BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2018 – Sandy Naragon, Chief Executive Officer of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®, will be honored on February 3, 2018 at Akron Rotary’s 28th Annual Chili Open Golf Classic as the 2018 Chili Open’s Ambassador of Service. The Chili Open Ambassador of Service award was established in 1991 in recognition of a community leader who has gone above and beyond in support of the Rotary Club of Akron, Akron Rotary Camp and the Akron Community.
“It is really heartwarming to be recognized by fellow Rotarians,” said Sandy. “I know the amazing contributions they are making around the world. I hope my receiving this award raises awareness about Rotary Camp so that more kids and adults with special needs can attend. I know from experience that it is a life-changing place for all who visit.”
Sandy’s civic involvement centers around building neighborhoods, serving the elderly and disabled, fighting homelessness and encouraging diversity. She has been a Rotarian since 1999 and served as the Rotary Club of Akron’s President in 2015-16. She is a member of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Society. Sandy is honored to be a member of Akron Rotary’s Centennial Society. Over her 18 years as a Rotarian, she has been active in Rotary’s many community and international service projects. She currently serves as the Chair of the Grants and Four Way Speech Test Committees. She coordinates Rotary Cares outreach.
“Sandy’s dedication to community service is part of what makes her such a great leader,” said Mike Valerino, Chief Operating Office at ACAR. “She is a consummate Rotarian, consistently promoting Rotary Club of Akron’s contributions to the community and always stepping forward whenever help is needed.”
As the CEO of ACAR, Sandy leads a staff of 11 to serve over 5,500 REALTORS in Summit and Cuyahoga County. She serves on the Executive Committee for Ohio REALTORS® and on the Research Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®.
Sandy and her husband Jeff will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in February 2018. She loves spending time with stepdaughter Stacie and son-in-law Matt, along with grandchildren Matthew, Jordan, Courtney and Cindy. Four years ago, she fell in love with German Shepherds Zeus and Zena.