2012 Florida Realtors President Summer Greene presents the Realtor of the Year award to Todd Dantzler, president of Florida Realtors in 2000 and a Polk County Realtor, during the recent Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo in Orlando.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 27, 2012 — Florida Realtors® honored Todd Dantzler, 2000 president of the state Realtor association, as its 2012 Realtor of the Year. Dantzler is a broker and one of the owners of Choice-Dantzler Properties Inc. in Winter Haven, Fla.
The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s 96th annual Convention & Trade Expo at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla. “This is a surprise,” said Dantzler upon accepting the award. “Being a Realtor – it’s been my life. It’s who I am.”
Florida Realtors has presented the Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 50 years. Winners are honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their local Realtor board, community, state association and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
On the local level, Dantzler has served on committees and projects for his home Realtor organization, the East Polk County Association of Realtors (EPCAR), as “far back as we have records,” according to Association Executive Marisol Espinoza. He joined EPCAR in 1981 and has since been an active part or chair of almost every committee.
Espinoza added, “He (Dantzler) doesn’t serve for the recognition or the prestige of the position. He truly wants the association to grow and be the best it can be. He is always willing to contribute in whatever way he can.”
Dantzler’s contributions to committees, work groups and task forces for Florida Realtors take up four pages and span 32 years (from 1980 to 2012) in the entry form that his local association submitted for Realtor of the Year consideration. Leading up to the year he was Florida Realtors’ president, Dantzler served the state association in numerous ways, including the leadership positions of secretary, treasurer and president-elect.
At the national level, he has been involved in the public policy side of the National Association of Realtors since 1997. An NAR board member for many years, he also became involved in its Land Use, Property Rights and the Environment Forum.
Dantzler is as dedicated to his community as he is to his profession. He is a current Polk County commissioner and serves on the board of directors for the Central Florida Development Council and for the East Polk Committee 100. He is a member of the Winter Haven Hospital’s board of trustees, and is active in his church, where he serves as a deacon.