Edie Brennan receives Lifetime Achievement Award

CAR - 2015 Awards

Edie Brennan, a Realtor for RE/MAX Crossroads in Ocean Pines, received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work in the local real estate industry, as well as her numerous civic and charitable contributions to her community.

A Realtor for over 35 years, Brennan has historically been very active in her local real estate association, serving in top leadership positions in the 1980s and also on various CAR committees. She is also very active with the Women’s Council of Realtors and regularly attends National and Maryland Associations of Realtors conferences and committee meetings. Brennan is a champion of community outreach and service, most notably as a very active member of the board of directors for the Ocean Pines Players Community Theater Group. She has starred in or appeared in over 60 shows and has directed nine shows. All proceeds from these productions help award arts scholarships to local graduating seniors. Brennan has been a breast cancer survivor for nine years and supports the American Cancer Society in many local events.

Vicki Harmon, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Ocean City, was recognized as CAR’s Realtor of the Year for being a driven leader who has given an enormous amount of her time to the success of CAR, while also thriving in the local real estate industry and volunteering for various local charitable efforts. Harmon has been a Realtor member for nine years, currently serving as the president of the CAR Board of Directors and the technology coach and new agent instructor for Coldwell Banker. Harmon is active in various local civic organizations and helps coordinate the Ocean City Art League’s annual Sandcastle Home Tour that raises over $35,000 each year for the Art League.

Marlene Ott, a Realtor with RE/MAX Crossroads in Ocean City, won this year’s Super Nova Award, which recognizes a long-time Realtor who is still very successful and active in the association. Ott has been a Realtor for over 35 years and boasts an extensive list of accolades, including induction into the RE/MAX Crossroads Hall of Fame in 1991 and being named Metropolitan Magazine’s Realtor of the Year in 2007, among others. Ott is civically engaged, serving on the Worcester County Planning Commission for over five years in addition to other government commissions that directly impact the local real estate market. She is also active in various charitable efforts, including the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial Committee and the Verizon Wireless Hope Project to donate cell phones for victims of domestic violence.

Rhonda Evans’ lengthy civic activity resume earned her this year’s Community Service Award. A Realtor for ERA Martin & Associates in Salisbury, Evans regularly volunteers for numerous local organizations, including the Salisbury Fire Department and the Maintaining Active Citizens Center. Evans’ passion for helping the local aging community led her to found the Eastern Shore chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and has been instrumental in raising over $30,000 for the cause through various fundraising events. Evans also donated two acres of her family’s farm to the Melson United Methodist Church for expansion of their cemetery, and regularly volunteers at church events.

Mike Ciorrocco, Mid-Atlantic Division Manager with Universal Mortgage & Finance, is CAR’s 2015 Affiliate of the Year. An advocate for the association, Ciorrocco has been instrumental in the implementation of CAR’s monthly Business Card Exchange program, which allows Realtors and affiliate members to network at an after-hours event while raising money for a local charity. Universal Mortgage & Finance is CAR’s 2015 platinum affiliate sponsor, which funds various association functions throughout the year. Ciorrocco has also worked to increase the association’s affiliate membership by encouraging other businesses who provide services to Realtors to join CAR.

Brandon Johnson, a Realtor with ERA Martin & Associates in Salisbury, received this year’s Rising Star Award. An association member for about two years, Johnson has served on various CAR committees, including Government Affairs, RPAC, and MLS Strategic Planning, among others. In addition to his work as a Realtor, Johnson also serves as ERA Martin’s Information Technology professional. He is also very active in the community outreach efforts of his firm, regularly participating in projects like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, preparation of care packages for troops overseas, and collection of Christmas gifts for less fortunate families, among others.

Also honored during the awards ceremony were Paul Faulstich of Century 21 New Horizon and Dean Richardson of Richardson Enterprises for achieving Emeritus Status, meaning they have been continuous members of the association for 40 years.

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