STATEN ISLAND, NY – The dreary climate could not maintain the spirits of the Staten Island Board of Realtors down as they met for his or her annual membership assembly on the Grand Oaks County Membership in Rossville on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
Dozens of realtors gathered with mates, household and hopeful authorities officers to rejoice the achievements of 2022.
“It is simple to miss the necessary contributions individuals make to their communities and industries. That is our alternative to take action,” mentioned CEO Sandy Krueger in a SIBOR press launch. “We’re extremely pleased with the entire honorees and the work they do.”
Joseph Tsomik was named Realtor of the 12 months
The extremely coveted Realtor of the 12 months award went to Joseph Tsomik, a distinguished and beloved actual property agent for Houses R Us Realty of NY.
“This actually got here as a shock… I assumed I used to be coming right here to thanks guys for what occurred final yr,” Tsomik mentioned in his acceptance speech.
On March 10, 2021, Tsomik, a Rosebank resident and father of two, was shot within the neck when an vintage gun owned by a relative unintentionally went off. He spent 10 days within the ICU, a kind of days being his fortieth birthday. He remained paralyzed.
“I didn’t anticipate to be the recipient of this honor; I am not even certain what the deserves are. However I do know no less than 10 individuals off the highest of my head who is perhaps extra deserving of this award than me,” continued Tsomik.
The award was offered by Gary Papirov, a enterprise associate and shut good friend of Tsomik’s – Tsomik fondly commenting that Gary is his Realtor of the 12 months yearly.
“My life modified in a second. I can inform you that I might not be right here immediately with out a end result of things, primary being my great spouse. Monalisa, with out you, I in all probability would not be alive proper now… With out her, I might be in a nursing dwelling someplace, perhaps. I could not have carried out it with out you [Gary]. You might have been greater than a brother to me, greater than a good friend. Phrases can’t describe what I owe you, Gary.
“And I could not have carried out it with out you all. You recognize, I might been working my very own enterprise for the final 27 years, and perhaps like a few of you, I might periodically suppose, ‘What am I doing right here? Am I making a distinction? Am I leaving the world a greater place?’” mentioned Tsomik.
Mates, colleagues and previous shoppers jumped in to assist Tsomik. The day Tsomik wakened within the ICU, his spouse confirmed him the GoFundMe web page that had been arrange: Over 2,000 individuals had already donated cash.
“I burst into tears, in fact. Possibly in that second I spotted that I made a distinction, that it had an affect… What we do issues, what we do is actually necessary. We affect and alter individuals’s lives, and I’ve been lucky to take action in my profession and can proceed to take action. That is primarily due to all of you and the assist I’ve obtained.”
SIBOR hosted the “Assist Joesph Tsomik Stroll Once more” fundraiser on October 13, 2021, which helped elevate $55,501 based on the occasion web page. The funds raised to assist Tsomik allowed the acquisition of a specialised wheelchair.
$15,000 donated to Play Youngsters’s Early Intervention Heart
SIBOR is actively concerned within the Staten Island communities it serves, and was proud to donate $15,000 to the Youngsters At Play Early Intervention Heart. The Graniteville Heart helps youngsters with particular wants and their households as they develop.
“Top-of-the-line issues about this group is that so a lot of our members are so actively concerned locally at massive with completely different non-profits, or completely different causes…the truth that we may help them [Children at Play] and lift some cash and have a superb time doing it is vitally, very rewarding for all of us,” mentioned SIBOR President Frank Rizzo.
The $15,000 test was accepted by Joesph Tirone, a Republican New York Senate candidate and veteran SIBOR realtor, and his daughter Karen Bryant, who serves as government director of Youngsters At Play.
The cash was raised by SIBOR’s “Golf Day and On line casino Evening” fundraiser, organized partially by Tirone. He mentioned they could not even make bulletins at evening as everybody was too busy having a superb time.
“It is so great [to help Children At Play]… once you do a enjoyable occasion and it is for a superb trigger — I’ve actually by no means seen individuals so comfortable,” Tirone mentioned.
The cash will likely be used to assist remediate the playground’s turf, the place rubber needs to be poured as an alternative of shredded rubber, based on Tirone.
“I knew they wanted it [solved]and I introduced it to our committee, they usually mentioned ‘That is what we wish to do.’ [I’m] very enthusiastic about it.”
Staten Island Advance Govt Editor Brian Laline was honored with the Neighborhood Service Award
The Neighborhood Service Award is given to somebody outdoors of SIBOR who has made an affect of their group. Brian Laline has served Staten Island for 50 years on the Advance.
“The Staten Island Board of Realtors and the Staten Island Advance have lots in frequent. We’re each over 100 years outdated and we each have a typical mission — to serve Staten Island. So it was an actual distinction to obtain the SIBOR Neighborhood Service Award. Realtors have such an affect on the lives of households in pursuit of their dream. They make the distinction. Prematurely, that is additionally our objective and we do it by preserving our neighbors knowledgeable in regards to the good and, sadly, the dangerous taking place round us. Luckily, for Staten Island, SIBOR and organizations prefer it be sure that there may be much more good than dangerous. We’re proud to be acknowledged by them”, mentioned Laline.
Extra award recipients
Michael R. Diaz of Village Realty of Staten Island was offered with the William Coull Realtor Service Award. This honor is given to a veteran Realtor devoted to devoted service to the group and their profession.
Dwelling Insurance coverage Company proprietor Daniel Bentson obtained SIBOR’s affiliate of the yr award.
Maurice Molcho, a realtor with American Houses Group, was first awarded a SIBOR: SIBOR World Achievement Award 2022. Molcho spent over 10 months working to shut a New York-based dwelling sale with a consumer who lived overseas United States.