Massachusetts Realtor® of the Year Award

The Massachusetts Realtor® of the Year is selected annually from among the nominees of the 13 local associations of Realtors® and nearly 24,000 Realtors® in Massachusetts. It is the association's highest honor and recognizes members for their civic, business and industry-related activities and achievements in the 12 months prior to award's presentation.

The award criteria upon which nominees are judged include service to the local community, business accomplishments, and service to the Realtor® organization on the local, state and national levels. The state Realtor® of the Year is chosen by a selection committee which consists of the past three recipients of the award, the association's immediate past president (who shall serve as chairperson), and the immediate past president once removed.

Massachusetts Realtor® of the Year Award Local Association 2017 Winners

Berkshire County Board of Realtors®
Franz Forster
Franz J. Forster Real Estate

Franz Forster serves as the Berskshire County Board of Realtors® Government Affairs Committee Chair. He is a member of the Realtor® Community Service and
Professional Standards Committees. On the state level, Forster is a MAR State Political Coordinator.

Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors®
Joseph Arnao
William Raveis Real Estate, Yarmouth Port

Joseph Arnao serves on the Cape Cod & Island Association of Realtors® Board of Directors. He all serves on the CCIMLS Team Policy Task Force. On the state level, Arnao attends the annual Margaret C. Carlson Realtor® Day on Beacon Hill.


Greater Boston Association of Realtors®
Marie Presti
The Presti Group, Inc, Newton

Marie Presti is the President-Elect of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors®. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive, Mediation and Professional Standards Committees. Presti is also the Chair of the Forms Committee. On the state level, she is a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Mediation and Professional Standards Committees as well as the Homelessness PAG.


Greater Fall River Association of Realtors®
Lindsey Bshara- Leviss
Salt Marsh Realty Group, Swansea             

Lindsey Bshara-Leviss is the Treasurer of the Greater Fall River Association of Realtors®. She is the Chair of the Personnel Committee and serves on the Finance, Membership, and Professional Standards Committees. On the state level, Bshara-Leviss attends the annual Margaret C. Carlson Realtor® Day on Beacon Hill.




Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors®
Linda Taylor Knight
William Raveis-Dolores Person, Newburyport

Linda Knight in an alternate for the Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors® Board of Directors. On the state level, she was the vice-chair for the Member Benefits Committee.

Northeast Association of Realtors®
Linda Kody
Kody & Company Inc, North Andover

Linda Kody was the 2016 Northeast Association of Realtors® Immediate Past President. She served as the chair of the Executive Committee and served on the Board of Directors. On the State level, Linda was an active member of the Board of Directors as well as the Professional Standards and Forms Committees.




North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors®
Kurt Thompson
Keller Williams North Central, Leominster

Kurt Thompson is a member of the North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Professional Standards Hearing Panel. On the state level, he serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive, Finance, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development Committees. On the national level, he serves on the Board of Directors and is chair of the Small Boards Forum.


North Shore Association of Realtors®
Daniel Bennett
Dan Bennett Real Estate, Danvers

Daniel Bennett is the Chair of the North Shore Association of Realtors® Government Affairs Committee. He is also a NSAR Town Monitor Training Presenter. On the state level, he serves on the Government Affairs Committee and is a State Political Coordinator.

  Realtor® Association of Central Massachusetts
Nathan Stewart
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Sturbridge

Nathan Stewart serves on the Realtor® Association of Central Massachusetts Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Community Action Committee. On the state level, he serves as an alternate for the Board of Directors.

Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley
Louis Mayo
Real Living Realty Professionals LLC, Wilbraham

Louis Mayo is the Immediate Past President of the Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley. He is the chair of the Forms Committee and serves on the Professional Standards Committee. Mayo also serves on the Board of Directors. On the state level, he serves on the Board of Directors and is the chair of the Professional Standards Committee.


Realtor® Association of Southeastern Massachusetts
Stephen Medeiros
Keller Williams, South Easton

Stephen Medeiros is the President of the Realtor® Association of Southeastern Massachusetts. He serves on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee. On the state level, Medeiros serves as the chair of the Government Affairs Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Strategic Plan Review. He is also the focus area vice president for Government Affairs.

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Realtors® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts
Barb Davis-Hassan
Barb Hassan Realty, Inc.

Barb Davis-Hassan is the immediate past president of the Realtors® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts. On the state level, she is a member of the Member Benefits Committee. One the national level, she serves on the Federal Financing and Housing Policy Committee.

  South Shore Realtors®
Stephen Damon
Jack Conway & Co., Inc., Bridgewater        

Stephen Damon is the Treasurer and President-Elect for the South Shore Realtors®. Damon is also a member of the Board of Directors and Professional Standards and Finance Committee. On the state level, he serves on the Board of Directors.

Past Award Recipients
2016- Michelle Haggstrom
2015 - Eileen Jonah-Daly
2014 - Andrew Sarno, Medford
2013 - Joan Witter, West Hyannisport
2012 - Kurt Thompson, Leominster
2011 - Paul Yorkis, Medway
2010 - Kimberly Allard-Moccia, Braintree
2009 - Marilyn Jarvis, Beverly
2008 - Mel Martocchia, Waltham
2007 - Laurie Cadigan, Concord
2006 - Kevin Sears, Springfield
2005 - D. Gary Rogers, Waltham
2004 - Ron Rusin, Jr., Fall River
2003 - Paula Savard, Lancaster
2002 - Carolyn Chodat, Medway
2001 - Sherry Street, Hinsdale
2000 - Jeanette Tighe, Wilmington
1999 - Beverlee Vidoli, Burlington
1998 - Deborah Dwyer, Pittsfield
1997 - Thomas J. Lee, Medford
1996 - Sharren Marquis, Brighton
1995 - Mary Aten, Acton
1994 - James F. Fitzpatrick, Millbury
1993 - Suzanne F. Goodrich, North Eastham
1992 - Nancy K. Kalodner, Otis
1991 - Diane St. Laurent, Marblehead
1990 - Christopher S. Doherty, Andover
1989 - Marybeth Bergeron, E. Longmeadow
1988 - Lawrence J. Yameen, Lawrence
1987 - J. Thomas Marquis, Duxbury
1986 - Esther L. Quinn, Pittsfield
1985 - Kenneth R. Brochu, Chicopee
1984 - Todd Sandler, Randolph
1983 - Richard Cahill, Wollaston
1982 - Peter Warren, Harvard
1981 - Lyn Medoff, Brookline
1980 - William F. Doyle, Scituate
1979 - Bradford O. Emerson, Chelmsford
1978 - Richard R. DeWolfe, Milton
1977 - George E. Slye, Boston
1976 - Earl A. LaFlamme, Jr., Holyoke
1975 - John E. Gallant, Lawrence
1974 - Michael R. Skibiski, Sr., Sunderland
1973 - Ann DeWolfe McLaughry, Milton
1972 - Samuel J. McDonald, Jr., Weston
1971 - John F. Dator, Sr., Fall River
1970 - Jack Conway, Hanover
1969 - John M. Peckham, III, Boston
1968 - John F. Tehan, Jr., Springfield
1967 - James C. Brody, Springfield
1966 - Milton H. Shaw, Framingham
1965 - John W. Kunhardt, Milton
1964 - Edmond Tousignant, Fitchburg
1963 - Roger W. Foster, Sr., Fitchburg
1962 - Blanche Carpenter, Marshfield
1961 - Joseph B. Doherty, Andover
1960 - Alfred C. Goulet, Springfield
1959 - Bertram A. Druker, Boston
1958 - Francis W. Perry, Boston
1957 - John L. Donovan, Boston
1956 - Cecelia F. Welch, Fall River