10 Earn Awards at the Annual Lakeland REALTORS® Installation and Awards Luncheon

DSC_0650Each year the Lakeland REALTORS® accepts nominations from their members for the prestigious REALTOR® of the Year award. The REALTOR® of the Year award recognizes an active REALTOR® member who has provided outstanding service to our profession and our community during the year.  Criteria include REALTOR® Spirit, high principals, faithfulness to laws and regulations and the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, participation in community activities and involvement with the Lakeland REALTORS® to help further the mission of the organization and its members.

On Thursday January 4, 2018, Lakeland REALTORS® held its annual Installation & Awards Banquet at the beautiful Club at Eaglebrooke and awarded the REALTOR® of the Year to Christie McSwain with Dream Realty Group.

Christie is the Broker/Owner of Dream Realty Group and a Director on the Board at Lakeland REALTORS®. She has also served on multiple committees and always has the Association’s best interest at heart. She is a leader in our community and volunteers her time and talents to many worth causes, including chairing the REALTOR® Political Action Committee, as well as the Professional Development Committee.

The William Lofin Commercial REALTOR® of the Year was presented to Richard Dempsey with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate for his dedication to serving the commercial real estate sector as well as fighting for the best interests of homeowner’s rights in the political arena.

Robby Sampson with The Mortgage Firm was awarded the Preferred Business Partner of The Year award for his hard work ethic and continuous support of the REALTOR® community, along with his support for the 5 Room Makeovers awarded to deserving children in our community in 2017.

In addition to these awards, the Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Lakeland REALTORS® staff. The 2017 award went to Shaleena Garland with the Property Shoppe of Central Florida and Cyndee Smith with Embrace Home Loans. Both recipients dedicated many volunteer hours to the profession and to Lakeland REALTORS®.

The Humanitarian of the Year award was presented to Rachel Hernandez with WebPro Realty. Rachel is a Guardian Ad Litem for abused & neglected children. She also serves many charities in our community.

The Hall of Fame Award recipient was Debbie Haskell with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Olive Branch. Debbie has been a member of the Lakeland REALTORS® since 2007, and has dedicated countless hours to our Association and community. Debbie is loved by all; and, in addition to serving Lakeland REALTORS® for many years including volunteering for many events, committees and education classes, she also holds a special place in the hearts of many foster children, as that is her passion.

Our YPN (Young Professionals Network) of the Year award was presented to Ruben Galindo of the Property Shoppe of Central Florida. Ruben successfully gained momentum for our younger members, and allowed them a chance to be a part of a tight knit group offering education and philanthropy.

This year in addition to the awards above, there were two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards given for outstanding leadership and teamwork in service to the association in 2017. Those awards were presented to Brandon Garland with Garland Insurance and J. Kyle Vreeland with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler.

Congratulations to all of our outstanding award winners.

For more information, please contact:
Communications Coordinator, Melissa Sanchez at
OR Executive Vice President, Barbara Barnes at
BBarnes@lakelandrealtors.org / (863) 687-6111