Florida Realtors President Summer Greene, left, congratulates Joan Alipo,a Realtor from Jupiter,
on receiving the 2012 Associate Realtor of the Year award at Florida Realtors’ recent Convention & Trade Expo in Orlando.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 27, 2012 — Florida Realtors® honored Joan Alipo, a member of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors (JTHS), as its 2012 Associate Realtor of the Year. Alipo is a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate/Jupiter Beach. The award was presented at the state association’s recent 96th annual Convention & Trade Expo at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla.
“Wow – all I can say is honestly, I’m so proud and so overwhelmed by receiving this award,” said Alipo. “I just want to thank everyone, really, and my husband for always supporting me at every Florida Realtors and NAR event!”
Florida Realtors® has presented 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 board, community, state association and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
A former president of her local association, Alipo was named JTHS Realtor of the Year in 2005, is a member of its Honor Society and has achieved the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award. Since joining her local association, she has served on most of its committees, including the screening task force interviewing candidates for elected office. As an example of her positive leadership, Alipo was instrumental in forming a partnership between JTHS and the town of Jupiter on several housing initiatives, which resulted in her local association receiving NAR’s prestigious “Ambassador for Cities” Award in 2009
She is the current vice chair of Florida Realtors’ Global Business Committee, and served as District 3 Vice President in 2011; as DVP, she advocated for the “Paws For Patriots” program and continues to promote it through her email and website.
Supporting global business and international real estate opportunities is a cause near and dear to Alipo’s heart: She worked closely with NAR on behalf of JTHS, becoming the International Ambassador Association to Denmark in 2009, and represented her local association during the Embassy visit to Denmark during the NAR Midyear Meetings in Washington, D.C., in 2009; the Peru Embassy visit in 2011; and the Embassy visit to the Netherlands in 2012. Today, she works closely with the NAR president’s liaison to maintain communications and a healthy relationship with the CEO and president of Denmark.
A long list of community organizations benefit from Alipo’s efforts: She supports Easter and Christmas programs for underprivileged children, rolls up her sleeves for Habitat For Humanity projects and reaches for her wallet to support the military. She developed and organized the “Parade of Neighborhoods,” an affordable home project to help all citizens realize the dream of homeownership.