Posted by: realtormarkpalace | February 2, 2013

Florida Realtors 2013 Leadership Academy

ORLANDO, Fla., February 2013 –Florida Realtors will hold its 5th annual Leadership Academy program beginning in March, with Melbourne Realtor at the helm.

Mark Palace, Owner-Broker of Palace Properties International in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida is chairing this years’ Leadership Academy Committee, which recently selected 14 Realtors from all over the state from a field of over 70 applicants to participate in the program.  “We are very excited about this year’s program and its participants,” says Palace.  “My committee did a wonderful job of interviewing and selecting these future leaders; we’re looking at running a great class this year!”

The Leadership Academy was established in 2008 to identify emerging Realtor leaders ready to get involved, make a difference and enhance their leadership skills.  The goal of the Academy is to empower its participants to develop the skills needed to lead a committee, a Realtor association or a community activity.

As directed by Mr. Palace and his Vice Chairman Francisco Angulo, Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami Beach, members of the Leadership Academy will participate in classroom activities, group and independent study sessions, team-building and goal-setting exercises, leadership techniques and communication skills enhancement.  In addition, they will collectively work on their class project, which this year, is designed to great a greater awareness of organ donation.

In addition to chairing the Leadership Academy Committee, Mr. Palace also serves on Florida Realtors Strategic Planning Committee and its board of directors, and is a 2009 graduate of its Leadership Academy.  He also served for several years on the association’s Global Business Committee, Resort & Second Home Specialists Forum and International Operations Committee.  He is a graduate of the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors 2005 Leadership Academy as well as the National Association of Realtors 2010 Leadership Academy.  An active Realtor and real estate investor, Mr. Palace speak nine languages, is a surfer, musician, writer, tri-athlete, and world traveler in addition to many his years of civic and professional volunteer service including serving as President of the International Students’ Union at the University of Oslo, Norway.

The 2013 Leadership Academy participants include: Aaron Bosshardt from the Gainesville/Alachua County Association of Realtors; Amy Worth Paul from the Sarasota Association of Realtors; Anand Patel with the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors; Brandi Gabbard at the Pinellas Suncoast Association of Realtors; Carmen Vasquez from the Naples Area Board of Realtors; Cheryl Lambert of the Realtors Association of Citrus County; Diana Galavis from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors; Georgina Blanco with Miami Realtors; Gus Grizzard of the Realtors Association of Lake and Sumter Counties; Ileana Bogaert with the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors; Karen Swanbeck from the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach; Kevin Pickett, also with the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach; Theodora Uniken Venema from the Orlando Regional Realtors Association; and Veronica Malolos with the Osceola County Association of Realtors.

Florida Realtors® formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida.  It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 118,000 members in 64 boards/associations.  Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at


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