Connie Johnson accepts her award as the 2017 Associate Realtor of the Year from Florida Realtors President Maria Wells.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 28, 2017 — Florida Realtors® honored Connie M. Johnson, a member of the Greater Tampa Realtors®, as its 2017 Associate Realtor of the Year. The award was presented at the state association’s recent 101st annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
Florida Realtors® has presented Realtor of the Year and Associate Realtor of the Year awards for more than 60 years. Winners are honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their local board, community, state association and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
She has been an active participant with her local board since joining in 1988. Her local committee history of service began in the early 1990s, eventually leading her to serve as president of her association.
For her continued dedication and service to Greater Tampa Realtors, she received the Edward T. Starr Award for outstanding leadership and committee accomplishments, was named its 2003 Realtor of the Year and won the Meritorious Award in 2004. And, for her outstanding service to the community, the association named her as the 2009 winner of the C. Ed Owings Award.
At the state level, Johnson’s involvement includes 26 years of service through 135 committee positions. She is the 2017 chair of the Florida Realtors Public Policy Committee and currently serves on the Nominating and Executive committees, as well as the Board of Directors. In 2008, Johnson received the RPAC (Realtors Political Action Committee) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nationally, she was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Legislative Meetings and Expo in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of several NAR committees, including serving as a federal political coordinator/advisor for NAR since 2004.
Giving back to her community is one of Johnson’s guiding principles: in fact, NAR honored her dedication with a National Community Hero of the Year award in 2012. In 2010, Johnson was recognized as Florida Realtors Humanitarian of the Year for her community service. She was president for Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) in 2009. RTTB’s mission is to repair, preserve and revitalize houses and communities in the Tampa Bay area, assuring that low-income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence. While partnering with the NFL during the Super Bowl in Tampa, Johnson played a key role in the project to rebuild an entire neighborhood of 22 homes in historic West Tampa.
In addition, she was the 2010 vice president of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the chair of the Hillsborough County Animal Advisory Board and founder of Florida Big Dog Rescue. She also formed the Best Friends Program that helps troubled teens by bringing them to volunteer at the animal shelter in Tampa.