ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 11, 2020 – Florida Realtors® recognized Eric Sain, 2019 Florida Realtors president, as its 2020 Realtor of the Year. All of this year’s award winners were celebrated in a special recognition video that launched the state association’s first Virtual Convention held Aug. 24-27, 2020.
“This is such an honor to be recognized for doing something that I love to do with a group of people I admire,” said Eric Sain, as he thanked Florida Realtors for the honor in the awards video. “Many great minds have collaborated to build this solid institution that we call Florida Realtors, and I respect the actions that have made us stronger. It has truly been a privilege representing you. Thank you for giving your time and talents, expressing your ideas, exploring your interests and bringing real opportunities to Florida Realtor Nation.
“I think last year helped prepare us for exactly where we are at this moment in time. Don’t forget what we learned and keep the morale up. Let’s continue to pick leaders of leaders, while we remember where we’ve been, stay true to where we are, and steadfast in striving for higher standards for our future. Always remember that you have the power to continue to reshape our industry. Thank you again for this Realtor of the Year award. You have made my decade.”
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).
During his career of more than 20 years, Sainhas passionately worked to enhance the Realtor brand, advance the industry and make a positive impact on his profession. He is a member of the Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors, formerly known as Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors.
A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Sain served his local association on countless committees and as president in 2008. He has been recognized by his association with numerous awards, including the Rising Star Award in 2000, three Presidential Awards (2008, 2010 and 2011), and as Realtor of the Year in 2010.
At the state level, Sain has served on a total of 54 committees, Presidential Advisory Groups and subcommittees for Florida Realtors, ranging from chairing Public Policy to Finance. In 2010, he was honored as Florida Realtors Associate Realtor of the Year. He has also served in every officer position, from District 11 vice president to Florida Realtors president in 2019. During his year as president, Sain advanced Florida Realtors connections in global real estate with the largest trade mission in the state association’s history: over 400 Realtor members traveled collectively to Dubai in September 2019.
Another monumental achievement for Florida Realtors’ record books: At the August 2019 convention, Sain’s leadership team was able to get 314 members of Florida Realtors to join together to form the shape of a key, representing that Realtors are the key to help people unlock the power of homeownership. That feat earned the Guinness Book of World RECORDS title for “Largest Human Image of a Key.”
On the national level, Sain currently is the chair of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) Committee, an online self-assessment resource to help Realtors increase their professionalism. He’s played an integral role in the program since its inception, collaborating on the design, content and nationwide launch in late 2018. Under his guidance, NAR’s C2EX program has reached more than 54,000 participants, with more than 9,000 Realtors earning the program endorsement upon completion – and the program continues to grow.
A strong supporter of Realtor advocacy and public policy efforts, Sain is a Golden R President’s Circle investor in RPAC (Realtors Political Action Committee) and was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2014. In total, he has served NAR in more than 50 leadership and committee positions.
He also finds time to give back to his community. Sain volunteers for a variety of causes and community efforts, including serving on the West Palm Beach Affordable Housing Committee and the West Palm Beach Water Advisory Board. He is a passionate supporter of Habitat for Humanity Florida and the American Heart Association.