ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Florida Realtors® honored Andrew Barbar, 2015 president of the state Realtor association, as its 2016 Realtor of the Year. He is the operating principal and broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
“Wow. You don’t get here alone,” Barbar said when accepting the award. “For many, this represents 30 years of service to the Realtor organization. For me, it represents 30 years of being with a family that has supported me, encouraged me and challenged me – but also, in the darkest of times, has prayed for me – and I will never forget that. Thank you.”
Barbar called it an honor and a privilege to be part of the Realtor family.
Florida Realtors has presented Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 60 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).
With more than three decades of experience in South Florida real estate, Barbar has served on countless committees, task forces and projects for his local association, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB). In fact, he was instrumental in the merger of two local associations that then became RAPB and the organization of Regional MLS of Florida. He was president of RAPB in 2003-2004 and named its Realtor of the Year in 2006.
At the state level, Barbar has a long list of accomplishments working with Florida Realtors. He served with distinction in every leadership position, from Florida Realtors Board of Directors to District 3 vice president, secretary, treasurer and on to become Florida Realtors president in 2015. As president, Barbar was instrumental in developing a practical, productive long-term strategic plan and strategic planning process for the 155,000-member state association.
His dedication, professionalism and service to the real estate industry culminated in his being honored as the state association’s Realtor Achievement Award winner in 2011.
Barbar’s commitment to the real estate profession extends to the national level. Since 2003, he has been a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Board of Directors. He’s served on numerous NAR committees, including as the current vice chair of the Reserves Investment Advisory Board and the 2016 President’s Liaison to Lebanon.
Barbar is just as dedicated to the community as he is to his profession. In addition to being an active member of his church, he has volunteered on behalf of his local Habitat for Humanity, 4Kids Foster Care, Boca Helping Hands and the Palm Healthcare Foundation. He also supports Sheridan House and Place of Hope at the Haven, a comprehensive child welfare program in Palm Beach County.