Chic Holden gets Realtors' Leadership Award

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:17 p.m.

Charles "Chic" Holden Jr. said he knew something was up when two tables full of friends and family, including some from out of state, showed up at the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors Installation and Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.

Holden received the 2012 James Parrish Community Leadership Award from GACAR for volunteer work and involvement in business and community organizations.

It turns out the association was just getting started, as GACAR held a special recognition for Holden's 40 years of service as the board attorney.

Gene Ritch, who himself was honored by the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday as a Realtor Emeritus for 40 years of membership, said that Holden's influence has been a lack of litigation in the local real estate industry compared with other areas of the state.

Real estate lawyer Melissa Murphy said she latched onto Holden as a mentor while she was in law school.

"This was a man who could show how to be a lawyer, how to be a member of the community, how to treat clients, how to treat other lawyers professionally, how to treat your profession," she said.

Newly installed GACAR President Greta Rice presented a resolution of appreciation declaring "Chic Holden Day."

"This is just so over the top, guys," Holden said as he held a plaque with the resolution.

Other awards announced Wednesday night included:

Margaret Posey of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors was named 2012 Realtor of the Year. The award is selected based on ethics, character and support of GACAR and the real estate profession. Posey has served on numerous board and committees for GACAR.

Todd Rainsberger of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors was recognized for being named one of 40 recipients nationally to receive the NAR's 2012 National Commercial Award.

A Wall of Honor plaque was unveiled to recognize successful Realtors who have contributed to the history of GACAR and the community, described as a Hall of Fame of local real estate. Honorees were Fred Arnold, Tom Dobson, John Merrill, Jim Parrish, M. Parrish and Pat Polopolous.

Linda Webb of First American Title Insurance Company was named Business Partner of the Year for her work in GACAR.

Alarion Bank received the first Above and Beyond Award for donating time and money to sponsor GACAR events.

Patti Moser received the Tom Dobson Past President Award for a past president who has remained active in GACAR. Moser was also installed as president of the Multiple Listings Service. She was not in attendance since she was at a function as the newly appointed federal action political coordinator for the NAR.

Among awards for contributions to the Realtors Political Action Committee, Thomas McIntosh of Prudential Trend Realty was named to the Presidents Circle for contributing to NAR-supported representatives and senators.

Campus USA Credit Union received the Commercial Business Partner of the Year Award for support to the industry.

Mike Ryals of Bosshardt Realty Services was recognized as Dean of Commercial Real Estate for outstanding overall contributions.

Perry Pursell of Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors was recognized as winner of the Ironman Award for 10 years of service as a commercial Realtor.

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