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Member Recognition

Extraordinary REALTORS® in the community and industry

North Shore REALTORS® recognizes the exceptional people that help make our association a leading real estate resource. We appreciate the contributions of those that are not only active in the business but committed to the community.

We couldn’t do it without you!

NSR celebrates the accomplishments of REALTORS® and Community members for their contributions to the industry, community, and housing. Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Award Recipients, thank you for all that you do!

REALTOR® OF THE YEAR

Presented annually, the NSR REALTOR® of the Year award recognizes one REALTOR® for outstanding contribution and participation in activities that promote and advance the industry and community at large over the past eighteen months. Each year the winner’s credentials are forwarded to the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® to be in the running to be named state REALTOR® of the Year, an honor that is recognized at the National REALTORS® convention in November.

Our REALTOR® of the year for 2020 is Cynthia Nina-Soto. Read Cynthia’s profile below to learn more about her significant contributions to the real estate industry and to our organization.

The North Shore REALTORS® (NSR) recognized Cynthia Nina-Soto, Nina-Soto & Company, Salem as the 2020 NSR REALTOR® of the Year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement was made Thursday, June 18th by a video premiere on the NSR Facebook page.

The prestigious award was announced by NSR’s 2019 REALTOR® of the Year, Jan Pellegrini, Keller Williams Realty, Beverly who explained that the award recognizes one outstanding member who has, in the past 18 months, made a significant contribution to the advancement of the real estate profession and the community at large.

An NSR member since January 2016, Cynthia Nina-Soto is a strong advocate of affordable housing and housing accessibility, ensuring that all consumers have the necessary resources to take advantage of the benefits of home ownership. At NSR, Cynthia is the current President of the Board of Directors, 2020 Salem Town Monitor, and First-Time Homebuyer class instructor.

An active member at all three levels of the REALTOR® association, Cynthia is a member of the MAR Board of Directors, Government Affairs, and Forms Committees, and Chairs the Consumer Awareness Task Force. At the national level, she attended the 2019 NAR Mid-Year Meeting and NAR Convention as well as participated in the 2020 virtual Mid-Year Legislative Meetings.

Cynthia is civic-minded and gives back to her home city of Salem as Vice Chair of the Scholarship and Education Committee, as well as a member of the Salem Redevelopment Authority. She has also provided public testimony at Salem City Council meetings. Additionally, she sits on the Harborlight Community Partners Board of Directors.

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® will honor Cynthia, along with recipients from other local associations, at its Professional Awards Reception in September.

  • 2020 Cynthia Nina-Soto
  • 2019 Jan Pellegrini
  • 2018 Amy Wallick
  • 2017 Dan Bennett
  • 2016 Sarah MacBurnie
  • 2015 Eileen Jonah Daly
  • 2014 Amy Wallick
  • 2013 Jason Parisella
  • 2012 Kevin Wallace
  • 2011 Bert Beaulieu
  • 2010 David Kres
  • 2009 Marilyn Jarvis
  • 2008 Linda O'Connor
  • 2007 Kim Sandler
  • 2006 Debbie Zywusko
  • 2005 Lois Williams
  • 2004 Pam Cote
  • 2003 Paul Consoli
  • 2002 Pat Marcotte
  • 2001 Gerry Mahoney
  • 2000 Robert Soltz
  • 1999 Lois Williams
  • 1998 Ronn Huth
  • 1997 Dana Lothrop
  • 1996 Linda Bertelli
  • 1995 Jay Burnham
  • 1994 Linda O'Connor
  • 1993 Pamela Cote
  • 1992 Albert Stanzione
  • 1991 Diane St. Laurent
  • 1990 Elaine Kelleher
  • 1989 John Kennedy
  • 1988 Stephanie Nagle
  • 1987 Stephen Horne
  • 1986 Betty Marlin
  • 1985 Alfred Manzi
  • 1984 Ralph DeAngelis
  • 1983 Bernard Marron
  • 1982 Arthur Zweil, Jr.
  • 1981 Edward Foster
  • 1980 Peter Fortunato, Jr.
  • 1979 Vernon Martin
  • 1978 Barbara Goldberg
  • 1977 C. Stuart Carroll
  • 1976 Elinor Wells
  • 1975 Charlotte Savage
  • 1974 Henry Savage
  • 1973 John Barry
  • 1972 Ann Bouchard
  • 1971 Lillian Goff
  • 1970 James Finn
  • 1969 Peter Fortunato
  • 1968 Ella Johnson

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

NSR's Rookie of the Year is given to a member who has been a REALTOR® for less than 18 months, has documented sales, and is active with NSR.

Congratulations to the the 2020 recipient Annie Belmer, Nina-Soto Realty, Salem. Annie joined NSAR in June 2019. Since then, she has attended several NSR events, professional development and education including designation and certification classes. Annie is very active in her community, working with at-risk teen and young adults, providing Mother’s Day baskets for homeless women, facilitating an adult homeless backpack program, packed and delivered care baskets with PPE to the elderly, the sick and shut-ins, among so many other endeavors. All this while accomplishing over $1.8 million in sales volume.

  • 2019 Gillian Bouchie
  • 2018 Nick Zolotas
  • 2017 Linda Turcotte
  • 2016 Patrick Runne
  • 2015 Jan Pellegrini
  • 2014 Peter Lutts
  • 2013 Ryan Snow
  • 2012 Holly Baldassare
  • 2011 Kimberly Carafa
  • 2010 Ruth Berube
  • 2009 Amy Wallick
  • 2008 James Hazell
  • 2007 Marianne Cataldo
  • 2006 David Kres
  • 2005 Jennifer Anderson, Todd Alperin, Kristin Bouchard, Salvatore DiMecurio
  • 2004 Dotty Peterson, Linda Williams, Beth Mackey, Michelle Allison
  • 2003 Maurine Turcotte, Linda Griggs, Bill Black, Carole Sullivan
  • 2002 Kathy Brogan, Stephen Rainford, Ellen Darst, Ginny LeBlanc, Dennis Marks
  • 2001 Michael Skafas, Michelle Meadows, Lillian Lograsso, Ginger Attaya

HOME OWNERSHIP ADVOCATE

The Home Ownership Advocate is given to a REALTOR® or community member to recognize the efforts and actions they have taken to promote homeownership in their community.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient Rosa Ordaz, Harborlight Community Partners, Beverly. Rosa manages HCP’s Financial Coaching program and oversees Resident Services for HCP’s formerly homeless individuals, seniors, and disabled residents across Essex County. She has been appointed to numerous Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association led efforts and is the Homebuyer counselor for the HCP/NSR First-Time Homebuyer class. She is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Salem and a member of the Salem For All Ages Housing Subcommittee.

  • 2019 Mayor Kim Driscoll, Salem
  • 2018 Judy Field
  • 2017 Gardner Trask, III, Town of Danvers Selectman
  • 2016 Aaron Claussen, City of Beverly
  • 2015 Bert Beaulieu,
  • 2014 Corey Jackson - Citizens for Adequate Housing
  • 2013 Lisa Fiandaca
  • 2012 Mary Francis
  • 2011 Donald Preston - Habitat for Humanity

OUTSTANDING NSR SERVICE

This award is traditionally presented to a REALTOR® member who demonstrates outstanding committee service and works diligently behind the scenes for the betterment of the members and the Association.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient Toni Riddle, Windhill Realty, Ipswich. Toni, a member of NSR since 1998, has served on the Board of Directors for the past two years, and as a member of the Grievance Committee since 2008, serving as chair of that group several times. Toni attends most all NSR events and volunteer activities including Meals of Hope and A Bed for Every Child. We are appreciative of the contributions she has made.

  • 2019 David Kres
  • 2018 Elizabeth Johns
  • 2017 Cynthia Nina-Soto
  • 2016 George Roark
  • 2015 Jennifer Brennan
  • 2014 Luciano Leone
  • 2013 Patrick Maguire
  • 2012 Betty Slatko
  • 2011 Lizete Alcalai

AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR

This award is given to an affiliate who contributes their knowledge, time and support to the NSR.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient Brian Mahoney, Guaranteed Rate, Peabody. Brian joined NSR in 2014 and has served on the RPAC Work Group, June Event Work Group and the Communications Work Group. He is a Major Investor in RPAC, and has sponsored many NSR events.

  • 2019 Nancy Prag
  • 2018 Patty Gabriel
  • 2017 Richard Ciarleta
  • 2016 George Koutsos
  • 2015 Robin Blake
  • 2014 Michael Galatis
  • 2013 Felix Amsler
  • 2012 Kevin Gannon
  • 2011 Jeff Stelman

GOOD NEIGHBOR

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes a REALTOR® for their extraordinary commitment to community service, improving the lives of local residents and making their community a better place to live.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient Linda Turcotte, Keller Williams Realty, Beverly. Linda joined NSR in 2016 and has been heavily involved with the association, serving on committees, attending membership meetings and education events. She is involved with several causes that are near and dear to her heart, such as cancer research, health related causes, supporting Veterans and helping people in need whenever possible. She volunteers, donates and support Ellis Square Friends, participates in the Jimmy Fund Walk to support cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a Team Captain since 2014, participates in the Plunge 4 Pete, Wounded Vet Run volunteer, and active in the KW Cares Committee.


  • 2019 Jena Haag
  • 2018 John Swain
  • 2017 Bridget Kimball
  • 2016 Francine Cecieta
  • 2015 Joyce Herman
  • 2014 Leonette Strout
  • 2013 Krista Finigan
  • 2012 Nancy Frates
  • 2011 Marie Bishop
  • 2010 Gimmie Sue Valacer
  • 2009 Ruth Pino
  • 2008 Marie Bishop
  • 2007 Nancy Yorgy
  • 2006 Kellee Costa
  • 2005 Robert Carver, Paul Herrick, Victor Serino
  • 2004 Jim Armstrong, Mary Francis, Barry DeNofrio
  • 2003 Cookie Melanson, Jenna Riley, Joe Kasenenko, Ken Koon
  • 2002 Phyllis Sagan, Merit McIntyre, Beverly Popielski, Clark Dexter
  • 2001 Jefferson Davis, Claire Dembowski, Fatima Heath, Cookie Melanson, Cindy Matheson

LIFE MEMBERS

The Life Member Award recognizes an active member of the association who has served as a role model for professionalism in real estate for at least two decades and has a long and established history of outstanding service to the REALTOR® association. The Awards Work Group sends its recommendation to the Board of Directors who determines the recipient.

  • 2015 Michael Romanovsky
  • 2014 Paul Herrick
  • 2012 Terry Sullivan
  • 2011 Linda O’Connor
  • 2010 Lois Williams
  • 2009 Ronn Huth
  • 2008 Cookie Melanson
  • 2007 Arthur Zweil
  • 2006 Gerry Mahoney
  • 2005 Phyllis Sagan
  • 2004 Ron Fleet
  • 2003 Harold Beaton
  • 2002 King Davis
  • 2001 John Kennedy
  • 2000 Richard Carlson
  • 1999 Betty Marlin
  • 1998 Vernon Martin

PAST PRESIDENTS

NSR offers many thanks to those that served as NSR president. Without the hard work and dedication of these exceptional members, our organization would not be the vital organization it is today.

  • 2020 Cynthia Nina-Soto
  • 2019 Henry Pizzo
  • 2018 Jan Pellegrini
  • 2017 Patrick Maguire
  • 2016 Betty Slatko
  • 2015 Eileen Jonah-Daly
  • 2014 Jim Armstrong
  • 2013 Amy Wallick
  • 2012 Jason Parisella
  • 2011 Kevin Wallace
  • 2010 Bert Beaulieu
  • 2009 David Kres
  • 2008 Marilyn Jarvis
  • 2007 Kim Sandler
  • 2006 Debbie Zywusko
  • 2005 Lois Williams
  • 2004 Pamela Cote
  • 2003 William G. Mullen III
  • 2002 Ronn Huth
  • 2001 Pat Marcotte-Duffy
  • 2000 Gerry Mahoney
  • 1999 Robert S. Soltz
  • 1998 Lois Williams
  • 1997 Paul Consoli
  • 1996 Linda O'Connor
  • 1995 Linda C. Bertelli
  • 1994 Jay Burnham
  • 1993 Jesse Rose
  • 1992 Albert R. Stanzione
  • 1991 Elaine Kelleher
  • 1990 John B. Kennedy
  • 1989 Harold F. Beaton
  • 1988 William E. Kiley, Jr.
  • 1987 Stephanie T. Nagle
  • 1986 Stephen D. Horne
  • 1984-1985 Alfred A. Manzi
  • 1983 Ralph G. DeAngelis
  • 1981-1982 Arthur M. Zweil, Jr.
  • 1979-1980 Bernard Marron
  • 1978 William M. Simon
  • 1977 Edwin A. Thompson, Jr.
  • 1976 C. Stuart Carroll
  • 1975 Richard W. Carlson
  • 1974 Ann B. Bouchard
  • 1973 Harry Savage
  • 1971-1972 John J. Barry
  • 1970-1971 James A. Finn
  • 1969-1970 George A. Ahmed
  • 1968-1969 Peter F. Fortunato
  • 1967-1968 Lillian F. Goff
  • 1966-1967 Alan F. Johnson
  • 1965-1966 Ralph L. Leonard, Sr.
  • 1964-1965 James S. Castle
  • 1963-1964 Alden C. Goodnow, Jr.
  • 1962-1963 Stanley J. Mikulski
  • 1961-1962 Stanley G. Hayes
  • 1959-1960 W. Ray Webster
  • 1958-1959 Lester O. Sterling
  • 1958 Derby Moore
  • 1957-1958 David P. Faulkner
  • 1956-1957 Harry Hosman
  • 1955 Spiros J. Karavedas
  • 1953-1954 Brainard F. Conley
  • 1952 Clement C. Archer
  • 1950-1951 George V. Brown
  • 1946-1949 Leslie Morgan
  • 1942-1945 Harry D. Clifford
  • 1926-1941 David Fry
  • 1925 Foy K. Patch
  • 1923-1925 James G. Callahan