1965, and watched it grow to 48 offices and nearly 1,400 sales associates through Northeast Florida, Central Florida, and southern Georgia.

Dane Leslie, an independent real estate consultant, received NEFAR’s Presidential Lifetime Service Award, the highest award a past president of the association can receive. It is presented only to former presidents that remain active in the association through personal volunteerism and excellent leadership. Leslie is the only NEFAR president to serve for two years, 2011 and 2012.

The late Walter L. Williams, who passed away in September 2020, was honored with NEFAR’s first Lifetime Legacy Award. His widow, Sherry Williams, was on hand to receive the honor. The award is given to a long-time REALTOR® member – living or deceased – who has made a significant mark on the Northeast Florida real estate industry. A former president and longtime member of the REALTOR® association, Williams was inspired by his father, who was in real estate, and entered the business expanding a one-room office on Cassat Avenue to 13 offices spanning the distance from Jacksonville to Palm Coast. He was also the youngest member elected to the first City Council of Jacksonville’s newly consolidated government, and he served as the first chair until a president was elected. He also served as chair of the JEA Board and received the Congressional Energy Efficiency Award for his work.

 

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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.