Congratulations to NEFAR's 2020 award winners, who were announced on Jan. 15 at NEFAR's 2021 Installation of Officers and Awards event, themed Passion, Resilience, and Luck.
Check out the event video here to see our winners say a few words about receiving their awards.
Realtor of the Year – Michael Hodges
Our winner is a versatile and active member who has given much time and expertise to NEFAR in multiple arenas. He served on the Professional Standards Committee, both as a panelist and chair for numerous hearings, where he is relied upon for his professionalism and expertise.
His expertise has also supported NEFAR communications, where he has been a timely and accurate resource for multiple media inquiries, furthering our role as the voice for real estate in Northeast Florida.
One area in which he shines especially bright is advocacy work with the Legislative Committee, which he chaired in 2019 and 2020. Extending to state and national levels, he has advocated for or against policies on behalf of Realtors, property managers, and homeowners. He has worked with multiple industry groups and elected officials on issues including Fair Housing, tenants’ rights, disparate impact, rental registrations, short term rentals, and COVID-19 eviction moratoriums.
One exemplary accomplishment is his work on state reforms to the emotional support animal policies from 2018 until the bill was passed and signed into law in June 2020.
Simultaneously in 2018 and 2019, he worked with NEFAR on several local short-term rental ordinances. He was instrumental in bringing together and hosting a meeting for NEFAR and several other associations with interests in this issue. He also presented NEFAR’s position to St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns.
Recently, he served on the Florida Eviction Task Force, providing input to the Governor about the impacts of the COVID-19 eviction moratorium and advocating for rental relief assistance to be paid directly to property owners.
A key contact for Rep. Jason Fischer since 2016, his relationships with Rep. Fischer and other officials have elevated NEFAR’s voice in legislative matters statewide and nationally.
He has also served as a long-term member of NEFAR’s Candidate Screening Task Force, which he chaired in 2018. Besides chairing interviews, he led the Task Force through an extensive review and update of Candidate Screening Policies and Procedures, strengthening the process.
This winner has further demonstrated commitment to the industry by contributing to RPAC for many years and is currently a major investor at the Sterling R ($1,000 annually) level.
In addition to his multitude of NEFAR support, this Realtor of the Year is a long-time leader at the local, state and national level of the National Association of Property Managers. He organized NARPM lobbying trips to D.C. in 2018 and 2019 and was a key factor in NARPM establishing a national PAC to advocate for property management issues.
He’s been a fixture on the scene working tirelessly for years, so this recognition is well overdue. Please join NEFAR in congratulating one of our most active, supportive, and exemplary members, NEFAR’s 2020 Realtor of the Year Michael Hodges!
Affiliate/Business Partner of the Year - Lee Osborne
In 2020, our winner volunteered many hours of his personal time as vice-chair, and a major participant of, the Forms Task Force. The Task Force spent more than 25 hours reviewing and making changes to 45 NEFAR forms. Our winner spent additional hours word-smithing many of the changes, and then proofing the changed forms afterward.
He also provided help to many NEFAR members who called him directly for help with NEFAR forms or contractual situations they were experiencing. Furthering his support, he taught Purchase and Sale Agreement seminars for multiple brokerage offices in 2020.
We are grateful for all his expertise and support, and more than pleased to honor our 2020 Affiliate / Business Partner of the Year, Lee Osborne.
Circle of Honor – Sherry Davidson
Our winner has certainly provided exceptional service and contributions to the community, state, and real estate profession. She has championed real estate agent education and community involvement for more than 30 years in Northeast Florida, always leading by example.
She is a well-known advocate for property rights on local and statewide issues. She supports REALTOR Party initiatives and positions by taking part in Calls for Action and puts her money where her mouth is as an RPAC contributor.
She has served NEFAR in many areas, including on its Board of Directors. She also supports NEFAR's community involvement projects such as NEFAR Fights Hunger, and encourages her associates to become involved.
Throughout her distinguished real estate career, she has consistently stepped forward to serve and lead. She epitomizes the backbone of our profession, the Realtor Code of Ethics. We heartily congratulate our newest Circle of Honor member, Sherry Davidson.
Golden R – Terrell Newberry
This Golden R recipient has provided faithful long-term service to NEFAR. A member of our Board of Directors from 2009 – 2013, he then served as Treasurer, President Elect, and President in 2016. He has also represented NEFAR as a Florida Realtors Director since 2012.
He completed NEFAR’s Leadership Academy, then went on to chair it. He has also served as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Forms Task Force, and the Nominating and Election Presidential Advisory Group.
He was Florida Realtors’ District Vice President in 2018, is a graduate of their Leadership Academy, and was a Florida Realtors Honor Society member for multiple years. At the national level, he represented NEFAR as an NAR Director from 2017-2019.
Please join NEFAR is honoring our newest Golden R, Terrell Newberry.
Newcomer of the Year – Cherrae (Rae) Laws
Our winner is described as a ball of energy. Since 2018, she has attended more than 59 Realtor education courses, racking up 206 continuing education hours, and earning the Military Relocation Professional and Seller Representative Specialist designations, plus the ePRO certification. She attended the 2019 NAR Convention, two Florida Realtors’ conventions, and several REBAR Camps.
In 2020, she obtained her Florida real estate broker license AND was on target to complete the GRI, PSA, AWHD, ABR, SFR, SRES, RENE, PMN and RSPS designations by year-end.
She has also been active in NEFAR’s Ponte Vedra, St. Johns, and Global Business Councils.
She is described as a joy by those who work with her, and they note that her hard work and dedication to ensure our profession and our Realtor association maintains the highest standards of professionalism is second to none. I think you will agree that our winner epitomizes Newcomer of the Year through her numerous Realtor education and self-development accomplishments. NEFAR is delighted to recognize our 2020 Newcomer of the Year, Rae Laws.
Property Manager of the Year – Philip Scarborough
This winner is well known within the property management arena. Within the last several years, he has been especially active in the Northeast Florida chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), where he served two years on the board as Education Co-Chair/Chair, a year as president-elect, as 2019 president, and as 2020 immediate past president. His work helped bring a host of educational opportunities for property managers to our area.
He also takes his own property management education seriously. He has earned the RMP, PRO, and the MPM – Master Property Manager - which is the highest level a member can attain in NARPM. In short, he sets the standard for property management.
NEFAR has also benefitted from his involvement. He has been a major contributor to NEFAR Fights Hunger both financially and physically, working alongside other property managers at the food packing event.
He has made himself available to NEFAR for special projects, such as serving as a media resource for issues concerning property management, including the recent impact of the eviction moratorium.
This well-versed property manager is all about bettering property management and is always ready to lend his expertise and effort to further that goal. NEFAR is happy to congratulate our 2020 Property Manager of the Year, Philip Scarborough.