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Joseph Rand named HGAR Realtor of the Year

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors has named Joseph Rand its 2020 Realtor of the Year.

The chief creative officer of Howard Hanna/Rand Realty in Nanuet, Rand was  honored during HGAR’s 104th  Annual Meeting, held last week via Zoom teleconference

John Jordan, owner of Hudson Valley Editorial Services in Middletown, was named the 2020 HGAR Affiliate Member of the Year.

Crystal Hawkins Syska of Keller Williams NY Realty in White Plains, was honored with the HGAR President’s Award for 2020.

“Congratulations to our all of our winners for their extraordinary contributions to this organization and to their communities,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO.  “They are truly an inspiration for us all.”


Rand has enjoyed a 30-year career in the real estate industry and is part of the Rand Realtor family. The residential brokerage firm the family opened in 1984 now has more than 1,000 real estate sales associates and operates 28 offices.

Rand is the author of two books, the new Executive Director of the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap, and Managing Partner and General Counsel for Rand Commercial and Hudson United Mortgage.

Prior to a career in real estate, Rand was an attorney for a Wall Street law firm, as well as a law professor.


Jordan has been affiliated with the Association for over 25 years, serving as Editor of the former Westchester Realtor, and now Real Estate in Depth. He helped to grow the trade publication from a circulation of just 3,000 to over 14,000 today, with a coverage area including Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties.

Over the years, he has written for various publications including the New York Times, Gannett Newspapers, Westchester Business Journal, Construction News, Globe Street and more.

Hawkins Syska (left) who will take over the reigns as HGAR President in 2021, has been a Realtor for over 15 years and is a member of the HGAR Board of Directors.  She has been an HGAR Director for the past three years and has served on 10 different Association committees throughout the years.

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