MARCO ISLAND — Hideaway Beach Club provided a great location for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors affiliates expo and luncheon Tuesday.
Before the start of the luncheon affiliate members of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors set up booths to showcase their offerings to fellow members. The expo area was very active as Realtors moved from one affiliate booth to the next learning about products offered. The expo also provided a chance for realtors, affiliate members, and Association staff to meet face to face in a relaxed environment.
The luncheon provided a chance for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors to honor some of its members.
New members introduced during the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors luncheon Tuesday were Michael Vale Jr., Marco Island Vacation Properties; Gary Elliott, ERA Flagship Real Estate; Pat Holmes, Slocum Properties; Alice Zaimes-Strong, Keller Williams Realty-Marco; Dianna Shearer, Independent Brokers Realty and Vonda Jones, RE/MAX Results Realty.
Judy Appel and Jim Prange were presented with the Capital Club Award. The Capital Club Award is given to members for contributing a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $999 within a three year period to the Realtors Political Action Committee.
Don McDonald, Oak Kirn, Nikki Prange-Carroll, Mike Gilliame, Susan Ackerson, Bill Filbin, ML Meade, William Morris, Dianna Shearer and Michael Vale Sr. were recognized as members of the 99 Club. Members of the 99 Club contributed a minimum of $99 but not exceeding $250 to the Realtors Political Action Committee in a year.
Marv Needles, Shirley English, and Anne McDonald were recognized as “Gold Sustaining” members. “Gold Sustaining” members have given $1,000 ($99 10 times consecutively within a 10n year period or $1,000 within ten year period, $99 annually to sustain) to the Realtors Political Action Committee.
ML Meade and Cathy Rogers received certificates for fulfilling the requirements for the ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) designation. Meade and Rogers joined a group of over 40,000 Realtors who are on the cutting edge of real estate service – those who offer buyer representation. Buyer representation is the answer to request by consumer advocates, consumers, and other organizations for ethical and professional service to those clients and customers interested in acquiring real property. The ABR designation sets them apart and indicates to consumers that they practice buyer representation.
The new Marco Island Area Association of Realtors board was also introduced during the luncheon. The new board is Bill Filbin, president; Anne McDonald, president elect; Gerry Rosenblum, vice president; Ken Gandy, secretary/treasurer; Alan Sandlin, director 3-year term; Chris Adams, director 3-year term; Mike Boland, director 2-year term; ML Meade, director, 2-year term; Dick Shanahan, director 1-year term; Bette McGilvray, director 1-year term; Ron Webster, RSN representative and Susan Ackerson, past president.
Kathleen Passidomo, newly-chosen state representative for the Naples area, talked during luncheon. During her talk she covered he thoughts on amendment 4. Passidomo strongly recommended all in attendance to vote no on 4. She also suggested that all in attendance should talk to friends and colleagues about amendment 4. Passidomo also assured the audience that she would be there representative in Tallahassee.