TAMPA, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2023 –Mari Colgan of Greater Tampa REALTORS® wins Associate REALTOR® of the Year for 2022.
The award – one of several – was presented Thursday, August 17, during the state association’s annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Florida REALTORS® has presented the Associate REALTOR® of the Year awards for 71 years. Winners are honored as the greatest individual lifetime contributors to their local REALTOR® board, community, state association and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
A real estate professional for over 24 years, Colgan has long supported the real estate industry and her profession, sharing her leadership and experience by serving on countless committees at her local association, Florida REALTORS® and the NAR.
As the Tampa association’s 2018 president, she was pivotal in facilitating the merger between the East Pasco Association of REALTORS® and Greater Tampa REALTORS®. Along with that challenge, she helped create the association’s new logo and develop its revamped branding. She also spearheaded the remodeling of the Tampa headquarters, affectionately referring to it as the “members’ house” – which is still the office’s nickname among Tampa REALTORS®. In 2020, she received the highly regarded District 6 Vernon Taylor Award, which recognizes her outstanding service and contributions to the real estate profession.
Colgan has been a Crystal R and Sterling R major investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), which proves her commitment to investing in the future of the real estate profession. While serving as the key contact for U.S. and state legislative leaders, she has established relationships with influential policymakers, advocating for the voice of REALTORS® to be heard at the highest levels.
In 2021, as chair of the state Convention Committee during a year when pandemic fears and lockdown issues were easing, she helped ensure the success of a new hybrid online and in-person convention format for Florida REALTORS®’ members.
Colgan served as a NAR director for six years. She also participated in Florida Realtors’ NAR Director Mentee/Mentor program as one of the “Elite Eight” in 2019, thus gaining the opportunity to work with national leaders for the real estate industry and valuable insight into how NAR operates.
Her involvement in her community spans numerous years and organizations, including the Student Advisory Council of McDonald Elementary, The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Advisory Council and her church. A dedicated REALTOR®, Colgan leads by example and demonstrates her commitment to her profession and her community.
Greater Tampa REALTORS® (GTR) is the largest professional association of real estate brokers and agents in the Tampa Bay area, representing over 15,000+ members. GTR provides exceptional professional development and networking programs, supports REALTORS® in accelerating their business with access to the best tools and resources in the industry, and is at the forefront of innovation and change to meet the dynamic needs of the real estate industry. GTR represents REALTORS® involved in residential sales, commercial and investment sales, property management, and appraisals. The term “REALTOR®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and abides by its strict Code of Ethics. For more information visit https://tamparealtors.org/.