Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Exit Realty of Daytona Beach, FL Appoints Five New Sales Associates

Colleen Pearson and Friend
 DAYTONA BEACH, FL --- Exit Realty of Daytona has appointed five new sales associates.

Aswin Suri, founder of Exit Realty of Daytona Beach, said the five new sales associates are part of a new mentoring and training program which has been initiated in preparation of the new expanded offices Exit Realty will occupy at 3162 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach Shores starting in late November.

Bob Jenkins
The new sales associates include Boston native Bob Jenkins, who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications at North Adams State College. Jenkins served as an auditor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for more than 30 years before entering real estate.

Karien Galien took over her late husband’s business developing subdivisions in Port Orange in 1980, earned her Certified Specialty Contractor’s license and then her Mortgage Broker’s license. She is a Notary Public.  Ms. Galien is a Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist who is now earning her Certified Residential Specialist certification.

Kathryn Zawacki
Cape Cod native Sean Hurley moved to Florida to serve as a field manager for Jeff Gordon’s Pepsi Racing.  After two full seasons on the NASCAR circuit, Hurley, a certified EMT/Firefighter, enrolled in Real Estate school and recently joined the “A Team” at Exit Realty of Daytona Beach.

Kathryn “Kathi” Zawacki, a Pennsylvanian by birth, served three years active duty as a U.S. Navy Recruiter while pursuing studies at Nassau Community College.

Sean Hurley
 Zawacki, whose career includes a wide range of sales positions and ownership of several businesses, earned her Florida Real Estate license in 2006 and recently joined Exit Realty of Daytona Beach. She lives in an oceanfront condominium in Daytona Beach Shores and specializes in beachfront condominium marketing and sales. 

Colleen Pearson, who has had a long career in music, is originally from Toronto where she performed for many years as a solo artist. She plays guitar, keyboard and sings.  Pearson also owned and operated retail stores in the Georgian Bay area of Toronto before purchasing property in Ontario and pursuing a life-long passion for real estate and eventually settling in Daytona Beach Shores and joining Exit Realty of Daytona. 

Karien Galien


Aswin Suri, MHA, B.A., Owner, Exit Realty of Daytona 386-383 3000 or aswin@aswinsuri.com;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com

NAI Realvest names Jimenez Sales Associate

Juan Jimenez
 MAITLAND, Fla. – NAI Realvest, one of the leading commercial real estate firms in the region, recently promoted Juan Jimenez to sales associate.

 Paul P. Partyka, managing partner at NAI Realvest, said Jimenez, a native of Columbia, South America, has been an intern at NAI Realvest for over nine months working with Partyka.  He is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida and fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

 Partyka said he and Jimenez plan to increase real estate relationships in the Latin American market.  In addition Jimenez will focus on investment sales and the office sector.  

For more information,  contact

 Paul P. Partyka, Managing Partner, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989 ppartyka@realvest.com;
Patrick Mahoney, President, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989 pmahoney@realvest.com;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142 lvershelco@aol.com

MBA Awards Gary Acosta Investing in Communities Award

Gary Acosta
 CHICAGO, IL (Oct. 23, 2012) – Gary Acosta, executive chairman of New Vista Asset Management and co-founder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), was awarded the Investing in Communities Award today by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

 This award recognizes someone who reflects the core values of MBA members and upholds our commitment to helping U.S. communities. Mr. Acosta was presented with the award in a ceremony held at MBA's 99th Annual Convention & Expo in Chicago.

Joseph R. Reppert
MBA Honors Joe Reppert With Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO, IL (Oct.  23, 2012) – Joe Reppert, Vice Chairman of CoreLogic, received the Andrew D. Woodward Distinguished Service Award today by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) in recognition of his dedicated and prominent service to MBA and the mortgage lending industry in a variety of capacities involving both legislative and regulatory activities.

Mr. Reppert was presented with the award in a ceremony held at MBA's 99th Annual Convention & Expo in Chicago.

Debra W. Still
“Joe has served several terms on the MBA Board of Directors and contributed significantly to MBA’s advocacy efforts when he was chairman of MORPAC,” said Debra W. Still, CMB, Chairman of MBA.  His dedication and service to the real estate finance industry is unsurpassed.  I look forward to working with him for many more years to come.”  

Mr. Reppert has been in the mortgage banking business for nearly 35 years.  Prior to this, he worked in the political scene in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill and as an Office Director of the Home Loan Bank Board.

He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Washington, D.C. based Social Compact, serves on the 2013 Board of MBA, and was the Chairman of MORPAC from 2007-2008.  He has been Chairman of the Fannie Mae Advisory Council and Chairman of the U.S. League Secondary Market Committee.

Jamie Korus
MORPAC Honors Jamie Korus, CMB, with the Distinguished 2012 Schumacher-Bolduc Award

 Chicago, IL — The Mortgage Bankers Political Action Committee (MORPAC) today awarded Jamie Korus, CMB, President of Alliance Financial Resources, with the 2012 Schumacher-Bolduc Award at the association’s 99th Annual Convention and Expo held in Chicago, IL.  The award was given to Korus in recognition of her dedication and prominent service to MORPAC and the mortgage lending industry.

G. Todd White
“Jamie has been an extremely enthusiastic and effective force for MORPAC this year,” said MORPAC Chairman G. Todd White, CMB.  “She has been a prolific recruiter and fundraiser, and is a critical part of the team that will exceed our goals for this election cycle.  We couldn’t have done it without her, and I owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her time and commitment.” 

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact: 

Matt Robinson, (202) 557-2727 
John Mechem, (202) 557-2924

Atlanta’s Morris, Manning & Martin Elects Three Partners

Heather T. Friedman
ATLANTA, GA --Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP  has elected three of its attorneys to the law firm’s partnership. Jason K. Cordon, Rusty A. Fleming and Heather T. Friedman will officially become partners on January 1, 2013.

Jason Cordon is a member of the Corporate, Funds & Alternative Investments, Real Estate Capital Markets and Tax Practices. He advises domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of corporate transactions including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and restructurings. He also provides counsel on the formation of, and investment in, a variety of private equity and investment funds. Cordon, who devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono work, earned his law degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jason Cordon
Rusty Fleming, a part of the firm’s Commercial Finance Practice, represents major commercial banks and lenders in a variety of single-asset and multi-asset loans, credit facilities and other debt arrangements. He represents both administrative agents and participant lenders in syndicated and single-lender transactions collateralized by franchise restaurants. He also represents lenders active in the convenience and gas/motor fuel products industry. A graduate of the Cumberland Law School of Samford University, he has represented national CMBS and other fixed-income lenders in hundreds of transactions.

Rusty Fleming
Heather Friedman works in the firm’s Environmental, Construction, Hospitality and Sustainability Practices. She focuses on transactions and acquisitions of properties throughout the U.S. She represents clients in regulatory and transactional aspects of state and federal hazardous site cleanups, National Environmental Policy Act matters, voluntary cleanup/brownfield programs, underground storage tank programs and wetland and state water permitting. She routinely advises them on environmental due diligence and the allocation of risk and liabilities. Friedman earned her degree from the Washington University School of Law.

Louise Wells
Jason, Rusty and Heather have consistently proven themselves to be excellent lawyers, I know they will prove themselves to excellent partners and contributors,” said MMM Managing Partner Louise Wells. “Being a partner at MMM is more than just being an excellent lawyer and bringing in clients, it is about wanting to be part of the team. Jason, Rusty and Heather are great team members.”


Terri Thornton
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