Florida Realtors President Summer Greene, left, congratulates Cynthia Shelton, president of Florida Realtors in 2009 and a Realtor from Orlando, on receiving the 2012 Commercial Realtor Achievement award.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 27, 2012 — Florida Realtors® has honored Cynthia Shelton, 2009 president of Florida Realtors and a member of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA), with its 2012 Commercial Realtor Achievement Award. The award was presented at the state association’s recent 96th annual Convention & Trade Expo at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla.
Shelton, CCIM, CRE, CIPS, is director of investment sales for Colliers International Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member, CRE is the Counselor of Real Estate designation and CIPS stands for Certified International Property Specialist.
The Commercial Realtor Achievement Award honors a Realtor’s lifetime of contributions to commercial activities at the local, state, national and community levels.
Shelton has continuously demonstrated a strong commitment to the commercial activities of her local association. She served as a board member of the Commercial Society of ORRA and was an active member of its Commercial Overlay Board and the Retail Subcommittee. Prior to her ORRA membership, Shelton was a member of the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR) and served as its president in 1994.
During her tenure as president of the state association, she helped create the Florida Realtors Education Foundation, which provides real estate-related educational scholarships. And, Shelton was instrumental in the implementation of a branding campaign for Florida Realtors, the first of its kind in the history of the association.
At the national level, she has been deeply involved in NAR’s commercial activities for 25 years. She has served on NAR’s Board of Directors for many years, most recently from 1997 to the present. Realizing the importance of advocacy for the real estate industry, she has contributed to Florida Realtors PAC as a Golden R since 2002 to support public policy issues. Last year, Shelton was NAR Region 5 Regional Vice President.
Her efforts on behalf of the commercial real estate industry extend to other organizations; in 2002, she served as the national president of the CCIM Institute, the largest network for commercial real estate professionals. She also is a faculty member for CCIM Institute and was honored with the Hank Thompson Award, Florida CCIM Member of the Year. In 2011, the Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors awarded her with the Wilbur Strickland Award in recognition of her dedication and support. Shelton has been an active member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) organization since 1999.