ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 29, 2013 — Florida Realtors® honored Patricia “Patti” Fitzgerald, 2011president of the state Realtor association, as its 2013 Realtor of the Year. She is a manager/broker-associate with Illustrated Properties in Hobe Sound and Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, Fla..
The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s 97th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. “I’m speechless, which as most of you know, isn’t usual for me,” said Fitzgerald upon accepting the award. “This is the greatest honor I’ve ever achieved, and without all of you, it never would have happened. It has been my honor to serve this Realtor organization.”
Florida Realtors has presented both 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, Fitzgerald has served on so many committees and projects for her Realtor organization, the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors (JTHS), that it’s impossible to list them all. She began her career more than 30 years ago and has been active in her profession ever since. She has held a number of leadership positions, including secretary and president of JTHS, and has served as president twice of the Regional MLS. Fitzgerald also is a long-time member of her local Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) chapter and has served as its president. She was named JTHS Realtor of the Year twice, in 1991 and 2001, and received a Special Recognition Award in 1997. Her local WCR chapter previously recognized her as its Member of the Year.
Fitzgerald has a long list of accomplishments at the state level working with Florida Realtors. She knows there is no better way to strengthen an organization than to inspire, encourage and motivate as many Realtors as possible to get involved. Throughout her career, she has served as an example and mentor for others. In addition to serving or chairing many state committees, Fitzgerald chaired the Realtor Image Task Force that produced the highly successful Florida Realtors Scholarship Essay Contest. She has served Florida Realtors as District 3 vice president, secretary, vice president, president-elect and, in 2011, as Florida Realtors president.
Her commitment to the real estate profession extends to the national level. For the past 16 years, Fitzgerald has participated in every National Association of Realtors (NAR) conference. While serving on its Communications Committee for seven years, including as vice chair and chair, she was instrumental in the development of successful NAR ad campaigns.
Fitzgerald volunteers her time and talents to improve her community. She has worked with the local Habitat for Humanity and the North County Entertainment Council. She spent many years working with R.O.C.K Camp, a local camp for children with cancer, and raising money for that cause. Fitzgerald was involved in the Parade of Neighborhoods, an affordable home project that makes the American Dream of homeownership a reality for the underprivileged. Working in partnership with the Town of Jupiter, that project earned her local association the prestigious NAR “Ambassadors for Cities Award” in 2009.
The list of the organizations she supports goes on and on. She helped create scholarships for underprivileged women through her efforts with the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, a group she served as president. Through her involvement with Leadership Palm Beach County, she helped to raise $25,000 for a daycare center for underprivileged children. Fitzgerald also is passionate about helping those who have served our country in the military and giving back to veterans. She dedicates time to the Wounded Warrior project and to the Paws for Patriots program.