Paula Savard Wins Distinguished Service Award

November 14, 2012

Paula Savard, a REALTOR® from Sterling, Mass., has received the National Association of REALTORS® 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Out of 1 million REALTORS®, no more than two are recognized with this award each year. The recipients were announced in Orlando during NAR’s annual REALTORS® Conference and Expo. 

NAR established the award in 1979 to honor REALTORS® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and are recognized as leaders in their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels, but must not have served as NAR president. Sevard was honored alongside REALTOR® Magazine ethics columnist Bruce Aydt.

NAR President Moe Veissi presented the award to Savard.

“I am very pleased to present the Distinguished Service Award to Paula Savard,” said Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami. “Throughout her career Paula has demonstrated tremendous service to the REALTOR® community.  Her involvement in numerous volunteer positions at the local, state and national levels makes Paula an outstanding example of how REALTORS® build and strengthen communities.”

Savard has been a REALTOR® for 43 years and is currently the CEO of an independent Realty Guild firm, Paula K. Aberman Associates, Inc., located in North Central Massachusetts. 

“I am honored to accept the Distinguished Service Award,” said Savard. “I strongly believe in the value REALTORS® bring, as well as our common goal to better the quality of people’s lives through homeownership. No REALTOR® works alone and I am tremendously thankful for all those who have helped me get to where I am today. I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization where everyone works together and believes in the principle of service above self.”   

In 1968, Savard founded Paula K. Aberman Associates, Inc. Together with her partner and colleague, REALTOR® Gail Lent and REALTOR® Sandra Derienzo, Savard’s firm has 11 associates, all with a minimum of six years in the real estate business.

Savard has served in a number of positions within the REALTOR® organization. In the 1980s Savard was a key advocate for creating the NAR Quadrennial Code of Ethics Education Training. NAR Past President Ira Gribin appointed her the first chair of the Education Subcommittee of Professional Standards Committee and has also taught and facilitated NAR’s Quadrennial Code of Ethics Training requirement in her area for more than a decade.

Savard is also active in her local and state REALTOR® associations. During her presidency of the North Central Association of REALTORS®, the association’s building succumbed to a fire and Savard moved the association to her personal office. While Savard served in numerous leadership roles with the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, she was also local and state chapter president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Savard was also named REALTOR® of the Year by both her local and state associations.

In addition to her work in the real estate industry, Savard has been a private pilot for over eight years and travels to many of her educational seminars in a four passenger Cessna Skyhawk.

Source: "NAR Presents Realtor® Paula Savard with Distinguished Service Award," National Association of REALTORS®.

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