STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Real estate professionals and others making a positive mark in Richmond County were lauded this morning [Oct. 25)] 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. The meeting was officiated by SIBOR President Frank Rizzo and CEO Sandy Krueger.

Joseph Tsomik, working hard to overcome a severe spinal injury he suffered in March 2021, celebrates with his wife, Monalisa, SIBOR President Frank Rizzo, and friend and business partner Gary Papirov after being presented with SIBOR’s 2022 Realtor of the Year Award. (Photo courtesy of SIBOR)

Recognized with awards that were kept under wraps until the honor ceremony were Joseph Tsomik of Homes R Us Realty of NY, presented with the SIBOR’s Realtor of the Year Award, and Maurice (Moe) Molcho of American Homes Group, recognized with SIBOR’s 2022 “Global Achievement” Award for navigating international transactions by successfully applying his knowledge about global real estate opportunities in the local market.

SIBOR’S William (Bill) Coull Realtor Service Award was presented to Michael R. Diaz of Village Realty of Staten Island. 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.

“It’s easy to overlook the important contributions people make to the community and their industry. This is our opportunity to do so,” CEO Sandy Krueger said. “We are extremely proud of all the honorees and the work they do.”

Also honored during the breakfast reception were Brian Laline,executive editor of the Staten Island Advance and SiLive, whoearned this year’s Community Service Award, and Daniel Bentson, owner of Home Insurance Agency, presented with SIBOR’s Affiliate of the Year Award.

The spotlight remained upon community service as SIBOR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) made a $15,000 presentation to the Children At Play Early Intervention Center, a Graniteville-based organization providing services for children with special needs. Earmarked for the renovation of a playground run by the center, the money was generated by SIBOR’s recent “Golf Day and Casino Night” fundraiser.  

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 approximately 2,500 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 275 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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