Installation Banquet

2018 NABOR® President to Make Education Top Priority

NAPLES, FL (December 11, 2017) - The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) installed its 2018 Board of Directors and Officers at NABOR’s 68th annual installation banquet “Celebrating the American Dream” on Saturday, December 9th at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort. Rick Baranski was welcomed as president and announced his 2018 goals, which include making education his number one priority.

Brett Brown, 2009 NABOR® President, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, and Mike Hughes, 2015 NABOR® President, served as the installing officer. Hughes installed the following 2018 NABOR® officers: Rick Baranski, President; Jeff Jones, President-elect; Ryan Bleggi, Vice President/Secretary; Lauren Melo, Treasurer; and directors: Bill Archer, Nicholas Bobzien, Corey McCloskey, Dominic Pallini, James Schlimmer, Terrilyn VanGorder, and Adam Vellano.

Outgoing President Dominic Pallini recognized the outstanding leadership of each committee, and was honored to present the Presidential Award to Harley Conrad, Jr., a member of the NABOR Board of Directors for seven years, for always going above and beyond in his work with the board. The outgoing president also shared his gratitude to the NABOR® staff for their efforts in helping him achieve his four goals, which included the creation of a useful Allied/Affiliate mobile app.

In describing incoming President Rick Baranski, Mike Hughes commended him on his ability to set aside ego and be a role model for integrity. Hughes added that Baranski brings a fresh level of logic to discussions and helps leadership by identifying alternate perspectives of an issue.

With wit and humility, President Baranski began his acceptance speech with heartfelt words of appreciation to outgoing President Dominic Pallini, recognizing his dutiful service to NABOR®. During his speech, Baranski promised to continue efforts to complete both the member and public websites for NABOR® and he announced the four goals of his presidency:

Professionalism Classes: This goal will develop a new series of member classes on professionalism utilizing the “C2EX” (Commitment to Excellence) standards and curriculum established in 2016 by National Association of REALTORS®. The objective of this goal is to enhance eleven competencies that indicate a REALTOR®’s commitment to ethics, advocacy, technology, data privacy, and outstanding customer service.

International Connections: This goal includes hosting a week-long, in-bound trade mission in February for Canadian real estate professionals in an effort to broaden professional connections and enhance awareness of the Naples area to international buyers. Efforts will also be taken to become a sister city of Toronto, which will increase international investment attention.

Make Education More Affordable and Accessible: This goal includes reducing the price of many existing NABOR® classes and developing new classes that meet the needs of busy members.

Legislative Awareness: This goal involves deeper involvement by NABOR® in educating members and the public on political issues including candidate positions, referendums, and any policy developments that impact property ownership rights.

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples Community. NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of nearly 60 years serving 6,000 plus members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida Realtors and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest association in the United States with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local board of REALTORS® nationwide. NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers. The NABOR®’s 68th annual installation banquet was made possible by the following generous sponsors: Naples Daily News, Cottrell Title & Escrow, Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., Summit Mortgage Corporation, Synovus Bank, and Stock Development. NABOR® is located at 1455 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. For additional information, call (239) 597-1666 or visit

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