Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Names Gail Fattizzi its 2022 ‘Realtor of the Year’

Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Names Gail Fattizzi its 2022 ‘Realtor of the Year’
Gail Fattizzi, HGAR “Realtor of the Year” for 2022

TARRYTOWN—At its 106th Annual Meeting, held on Oct. 24 at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel & Conference Center in Tarrytown, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) awarded Gail Fattizzi, Regional Manager of ERA Insite Realty Services in White Plains, as its “Realtor of the Year” for 2022. Brian Tormey, President of TitleVest Agency in Manhattan was named the 2022 HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year.”

Fattizzi served as the 2020 HGAR President, guiding the association through the COVID-19 pandemic. She currently serves as the President of the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, as well as a Board Member of Furniture Sharehouse, which provides furniture for local families in need. In addition, she has served on the Advisory Board for The Bridge Fund of Westchester, as well as Back-to-School Clothes for Kids. Throughout her 20 years in real estate, Fattizzi has held key positions in many HGAR committees and is also responsible for launching HGAR’s Leadership Accelerator Program to identify future leaders for the organization.

After receiving the award, Fattizzi reacted, “I was totally surprised (in receiving the award). I feel like it is the ‘Academy Award of real estate.’” She later told Real Estate In-Depth, “Volunteering and serving the members in our association is not an individual endeavor, it’s a team sport and I hope that people recognize now much value there is to getting involved in the association and volunteering. For me, I feel I have gotten 10-fold more than I have given.”

While Tormey has been involved with HGAR for only a short time, he and his team have brought unique and innovative virtual programs to Realtors with a monthly series featuring panelists with top real estate firms throughout the New York Metro area. Tormey brings nearly 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate and title insurance. He built his business into one of the Top 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies, according to Inc. Magazine. The firm has also won “Best Title Agency” in New York Law Journal’s reader rankings every year since 2013.

“Congratulations to all of our winners for their extraordinary contributions to this organization and to their communities,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO. “They are truly an inspiration for us all.”

Additional award winners included:

Albert P. Schatz Legislative Advocacy Award—Katheryn DeClerck of Howard Hanna Rand Realty in Goshen. This award is presented to an individual who has continuously advocated for their fellow Realtors and homeowners on local, regional and national levels of government. DeClerck has played a key role in the association’s Legislative Committee for many years.

Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Award—Paul Adler of Rand Commercial in New City. The award is named for Stephanie Crispinelli, a brave young woman who was a victim of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where she had been volunteering to help families in need. Adler has played a vital role in supporting numerous non-profit organizations throughout the years. He and his wife, established the Paul and Mary Adler Charitable Fund for Good.

Edward I. Sumber Memorial Award—Harding Mason of Houlihan Lawrence in Katonah. This award was created in memory of Ed Sumber, who served as the association’s legal counsel from 1975 to 2015. It is dedicated to someone who has been not only an exemplary Realtor, but also a true supporter of his or her local community. Mason has been an ardent supporter of local non-profits for decades, and currently serves as a Trustee of the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation.

DEI Champion Award—Crystal Hawkins-Syska of Keller Williams New York Realty in White Plains. This is a new award this year, recognizing excellence in “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” values and behaviors, both at HGAR and throughout our region. Hawkins-Syska has worked tirelessly to create DEI initiatives for HGAR. She also chairs the DEI Committee for the New York State Association of Realtors and served as the 2021 HGAR President.

Extra Mile Award—Vlora Sejdi of Keller Williams New York Realty in White Plains. This award is presented to someone who has gone above and beyond in helping other agents. Sejdi serves as HGAR Regional Director for Westchester and has also served as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Empire Local Chapter for the past two years.

Spirit Award—Kimra Pierre of Corcoran Legends Realty in Briarcliff Manor. This award honors the person who has demonstrated continuous support and outreach to other HGAR members. Pierre serves on the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Fundraising Committee and also participates in many volunteer events at Hudson Valley charities.

President’s Award—Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO in White Plains. HGAR President Anthony Domathoti presented this award to the person who has made the greatest impact on him during his presidency.

For extensive coverage of HGAR’s Annual Meeting & Member’s Day, check back for updates on and look for coverage in the November edition of Real Estate In-Depth.

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