STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (OCT. 20, 2023) Real estate professionals and others making a positive mark in Richmond County were recently lauded by the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

The award presentations took place Oct. 18 in the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, during SIBOR’s Annual Membership Meeting.

Recognized with awards that were kept secret until the honor ceremony were Sallyanne Malfi of Tom Crimmins Realty, Ltd., presented with SIBOR’s Realtor of the Year Award, and Catherine (Cathy) Volpe of Kling Real Estate, Ltd., recognized with SIBOR’s Realtor Associate Award.

Rosanne La Fata, 2023 president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors®, addresses attendees during the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting that was recently held in the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.

This year’s recipient of SIBOR’S William (Bill) Coull Realtor Service Award was George K. Wonica of Wonica REALTORS & Appraisers. Lauren M. Wonica Orosz accepted the award on behalf of her father, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to a scheduling conflict.

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.

Think Mortgage received the SIBOR Affiliate of the Year recognition. Accepting the honor on behalf of the company were Anthony Focca, president, and Lawrence Ambrosino, senior vice president.

Also honored during the breakfast reception was The GRACE Foundation of New York, which earned this year’s Community Service Award for its ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children, teens, adults and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The award was presented to Cathy Del Priore, executive director of the foundation, who accepted on behalf of the organization.

“True success in business isn’t just measured by profits alone, but by the positive impact we make in our communities,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR. “Those who give back with passion and purpose are the real heroes of the business world. Today’s honorees truly exemplify those traits.”

About the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR)
And Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS)

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.
SIMLS is the premier source for real estate listings and market information on Staten Island, providing real
estate professionals and the community with a comprehensive platform for property listings, market data, and
professional development opportunities.

All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National
Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR and the SIMLS 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, LinkedIn (Staten Island Board of Realtors) and Instagram at SIBOR REALTORS (siborrealtors).


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