Palm Beach Realtors Morrison and Harris Receive Awards

Christina Pearce

WEST PALM BEACH, FL ( — The local chapter of the National Association of Realtors tipped us to a few awards bestowed upon their members. Here is their official media release:

//Christina Morrison of Delray Beach was named 2011 REALTOR® of the Year by the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB).  Morrison is a commercial realtor and real estate consultant, who specializes in raw land, change of use and flex space.  Morrison has represented several developers and owners with properties throughout southern Palm Beach County.  Over the years, Morrison has contributed her time and talents to real estate in Palm Beach County.  She is a major force within the community, who is dedicated to ensuring a positive business climate. She is a consistent advocate for property tax reform and pro-business platforms and initiatives designed to attract eco-friendly businesses to our beach communities.

When Morrison received the news about being named RAPB’s REALTOR® of the Year she responded saying, “I was totally speechless when I heard that an RAPB award was being given to me this year since there are so many REALTORS® who worked so hard – it is an honor just to be considered with them.  To work with these esteemed colleagues – and RAPB’s exemplary staff members – has truly been an honor for me and has ‘raised the bar’ on what I expect of myself and our industry.  I can honestly say that working with RAPB over the past five years has made me better at my profession and strengthened my ability to work on various causes that are important to our industry both here in Palm Beach County and statewide.”

Tim Harris of Palm Beach was named the recipient of RAPB’s Community Service Award.  Over the years, Harris has devoted his time to The Lord’s Place, organizing a “Sleep Out” to fight homelessness in West Palm Beach.  He helped establish the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighbor Association (WPB-DNA) and served as the Founding President. The WPB-DNA represents thousands of property owners acting as the go-to organization addressing quality of life issues for local residents. Harris has also been appointed RAPB’s President-Elect for 2012.

Three local brokers were named Broker of the Year for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the local real estate industry. The award is based on office size.  For a small office, Bob Goldstein of Hospitality Consultants, Boca Raton was recognized for his accomplishments in commercial real estate specifically related to the hospitality industry.  For a mid-size office, Deborah Bacarella was recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in the international luxury market.  Bacarella manages Bristol Properties International in Boca Raton.  For a large office, John Kern, owner of Platinum Properties in Jupiter, was the recipient of the award.  Kern is an advocate of technology, who consistently provides his team with the training and tools to be effective in today’s competitive real estate climate.

The Affiliate of the Year Award was presented to PNC Mortgage for their commitment to building relationships with RAPB members, educational support and service to our community.
The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, “The Voice for Local Real Estate,” represents over 7,500 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.//

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