2019 Florida Realtors President Eric Sain presents Christine Hansen with her award as the 2019 Realtor of the Year during the awards luncheon at the recent convention and trade expo. Hansen was president of Florida Realtors in 2018.
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 10, 2019 – Florida Realtors® honored Christine Hansen, 2018 president of the state association, as its 2019 Realtor of the Year. The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s recent annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
“Thank you so much,” an appreciative but emotional Hansen told the crowd of about 500 Realtors attending the Awards Luncheon. “As I stand here, I think about the journey – you don’t do it alone – each and every one of you have been a part of this journey. You have made it so much better. You can do so much more when you have the right team, the right peers and the right organizations behind you. I look forward to what’s next and to continuing the journey.”
Florida Realtors has presented Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 65 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).
Over a career that spans more than 30 years, Hansen has passionately worked to enhance the Realtor brand, advance the industry and make a positive impact on her profession. A member of the former Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors, her local association is now part of the Realtors of the Palm Beaches + Greater Fort Lauderdale + S. Broward.
A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Hansen served her local association on countless committees and task forces, ranging from Education to Grievance to Professional Standards, for more than 10 years before taking on higher leadership roles on the Board of Directors. She was honored as the 2009 Realtor of the Year by Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors and was recognized as Realtor of the Year in 2018 by Realtors of the Palm Beaches + Greater Fort Lauderdale + S. Broward.
At the state level, not only has Hansen served as a Florida Realtors director since 2003 and as District 11 vice president in 2009, but she has also served in every officer position, including as 2018 Florida Realtors president. During her year as president, she advanced Florida Realtors connections in global real estate, signing numerous Memorandums of Understanding on behalf of the state association with international real estate organizations. In addition to encouraging stronger relationships and mutual business goals, these agreements continue to promote Florida real estate markets and investment opportunities.
As Florida Realtors president, one of the accomplishments Hansen is most proud of is launching the first-ever Women in Real Estate (WIRE) Conference, which took place Aug. 29, 2018. The successful sold-out event offered inspiration, motivation and networking opportunities for attendees, paving the way for this year’s WIRE Conference and others to follow.
Hansen has served as a director of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) since 2004 and been an active member since that time, including serving on the Consumer Communications, Member Communications, Strategic Planning, Business Issues, and Professional Standards committees. She currently is the director of NAR’s Realtor Party and a member of its Executive Committee.
In the community, she volunteers for a variety of causes and is passionate about fundraising to support Easter Seals, Challenge Air, Paws for Patriots and Silent Angels, a Florida Realtors charitable trust. She personally helped a fellow Realtor who was injured in the 2012 bombing at the Boston Marathon by coordinating fundraising efforts to support their rehabilitation and medical needs.
Those who nominated Hansen for this honor wrote: “Christine Hansen is the epitome of a leader, ever reaching for the highest of heights, always striving to make a positive impact on the real estate market and profession.”