STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (Oct. 21, 2021) – Real estate professionals and others making a positive mark in Richmond County were lauded yesterday morning [Oct. 20] by the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

The award presentations took place at the Grand Oaks Country Club, Huguenot, during SIBOR’s Annual Membership Meeting.

Georgianna Diaz, center, is surprised and delighted as she stands with SIBOR President Angelo Pappalardo and Past-President Kathleen A. Garbarino moments after receiving SIBOR’s 2021 Realtor of the Year Award.

Recognized with awards that were kept under wraps until the honor ceremony were Georgianna Diaz of Village Realty, who was presented with the Realtor of the Year Award, and Kristina Gershteyn of Robert DeFalco Realty, who was named Realtor Associate of the Year.

SIBOR’S William (Bill) Coull Realtor Service Award was presented to Robert Defalco, owner of the namesake agency. The award is given to a SIBOR Realtor who has distinguished him or herself for many years in service to the industry and the community. The late Coull, for whom the honor is named, was a founding member of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS) and the Richmond County Real Estate Institute.

Also honored during the breakfast reception were Linda Baran, president and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, whoearned this year’s Community Service Award, and Kevin P. McKernan, Esq., who was presented with SIBOR’s Affiliate of the Year Award.

About the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR)

Established in 1915, the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR) is the largest professional association in Staten Island, N.Y. SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property. Comprised of more than 2,300 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas. SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 5,000 real estate transactions every year. All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at Staten Island Board of Realtors,Twitter via @SIBOR and Instagram at SIBOR REALTORS (siborrealtors).


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