Each year, Florida Realtors® recognizes the best in the business through nine prestigious awards at their Keynote Luncheon during their annual Florida Realtors® Conference & Trade Expo. This year, two of the awards were presented to local REALTORS® from the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), Judy Ramella and Ann DeFries. Award winners were honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their communities and local, state, and national REALTOR® associations.
As ambassadors of their community, Ramella and DeFries do far more than just finding the right home for their buyers and sellers; they are out serving the community in various ways to make Palm Beach County a better place to live, work, and play.
Associate REALTOR® of the Year Florida Realtors® honored Judy Ramella with the Associate REALTOR® of the Year Award for her involvement with the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) and her undying commitment to serving the community.
Ramella is RAPB’s President- Elect and has served in every officer position. Her commitment to RAPB doesn’t stop there;she has chaired numerous committees and even received the prestigious honor of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Chairperson of the Year, a Florida Realtors® state level award. Ramella has also devoted much of her time to helping those in need. She was not only a former Board of Director for the Children’s Home Society of Palm Beach County, but she is also a real estate advisor and ambassador for Families First of Palm Beach County, a group that helps low-income families and first-time homebuyers through education, counseling, homeownership grants, and seminars. She truly goes above and beyond the call of a REALTOR® and impacts the lives of buyers, sellers, and those in need.
“I have been very fortunate for all the wonderful opportunities my career has allowed me to experience and receiving Associate REALTOR® of the Year will be one that I will cherish. I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has inspired me throughout my journey, and I only hope I can do the same for others for years to come,” said Judy Ramella, President-Elect of The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches. REALTOR® Achievement Award.
Ann DeFries was honored with the REALTOR® Achievement Award, which acknowledges her previous three years’ contributions to the community, local, state, and national associations. DeFries was named one of the 25 most influential women in real estate and is the Southern Vice President of RAPB where she has been a part of governmental affairs, finance, and executive committees. She has also been on the Florida Realtors® Board of Directors for 18 years and is also the legislative contact for state Rep. George R. Moraitis Jr. (R-Fort Lauderdale).
She is also very involved with the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) where she served as Florida Chapter President in 2000 and President of the National WCR in 2008. DeFries also enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and served on the Deerfield Beach Planning and Zone Committee for 12 years.
“The Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Expo is such an incredible event every year, and it was so emotional to be honored by all my friends and colleagues. We have so many awe-inspiring REALTORS® and leaders in Florida, and I can’t wait to continue working with them to further our industry,” said Ann DeFries, Southern Vice President of RAPB.