LIBOR's YPN Hosts 5th Annual '20 Under 40 Rising Stars' in Real Estate Awards

The Long Island Board of Realtors® (LIBOR) Young Professional Network (YPN) hosted a spectacular event honoring the 5th Annual ‘20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate,’ on June 29, 2016 at Fox Hollow Caterers in Woodbury.   It was a fabulous evening of festivities, celebrating all of the outstanding recipients whose commitment to the real estate industry demonstrates that they are not just the leaders of tomorrow but the shining real estate stars of today!   

YPN is an organization that helps young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become successful in their career. 20 Long Island and Queens real estate professionals 40 years of age or younger were chosen for their excellence in the areas of sales, leadership, community involvement and have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and leadership in their careers.   Candidates for this award represent what the selection committee considers an overall well-rounded Realtor®.   The YPN selection committee wanted to ensure they had a diverse group of finalists in terms of business niches, gender, ethnic background, and geographic location.  Finally, the committee looked for compelling stories – such as interesting business strategies or obstacles overcome. 

The esteemed honorees are (in alphabetical order):
Lisa Adragna - Remax Central
Christopher Bacchus - Douglas Elliman
Aaron Bates - Century 21 American
Steven Brodesser - Exit Family
Tanya Fuchs - Ramsay Realtors
Jing Michael Gao - Keller Williams Landmark II
Sherry Harrilal - Exit Kingdom Realty
Bryan Karp - Remax Eastern
Jon David Lenard - Douglass Elliman
Lucy Lu - Landmark International Real Estate
Nicholas Pappas - BH&G Real Estate Atlantic Shores
Jae Joon Park - Prime Realty
Joseph Piccininni Jr. -
Coldwell Banker Beau Hulse Realty
Jeannine Principe Puleo - Douglass Elliman
Ali Rashid - Kingsland Properties
Katharine Roeser - Douglas Elliman
George Scarpias - Realty Connect USA
Martina Scheben - Coach Realtors
Robert Schwendel - Exit Homestart
Susan Wu - Exit Kingdom Realty

The night was a tremendous success due in part to all of the efforts and hard work by the host of the evening, LIBOR's YPN President Mark Donnelly and his exceptional advisory board, including Vice President Kyle Kelly, Secretary/Treasurer Amy Donnelly; and Past YPN President Melissa Gomez.

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) began in 2006 and was started by Realtor® Magazine as a way to help the younger generation of Realtors® build a stronger link with the real estate industry. In 2009, YPN began to expand its network by encouraging local and state associations to use the YPN model to start their own young professional’s network. In 2011, the Long Island Board of Realtors® was proud to join the YPN movement and established a YPN chapter for Long Island that supports members in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.  Young professionals represent the future of the real estate industry.  Members of the YPN represent the next generation of leaders in our association and our community. 

For more information or to join the LI chapter of YPN, visit Photos courtesy of Howard Fritz,

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Press Release Contact:
Christina DeFalco-Romano
Communications Manager
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Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (also known as LIBOR) is a 30,000-member, not-for-profit trade association that serves real estate professionals throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. Founded over 100 years ago, LIBOR is the fourth-largest local REALTOR® board in the United States.