Three GTR members receive statewide honors
TAMPA – Three long-term members of Greater Tampa REALTORS® were honored at the Florida REALTORS® Convention for their significant contributions to the profession and the community. An awards ceremony was held Aug. 26 in Orlando.
REALTOR® Achievement Award
Jack Rodriguez was named the winner of Florida REALTORS® 2021 REALTOR® Achievement Award, which recognizes a REALTOR® who serves as manager, broker of record or officer in his or her company. The award acknowledges the winner’s previous three years’ contributions to the community, local, state and national REALTOR® associations.
Rodriguez has served on numerous committees at GTR, including as chair of the Governmental Affairs, Finance, Nominating, Fair Housing and Long Range Planning committees. In fact, his local association service history has 195 entries – he was president of the association in 2009 and president of its REALTORS® Care Foundation in 2021. He was named REALTOR® of the Year for Greater Tampa REALTORS® in 2013, received GTR’s Meritorious Award for Extended Service in 2012 and the C. Ed Owings Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1995.
He has also been active in Florida REALTORS®, serving on the Board of Directors from 2002-2020 and on numerous committees, including the Commercial Alliance, Public Policy, Legislative Think Tank, Local Board President Exchange and as chair of the Building Committee. He has served on and as chair of the Florida Real Estate Commission, during 1991-1995.
On the national level, Rodriguez has served on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and the Land Use, Property Rights and Environmental Committee. He also has been a federal political coordinator for NAR and named to its RPAC Hall of Fame in 2019.
He has long supported the Tampa Bay community, including as a Hillsborough County Zoning Hearing Master, a member of the Central Bank of Tampa Board of Directors, a member of the Hillsborough County-City Planning Commission, a University of Tampa trustee and president of the University of Tampa National Alumni Association. He also has been active with the Tampa Bay Little League and on the Board of Directors for the local Red Cross.
Commercial REALTOR® Achievement Award
The Commercial Realtor Achievement Award honors a REALTORS® lifetime of contributions to commercial activities at the local, state, national and community levels. Tina Marie Eloian, a member of GTR and the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors, received the 2021 Commercial REALTOR® Achievement Award.
After 25 years as an instructor, Eloian remains passionate about teaching colleagues the ins and outs of specializing in commercial real estate. Her courses have ranged from “Discovering Commercial Real Estate” to “Multi-Family 101” to “Tampa Bay Brownfields, an Economic and Environmental Opportunity.” She served as president of the local West Coast chapter of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member).
At the state level, Eloian was president of the CCIM state of Florida chapter in 2019. Highlights that occurred during her year as president included: the first graduating class of a mentorship program started throughout the state; the revitalization of a sponsorship program for skills and business tools for the commercial REALTOR®; and an increase of membership to over 1,000 members. She also played a significant role in 2017 when, as vice president of finance, CCIM Florida was named the No. 1 CCIM chapter globally. She received the CCIM Florida President’s Appreciation Award in 2016.
Nationally, she is the CCIM representative to the Commercial Real Estate Research Advisory Board in 2021. Eloian served on the Board of Directors for CCIM as regional vice president for the state of Florida in 2020 and has been a member of NAR’s Commercial Alliance. She also is a graduate of the Jay W. Levine Leadership Academy, CCIM Global.
As a Tampa native, Eloian remains active in her local community. She is the current chair-elect for the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and has been on its Board of Directors since 2016. Since 1996, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of McClain Inc.,and was a past president of this nonprofit organization that helps people with developmental disabilities.
Education Volunteer of the Year
The Education Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes members who volunteered their time and energy to advance professional development for REALTORS®. This year’s Education Volunteer of the Year winner was GTR’S Jean Garcia Dorazio.
A REALTOR® in Florida for more than 30 years, Dorazio is a licensed real estate instructor and a licensed title agent. She has sold residential and commercial real estate, and has worked in property management as well as land development. She managed a successful real estate brokerage with over 30 agents for seven years and is an active agent in the Tampa Bay area.
Her resume includes serving as president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) Tampa chapter and chairing various committees for WCR, GTR and the Tampa Bay Builders Association. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors for Greater Tampa REALTORS® and the Tampa Bay Builders Association for over 10 years.
Instructing courses to help fellow REALTORS® grow their knowledge is how Dorazio gives back to her industry.
“Jack, Tina Marie and Jean exemplify what REALTORS® are all about,” said Ellie Lambert, 2021 GTR President. “Earning these awards takes significant contributions and commitment to each other, to our industry and to our community. Greater Tampa REALTORS® could not be more honored or more proud of these three members.”