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White Plains Realtor Named Officer Of Association Of Realtors

HGAR Member Roberta Bangs installs Leah Caro as HGMLS President and Drew Kessler as HGAR President for 2015. Photo Credit: Contributed by John Vecchiolla
2015 HGAR and HGMLS Officers being sworn in Photo Credit: Contributed by John Vecchiolla
2014 award winners Diane Cummins Fisher, Gail Rosenthal Fattizzi, Carol Lodato Christiansen, Russ Woolley and Kathy McGorman Milich earn recognition. Photo Credit: Contributed by John Vecchiolla
Wayne LaFranco, Marcene Hedayati, Harding Mason, Diane Cummins attended the gala. Photo Credit: Contributed by John Vecchiolla

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service installed new presidents and officers for 2015.

Drew Kessler of Wright Bros Real Estate Inc. in Nyack,was installed as president of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors. Leah Caro, broker/owner of Bronxville Real Estate in Bronxville, is the new president of the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS).

Kessler and Caro, along with the executive officers and directors of HGAR and HGMLS, were officially installed in their new positions at the association’s Gala 2015, held recently at Whitby Castle in Rye. More than 250 people from Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties attended the event.

“Drew and Leah will bring some exciting leadership to this organization for 2015,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR chief executive officer. “Both of them are award-winning real estate professionals who have been in the business for many years, and we’re looking forward to seeing great things from both of them this year.”

Kessler is also vice president and regional manager of the Hudson Valley mortgage division for M&T Bank. He regularly appears on Fox Business News for his expertise on the mortgage industry and the real estate market.  A Rotarian since 2001, Kessler has served as district governor of Rotary District 7210, which is comprised of 2,000 members in 62 clubs serving the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. He lives in Hopewell Junction, with his wife, Vicki, and their four children.

Caro credits much of her success to her involvement with the Realtors Associations -- she has held leadership positions at the national, state and local levels.  Her real estate passions include the fair housing and cultural diversity, ethics, and legislative arenas.

When she isn't running the most successful single-office company in Bronxville, or volunteering at the Realtor association, she enjoys the great outdoors, hiking in particular.  She and her husband, Douglas Kooluris, have a son.

Kessler succeeds Diane Cummins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bedford, and Caro takes over from Phil Faranda of J. Philip Real Estate in Briarcliff Manor, the 2014 HGMLS president. Cummins and Faranda will remain on the executive committees of HGAR and HGMLS respectively.

In addition to the presidents, these 2015 HGAR executive officers were installed: Marcene Hedayati of William Raveis Legends Realty in Tarrytown as HGAR president-elect for 2016; John Lease III of John Lease Realtors in Newburgh as regional vice president, Orange County; Jerry Lott of Century 21 Full Service Realty in New City as regional vice president, Rockland County; Barry Kramer of Westchester Choice Realty in Scarsdale as regional vice president, Westchester and Putnam; Jennifer Maher of J. Philip Real Estate in Briarcliff Manor as regional vice president, Westchester and Putnam; and Pamela Jones of Coldwell Banker in White Plains, as secretary/treasurer.

New HGMLS officers were also installed: Renee Zurlo of BHG Rand in Central Valley as vice president; Louise Colonna of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in White Plains as treasurer; and Eileen Barrett of Houlihan Lawrence in Brewster as secretary.

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