The 2014 Newcomer of the Year winner, Justin Lindsey, accepts the award from President Sherri Meadows during the Keynote Awards luncheon at the recent Florida Realtors Conference and Trade Expo.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26, 2014 — Justin Lindsey, a member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors®, has been named Florida Realtors® 2014 Newcomer of the Year. Lindsey is a sales associate with The Premier Property Group in Miramar Beach, Fla.
The Newcomer Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has entered the Realtor profession within the past three years or less, and during that time has made notable contributions to the local and state associations, as well as to his or her community. It was presented during the state association’s 98th annual Conference & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
Eager to make a difference in his chosen profession, Lindsey completed the Leadership Development Program for the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors in 2013. The group adopted his idea for its leadership project and developed Soldiers on the Water: a day of deep-sea fishing for wounded military, whether they’re veterans or on active duty. The purpose was to give these soldiers a day to relax and get away from their worries for a brief time. As a former captain in the U.S. Army, Lindsey was instrumental in making the needed contacts for the event, and 35 wounded military went deep-sea fishing,
Soldiers on the Water was such a success and created such good will in the community that the Emerald Coast Association’s board of directors established it as an official annual event for the association. In 2013, Lindsey served on the local association’s Military Affairs and Realtor Outreach committees; in 2014, those two committees were combined and Lindsey was named the vice chair – and once again, he will be planning and implementing the Soldiers on the Water event, with a goal of doubling the number of participants this year.
Lindsey has begun the coursework needed to earn his Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation and is considering becoming an instructor for the National Association of Realtors (NAR)’s Realtor Property Resource for his local association.
In the community, Lindsey founded a chapter of Friends of the Fallen, which provides support to surviving U.S. military spouses and children who have lost a loved one while stationed along the Florida Panhandle. He is also a member of the Emerald Coast Wounded Warriors.