pinellas realtors receive awards for service
Numerous members of the Pinellas Realtor Organization were given awards for service during the group's annual business meeting Sept. 21 in Clearwater. The following PRO members received special awards: Realtor Achievement Award, April Gayle Gausman, Global Lifestyle; Citizen of the Year, Ellie Lebohner, Charles Rutenberg Realty; Realtor Rookie of the Year, Leslie Kaye, Future Home Realty; and Affiliate of the Year, John-Paul Mario, Classic Design Associates.
The following PRO members received distinguished service awards for their work as committee chairs: Pinellas International Council, Annalisa Weller, Prudential Tropical Realty; Young Professionals Network, Bernardo Piccolo, Charles Rutenburg Realty; Affiliate Advisory Committee, John-Paul Mario, Classic Design Associates; Public Policy, Tom Shelly, Sunshine Home Sales; Professional Standards, Heather Smith, Prudential Tropical Realty; Grievance Committee, Diane Shapiro, Sea Glass Luxury Properties; Leasing and Property Management Council, Betsy Morgan, Prudential Tropical Realty; Realtors Political Action Committee; Brandi Gabbard, Smith & Associates Real Estate; and Women's Council of Realtors, Jim McConnell, Keller Williams St. Petersburg.
"Because we are a member-driven trade association, our awards committee felt it was important to recognize our members who not only excel in their profession, but take that extra step to become involved in their community, provide leadership, and encourage others to succeed," said Jan Dean, PRO's director of professional development.
Among other awards, 27 members were given the Realtor Emeritus honor, acknowledging individuals who have held membership for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of Realtors. The following PRO members received this honor: James Beggins, Century 21 Beggins Beach Prop.; Don Brinson, Venie Brinson Real Estate; Venie Brinson, Venie Brinson Real Estate; Rosemarie Bonnington, Swisshelm Realty; Leff Combs, Leff Combs Realty; Steven Easton, Easton Realty; Betty Gardner, Century 21 Coast to Coast; Judith Ginger, Dorris Realty; Joy Grubb, Prudential Tropical Realty; Herbert James, H.L. James & Associates; Judith Johnson, Charlie Earhart Realty; Eleanor Kirby, Market 1 Realty; Richard Krause, Results Real Estate; Carl Lambrecht, Hendry Realty; Florence Lugo, Flo Lugo Realty; Cecelia Rubin, Charles Rutenburg Realty; Lewis Rubin, Charles Rutenburg Realty; Charli Russell, Charles Rutenburg Realty; Gil Sault, Beach & Luxury Realty; Jean Seabolt, Norma Jean Seabolt; Gary Steinhauer, Century 21 Coast to Coast; Duke Tieman, Bruce Taylor Inc.; Ted Tomas, Coldwell Banker Residential; Rick Tourtelot, Coldwell Banker Residential; Bill Tourtelot, Coldwell Banker Residential; Chuck Yeoman, Beach & Luxury Realty; and Tony Wasilefsky, Engel & Volkers Clearwater.
The Pinellas Realtor Organization is one of Tampa Bay's largest professional trade associations, representing the interests of over 5,000 real estate professionals.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics national job creation numbers released in August, Florida ranked second, behind only Texas, for the biggest increase during the month in job creation.
Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance and WorkNet Pinellas serve as the regional workforce development boards for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties respectively. They are two of 24 workforce boards in the state of Florida and each has been ranked in the top 10 on the Department of Economic Opportunities monthly job placement report for August and September.
According to the report, the two regions combined to place 6,135 individuals into employment in the month of August and 10,560 for September.
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