It was a festive evening for the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS®, which held its annual Changing of the Guard Installation Dinner on December 10, 2013 at the Old Silk Mill in downtown Fredericksburg.

Incoming President Debbie Irwin and her leadership team were installed by Claire Forcier-Rowe, 2011 FAAR president and a managing broker with Coldwell Banker Elite in Massaponax. Irwin has served for several years on the FAAR Board of Directors and will focus on helping members build their real estate business during her year in office.

Several awards were also given out as well.

Affiliate of the Year

Phillip Blake of MBH Settlement Group was the recipient of this year’s Affiliate of the Year award. Blake is known for his attention to detail and willingness to help during the entire settlement process. Blake is actively engaged at FAAR participating in many classes, briefings, and new agent training sessions. In addition, Blake has strong ties to the community serving as president of Spotsylvania Little League and coaching two area sports teams.

President’s Award

Debbie Irwin was the recipient of this year’s President’s Award for her assistance to Suzanne Brady during her term as president.

Silver Circle Awards

This award is presented to members who have attained 25 years of continuous membership in FAAR. Joining the Silver Circle in 2013:

Margaret C. Bailey
Sun Realty of Fredericksburg

Samantha Bailey
Century 21 Adventure Redwood

William J. Blount
Lake Anna Island Realty Inc.

Victoria Clark-Jennings
Preferred Realty

William E. Culbertson
William E. Culbertson R.E.

David G. Jones, GRI, CRS
Century 21 Adventure Redwood

Diane E. Kelso
Dove Real Estate

Carol H. Manns
Pitts & Manns Realty

Ruth E. Manzano
Long & Foster Real Estate

Valerie Moss
Coldwell Banker Elite

William Paule, Jr.
Coldwell Banker Elite

Susan D. Reid, ABR
Century 21 New Millennium-Stafford

Robert R. Rochon
Rochon Realty

Peter Romani
Long & Foster Real Estate

REALTOR Emeriti

  • Jim Smith, Century 21 AdVenture Redwood
  • Mary Williams, Williams Realty

Good Neighbor Award

Michelle Wilson, Century 21 New Millennium
Wilson has been a tireless supporter of the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity’s Ride Virginia and for FAAR’s annual Cereal Drive that benefits local food banks.

Kevin Breen, Coldwell Banker Elite
Breen is a founding member of the Fredericksburg Area Running Club. Breen provides financial support for the club’s races by purchasing prizes for race winners so that all of the race proceeds can be donated to charity.

Hall of Fame Award: Claire Forcier-Rowe, Coldwell Banker Elite

Forcier-Rowe has dedicated significant personal time and financial resources to supporting the REALTOR® family at all levels. She is very active at the FAAR level, having served on numerous committees, the board of directors, and as a foundation governor. She is also actively engaged at the state association serving on the board of directors and currently serves on a committee at the national association.

The 2014 FAAR Leadership Team

President: Debbie Irwin, Coldwell Banker Elite
President-Elect: Brooke Miller, Long & Foster
Vice President: Christine Singhass, Realty World Select
Secretary: Jorge Robert, Coldwell Banker Elite
Treasurer: Linda Fosdick, Dockside Realty

Directors

  • Bob Mercurio, Long and Foster
  • Karin Whitley, Coldwell Banker Elite
  • Arlene Mason, Coldwell Banker Carriage House
  • Paddy Osborne, Coldwell Banker Carriage House
  • Mark Geslock, Keller Williams Superior Realty
  • Erin Newbill, Coldwell Banker Elite

Immediate Past President Suzanne Brady of Century 21 AdVenture Redwood will join the 2014 Leadership Team on the Board of Directors.

 

Debbie Irwin, 2014 president of the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS®

Members of the 2014 FAAR leadership team are sworn in by 2011 President Claire Forcier-Rowe