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2018 Awards of Excellence

by | Nov 06, 2018
At this year’s Awards Reception and Recognition Dinner in September at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, several Realtors® were honored for their outstanding contribution to the Realtor® Association, the industry and the community. The awards presented included: The Realtor® of the Year Award, Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award, and the Good Neighbor Award.

2018 Realtor® of the Year

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker/owner of Bold Moves Real Estate in Mattapoisett, is the 2018 Massachusetts Realtor® of the Year. 

A Realtor® since 2002, Lanagan MacGregor is the 2018 President of the Realtor® Association of Southeastern Massachusetts. In the past, she has also served as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee; and has been a member of the Government Affairs, Membership, Professional Development, and the Realtor® Political Action Committees. 

On the state level, Lanagan MacGregor has been an MAR Director since 2012, and is currently a member of the Finance Committee, Education Committee, Professional Standards Committee, and the Realtors® Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee. She has also served on and chaired many committees and task forces in the past. Lanagan MacGregor is a 2010 graduate of the MAR Leadership Academy and was one of its deans in 2016. 

At the national level, Lanagan MacGregor is a member of the NAR Consumer Communications Committee and served four consecutive terms on the NAR Data Strategies Committee. 

Lanagan MacGregor has earned the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and E-Pro® professional real estate designations as well as her Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC). 

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor® Distinguished Service Award 

Deborah Heffernan, broker/owner of Avenue 3 Real Estate in Cambridge is the 2018 Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award recipient. 

First awarded in 1984, the Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to one Realtor® member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and volunteered countless hours of personal time to serve on state association committees and participate in Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) activities. 

A Realtor® since 1984, Heffernan has been a dedicated volunteer for nearly just as long. At the state level she has served on numerous committees over the years, including Regional Vice and Finance Committee. She has served as either a director or an alternate director 22 times since 1994. 

On the local level, she was a director of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board in 2014. She served as president of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors® in 2011 and on the Executive Committee in 2012. 

At the national level, Heffernan was a member of the NAR Board of Directors three times. She also served as a member of the State and Local Issues Committee from 2011 to 2015. 

Heffernan is also an RPAC Sterling R Major Investor.

Realtor® Tanisha Salmon Recognized for Her Community Service Efforts 

Tanisha Salmon, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Jamaica Plain was named the 2018 MAR Good Neighbor Award winner for her work on behalf of Begin To Dream Again. 

Established in 2004 and presented annually, the Good Neighbor Award recognizes Realtors® who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to community service through volunteerism and civic and charitable contributions that improve the lives of local residents and make their community a better place to live. 

Salmon founded Begin To Dream Again after the heart-wrenching experience of having her wedding canceled just two weeks away from her big day. In addition to a broken heart, she was left with a fully paid venue that could not be refunded. 

So, Salmon decided to use the wedding venue to host a benefit for approximately 200 homeless women. She began to gain insight into the overwhelming number of women living in poverty and struggling to overcome homelessness. 

Today, Begin To Dream Again is a 501(c)3 charity that offers long.term, transitional support to women experiencing homelessness and poverty.