Association of Realtors to install new leaders


Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 11:04 p.m.
The Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors will install its 2005 officers and directors during the association's annual banquet tonight at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.
Bonnie Mott, broker-owner of Prudential Preferred Properties of Gainesville, will become the association's 2005 president, succeeding Jeff Quigley, broker/Realtor and vice president with Bosshardt Realty Services Inc.
As incoming president, Mott said she hopes to increase the use of technology - the Internet, digital photos and Web pages - to help consumers choose among the many properties that are being offered in the area. This would "absolutely" help people from out of town - as well as area residents - seeking to purchase homes or businesses in the area, she said.
Mott also said she hopes to lobby to allow trade associations - such as her group - to obtain health insurance.
"Nationally, we have more than a million members. This would really benefit them," she said Friday.
Outgoing President Quigley said he felt satisfied that the organization had experienced a great year, despite a lot of challenges that included proposed impact fees, political changes and the effect of hurricanes. Issues such as providing affordable housing and protecting property owners' rights continue to be the focus, he said.
Quigley will chair the Affordable Homes Task Force this coming year.
"We want people to realize the American Dream" of owning their home, he said.
Deborah Minck of Tioga Realty will be named GACAR's president-elect. Michael Kitchens of Bosshardt Realty Services Inc. becomes treasurer and Sherry Patrick of Coldwell Banker MM Parrish will be secretary for the coming year.
The group also will present awards for Affiliate of the Year and Realtor of the Year, and the Tom Dobson Award for continued leadership by a past president.
Pat Polopolus will be honored posthumously with the James Parrish Community Service Award.
Polopolus, 63, died in August of natural causes. She was a past president of GACAR, as well as a Realtor, and at one time part-owner of ERA Trend Realty for nearly 30 years.
GACAR comprises more than 600 Realtors and representatives of associated industries, such as mortgage lenders, appraisers and building inspectors.
Pat Polopolus will be honored posthumously with the James Parrish Community Service Award. Polopolus, 63, died in August of natural causes. She was a past president of GACAR, as well as a Realtor, and at one time part-owner of ERA Trend Realty.

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