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Coastal REALTORS Recognizes 2019 Award Winners

Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) recognized its 2019 award winners during a special ceremony on Monday, October 28, 2019 at The Embers Restaurant in Ocean City.

Justin Kozera of Movement Mortgage in Ocean City received the Outstanding Affiliate Award. Kozera served this year on the Government Affairs Committee and the Networking & Community Outreach Committee. He is an active volunteer and sponsor of association events, and provides valuable input to association staff and fellow committee members.

Grace Masten of Sea Grace at North Beach REALTORS® in Ocean City received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Masten is this year’s Vice President of Coastal, while also serving as Co-Chair of the Coastal Networking & Community Outreach Committee, as Chair of the Coastal Rentals Task Force, and as member of the Budget & Finance Committee and the Education Committee. Also this year, she is serving on the Executive Committee of the Maryland REALTORS® Board of Directors, and on the National Association of REALTORS® Resort and Second Home Committee.

Kate Deckenback of Long & Foster Real Estate in Salisbury received the Rising Star Award. Deckenback has volunteered for the association since she became a member two years ago. She sits on the Coastal Government Affairs and RPAC Committee, and is active in the local community by collecting toiletries for the HALO Homeless Shelter during her Open House events.

Vicki Harmon of Coldwell Banker Residential 120th Street in Ocean City received the Community Service Award. Not only has Harmon given her time to Coastal as a Past President and continued active member of association committees, she also volunteers for the Maryland REALTORS® and for the local organizations Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, Junior Auxiliary Group for Atlantic General Hospital, the Ocean Pines Association, Worcester Youth & Family Services, and the American Legion Post 166.

Kathy Panco of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean City received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Panco has worked in real estate for the past 39 years. She is a Past President of the association and has served on numerous committees, as well as on the Maryland REALTORS® Board of Directors. She has earned three designations.

Joni Williamson received the REALTOR® of the Year Award. Williamson is the President-Elect of Coastal, while also sitting on the Networking & Community Outreach Committee and on the Education Committee. A graduate of the Maryland REALTORS® Leadership Academy, Williamson now serves on the Academy’s Advisory Committee and also sits on the statewide Forms Committee. She has earned two designations and three certifications, and has completed a number of training courses through ERA.

Also during the awards ceremony, Coastal gave special recognition to its REALTOR® Emeritus members who have been REALTORS® for over 40 years – Randall Bendler, Edith Brennan, Lester Chandler, James (Bud) Church, Paul Faulstich, Robert Jester, Robert Martin, William Martin, Linda Moran, Frederick Nicoll, Dean Richardson, Bruce Ruark, Charles Shorley, and Michael Weisner. Faulstich and Nicoll received individual recognition for reaching 50 years as REALTOR® members.

“The recipients of these awards are true leaders in our local communities and at the association,” said President Joe Wilson. “Congratulations to them all, and thank you for your dedication to our industry.”

The Platinum Sponsor of this event was McLean Mortgage Corporation. The Gold Sponsors were Coastal Life Realty Group and Coates, Coates & Coates, P.A.

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