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REBNY honors residential leaders and dealmakers at awards gala

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) celebrated its 30th Anniversary Residential Brokerage Deal of the Year Charity & Awards Gala this Tuesday at The Plaza, where leading professionals in New York City residential home sales and rentals were with honored for their achievements, professionalism, and service to the real estate industry.

REBNY’s 30th on the 30th gala raised funds for REBNY’s “Member in Need Fund,” which provides grants to residential brokerage members who are experiencing a financial crisis or hardship.

“The Residential Deal of the Year Awards are presented to professionals of note who have excelled in and demonstrated their commitment to our industry through their accomplishments and dedicated service,” said John H. Banks, REBNY President. “We were honored to celebrate this year’s award recipients alongside hundreds of their peers at our 30th annual gala, and thank our sponsors and the Residential Deal of the Year Charity & Awards Gala Committee for helping us make this great evening possible.”


Steven O. Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President and Director of Sales for the Upper East Side at Warburg Realty, was honored with The Henry Forster Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award recognizes an individual who has a long-standing reputation for excellence in residential real estate, is a top-producing agent who displays outstanding ethical conduct in the profession, and contributes to cultural, charitable, and community organizations outside and within the industry.

Karen L. Duncan of Halstead Real Estate was presented with The Eileen Spinola Award for Distinguished Service. This award honors a REBNY broker or agent who has made significant contributions to the REBNY community by volunteering time, lending expertise and showing leadership in the areas of education, ethics, and professional services. The winner of this award personifies the best of brokers and agents who work tirelessly for the betterment of the residential real estate industry.

Ann Cutbill Lenane of Douglas Elliman took home The Residential Brokerage Agent of the Year Award which recognizes a member Sales Agent or Associate Broker who has demonstrated skilled achievement, superior leadership, high moral character, and professional behavior both in the real estate industry and the community-at-large. Nominations for this award are made by colleagues—salespersons and broker associates—from within the nominee’s firm or the industry-at-large.

Shan Chowdhury of Halstead Real Estate was named The Residential Brokerage Rookie of the Year for his standout accomplishments within his first years working in New York City’s residential real estate market.

Among The Residential Brokerage Division Deal of the Year Sales Awards:

– Sanjya Tidke of Halstead Real Estate and co-broker Mary Dunne of Warburg Realty won the First Prize Residential Sales Award.

– Tristan Harper of Douglas Elliman and co-broker Caroline Guthrie of Brown Harris Stevens took home the Second Prize Residential Sales Award.

– Naomi Davis and Monika Ingram of Brown Harris Stevens received the Third Prize Residential Sales Award.

The Residential Brokerage Division Deal of the Year Rental Award was presented to Derek M. Koch of Douglas Elliman and co-broker Corey Wecler of City Connections.

The winners of the Residential Brokerage Division Deal of the Year Sales and Rental Awards were chosen anonymously through a judging committee. Only members of firms who did not submit deal entries were allowed to judge.

The Member in Need Fund was created in 1994 by the Residential Brokerage Division Deal of the Year Charity and Awards Gala Committee and is supported through proceeds from the Annual Residential Deal of the Year Charity and Awards Gala. The Fund assists REBNY residential members who are experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of a personal or family illness or catastrophic event.

Corporate sponsors for #RESDOY18 were: Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Popular Bank, Perchwell, Engel & Völkers NYC, World Wide Holdings, Brown Harris Stevens, Hudson Yards,, Romer Debbas, Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP, Real Plus, Alp Signs, Terra Holdings, Miller Advertising,, Pro National Title, and Family First Funding LLC.

Raffle sponsors for #RESDOY18 were: XL Property Management, AVENUE, The Corcoran Group, New York Post, Patricia Fisher Design, Ace Hotel London, TAO Cares, Brook Furniture Rental, Roadway Moving, The Corcoran Group, Bradford Portraits, 53W53, Tom James of NYC, Katz and Matz, Blossom Restaurant, Loop Consulting Group, Gloria Restaurant, Halstead Real Estate, Brown Harris Stevens, Citizens Bank, Chase Bank, Churchill Living, Spire Realty, Quest Media, Rotisserie Georgette, Toloache NYC, Tre Otto, Buchbinder Warren, Compass, HottinDaro, LIC Pilates, Samuel Shriqui Salon, Soho Grand Hotel, Fox Residential Group, Loco Coco, Chaves, Perlowitz and Luftig Law Firm, Marjorie Hilton Interiors Inc., and Total Tennis.

Photo courtesy REBNY/Richard Lewin

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