HGAR Awards Renee Zurlo of BHG Rand in Central Valley as its 2018 “REALTOR® of the Year”

William Jansz, Senior Officer, Branch Administration for Trustco Bank, Named 2018 HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year”

White Plains, NY (November 2018) At its 102nd Annual Meeting held October 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) honored Renee Zurlo of BHG Rand Realty in Central Valley as its “REALTOR® of the Year” for 2018. William Jansz, Senior Officer, Bank Administration for Trustco Bank, was named the HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year” for 2018. Trustco Bank has 20 branch locations throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange counties.

Zurlo has been a Realtor for almost 25 years and served as President of the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Services (HGMLS) for the past three years. She has been very active in the Association for many years, serving on several councils and committees. She is also a certified New York State real estate instructor.

Before entering the world of real estate, she was a full-time mom for 10 years. After joining a Hudson Valley firm in 1994, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to open her own agency, which eventually grew to over 40 agents. A few years later, she became part of the BHG Rand family of real estate offices.

Jansz has been a continuous supporter of HGAR over the years, sponsoring and attending countless Association events. Jansz has worked with Trusto Bank for over 15 years and oversees branch operations throughout the lower Hudson Valley. Opening its first branch in upstate New York in 1902, Trustco now has 148 branch locations on the East Coast.

Other award winners included:

  • Spirit Awards: Crystal Hawkins Syska of Keller Williams New York Realty in White Plains and Emi Cacace of Portico Realty Group in Scarsdale and Manhattan. Both are co-chairs of HGAR’s Fair Housing & Cultural Diversity Committee.
  • Extra Mile Awards: Ray Hollingsworth Falu of Hollingsworth Real Estate in White Plains and Irene Guanill of Meet the Sellers in the Bronx. Both co-chair HGAR’s Broker/Owner/Manager Committee.
  • President’s Award: Gail Fattizzi of Westchester Real Estate Inc. in Somers. Fattizzi, who serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the HGAR Board of Directors, was chosen by HGAR President Barry Kramer for her hard work and dedication throughout the year.
  • Albert P. Schatz Legislative Advocacy Award: Leah Caro of Park Sterling Realty in Bronxville. Caro has been instrumental in Realtor legislative affairs and planning of “Lobby Day” in Albany. She is a two-time past president of HGAR, the 2011 HGAR “Realtor of the Year” and a current co-chair of the Board of Directors for Westchester Residential Opportunities.
  • Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Award: Christopher Greco of Richard Greco Real Estate in the Bronx. Greco founded Christopher’s Voice, a not-for-profit organization created to help families of autistic children. He is also a decorated police detective, president of the Police Association of New Rochelle, and the recipient many police awards.
  • Up & Coming Award: Richard Herska of BHG Rand Realty in Nyack. Herska is co-chair of HGAR’s RPAC Committee (Realtors Political Action Committee).
  • Edward I. Sumber Memorial Award: (The award was created this year in memory of Ed Sumber, who served as the Association’s legal counsel from 1975 to 2015. Ed passed away in June 2018.) John Dolgetta of Dolgetta Law in White Plains. Dolgetta was Sumber’s partner and now serves as HGAR’s outside Counsel.

“Congratulations to all of our award winners for their extraordinary contributions to this organization and to their communities,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO. “Their selfless volunteer work and ‘go-give’ attitude has continued to be an inspiration for us all.”

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) is a not-for-profit trade association covering more than 11,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties, as well as the Bronx and Manhattan. It is the second largest REALTOR® Association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS), owned and operated by HGAR, offers some 24,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest MLSs in the country.

Mary T. Prenon
Director of Communications
(914) 681-0833, ext 322