2019 Florida Realtors President Eric Sain presents the inaugural Spirit of Advocacy Award to Nancy J. Riley, 2007 president of Florida Realtors, during the state association’s convention in Orlando.
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 10, 2019 — Florida Realtors has recognized Nancy J. Riley, a member of the Pinellas Suncoast Association of Realtors and the 2007 president of the state association, as the first recipient of its new Spirit of Advocacy Award. The award was presented during the Florida Realtors’ recent annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
This new award honors a member of Florida Realtors who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy at the local board, state association, national association and community within the governmental or political arena over their lifetime. Monetary donations are not a consideration of the award.
Riley has an extensive resume of contributions to public policy issues, committees and advocacy at the local, state and national Realtor association levels. She has passionately been dedicated to advocacy throughout her life.
She has served her local Realtor associations in numerous capacities, including as the 1999 president of what was then the Greater Clearwater Association of Realtors (now part of the merged Pinellas Suncoast Association) and was honored as 2000 Realtor of the Year by the Greater Clearwater Association. In 2008, Florida Realtors recognized Riley as its Realtor of the Year.
She has been active with numerous community, social and political organizations. Riley was elected Republican State Committeewoman for Pinellas County in 2000 and has served in that role since then. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Republican Party of Florida from 2001-2016. A graduate of the Leadership St. Pete Class of 1995, she was a voting delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Three different Florida governors – Charlie Crist, Lawton Chiles and Robert “Bob” Martinez – appointed Riley to serve on state committees or task forces, including the Taxation & Budget Reform Committee, HOPE (Home Ownership Promotes the Economy) Task Force, Keep Florida Beautiful and the Tampa Bay National Estuary Committee. She is a past member of the St. Petersburg Charter Review Committee, St. Petersburg Baseball Task Force (to bring baseball to St. Pete) and the St. Petersburg Code Enforcement Task Force.
As Florida Realtors 2007 president, Riley once said, “The Florida Association of Realtors has built a foundation for a strong political presence in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C. Our Realtor members can expect to see their state association resources committed to a broad spectrum of property rights and quality-of-life issues.”
Riley serves as a crusader for private property rights, a strong voice for engagement and investment, and boldly represents the real estate profession.