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Florida Realtors® Recognizes 2011 Realtor® of Year

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31, 2011 -- Florida Realtors® recognized Wendell Davis, CRB, GRI and the 2010 president of the state Realtor association, as its 2011 Realtor of the Year. CRB and GRI are special designations awarded to Realtors who complete additional training; they stand for Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager and Graduate, Realtor Institute.

The Realtor of the Year award was presented at the state association’s 95th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be among the elite, and it’s brought about by you – all the members of this great organization,” said Davis upon accepting the award. “I’m proud to have had the privilege of serving you.”

Florida Realtors has presented the Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 50 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).

On the local level, Davis is very active within his home Realtor organization, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR). In fact, 16 years ago, he led the task force that paved the way for the merger of four local associations to become NEFAR, and his proven leadership prompted members to choose him as the association’s inaugural president in 1996.

A broker and regional vice president with Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville, Davis is a charter member and former president of the Northeast Florida Association of Residential Property Managers (NEFARPM); and also served as treasurer and a director for the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). Some of the numerous local honors he has received include Property Management Member of the Year, 1999; Property Manager of the Year, 2004; and Presidential Lifetime Service Award, 2006. On the national level, Davis has been an active member of NAR for many years, serving on its Board of Directors since 2001.

As Florida Realtors president, Davis was instrumental in establishing Florida Realtors first statewide open house: During 2010 Florida Open House Weekend, more than 1,600 open houses took place in communities across Florida. His support of the Realtors USO Phone Card program raised $50,000 to help U.S. troops connect with their families. On the political front, he spearheaded the effort in 2010 to protect Florida’s economy by defeating Amendment 4, the anti-growth measure that would have required voter approval for all changes to local comprehensive land use plans.

Davis is just as dedicated to his community as he is to his profession: He is a current Clay County commissioner and served as chairman in 2010. A past chairman of his local March of Dimes campaign and past president of the local Chamber of Commerce, he was a teacher and football coach for 23 years. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War.

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