Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year Award 

The Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year is selected annually from among the nominees of the 16 local associations of REALTORS® and nearly 19,000 REALTORS® in Massachusetts.  It is the association's highest honor and recognizes members for their civic, business and industry-related activities and achievements in the 12 months prior to award's presentation.

The award criteria upon which nominees are judged include service to the local community, business accomplishments, and service to the REALTOR® organization on the local, state and national levels.  The state REALTOR® of the Year is chosen by a selection committee which consists of the past three recipients of the award, the association's immediate past president (who shall serve as chairperson), and the immediate past president once removed.

2015 Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year Winner is Eileen Jonah-Daly.

2015 REALTOR® of the Year Recognition Video

Massachusetts REALTOR® of the Year Award Local Association 2015 Winners


Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®

Steve Ray
Assist-2-Sell Buyers & Sellers Realty, Pittsfield

Steve Ray is the President of the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®. He is a member of the Agency Workgroup, Contract and Forms Task Force, and serves on the Finance and Personnel Committees. Ray also serves as the Chair for the Government Affairs Committee. On the state level, he is on the Board of Directors and serves on the Room Occupancy Tax Subcommittee.



Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®

Peter Fyler, ABR, GRI, CRS
SplitRock Real Estate, West Tisbury

Peter Fyler serves on the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS’® Board of Directors and the Cape Cod & Island’s MLS Board of Directors. In 2014, Fyler served on the Professional Development and Grievance Committee. For the state, he serves on the Board of Directors.

Eastern Middlesex Association of REALTORS®
Veronica McManus, GRI, PMN
Realty World Advantage, Woburn

Veronica McManus was the Eastern Middlesex Association of REALTORS® President and Secretary. She currently serves on the Government Affairs, Program, and REALTOR® Community Service Committees. McManus is a member of the Northern Region Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and is also the state governor for the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. On the state level, McManus was the Chair for the Grievance Committee in 2014 and on the National level was the WCR Focus Committee Vice Chair.

Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®

Robert Harrington
Nexum Group, Framingham

Robert Harrington is the Vice President of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®. He also serves on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the Association’s Merger PAG. On the state level, Harrington serves on the Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Nationally, Harrington has served on the NAR Conventional Financing and Policy Committee since 2011 and served on the NAR Johnson-Crapo Housing Reform Work Group in 2014.


Greater Fall River Association of REALTORS®

Melanie Bissonnette

Riverside Realty, Somerset

Melanie Bissonnette serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Fall River Association of REALTORS®. She is also on the Education, Program, RPAC, REALTOR® for REALTOR®, and Gala Committees. On the state level, Bissonnette was on the Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as an alternate member.


Southeastern Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®

Patricia Conway

Anne Whiting Real Estate, South Dartmouth

Patricia Conway is a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. She has also been the Community Service Committee Chair for the past three years. On the state level, she has attended REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. Conway is also instrumental in projects such as the United Way food drives, Salvation Army dinners, along with securing financial grants for the New Bedford Harbour House and the Veterans Transition House.



Northeast Association of REALTORS®

Joseph Farragher
JPF Real Estate, Methuen

Joseph Farragher is the Past President of the Northeast Association of REALTORS®. In 2014, he was the Chairman of the Professional Standards Tribunal and the Executive Committee. On the state level, he has served on the Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee.


Bristol County Association of REALTORS®

William Callahan, GRI
William Callahan Real Estate, Brockton

William Callahan is the President of the Bristol Association of REALTORS®. He has served on the Professional Development, Government Affairs, and Finance Committees. Callahan also started a special committee to raise awareness of RPAC for members. On the state level, Callahan severs on the Board of Directors and has served on the Forms and Government Affairs Committees.



North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®

Michelle Haggstrom
Keller Williams Realty North Central, Leominster

Michelle Haggstrom is the North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® President-Elect. Haggstrom serves on the Technology, Finance, and Communication Committees and is the Charitable Foundation Committee’s President-Elect. She serves on the MAR Board of Directors and has attended the Professional Standards Procedures Training Program & 2014 Code of Ethics Update, and the Leadership Symposium in 2015.



North Shore Association of REALTORS®

Eileen Jonah-Daly
Annmarie Jonah REALTORS®, Lynn

Eileen Jonah-Daly is the current President of the North Shore Association of REALTORS®. She serves on the Finance and Budget and Orientation Committees. At the state level, Jonah-Daly serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of Government Affairs, FPC, and Forms Committees. On the national level, she is the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Seth Moulton.


Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS®

Christopher Head, CBR, GRI, GREEN
William Raveis Real Estate, Norwell

Christopher Head serves on the Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS® Grievance, Finance and Budget, and Government Affairs Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors. On the state level, Head is a member of the Board of Directors, and the Government Affairs Committee. He is also the State Political Coordinator for Representative Jim Cantwell.



REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley

Susan Drumm
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Longmeadow

Susan Drumm serves on the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley’s Board of Directors, Grievance and Community Service Committees, and the Centennial Presidents Advisory Group. Drumm was nominated in 2014 for the MAR Good Neighbor Award and nationally, Drumm was a nominee for the Volunteering Works Award Program.


REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts

Mark DiFranco
DiFranco Realty, Inc, East Longmeadow

Mark DiFranco is the President of the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts. DiFranco helped develop the monthly CID Continuing Education classes and the institution of RCA-MA Core Standards. On the state level, he is a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Italian American Veterans Club in his town.


Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS®

Tracey Fiorelli, SRS
Janice Mitchell R.E., Inc, Holdon

Tracey Fiorelli serves on the Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS’® Board of Directors. She is also the Chair of the Grant Writing and State Political Coordinator Task Forces. Fiorelli also serves on numerous committees for her local association: Community Action, Grievance, and Strategic Planning. At the state level, she serves on the Board of Directors.


Greater Newburyport Association of REALTORS®

Marion Spark, SRES

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Newburyport

Marion Spark is the Greater Newburyport Association of REALTOR’S® President in 2015 and and was in 2013. On the state level, Spark has attended the MAR Conference & Tradeshow and on the national level she has attended their conferences. Spark served as the Chair for the Newburyport Rotary Club and is now the Vice President and President-Elect.

Past Award Recipients

2015 - Eileen Jonah-Daly
2014 - Andrew Sarno, Medford
2013 - Joan Witter, West Hyannisport
2012 - Kurt Thompson, Leominster
2011 - Paul Yorkis, Medway
2010 - Kimberly Allard-Moccia, Braintree
2009 - Marilyn Jarvis, Beverly
2008 - Mel Martocchia, Waltham
2007 - Laurie Cadigan, Concord
2006 - Kevin Sears, Springfield
2005 - D. Gary Rogers, Waltham
2004 – Ron Rusin, Jr., Fall River
2003 – Paula Savard, Lancaster
2002 – Carolyn Chodat, Medway
2001 – Sherry Street, Hinsdale
2000 - Jeanette Tighe, Wilmington
1999 - Beverlee Vidoli, Burlington
1998 - Deborah Dwyer, Pittsfield
1997 - Thomas J. Lee, Medford
1996 - Sharren Marquis, Brighton
1995 - Mary Aten, Acton
1994 - James F. Fitzpatrick, Millbury
1993 - Suzanne F. Goodrich, North Eastham
1992 - Nancy K. Kalodner, Otis
1991 - Diane St. Laurent, Marblehead
1990 - Christopher S. Doherty, Andover
1989 - Marybeth Bergeron, E. Longmeadow
1988 - Lawrence J. Yameen, Lawrence
1987 - J. Thomas Marquis, Duxbury
1986 - Esther L. Quinn, Pittsfield
1985 - Kenneth R. Brochu, Chicopee
1984 - Todd Sandler, Randolph
1983 - Richard Cahill, Wollaston
1982 - Peter Warren, Harvard
1981 - Lyn Medoff, Brookline
1980 - William F. Doyle, Scituate
1979 - Bradford O. Emerson, Chelmsford 
1978 - Richard R. DeWolfe, Milton
1977 - George E. Slye, Boston
1976 - Earl A. LaFlamme, Jr., Holyoke
1975 - John E. Gallant, Lawrence
1974 - Michael R. Skibiski, Sr., Sunderland
1973 - Ann DeWolfe McLaughry, Milton
1972 - Samuel J. McDonald, Jr., Weston
1971 - John F. Dator, Sr., Fall River
1970 - Jack Conway, Hanover
1969 - John M. Peckham, III, Boston
1968 - John F. Tehan, Jr., Springfield
1967 - James C. Brody, Springfield
1966 - Milton H. Shaw, Framingham
1965 - John W. Kunhardt, Milton
1964 - Edmond Tousignant, Fitchburg
1963 - Roger W. Foster, Sr., Fitchburg
1962 - Blanche Carpenter, Marshfield
1961 - Joseph B. Doherty, Andover
1960 - Alfred C. Goulet, Springfield
1959 - Bertram A. Druker, Boston
1958 - Francis W. Perry, Boston
1957 - John L. Donovan, Boston
1956 - Cecelia F. Welch, Fall River