2018 Florida Realtors President Christine Hansen presents Mike Dooley with his award as the 2018 Realtor of the Year during the awards luncheon at the recent convention and trade expo.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16, 2018 — Florida Realtors® honored Michael “Mike” A. Dooley, 2006 president of the state Realtor association, as its 2018 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.
“The first thing that comes into my mind is – what were you guys thinking?!” Dooley told the appreciative audience of applauding Realtors. “I’m speechless, and that doesn’t happen very often. I don’t really know what to say … I so humbly and graciously accept this. And I accept it on behalf of all the Realtors who are here in Orlando doing the good work and all Realtors around the state. Because as far as I’m concerned, this award belongs to each and every one of us. Thank you.”
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 40 years, Dooley has worked diligently to enhance the Realtor brand, promote the profession and advance the real estate industry. He is fond of saying, “Leadership is not about making a big splash, it’s about getting the job done.”
As a leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Dooley has served his local association in every imaginable capacity, from committees to all officer positions, from the time it was the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors to present day. He was instrumental in making the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council of the Miami Association of Realtors a successful reality. He helped establish the Regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and worked for years to hone its effectiveness for members. Dooley has received many accolades for his dedication and service to his local association, including receiving the local Realtor Associate and Realtor of the Year awards.
At the state level, not only has Dooley served as a Florida Realtors director and District vice president, but he has also served in every officer position, including as 2006 Florida Realtors president. During his year as president, he was instrumental in accomplishing the necessary but time-consuming task of revamping and revitalizing the state association’s policies and bylaws.
Perhaps Dooley’s biggest accomplishment as 2006 Florida Realtors president was the creation of a new Florida specialty license plate, “Support Homeownership for All,” with proceeds going to help fund affordable housing programs in the state. He remains involved in the program’s operations as the “godfather” for the plate, according to Brad Monroe, 2018 chair of Homeownership for All Inc. The license plate program recently reached a milestone with more than $1 million raised to date.
By the end of July 2018, 40,141 Florida automobiles sported the “Support Homeownership for All” license plate and $1,003,525 dollars had been raised since the program’s inception. To date, $817,013 has been disbursed to affordable housing programs across the state.
In addition to standard state license fees, drivers who want the “Support Homeownership for All” plate pay $25 at the time of purchase and each year after that. Almost 100 percent of the money, minus a small amount used to promote license plate sales, goes directly to help struggling homeowners since Florida Realtors provides the organizational work without charge. The program is a 501(c)(3) charity.
Dooley has always served as a strong advocate for the Realtor profession in the public policy and legislative arena. He was a key legislative contact for state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who recently announced he would retire from his Senate seat Nov. 6, the day his term as Florida Senate president ends.
When he and his family moved to Hobe Sound, he quickly became involved in the community and in surrounding Martin County. He served on the Martin County Planning and Zoning Board for many years and has been active in the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, serving as a past president. Dooley has volunteered his time and talents to numerous community charities and organizations. He is a sponsor of the Hobe Sound Art Festival and the Hobe Sound Christmas Parade, among other events.