STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It’s great news: The New York State Association of Realtors honored John Vernazza as the 2017 Realtor of the Year during the association’s Fall Business Meetings in Verona, N.Y.
Vernazza is the 60th recipient of the award, which recognizes outstanding service at the local, state and national levels, a strict adherence to the high principles of the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics, a commitment to civic activity and business accomplishments.
“A leader in his real estate business, within the organization and throughout his community, John Vernazza is greatly deserving of this honor,” said Dawn Carpenter, 2017 president of the New York State Association of Realtors. “His tireless efforts to promote the American Dream of homeownership and also fight against legislative issues that harm our industry are awe inspiring.”
Says Vernazza: “It’s truly an honor being selected. I have the privilege of working along side such dedicated and talented realtors, many of which would be deserving of this honor. I am humbled to be named ‘New York State Realtor of the Year.'”
A realtor for 18 years, Vernazza is the broker/owner of Vernazza Real Estate on Staten Island.
He is an active member and 2009 past president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR). He has served as chair of several committees including public relations and nominating as well as the Board Certifications Task Force. His committee service also includes strategic planning, MLS rules, and budget and finance. He was named SIBOR’s Realtor Associate of the Year in 2004 and SIBOR’s Realtor of the Year in 2010.
On the state level, Vernazza has served as a director since 2008.
He served as the Regional Vice President for the Metro Region in 2015-2016.
An active member of NYSAR, Vernazza has chaired and served on numerous committees including legislative steering, legal action, and organizational planning. He also served as a New York City Council political coordinator to Councilman Vincent Ignizio in 2010-2011.
He also is a past member of the NYSAR Realtors Honor Society, and has served as a director for the National Association of Realtors, as well as a stint on the NAR Conventional Finance and lending Committee.
He is currently serving as Broker Involvement Council State Representative, helping lead New York past its 2017 Broker Involvement Program (BIP) recruitment goal. He is also serving as a Federal Political Coordinator for New York’s 11th Congressional District on behalf of NAR.