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”

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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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