The Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® Announces Board of Directors Election Results, REALTOR® of the Year, and 2016 Award Winners

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2016 – At its annual meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, The Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) announced the results of its 2016 election. Five newly-elected members will serve on the Board of Directors for terms beginning in 2017.

The Board of Directors is composed of a minimum of sixteen directors elected by the membership and is the governing body of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®. The board comprises 14 REALTOR Members, one affiliate member, and one Commercial/Industrial REALTOR. Directors serve for three years.

The following ACAR members have been elected to the Board of Directors:

  • Jacqueline Bowman, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Simon & Salhany Realty
  • Drew Gaebelein, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Southeast
  • Sharon Znidarsic, Howard Hanna
  • Brant Smith, NEO Realty Group
  • Mike Bankowski, NLC Loans

“I am proud to serve with this exceptional group of members joining our Board of Directors in 2017,” said Jim Fox, President-Elect of ACAR. “The only way we can make a difference is to get involved, and I am excited to welcome the next generation of dedicated volunteers as we work together to build the future of our organization.”

Bowman Gaebelein Znidarsic Bankowski

L-R: Jacqueline Bowman, Drew Gaebelein, Sharon Znidarsic, and Mike Bankowski; newly elected members of the ACAR Board of Directors.

Also announced was the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year as well as the winners of several annual awards, including two new awards for 2016. The new awards include the Young Professional Award, which recognizes REALTOR® members under 40 years old who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and professional qualities; and the Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes REALTORS® who have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through charitable and volunteer work.

This year’s award winners are:

  • REALTOR® of the Year: Seth Task, CRS, GREEN, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Affiliate of the Year: Marianna Jones, Guardian Title & Guaranty
  • Young Professional Award: Drew Gaebelein, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Southeast
  • Young Professional Award: Danielle Kelly, Russell Realty Company
  • Young Professional Award: Kady Overton, Keller Williams Chervenic Realty
  • Good Neighbor Award: Tim Damiano, Russell Realty Company
Task Fox

L-R: Seth Task, ACAR 2016 REALTOR of the Year, and Jim Fox, President-Elect of ACAR

“I am just truly overwhelmed,” said Task. “I love what I do, and more importantly, I love giving back to the industry. Our country was built on the dream of homeownership, and to me nothing is more important than protecting that. My dad is smiling down on me today!”

ACAR members also voted to approve two ballot initiatives; one to establish a standing communications committee, and another to remove the transitional board and officers. 

About ACAR
ACAR’s mission is to empower its more than 5,500 members to be professional, ethical and successful by providing exceptional services and protecting real property rights for all. For more than 100 years, our association has been the voice of real estate, dedicated to the excellence and advancement of real estate professionals in Northeast Ohio in a variety of ways – from our professional development events to participation in important legislative real estate issues. For more information on ACAR, visit or call 216-901-0130.

Media Contact:
Danielle Capriato
Communications Director
Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®


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