2019 Awards of Excellence

November 8, 2019

- By Sabrina Lapointe

Every year MAR honors REALTORS® who have made a significant impact in the industry. This year the Professional Awards Reception took place on September 9th at the MGM in Springfield. Several REALTORS® gathered to honor the recipients of the following awards: REALTOR® of the Year, Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award, and the Good Neighbor Award.

Gregory Kiely of Cape Cod is 2019 REALTOR® of the Year

Greg Kiely, Vice President and Managing Broker of the Sotheby’s International Realty Cape Cod Brokerages, was named the 2019 Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year.

A REALTOR® since 2005, Kiely is the current president-elect of Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and the Cape Cod & Islands MLS. He served as his local association’s treasurer in 2018 and currently is a member of the executive committee. Kiely also served on the board of directors of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® from 2011 to 2016 along with several other committees.

At the state level, Kiely has been a member of the MAR Board of Directors since 2012, is currently the Cape Cod Regional Representative, and a member of the executive committee. He currently serves on the leadership development, professional standards, and audit committees. He was also a member of the strategic planning task force.

At the national level, Kiely is currently serving on the 2019 Resort and Second Home Real Estate Committee.

Kiely is an RPAC Major Investor and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and Cape Cod and Islands Association of REALTORS® leadership academies.


Medway Broker Receives Massachusetts REALTOR® Distinguished Service Award

Carolyn Chodat, broker/owner of Classic Properties REALTORS® is the 2019 Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award recipient.

First awarded in 1984, the Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award is presented to a REALTOR® member to recognize and regard distinguished service to the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® over a period of years of continued participation in its activities and loyalty to its purpose.

A REALTOR® since 1984, Chodat has been a dedicated volunteer for nearly just as long. At the state level, she has served on numerous committees over the years and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Professional Standards. Her service has also included two terms on the MAR Executive Committee as a focus area Vice President.

On the local level, she is a director of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® and has volunteered and chaired several committees there. She also has the distinction of being named not only the Greater Boston Association’s REALTOR® of the Year in 1998 but also the Worcester area Association’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2002.

At the national level, Chodat is currently serving her 11th term as a member of the multiple listing issues and policies committee. She has also served on the professional standards and housing needs committees.

Chodat is also an RPAC Major Investor and holds several real estate designations.


Martha’s Vineyard REALTOR® Recognized for Her Community Service Efforts

Susan Plimpton-Wallo, a REALTOR® with Point B Realty in Edgartown was named the 2019 MAR Good Neighbor Award winner for her work on behalf of The Red Stocking Fund.

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.

The Red Stocking Fund began in 1938 when a local resident knitted six red stockings and filled them with “something to eat, something to wear and something to play with.” Susan and other volunteers provide clothing, toys, food gift cards, blankets, etc. to over 300 island kids each year.

Susan’s responsibilities encompass just about everything from reviewing, approving, and processing all applications, creating lists of items that need to be purchased by volunteers, distributing lists to volunteers, overseeing the volunteers who do additional purchasing, organizing gifts once received, overseeing the sorting and wrapping process among many other small details along the way.