Awards and Recognition
Our Members Shine
Every year at the HGAR Annual Meeting and Member’s Day, HGAR presents several awards to its members in the following categories:
Realtor of the Year
The HGAR "Realtor of the Year" award is not based on sales but on involvement with the Association, as well as volunteer activities within the local community.
- 2022 award winner: Gail Fattizzi, President of the Board of Trustees, Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, ERA Insite Realty Services, White Plains
Affiliate of the Year
The HGAR “Affiliate of the Year” Award is based on an Affiliate’s participation in HGAR events and involvement with HGAR members.
- 2022 award winner: Brian Tormey, President, TitleVest, Manhattan
Albert P. Schatz Legislative Advocacy Award
The “Albert P. Schatz Legislative Advocacy” Award is presented to an individual who has continuously advocated for their fellow Realtors and homeowners on local, regional, and national levels of government.
- 2022 award winner: Katheryn DeClerck, Howard Hanna Rand Realty, Warwick
Edward I. Sumber Memorial Award
The “Edward I. Sumber Memorial Award” was created in memory of Ed Sumber, who served as the Association’s legal counsel from 1975 to 2015. This award is dedicated to someone who has been not only an exemplary Realtor but also a true supporter of his or her local community.
- 2022 award winner: Harding Mason, Board of Trustees, Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, Houlihan Lawrence, Katonah
Excellence in Commercial Real Estate
The “Excellence in Commercial Real Estate” Award is presented to a Realtor who has been involved with HGAR’s CID program, providing input and content for its programs.
DEI Champion Award
The “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion” Award recognizes individuals exhibiting excellence in DEI values and behaviors including promoting and taking an active role in DEI at HGAR and in the community, creating awareness of DEI importance, and implementing DEI initiatives.
- 2022 award winner: Crystal Hawkins-Syska, HGAR Past President, Keller Williams NY Realty, White Plains
Extra Mile Award
The “Extra Mile” Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond and has given so much more than asked to the Realtor family.
- 2022 award winner: Vlora Sejdi, President, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, HGAR Westchester Regional Director, Keller Williams NY Realty, White Plains
HGAR President’s Award
The HGAR “President’s” Award is chosen by the current president and given to an individual who has been deemed the most helpful to him or her during the year.
- 2022 award winner: Richard Haggerty, former HGAR CEO
The “Spirit” Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated continuous support and outreach to other HGAR members.
- 2022 award winner: Kimra Pierre, Corcoran Legends Realty, Briarcliff Manor
Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Award
The “Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian” Award is presented to an individual in recognition of his or her extraordinary community outreach efforts.
- 2022 award winner: Paul Adler, Rand Commercial, New City
Up & Coming Award
The “Up & Coming Award” Award recognizes growing involvement and dedication from some of our newer members or those who are new to volunteering on Association committees.
2022 NYSAR Community Service Award:
- Roberta Bangs, Howard Hanna Rand Realty, New City