2014 Florida Realtors President Sherri Meadows congratulates Dean Asher, 2013 president, on being named Realtor of the Year at the state association’s recent Conference and Trade Expo. Pictured from left: Sherri Meadows, Dean Asher, Wendy Asher, Reece Asher and Morgan Asher.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26, 2014 — Florida Realtors® honored Dean Asher, 2013 president of the state Realtor association, as its 2014 Realtor of the Year. He is vice president of Don Asher & Associates Inc. in Orlando.
The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s recent 98th annual Conference & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
“Wow … I’m kind of at a loss for words. I didn’t expect my family to be here. When I left this morning, my wife and kids were with friends,” said Asher upon accepting the award. “I can only say I would not be here if not for you, and the service you have allowed me to do. It’s been so rewarding – I’m humbled and honored that you have given me this honor. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
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, Asher has served on countless committees, task forces and projects for his local Realtor organization, the Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA), including chairing the governmental affairs, strategic planning and nominating committees. He was president of ORRA from 2002-2003 and recognized with ORRA’s highest honor in 2004 when the local association named him Realtor of the Year.
Asher has a long list of accomplishments at the state level working with Florida Realtors. He has served in every leadership position, from board of directors to District 12 vice president in 2004 and Florida Realtors president in 2013.
During Asher’s tenure as president, Florida Realtors sponsored its first-ever “Rally for Homeownership” during Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee, where a wounded Florida veteran and his family received the gift of a lifetime – a home donation. Retired Army Sgt. Michael Burke, his wife Nichole, and two children Bryce and Layla were presented with a newly remodeled, mortgage-free home in Port St. Lucie through a program offered by the Military Warriors Support Foundation. The Foundation supports combat-wounded veterans in their transition to civilian life.
Florida Realtors partnered with the Foundation and Chase Bank to make the American Dream of homeownership possible. The state association donated $20,000 to provide a three-year mentoring program and made arrangements to present the home to Sgt. Burke and his family.
Asher’s commitment to the real estate profession extends to the national level. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) board of directors and has served on many NAR committees, including finance, meeting and conference, and strategic planning. In 2015, he will be NAR’s regional vice president for Region 5, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Asher is just as dedicated to the community as he is to his profession. He was appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and currently serves as the authority’s treasurer. A current director of the Central Florida Fair, he has been active with the former Orlando Chamber of Commerce, has chaired the city of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board and was a past president of the Florida Leaders Council.
Asher has long supported the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in his youth. In 2007, the Orlando Business Journal named him as one of its “Top 40 Under 40” in Central Florida.