Bill Poteet Awarded Realtor of the Year
NAPLES, FL (March 24, 2014) – Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) held its annual Night of Honors celebration on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Wyndemere Country Club. Chartered in 1949, the 4,500-member professional organization of REALTORS® in Collier County recognized the accomplishments of many of its members who have volunteered their time and talents to better the organization, industry and community. The highest honor – REALTOR® OF THE YEAR, which recognizes a member who has distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions in the community, and on the local, state, and national association level – was awarded to Bill Poteet, an active member of the real estate profession for over 30 years, 12-year NABOR® member and owner of Poteet Properties.
The evening started with opening remarks from NABOR® President Pat Pitocchi, and was followed by recognition to over 30 members in the NABOR® and the Florida Realtors® Honor Society by the event’s master of ceremonies, 2013 NABOR® President Wes Kunkle. Honor Society members provide participation at the local and national levels to include activity in NAR®’s institutes, societies and councils, designations earned; educational activities; and political involvement.
Kunkle then presented the following five NABOR® members with Emeritus Status: Jo Carter, Brenda Fioretti, James Nelson, Jon Ogel, and Joseph Holan. Emeritus Status is awarded in recognition of forty cumulative years of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® and in recognition of valuable and lasting contribution to the real estate profession in the community.
John R. Wood presented the Ad Miller Award to recently retired Collier County Director of Code Enforcement Diane Flagg. This NABOR® award recognizes an individual who works to enhance and/or preserve private property rights, ownership and transferability, and the preservation of the free enterprise system.
NABOR President Pat Pitocchi presented the Hall of Fame award to local attorney Jim Pilon, who volunteers his time and counsel to NABOR®. This award honors a member who has given at least 20 years of extraordinary dedication and service to the profession.
NABOR® Past President Brenda Fioretti, who won the 2012 REALTOR® of the Year award, presented Poteet with the top honor adding that he has also received NABOR®’s Citizen of the Year award twice, a Humanitarian of the Year award and has been named a Golden Gate Civic Association Citizen of the Year.
Poteet has also served on every NABOR® committee and was the organization’s 2012 president. He was a Florida Realtors Director from 2008-2013, and a NAR Director & Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) in 2013. Poteet won NABOR®’s prestigious Ad Miller Award seven years ago. Poteet’s community contributions extend beyond his activity in NABOR® and exemplify the same commitment and pledge to make the community a better place for everyone.
On receiving the award, Poteet turned to Fioretti and said, “I had a good example set for me.” In reflection, the 2013 REALTOR® of the Year added that the award “is humbling. I am associated with so many other good folks in the industry, which is a gift in itself.”
Other NABOR® award recipients included:
- Affiliate/Allied Committee Contribution Award: Nate Tasso
- Affiliate/Allied Member of the Year: Holly Harmon
- Affiliate/Allied Rising Star Award: Priscilla Kellerhouse
- Citizen of the Year: Mario Valle
- Educator of the Year: Corey McCloskey
- Humanitarian Award: Bobbie Dusek
- Leadership Academy Alumni Award: Christine Citrano
- REALTOR Committee Contribution Award: Ryan Bleggi
- Task Force Contribution Award: Rick Fioretti & Bob Hewes
Sponsors for the 2013 Night of Honors included The Naples Daily News, Comprehensive Building Consultants, Synovus Bank, Access Title Agency, DataQuick Title, Adam A. Bleggi, Esq. with Brennan, Manna & Diamond, P.L., and Turn Key Construction.
The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 4,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.
The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of