LIBOR's YPN Awards 6th Annual '20 Under 40 Rising Stars' in Real Estate

The Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. (LIBOR) Young Professional Network (YPN) hosted a sensational evening, honoring the 6th Annual ‘20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate,’ on June 28, 2017 at the Fox Hollow restaurant in Woodbury.   It was a star-studded event filled with networking, dancing and special presentation by keynote speaker Kyle Killebrew, of Illinois.  Kyle, of Killebrew & Co Real Estate Team in Illinois and 2010 Realtor® Magazine 30 under 30, shared with the crowd his knowledge and experience on becoming a successful YPN Realtor®.

A message from YPN President Kyle Kelly:

“I would like to first congratulate the class of 2017 Award winners. I am truly humbled to be surrounded by such successful and dedicated individuals. 

To all who were in attendance, especially our LIBOR President, Dave Legaz and President Elect, Charlotte Vanderwaag, as well as all of our LIBOR Executive Officers, thank you for your continued support of the YPN Division. You are the role models we look forward to becoming one day. 

A huge thank you is due to the YPN Officers and Directors for their hard work in putting together this amazing event. 

I also can't express enough how grateful I am for the hard work of our amazing LIBOR staff, especially Jaclyn Indrigo and Christina DeFalco.  This event surely would not be possible without their help. 

The 20 Under 40 Rising Stars Award winners were chosen, not just on their production, but also based on their involvement in their community, involvement in the industry, and for their dedication in making sure the future of this industry remains bright and full of promise. 

I am often asked what the YPN is... Is it just for young people? Is it just for new agents? 

The YPN is a group of professionals, young in age, young in business, or young at heart, that are committed to being not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today. We understand the importance of putting the needs of our clients ahead of our own, as well as the needs of our members and our industry. 

To the winners, this is only the beginning. I encourage you to get more involved with the LIBOR, the New York State Association of Realtors® NYSAR and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). And, when you are ready for that, the YPN is here to help. 

At the end of the day, the YPN is about introducing our membership to all that Real Estate has to offer outside of just Buying and Selling homes. And most importantly, it is about the friendships and the bonds that are formed, that will propel us throughout our careers and throughout life.”

Introducing your Class of 2017 20 Under 40 esteemed honorees (in alphabetical order):

Jessica Akde Elmazi, Anne Donohue Real Estate Inc -

Steven D. Bezmen, Douglas Elliman Real Estate -
Nicholas Campasano, Signature Premier Properties -
Emily Catik, Coach Realtors -
Pasquale Felicciardi, Douglas Elliman Real Estate -
Jason Friedman, Coldwell Banker Residential -
Peter Frizalone, Douglas Elliman Real Estate -
Ross Keit, Keller Williams Rlty Landmark -
Cynthia Martinez, Douglas Elliman Real Estate -
Christine Nappa, Nappa Realty Inc -
Alexander Olivieri, Douglas Elliman Real Estate -
Charles Perez, Laffey Real Estate -
Ryan Ranellone, Realty Connect USA  -
Nader Shariff, RE/MAX Legacy -
Jaswinder "Jimmy" Singh, Realty Connect USA -
Jonathan Talmi, Exit Realty Next -
Paul Tyree, Laffey Fine Homes of Woodbury  -
John Walsh, Galaxy Realty Group Inc -
Kammy Xiao-Nguyen, Keller Williams Landmark II -
Anthony Zapelli, Douglas Elliman Real Estate -

Congratulations to all of the outstanding recipients whose commitment to the real estate industry demonstrates that they are not just the leaders of tomorrow but the stars of today! 

And a special thank you to the generous sponsors of the evening:

Thomas Boyle, Financial Equities Mortgage Bankers; Rebecca Langweber, Langweber Attorneys at Law; Howard Fritz, One Fine Day Real Estate Photography; Mitch Diamond and Richard Klein, Diamond Law Group; Chris Hantis, A-Pro Home Inspections; Asaf German, PC; Rafe Leiber, Appellate Land Services; Rob Esposito, Relocators.

The 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

Media contact: Christina DeFalco-Romano


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The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (also known as LIBOR) is a 27,000-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.