Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS has announced its 2020 award recipients.
Richard Waystack was named CCIAOR REALTOR® of the Year. A longtime leader and member of CCIAOR for 34 years, he currently serves as the national president of the Residential Real Estate Council, a NAR Affiliate organization that offers the Certified Residential Specialist designation.
“It is a rare feat for one of our members to hold a position of such national prominence, and Richard has used his position to show REALTORS® from around the world what they are and what they can be,” commented Ryan Castle, CEO of Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS. “He is a valued mentor to agents in his office, especially new REALTORS®, a stalwart at home and in the community, and is a trusted advisor to his clients.”
He also serves as a director for the Cape and Islands on the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, and most recently served on the CCIAOR Governance Task Force, assisting in revamping the organization’s governance structure. A Harwich resident, Waystack is the executive broker in the Jack Conway & Co Harwich Port office. At the local level, Richard serves on several local government boards in Harwich, and has a longstanding commitment to nonprofits in his community.
Aleta Azarian was honored with the Charles F. Lockhart Lifetime Achievement Award. Azarian has contributed to the Cape Cod real estate community for more than 40 years. She served as the president of CCIAOR and the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service in 2015, and on the Professional Standards, Grievance and countless other committees throughout her tenure as a Realtor, including being instrumental as part of the committee that built the CCIAOR’s office building in the late 1990s.
“Aleta has also set an example through her commitment to the REALTORS Political Action Committee as a consistent major investor and a champion of the causes to protect private property, promote homeownership and advance the real estate industry,” said Castle.
She has served numerous terms as a board member for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) and currently serves as CCIAOR’s representative on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. Aleta is a Sandwich resident and a licensed real estate broker for Kinlin Grover Real Estate and previously managed several of its Lower Cape offices; prior to that, she owned and ran her own real estate brokerage for 25 years. She was named CCIAOR REALTOR® of the Year in 2007.
Annie Hart Cool received the Good Neighbor Award for her support of the Front Porch Project and the Falmouth Service Center. While at home during the early days of the COVID-19 shutdown, Cool launched #TheFrontStepsProject as a way to spend her time that was typically devoted to meeting with clients and showing homes. In collaboration with her friend, local photographer, Lee Geishecker, she helped raise $30,000 through the program to support The Falmouth Service Center, a local charity. During the project, 270 households were photographed, totaling 1,000 faces and 300 pets that ranged from dogs to chickens, to the medical field and local businesses. Annie is a broker with Sotheby’s International Real Estate in Falmouth.
CATIC Title Insurance, the largest title insurer in New England, was named CCIAOR Affiliate of the Year.
“CATIC Title Insurance has been an innovative and valuable partner to CCIAOR, collaborating with the association staff on continuing education classes, professional development sessions, and sponsoring member events and programs,” said Castle.