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One Brickell Hosts Festive 2015 MBF Holiday CelebrationMaster Brokers Forum South Florida Event

In December, the MBF celebrated another successful year at its 2015 Holiday Celebration, hosted by One Brickell and The Related Group. This lavish affair brought together more than 100 Master Brokers for an evening of fun, food, and commemoration.Master Brokers Forum South Florida Event Chaired by Iliana Abella, Penni Chasens, and Nancy Iliffe, the party was held in the lobby of 444 Brickell Avenue; the future site of One Brickell. Upon completion, the “megaproject” will link Miami’s Riverwalk section with the downtown district, and contain three towers of 57, 77 and 82 stories, with a combination of residential and hotel units, along with about 40,000 square feet of office space and 25,000 square feet of retail. Upon arrival at the celebration, members enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Carlos Rosso, president of Related’s condominium division, welcomed the guests, congratulated them on another successful year, and outlined Related’s dramatic plans for One Brickell.Master Brokers Forum South Florida Event After thanking the party hosts for their generosity, Miami MBF chair Jeff Morr welcomed his fellow Master Brokers and recapped the many events and highlights that made 2015 so successful. He then presented the chapter’s 2015 "Legacy Award" to Consuelo Stewart, broker and co-owner of Shelton and Stewart Realtors, and introduced the MBF’s 2015 scholarship recipients, Florida International University seniors Amanda Aguilar and Noe Perrin Fontana, who plan to pursue careers in Miami real estate.(See stories below.) “We thank our dear friends at The Related Group for once again hosting a fabulous Master Brokers Forum event," said Morr. “We look forward to One Brickell continuing the incredible transformation of that neighborhood, and the impact it will have on our city’s urban core."
 

MBF Honors Consuelo Stewart With 2015 "Legacy Award"33fcc85b-6169-41b1-adfd-e15e4023e9e7

Consuelo Stewart, broker and co-owner of Shelton and Stewart Realtors, was named the MBF's 2015 "Legacy Award" honoree. The Legacy Award recognizes longtime members who have enjoyed exceptional careers in Miami real estate, and whose leadership and professionalism elevated the standards for the entire industry. Ms. Stewart is one of the region’s most successful and recognizable agents, with more than 35 years of service in Miami’s Coral Gables, Cocoplum, Pinecrest, and Key Biscayne neighborhoods. Known for her unrivalled focus and work ethic, she began her career as a Realtor-associate in the 1970s and then went on to become a broker, often selling the same high-level properties for her clients three or four times over. She co-founded Earnest and Stewart in the 1980s, and in 2008, joined forces with friendly rival Teresita Shelton to form Shelton and Stewart, later joined by Teresita Shelton Bernace.Master Brokers Forum South Florida Event “I feel truly blessed and honored by this recognition, as it comes from my close peers and colleagues in Miami real estate,” said Ms. Stewart. “Having done this work for more than three decades, I have always appreciated the collaborative nature of our local real estate community, where a good reputation is earned by being ethical, professional, and by helping your fellow Realtors. I was also lucky to find a career that allowed women like myself the flexibility to be successful while also raising three children.” Previous MBF Legacy Award honorees include Alicia Cervera, Sr. and Evelyn Framer (2011), Jeanne Baker (2012), Rosalie Elliot (2013), and Teresita Shelton (2014).
 

MBF Awards $5,000 in Scholarships to FIU Real Estate Students

Each year, the MBF awards $5,000 in scholarships to deserving Florida International University students who plan to pursue careers in real estate, or may already be doing so. The chapter has made this an annual initiative, making the path to real estate professionalism a little easier for deserving students. The 2015 MBF Scholarship recipients were Amanda Aguilar; a working mother (and licensed Realtor) who supports her family while also attending school, and Noe Perrin Fontana; a double-major in Finance and Real Estate, who has already earned Dean’s List honors as well as his real estate license. Congratulations to Amanda and Noe!
 

MBF Chair Jeff Morr Pens Final Miami Herald "Broker's View" of 2015a1ad441f-ae54-40bc-90b8-0a6818fa6906

Last week, MBF chair Jeff Morr was the featured columnist for the Miami Herald's Business Monday "Broker's View" column. Morr's essay, entitled "In a wired world, make sure your Realtor is social-media savvy", was the final edition of the column for 2015. CLICK HERE to read the column now.

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Master Brokers News December 2012

MBF Celebrates 2012 with Festive Holiday Party at Grove at Grand Bay Top Producer Network Honors Miami Real Estate Icon Jeanne Baker with 2012 "Legacy Award"

legacy award Looking back at another extraordinary year for Miami real estate, the Miami Master Brokers Forum recently celebrated 2012 with its annual Holiday Party. Hosted by Terra Group and its renowned Grove at Grand Bay project, this celebration brought together more than 125 Master Brokers for an evening of merriment and camaraderie. Chaired by Iliana Abella, Penni Chasens, and Nancy Iliffe, the festive event was held in the Grove at Grand Bay sales gallery, adjacent to the project's future location on South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove. Members enjoyed signature cocktails and fine cuisine, while admiring scale models, renderings, and model rooms that showcased the project's cutting-edge design. During the course of the evening, the MBF thanked Terra Group for its generosity and support of the broker community. Pedro Martin, Terra Group chairman and CEO, welcomed the guests and congratulated them on another successful year, while Philip C. Freedman, sales director for Grove at Grand Bay, enlightened guests about the unique aspects of the project. Incoming MBF chair Jeff Morr then presented the chapter's 2012 "Legacy Award" to Miami real estate legend Jeanne Baker, who was represented by her son, David Popham and her granddaughter, Lauren Popham. (The MBF Legacy Award honors longtime members who have enjoyed exceptional careers in Miami real estate, and whose leadership and professionalism elevated the standards for the entire industry.) Ms. Baker's extraordinary career in South Florida real estate blazed a trail for thousands of successful women in the industry. She accomplished this legacy through a potent mix of style, dedication, and a passionate commitment to fairness. Ms. Baker constructed a real estate empire that, at its peak in 1996, employed nearly 600 agents in six offices. The MBF then honored Emilio Palomo, who marked his final event as chair of the chapter. Mr. Palomo thanked his colleagues on the MBF advisory board for their tremendous dedication and support during his four-year run leading the organization. "The Master Brokers Forum accomplished truly great things under Emilio's leadership, and we are delighted that he has chosen to remain on the advisory board," said Morr. "One of Emilio's finest decisions was assembling the current Holiday Party committee, which produced yet another amazing event. We thank them and, of course, our esteemed sponsor for making this Holiday Party a huge success." CLICK HERE to visit an online gallery of more than 100 additional photos from the Holiday Celebration.

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Your profile on www.MasterBrokersForum.com is your connection to everything happening in the MBF.  We rely on this information to enlighten visitors to the web site, and - more importantly - to send you news about events and special offers. Is your email address up-to-date on the MBF web site?  How about your photograph? Or your physical/mailing address? If you have not updated your profile on www.MasterBrokersForum.com in some time, please take a moment to do so.  When you visit the main page, scroll down to the bottom and click on "Member Login".  Your login ID will be your email address, and if you cannot remember your password, there is a link on the page that will help you retrieve it. Once logged in, click on "Edit My Profile", make the updates, and be sure to click on the "Save Changes" button on the bottom of the screen.

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