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NYSAR honors Staten Island REALTOR® John Vernazza as REALTOR® of the Year

Oct 03, 2017
Albany – October 3, 2017 – The New York State Association of REALTORS honored John Vernazza as the 2017 REALTOR of the Year during the association’s Fall Business Meetings in Verona, NY.

He is the 60th recipient of the REALTOR of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding service to the REALTOR organization at the local, state and national levels, a strict adherence to the high principles of the National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics, a commitment to civic activity and business accomplishments. 

“A leader in his real estate business, within the REALTOR organization and throughout his community, John Vernazza is greatly deserving of this honor,” said Dawn Carpenter, 2017 president of the New York State Association of REALTORS. “His tireless efforts to promote the American Dream of homeownership and also fight against legislative issues that harm our industry are awe inspiring.”  

A REALTOR for 18 years, Vernazza is the broker/owner of Vernazza Real Estate in Staten Island, NY.      

Vernazza is an active member and 2009 past president of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS (SIBOR). He has served as chair of several committees including public relations and nominating as well as the Board Certifications Task Force. His committee service also includes strategic planning, MLS rules, and budget and finance. He was named SIBOR’s REALTOR Associate of the Year in 2004 and SIBOR’s REALTOR of the Year in 2010. 

On the state level, Vernazza has served as a director since 2008. He served as the Regional Vice President for the Metro Region in 2015-2016. An active member of NYSAR, Vernazza has chaired and served on numerous committees including legislative steering, legal action, and organizational planning. He also served as a New York City Council political coordinator to Councilman Vincent Ignizio in 2010-2011. He is a past member of the NYSAR REALTORS Honor Society and is a Sterling “R” RPAC contributor. 

Vernazza has served as a director for the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and on the NAR Conventional Finance and lending Committee. He is currently serving as Broker Involvement Council State Representative, helping lead New York past its 2017 Broker Involvement Program (BIP) recruitment goal. He is also serving as a Federal Political Coordinator for New York’s 11th Congressional District on behalf of NAR.

Active in his community, Vernazza is the president-elect of the South Shore Rotary and is a past recipient of the Rotarian of the Year award and the Car Rosenberger Rotary Service Above Self award. In 2014, he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, the most prestigious award a Rotarian can receive. He is also a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, the Staten Island Zoo, and is a former director for the Staten Island Center of Independent Living.

In acknowledgement of his outstanding achievements, Vernazza will be honored at the REALTOR Recognition Program during the 2017 REALTORS Conference and Expo in Chicago, IL in November.   

The New York State Association of REALTORS is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 55,000 of New York State’s real estate professionals. The term REALTOR is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS. These REALTORS are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS as well as their local board or association of REALTORS.

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