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REBNY sprinkles a little magic dust during annual awards night

The event was a spellbinding affair with magicians and dancers.
The event was a spellbinding affair with magicians and dancers.

REBNY’s 27th Annual Residential Deal of the Year Charity and Awards Gala last night was officially a magical affair as the board honored  15 of New York City’s most outstanding residential dealmakers before a crowd wowed by clever conjurers.

Celebrating with the theme REBNYMagic, the Real Estate Board of New York also introduced a new annual award The Eileen Spinola Award for distinguished service, honoring Eileen Spinola, REBNY’s recently retired Senior Vice President of Education and Brokerage Services.

“Eileen played a tremendous role in the exponential growth of the education and brokerage services divisions during her more than 20 years at REBNY, which makes The Eileen Spinola Award a fitting tribute to honor her wide-ranging contributions to our community,” said John H. Banks, III, REBNY President. “We congratulate all of the award winners on their exceptional achievements, impressive dealmaking savvy, and continued service to our industry.”

“The Magic of New York” themed event was hosted by the residential brokerage division and featured entertainment by magicians and fortune tellers. A portion of the proceeds raised were put towards REBNY’s “Member in Need Fund,” which provides grants to members experiencing a financial crisis or hardship, in addition to the New York City AIDS Memorial, which seeks to raise awareness and inspire action through educational programming about the ongoing AIDS epidemic.

Among the winners of REBNY’s 2015 Residential Deal of the Year Awards:


Corinne Pulitzer of Douglas Elliman Real Estate was presented with The Henry Forster Award for lifetime achievement. The Henry Forster Award is presented to an individual who has a long-standing reputation for excellence in residential real estate. The award winner is also 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.

Pulitzer is one of Douglas Elliman’s consistent top producers selling and leasing luxury cooperatives, condominiums, and townhouses; as well as commercial and investment properties. Over the last 20 years, Pulitzer has successfully closed multi-million dollars of transactions spanning from the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and SoHo to Tribeca, the Financial District, and Williamsburg. The veteran negotiator, deal-maker, and expert marketer is also Co-Chair of REBNY’s Membership Committee and has served in this position for several years. Additionally, Pulitzer teaches REBNY’s NYS Certified Continuing Education Program and is an instructor at New York University’s Real Estate Institute.

Vickey Barron
Vickey Barron

Vickey Barron of Douglas Elliman was honored as the first recipient of The Eileen Spinola Award for distinguished service, which will annually honor a REBNY broker or agent who has made major contributions to the REBNY community by donating their time, expertise, and knowledge in the areas of education, ethics, and professional services for the betterment of the real estate industry.

 At Douglas Elliman, Barron serves as the Director of Sales at the newly converted Ralph Walker collection (Walker Tower, Stella Tower, and 100 Barclay), and has played a key role in the dramatic growth of the new development market in New York City by commanding and achieving record-breaking sales. Barron has made far-reaching contributions to REBNY serving as Co-Chair of REBNY’s Education Committee for the last several years, while teaching various continuing education courses and speaking on numerous panels. She has also served on REBNY’s Ethics Committee, Residential Sales Council, and as a founding member of the New York Residential Specialist (NYRS) Credentials Committee. In 2001, Barron was presented with REBNY’s Most Promising Rookie Salesperson of the Year Award.

The Most Promising Rookie Salesperson of the Year Award for 2015 was presented to Tamara Abir of Halstead Property for her standout accomplishments within her first years working in New York City’s residential real estate market.


Among The Residential Brokerage Division Deal of the Year Sales & Rental AwardsRoss Evangelista of Stribling & Associates, Ltd. and Ann Marie Folan of Douglas Elliman Real Estate were presented with the first prize award for residential sales.

 Additionally, Sharon Burroughs and co-broker Nick Sakalis of Douglas Elliman Real Estatetook second prize in the residential sales category, while Carol E. Levy of Carol E. Levy Real Estate took third.

The first prize rental award was presented to Grace Hiura and Miyuki Katagiri of Halstead Property, LLC, along with co-broker Ashley Reidy of Elegran Real Estate & Development.

Christine Toes Muldoon, Valerie Mayworm, and Jacob Wood took home the second prize rental award on behalf of The Corcoran Group (Muldoon and Mayworm have since moved to Compass), along with co-broker Debra Ortega of Halstead Property, LLC.

Award winners are chosen anonymously through a judging committee. Only members of firms who have not submitted deal entries are allowed to judge.

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