SIBOR Holds Board Elections, Honors Two Of Its Own During Annual Gathering

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The results are in from the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) election meeting, held on Thursday in The Vanderbilt at South Beach.

Held in conjunction with SIBOR’s annual membership meeting, the morning event included the presentation of two distinguished honors.  SIBOR’s 2010 Realtor-Of-The-Year Award was presented to John Vernazza; the recipient of the group’s 2010 Realtor-Associate-Of-The-Year Award was Greg Sokol.


Vernazza, said SIBOR president George S. Wonica, “joined the SIBOR Board of Directors in 2004 and quickly rose to a leadership position.”

Among other accomplishments, Vernazza was SIBOR President in 2009 and this year serves as Immediate Past President and Chair of the Past President’s Council. He has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Conventional Finance Committee in 2011. NAR is the real estate industry’s 1.2 million member organization. The Conventional Finance Committee is responsible for setting the Realtors’ national policy on mortgage-related issues.

An active member and director of the South Shore Rotary Club, Vernazza has chaired numerous committees and served as chairman of the Richmond County Fair.


Sokol, too, has made tremendous accomplishments in his career, and his “sense of humor helps us keep everything in perspective,” Wonica said.

An avid volunteer, Sokol is as quick to respond to the needs of  SIBOR initiatives as he is to donating time to Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center and a variety of local animal rescue groups.

Two elections took place during the gathering; one to determine members of SIBOR’s board of directors, and the other to fill positions on the board of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS), a SIBOR subsidiary that operates the listing service.


Elected to the SIBOR board are: Ann Coppola, Linda Garber, Dil Gillani, Susan Levoyer, Neila Nuzzi and Frances Ottino.

Greg Sokol was elected as one of two Realtor associate directors.
The following members will also serve on the SIBOR Board of Directors during 2011: Kathleen A. O’Leary, president; Georgianna Diaz, president elect; Traci A. Cangiano, secretary/treasurer;  George S. Wonica, past president; Jack Furnari, non-Realtor director; Michael Dukhovny; Daniel G. Hall; Joan C. Camerlengo; Wayne Goldstein, and Laird Klein, Realtor associate.

SIMLS BOARD                   

The following individuals, or their designee, will join the SIMLS board as designated directors in 2011: Wayne Goldstein, Coldwell Banker Hometime Realty; Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty; Mimi Neuhaus, Neuhaus Realty, Inc.; Henry Setaro, Appleseed Homes, and Michael Calabrese, Re/Max Metro.   
Four returning SIMLS elected directors, whose terms expire at the conclusion of 2011 are: Joan Camerlengo, Joan Camerlengo Realty LLC; Traci A. Cangiano, Cangiano Estates Ltd.; Susan Levoyer, VIP Real Estate, and Vincent M. Zaloom, Century 21 Zaloom Realty.

Four participants elected for two-year terms, through the end of 2012, are: Diane Birrell, Diane Realty Ltd.; Sari Kingsley, Sari Kingsley Real Estate; John Saraceno, Vitale Sunshine, and George K. Wonica, Wonica Realtors & Appraisers.

The president and CEO of the SIMLS Inc. is Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR.

Georgianna Diaz of Village Realty, SIBOR’s 2011 president-elect, will also serve as an SIMLS director.