Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:00 am
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The Ocean City Board of Realtors honored their own at the annual Circle of Excellence sales award ceremony held recently at The Flanders.
Vicki Heebner and Dana Kelly, who run the Ocean City Board of Realtors office, greeted guests when they arrived in the upstairs lobby. Sue Murphy and Bob Laveson of North American Title were among the first to arrive, which gave Sue time to show me lots of pictures of her 15-month-ond daughter, Tory, before I started taking pictures. Joe Carideo told me he’s happy to be back at Keller-Williams when I took his picture since I missed him at the chamber dinner.
Flanders banquet manager Karen Bergman waved to me as she headed home after a long day while Linda Smith served some of the hot hors d’oeuvres to this columnist. Sue Peterson from Surety Title just discovered her mother-in-law, Kathy Smith, graduated from Atlantic City High School with me and we keep in touch at our monthly class breakfasts at Shore Diner.
I enjoyed catching up with Jennifer and Tom Heist, who report daughter Rachel is a sophomore at Mulenberg studying pre-med while son TJ is a junior at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. This business major opened a business, Totally Tubular Water Sports, at Third and Bay last summer with two boats and is adding another boat this year. Son Christian is a junior at Ocean City High School, so Tom and Jennifer are visiting colleges again.
When I stopped to chat with new Board of Realtors President Ken Sedberry, he introduced me to his wife, Linda, who said she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom while raising their three children. Now she’s looking after their four grandchildren while their parents are at work. Ken has been selling real estate at Berger Realty since 1981.
I congratulated immediate past President Kevin Redmond and told him how much I like the colorful surfboards and wooden lawn chairs that adorn the landscape outside NJ Realty at 10th and West. Stacy Demcher told me she and Susan Sheppard were childhood friends growing up in Delaware County and both graduated from Villanova in 1988.
Sheryl Horn wore a black lace ensemble as she and Debbie Steimling, both of Suety Title, enjoyed the party. John Walton of Century 21 always has lots to tell me. John, who heads up the Business Persons Plunge to kick off summer, is assisting Mark Soifer with the upcoming Mr. Mature American Pageant.
Mark Cassidy of Philadelphia Mortgage Advisors gave me his business card for about the 10th time with the hopes I’ll remember his name the next time we meet. When I took a break to enjoy the Italian buffet, I joined Gloria and Hank Votta at their table. Gloria was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year and is in line to take over the Board of Realtors in 2015. Joseph Orazi, who has been with Coldwell Banker since May 2013, and this columnist enjoyed comparing notes on great vacation resorts we have been to in the Caribbean.
Joel Mott doesn’t mind the cold as he still returns to Ocean City one week a month from Florida to take care of business and visit his mom. David Weightman of Downingtown Engineering Consultants gave out lots of business cards at the party. In fact, I caught David and Burt Wilkins trading cards. Kelly and Patrick Halliday are looking forward to the arrival of their second child, a boy, who is expected to join their 1-year-old daughter, Kippin, on the Fourth of July.
Kelly and Patrick have some catching up to do as Ashley and Pete Madden have three girls and one boy, and Anita and Bill McMahon have four daughters. Michael Allegretto gave his 7-year-old daughter, Lexie, her first skiing lesson at Big Boulder while wife Lisa admitted she sat and watched on the sidelines.
It’s all work and no play for Steve Booth, who is too busy running Berkshire Hatthway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors. Ken Cooper told me he would love to have more space at the Ocean City Historical Museum to display the many artifacts. New Ocean City real estate agent Michael Dukeman has been busy moving his mom into her new home.
Ken Sedberry had a hard time keeping order when he announced the winners of the Circle of Excellence awards while Keith Coolahan of Citizens Bank took pictures of the winners. Damon Bready of RE/MAX at the Shore told me to mark my calendar for the Board of Realtors’ spring golf fundraiser at Greate Bay on May 8, with their fall golf fundraiser set for Atlantic City County Club. Damon and wife Alicia are the proud parents of two children: Colton, 6 months, and Isabella, who will be 3 on May 1.
When Mike Contino was presented with the Distinquished Sales Award, his wife, Marguerite, took lots of pictures. Marguerite was a court stenographer in Philadelphia. Before Mike became a realtor, he was a musician in Atlantic City working with such notables as Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett and Yul Brenner and has autographed photographs of many celebrities to prove it.
Cheryl Huber raised four children since starting in real estate in 1985 and now she has six grandchildren that she enjoys taking care of. Sandy Simpson admitted she still has her Christmas lights up and while she thought about changing the green lights to red for Valentine’s Day, she might change the red to green for St. Patrick’s Day.
This is Dorothy Phillips’ seventh year in real estate. She recently opened a new RE/MAX office at 737 Wesley Ave. next to the Varsity Inn. Dorothy is from Cherry Hill and is building a new home in the Gardens. Dorothy has three children; two are in real estate.
Billy Moffett arrived late so he had to make up for lost time. While chatting with Deb and Rob Bond, I discovered Rob graduated Ocean City High School in ’85 with my son, John. Rob and John were together in school since fourth grade. Deb and Rob have a daughter, Caitlin, who is a sophomore at OCHS.
Jeff Quintin, Ellen McGonigle, Drew Fasy and Nicole Presnall are successful realtors, but they didn’t have anything to tell me to print in my column. Emily Wilkins is a tall slender young lady who sported platform high heels that made her even taller. Michael Lloyd was still schmoozing with the realtors when I waved to him as I headed home.